"Love This Town" - Dizzee Rascal
It didn't occur to me until I started writing this article that many HNHH readers probably aren't familiar with Dizzee. So, before, we jump into this particular video, lets play a little catch up.
An English emcee of the highest caliber, Mr. Rascal gained notoriety in his homeland with his debut album, Boy In Da Corner, which beat out Radiohead's acclaimed "Hail to the Thief" for the Mercury Prize back in 2003. The entirely self-produced LP is generally considered to be the first to popularize Grime, a subgenre of hip-hop that would ultimately evolve into what's today known as dubstep. It also spawned the classic single "Fix Up, Look Sharp", which you might recognize from Slaughterhouse's latest BET Cypher. If that isn't enough to get you interested, Chris Rock also named the album the 25th greatest hip-hop album of all time. So don't knock it until you've tried it.
"Love This Town" is not from the acclaimed Boy in the Corner, but instead Dizzee's latest album, The Fifth. The project has a heavy pop-influence, so I don't expect the music to find much love here. The video, however, is a different story. The first minute is a bit slow, but give it a chance. I promise the build-up is worthwhile.
If you're interested in hearing more of Dizzee's music, I'd recommend starting here.