Dizzee Rascal's 20 Years Of 'Boy In Da Corner' Show Was Incredible
Author: Tom Dingley | Friday 17th March 2023
Dizzee Rascal celebrated 20 years of his critically acclaimed debut album, 'Boy In Da Corner' at London's O2; and it was wild.
Everybody knows the album, everybody has a favourite track, and 20 years on, this game changing, genre bending album from Dizzee Rascal still has fans going crazy at shows. This 20 year celebration proved that ten-fold; as the O2 arena in London went crazy for the whole night from start to finish.
The night kicked off with sets from Backroad Gee, Lady Leshurr and BBK frontliner JME who brought out evn more heavy hitters, including D Double E, Jammer, Frisco and more.. Backroad Gee was set things off right as he delivered a high-energy performance- which set the tone for the rest of the show.
Birmingham representative Lady Leshurr was next to take to the stage, performing some of her biggest releases - inlcuding 'Queen's Speech 4' and 'Where Are You Now'. bringing her own swaggy flavour to proceedings while keeping the eneregy high,which had the crowd at her disposal from start to finish.
The final act before the main event was none other than BBK's very own JME; and man, this set was serious - if you'll pardon the pun. Performing cult classics like 'Man Don't Care', as well as introducing fans to some brand new unreleased music - as well as bringing out BBK and One Acen - JME set the stage for Dizzee to come and do his thing on his big night.
The next moment was the big one. Fans were excited, wondering what song Dizzee was going to come out to from the album and then the first song kicked in. The track was 'Sittin' Here', which is instantly recognisable from the intro. The curtain dropped, that iconic yellow background was displayed on the big screens and Dizzee Rascal was sat there, in the corner, just like the album cover depicted.
The rest of the night from there on out was nothing short of incredible. The production of the entire show, the track selection outside of 'Boy In Da Corner' - which included some of his biggest hits including 'Holiday', 'Bonkers', and 'Bassline Junkie'. He also brought JME and D Double E back out, nodding to the fact that Grime was well and truly in the building on this night.
This was advertised as a 20 year anniversary, a celebration of the album that changed the landscape of UK Hip-Hop and Grime, and that is exactly what it was. Everybody was there to reminisce on the album that was produced by a pioneer, and 20 years later every single track hit exactly the same as it did all those years ago. This was a night to remember for all involved.Photo Credit: Anthony Saul Photography