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E3 Worldwide: Dizzee Rascal's Favourite Albums
Aaron Bishop , October 28th, 2020 11:08

As Dizzee Rascal releases his first album since 2017, he guides Aaron Bishop through the songs that shaped him and how the artists behind them resonated with him from being the only black kid playing Nirvana on the estate to smoking with Snoop Dogg.


Jay Z - The Blueprint
‘Is That Yo Bitch?’ [from Vol. 3…Life and Times of S. Carter] is the song that made me write ‘I Luv U’ because of the structure vocally, the boy-girl response kind of thing there. It was that song and ‘What’s Your Fantasy’ by Ludacris, so the ‘I Luv U’ structure is based on them two. I actually wrote the lyrics to ‘I Luv U’ to ‘Is That Yo Bitch?’, and I think I got into Jay Z around that time. I wasn’t overly into him originally but that tune stuck out to me. That beat. I already loved Timbaland. I liked all the stuff he’d done with Aaliyah, Ginuwine and all that stuff. I knew his beats were different, he was sick. But when he did that for Jay Z… it was like garage tempo, and I think that’s what got me. You could spit on top of it. Someone could fling it in a garage set randomly. But as far as a Jay Z album that I know I could play all the way through is The Blueprint. There’s more tunes on there that I liked, everything from ‘All I Need’ to ‘Takeover’. There’s a bunch of tunes on there, it’s a wicked album.