"I ain't gonna lie, some have got better / Dizzee got worse but he still got cheddar"
Photo by Alex Sturrock
Top 18 things that I heard in 2007 in no particular order (with selected commentary):
1. Trim - Soulfood Vol. 1
2. Apple - Mr Bean
3. DJ NG - Tell Me
Coming out again on Atlantic Records next year
4. Estelle - American Boy (TS7 Remix)
5. Trim - Soulfood Vol. 2
I think I'm the only person who thought this was better than Vol. 1
6. JTJ Productions - It's You
7. Wiley - Apocalypto
Have you heard Wiley's funky house remix of "Night"?
8. El-B - Shorty (Steppa Mix)
9. Mavado - Gangsta For Life
10. Cheeksta - Baby (TS7 Remix)
11. Martyn - Twenty Four
Who would have thought that in 2007 dubstep could still be subtle? Not a cod-Jamaican vocal in sight, too.
12. Burial - Unite
I don't actually dislike Burial
13. Durrty Goodz - Switching Songs Part 2
14. Dizzee Rascal - Dean
This was a B-side on the "Sirens" CD single. Strangely, it's better than pretty much every other track on the album. It's like one of those dreamy, introspective tracks from Boy in Da Corner. I guess it didn't really fit in with the whole "British hip-hop" theme he was going for with this LP. Shame, really.
15. Wookie - Gallium
16. Joker - Gully Brook Lane
Is this ever actually going to come out on vinyl?
17. Wiley - 16 Bar Rally
18. T2 - Why (Mr Virgo Remix)
Top 2 1Xtra DJs who say "The" before every artist name:
1. The DJ Cameo
2. The DJ Footloose
Top 5 people / things / animals Skepta has been photographed with this year:
1. Some Hasidic Jews
2. A camel
4. Ian from Black Lips
5. The Israeli flag
Top 2 songs of 2007 about penises:
1. Ce'Cile - Prancehall Dub
2. Riskay - Smell Yo Dick
Top 3 screwfaces of 2007:
3. Fuda Guy
Top 3 most overrated grime albums of 2007 (in order of overratedness):
1. Skepta - Greatest Hits
2. Dizzee Rascal - Maths & English
3. Wiley - Playtime Is Over
Top 4 slogan T-shirts of 2007:
1. DJ Scholar - I Got It 4 Cheap!
2. Afrikan Boy - I'm Focused, Don't U Get It?
3. Lee Brasco - You Make Me Sick
4. Jammer - Are You Dumb?