Thursday, Jul 24, 2008 8:30 PM PDT
(8:30 PM Doors)
Echoplex (below the Echo), Los Angeles, CA
18 years and over
Onstage, Dizzee shows a really serious young-lion charisma, and he knows how to put on a show; he and his never-introduced hypeman hit all their marks hard enough that they'd clearly spent a whole lot of time rehearsing. On a technical level, Dizzee is a monster of an MC, capable of belting out serious double-time lines without losing his breath or letting the beat swallow his words. All night, he stuck tenaciously to his beats, never leaving the pocket; it'd be nice if El-P learned something from that during their forthcoming coheadlining tour. Better still, Dizzee managed to keep an industry-heavy Park Slope crowd from losing energy, some kind of Herculean feat. "This place is known for its stiffness," he said as he took the stage, before letting us know that fuck all that and launching directly into "I Luv U," the single that made his name. Last night's show was a serious breath of fresh air: a young but seasoned rapper with effortless stage-control barely letting up over the course of an hour. More rap shows need to be like that one.