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    Dizzee Rascal - Showtime

    Release date: September 6, 2004

    Although Dizzee Rascal's first album, Boy In Da Corner, might be a better record overall, his follow-up, Showtime proved that grime's time in the limelight would not be limited to just one year and just a couple of records.

    His massive success has only been a positive for British music, with what once would have been relegated to niche "urban" shows now being accepted on mainstream radio and consumed by a much larger audience.

    What is really most important about this album is that is provided a platform for Dizzee Rascal's continuing success, and provided the base for him to be the first genuine crossover star from the British urban underground. Showtime is raw, brutal, and grounded in UK dance music, but Dizzee used the critical acclaim and solid sales figures to further boost his profile, eventually leading him to platinum albums (Tongue N Cheek), No. 1 singles ("Dance Wiv Me," "Bonkers"), and even a performance at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.

    Certainly, over time, Dizzee has softened his sound and moved away from his grime roots, but his massive success has only been a positive for British music, with what once would have been relegated to niche "urban" shows now being accepted on mainstream radio and consumed by a much larger audience.