Dizzee Rascal - E3 AF
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2020 Ratings: #485 / 794
User Score
Based on 97 ratings
2020 Ratings: #537
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October 30, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Island / Label
UK Hip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME
On this endlessly inventive seventh album, the east London MC assesses his enormous contribution while reminding everyone that he’s not done – not yet.
80
Clash

Sure, there’s a few lyrical clunkers on show, but taken as whole ‘E3 AF’ finds Dizzee Rascal navigating the perilous landscape of 2020 with remarkable assurance.

80
The Telegraph
The rapper who reinvigorated British popular music has returned to his roots, with – when it isn’t being sentimental – an excellent album.
80
The Observer
It feels like there’s one last great album in him, even if this isn’t quite it.
80
AllMusic

Dizzee has accomplished a lot in two decades, from pioneering a genre as a hotly tipped teenage prodigy to collaborating with pop stars on chart-topping hits, but his dedication to his craft has never been stronger, and E3 AF is proof of his lasting vitality.

72
Pitchfork

E3 AF sounds like Dizzee making the album he wants to make, rather than the one he thinks people want to hear.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Despite the impressive variety, the production choices on E3 AF do feel safe at times ... the album certainly isn’t as bold or innovative as his legendary debut. Although it’s not as vital as his early work, it’s a fun and confident return from one of the kings of grime.

70
DIY
Dizzee remains in touch with the youthful verve of earlier efforts with ‘E3 AF’.
70
musicOMH
While it doesn’t quite display the finesse of his first three albums it’s a welcome trip down memory lane.
60
Loud and Quiet
The album is by no means a failure: the strength of the emceeing alone will be of note to many fans, and the highlights will undoubtedly be revisited often. Yet as with many of his generational peers, Dizzee Rascal is perhaps in the process of handing the baton of innovation down to the next crop of talent – but maybe that’s not an issue at all.
60
The Arts Desk
If his need to restate authenticity is depressing, having escaped expectations so fully, it’s another honest artistic turn.
pizzagrande
45
can someone help me with my physics homewokr thanks
slickleg
95
The Wizzy and Dizzee track alone is the best UK hip hop song of the year IMO. Listen to the song “Don’t Be Dumb,” and check out more Ocean Wisdom stuff, folks. He is absolutely outstanding. The lyrics and speed on that track are brilliant, they’re a superb pair-up, and their songs “Revvin’”, and “BLESSED” are incredible. But yeah, the whole album absolutely bangs, welcome back Dizzee. Full of bangers
Jamobo
75
It really feels like people are sleeping on one of the best MC's in the UK, not just of all time, but even today

Dizzee Rascal has been since the age of 18, a star in the UK. The 2003 singles I Luv U and Fix Up, Look Sharp quickly gained him a national audience and the album they're both featured on, Boy in da Corner only furthered that attention. Earning the 2003 Mercury Prize only helped show off just how great of a project he had just released, pushing boundaries and making Dizzee the first ... read more
Muratka
88
The new Dizzee Rascal album wins by all the necessary criteria: incredible madness, speed and danceability presents E3 AF from a wonderful side.
callumldavies
40
D said that grime died 9 years ago. The only thing I see is dead is his flow. Just doing it to get his Ps up. Wasteman.
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Track List

  1. God Knows (featuring P Money)
  2. That's Too Much (featuring D Double E and Frisco)
  3. L.L.L.L. (Love Life Live Large) (featuring Chip)
  4. Body Loose
  5. You Don't Know (radio edit)
  6. Energies + Powers (featuring Steel Banglez and Alicaì Harley)
  7. Eastside (featuring Ghetts and Kano)
  8. Act Like You Know (featuring Smoke Boys)
  9. Don't Be Dumb (featuring Ocean Wisdom)
  10. Be Incredible (featuring Rob Jones TV)
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Added on: August 19, 2020