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Dizzee Rascal performed ‘Boy in da Corner’ in full for the first time ever as part of Red Bull Music Academy (pics)

photos by P Squared

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

The ecstatic weirdness of “I Luv U” remained intact after all this time, as did the boom of “Fix Up, Look Sharp.” (The passage of time did make “Jus’ a Rascal” sound more like a Dr. Demento novelty record, though.)

In a way, this show served as a discovery engine, a reminder that non-single album tracks like “2 Far,” “Hold Ya Mouf” and “Seems 2 Be” were nearly as effective as his most famous songs. But while this performance was spirited, it was ultimately limited in effect. Album-driven concerts are odd fits for singles-oriented genres — the legacy of Dizzee Rascal, or grime’s first wave, would likely have been better served by a D.J. set of his early hits, or something closer to a warehouse rave. – [NY Times]

UK grime vet Dizzee Rascal performed his classic 2003 album Boy in Da Corner in full for the first time ever on Friday, May 6 as part of the Red Bull Music Academy. The show happened at Music Hall of Williamsburg and the stage was done up to initially look just like the LP’s striking, banana-yellow artwork. There was also a smaller version fans could get their pictures taken with, too.

Red Bull Music Academy continues this week with three performances by avant garde diva Diamanda Galas, a celebration of ’80s Bronx freestyle, and the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair. More pics from Dizzee Rascal’s show at MHOW, below.

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Dizzee Rascal at Music Hall of Williamsburg

A gallery of all the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy events so far continues below:

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