Just wanted to let everyone know about an article in this week's Entertainment Weekly magazine... Dizzee's album is the featured review in the Music section of the magazine. The album gets a grade of "B", and describes his music as "the latest incarnation of British hip-hop".
The reviewer seems to like the high points of the album a lot, and clearly seems him as a future talent, not as a one-hit wonder. The article rips him a bit about referencing "tired icons like Freddy Krueger and 'Sean Puffy Combs'", and talks about how he needs to get some experience, and questions the need for the lack of musicality in a lot of grime, but all in all, it's a positive review.
Even better -- a side story titled "60-Second Lesson on...Grime" which does a very fair job of explaining the grime sound. Mentioned in the mini-article are "Dizzee's mentor Wiley", Tinchy Stryder, DJ Slimzee, Nasty Crew, and Roll Deep Crew.
For those who don't know, EW is a pretty big time consumer-oriented magazine...I'm not surprised they reviewed Dizzee's album, but I'm surprised it's the showcase review. The side article on grime, though, FLOORED me.
Keep pushing it forward, y'all -- when the media takes notice, people follow.