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Live Review: Dizzee Rascal, Carling Academy, 5/11/07

first_imgby Lauren JacobsSince Dizzee won the Mercury Prize in 2003 all sorts of questions have been raised regarding his credibility, and whether he has, in his words, “stayed true to his grammar”, leaving behind the world of pirate radio stations. Well, money and fame are difficult things to avoid, (for some), although his new album, Maths + English still offers insights into life on the streets and his rise to fame. The one difference seems to have been the new fans he has picked up on the way. He became the first rapper ever to win the aforementioned award which led to him gaining the respect of the NME and edgy Guardian types. This was evident looking round the newly refurbished “Carling Academy”, lots of skinny jeans and pointy shoe types hanging out at the back looking like they were there for the irony of it all, or would have been if they understood what irony meant. But it appears that Dizzee’s use of the English language still maintains some of its authenticity as there were also 15 year old “yoots” in hoodies. Oh, and girls that obviously wanted to try and get off with Dizzee later, judging by their leaving nothing to the imagination outfits. The rapper himself appeared to revel in this melting pot of fans, playing up his main-stream recognition when playing his track featuring the Artic Monkeys, ‘Temptation’, from Maths + English. His DJ proceeded to play the Kaiser Chiefs and the White Stripes as a brief interlude. But his roots in Grime and Jungle also shone through with another interlude featuring Shy FX’s ‘Original Nuttah’, which all the hooded heads bopped to, then playing his new track ‘Old Skool’ for emphasis. The overall performance was of high energy and crowd-pleasing, harking back to his days as a garage MC doing club nights. But the presentation was slick and carefully thought out, with his videos playing on plasma TV screens syncing with the songs. It appears Mr Rascal’s grammar is indeed true, it just happens to have had elocution lessons.last_img read more

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Colin Kaepernick’s attorney predicts Patriots or Panthers will sign QB

first_img“It would not surprise me if Bob Kraft (owner of the Patriots) makes a move,” he said. “That would not surprise me, and it would not surprise me if his former coach…also makes a move.” Related News LeBron James reacts to Colin Kaepernick’s settlement with NFL: ‘I’m happy he won his suit’ Geragos though straight up did say he believes the Panthers could sign Kaepernick. Carolina signed Eric Reid to a one-year deal last season which ended his extended time as a free agent and then it signed him to a three-year contract this offseason.Reid and Kaepernick settled their case against the NFL on Friday which alleged the league colluded not to sign them because they kneeled during the national anthem starting in 2016 to protest racial injustice and inequality.Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since that season. He has a career 28-30 record as a starting quarterback and has thrown 72 touchdowns to just 30 interceptions while completing 59.8 percent of his passes. Colin Kaepernick’s attorney believes the quarterback will be employed soon in the NFL.Mark Geragos told CNN on Saturday he believes the quarterback will be employed within two weeks and he even went so far as to say where he thinks he will end up.center_img Colin Kaepernick vs. the NFL: A timeline of how we got here Which other coach he is referring to remains to be seen but Vic Fangio was the 49ers defensive coordinator when Kaepernick was in San Francisco so he could be an option and Greg Roman was the team’s offensive coordinator in that same year, so the Broncos or Ravens could be possibilities.last_img read more

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