"I don't know the last time I was in a room like this with everyone, spittin'." When Dizzee Rascal says this, his mind probably drifts around the time he released Boy In Da Corner, his debut album and a centrepiece of grime. But he left all that behind when he transitioned to EDM and pop, which collapsed with his last album The Fifth. He began sniffing around his roots with a new single "Still Sittin' Here," a trappier song built on a sample of a track from Corner. Ultimately though, the track with Dirtee Stank labelmate Fekky felt like a yank of an emergency parachute cord rather than an honest return to the foundations.
Not so on this edition of BBC 1Xtra's #SixtyMinutes with MistaJam. Dizzee's surrounded by grime stalwarts like Lethal Bizzle, Skepta, Tempta T and more, all performing a cypher of grime classics with an awesome energy and passion. Even General Levy makes an appearance and kills "Incredible." It's a huge nostalgia trip and Dizzee's the rustiest MC of the lot, for sure. But watching this is a reminder not to lose the old guard in the conversation about where grime's headed. Watch the full hour at BBC.