Fix Up, Look Sharp

"Fix Up, Look Sharp" is the second single by British rapper Dizzee Rascal and the second from his debut studio album Boy in da Corner. It became his second top forty hit and first to peak inside the top twenty. "Fix Up, Look Sharp" peaked at number seventeen and spent three weeks on the top forty.

The song heavily samples the main beat and vocals from "The Big Beat" by rock musician Billy Squier. The song is sampled in Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip's song "Fixed". This song was remixed by Ratatat and was featured on their Ratatat Remixes Vol. 1 mixtape.

"Like ragga mixed with hip hop with an incredible, original UK style," enthused Guru of Gang Starr in 2003. "I honestly believe he can sell mad records in the States. He's got good energy, man."

It was featured in the hit documentary Rize and on an episode of Skins, as was the song "Jus' a Rascal". It features briefly in an episode of Smallville and appears in the video game "DJ Hero" in multiple remixes.[1] The song also featured on the UK version of Def Jam Rapstar. In 2012 the track also featured briefly in the animated film ParaNorman.

In October 2011, NME placed it at number 25 on its "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[2]

"Fix Up, Look Sharp"
Dizzee Rascal - Fix Up, Look Sharp
Single by Dizzee Rascal
from the album Boy in da Corner
B-side
Released18 August 2003
Format
Length3:44
LabelXL
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Dizzee Rascal
Dizzee Rascal singles chronology
"I Luv U"
(2003)
"Fix Up, Look Sharp"
(2003)
"Lucky Star"
(2003)

Track listing

CD
  1. "Fix Up, Look Sharp" (clean radio edit)
  2. "Stop Dat"
  3. "I Luv U" (video)

Charts

Chart (2003) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[3] 17

References

  1. ^ DJ Hero "Fix Up, Look Sharp!" (Video Game Remix). www.djhero.com.
  2. ^ 150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years. NME.
  3. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.

External links

Angles (Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip album)

Angles is the debut album by dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip, released on 12 May 2008. It entered and peaked at #31 on the UK album chart. Most of the album was recorded in a friend of Scroobius Pip's shed in Essex and in dan le sac's back bedroom.

Billy Squier

William Haislip Squier (, born May 12, 1950) is an American rock musician. Squier had a string of arena rock hits in the 1980s. He is best known for the song "The Stroke", from his 1981 album Don't Say No.

Other hits include "My Kinda Lover", "In the Dark", "Rock Me Tonite", "Lonely Is the Night", "Everybody Wants You" and "Emotions in Motion".

Boy in da Corner

Boy in da Corner is the debut studio album by English rapper and producer Dizzee Rascal. It was first released on 21 July 2003 by XL Recordings in the United Kingdom before being released the following year in the United States.

A widespread critical success, Boy in da Corner became one of the most acclaimed records of 2003 and went on to win the Mercury Prize for best album from the UK and Ireland. It also peaked at number 23 on the British albums chart and sold over 250,000 copies worldwide by 2004. With the album's success, Dizzee Rascal gave mainstream exposure to grime music while becoming the UK's first internationally recognized rap star.

Dickon Edwards

Dickon Edwards (born Richard Edwards; 3 September 1971), also known as Dickon Angel, is a London-based indie pop musician and diarist. He was a founding member of the bands Orlando and Fosca, and briefly played guitar in the band Spearmint.Known for his dandy aesthetic, Dickon has peroxide blonde hair and is often seen in a white, blue, or silver-grey three-piece suit, the silver-grey suit being a bequest from fellow London dandy Sebastian Horsley.He has kept a blog called The Diary at the Centre of the Earth since 8 December 1997. Excerpts from the blog were included in Travis Elborough and Nick Rennison's A London Year and in the follow-up title A Traveller's Year.In March 2008 he released a printed collection of lyrics titled The Portable Dickon Edwards, which was released in a limited edition alongside Fosca's The Painted Side of the Rocket album.

Dizzee Rascal discography

English rapper Dizzee Rascal has released six studio albums, one live album, one extended play, 32 singles (including nine singles as a featured artist), two charity releases, two promotional singles and two mixtapes.

Dizzee Rascal released his debut studio album, Boy in da Corner, on 21 July 2003, in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number twenty-three; having been certified as gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The album was preceded by the rapper's debut single, "I Luv U", which peaked at number twenty-nine on the UK Singles Chart. The singles "Fix Up, Look Sharp" and "Jus' a Rascal" were also released from the album in 2003, reaching peaks of number seventeen and thirty, respectively, in the UK. The rapper's second studio album, Showtime was released on 6 September 2004, where it debuted at number eight in the UK and number sixty-five in Ireland. The album's lead single, "Stand Up Tall" was released on 23 August 2004, marking Dizzee Rascal's first top-ten single when it peaked at number ten. The album also saw the release of "Dream" and the double A-side "Off 2 Work"/"Graftin'", which reached peaks of number fourteen and number forty-four in the UK, respectively.

A third studio album, Maths + English, was released on 4 June 2007, where it debuted at number seven in the UK and number fifty-seven in Ireland. The album saw the release of three singles, "Sirens", "Pussyole (Old Skool)" and "Flex", which reached peaks of number twenty, twenty-two and twenty-three, respectively, in the UK. On 22 June 2008, Dizzee Rascal released "Dance wiv Me", a collaboration with singer Chrome and songwriter/producer Calvin Harris. The track saw commercial success for the rapper when it debuted at number-one in the UK, also reaching number five in Ireland and number thirteen in Australia. The single spent four consecutive weeks at the top of the UK chart and was certified platinum the following year for surpassing sales of 600,000 copies. The rapper continued the line of success when follow-up singles "Bonkers", produced by Armand van Helden, and "Holiday", featuring Chrome, both topped the UK chart. The fourth studio album, Tongue N' Cheek, was released on 21 September 2009, peaking at number three in the UK and number twenty in Ireland. It was succeeded by the release of a fourth single, "Dirtee Cash", which gave the rapper a fourth consecutive top-ten hit when it peaked at number ten.

At the 2010 BRIT Awards, Dizzee collaborated with British indie rock band Florence and the Machine, performing "You Got the Dirtee Love", a mash-up of "You've Got the Love" and "Dirtee Cash". The collaboration was then released as a digital download, peaking at number two in the United Kingdom and number twenty-four in Ireland. The album, Tongue N' Cheek, was re-issued in June 2010 to include the collaboration and celebrate the platinum certification of the album itself. The 'Dirtee Deluxe' edition of the album included the single "Dirtee Disco", which gave the rapper a fourth solo number-one single when it topped the chart in May 2010.

The rapper returned to the charts in 2012 following the release of "Scream", which featured Must Be the Music finalist Pepper (of Pepper & Piano). It became the artist's nineteenth top forty hit in the United Kingdom when it debuted at number twenty-two in August 2012.

Dizzee Rascal has also appeared as a featured artist on several occasions, the first of which was "Lucky Star" (2003), a collaboration with Basement Jaxx that peaked at number twenty-three in the UK. The rapper has also collaborated with The Brighton Port Authority on the track "Toe Jam" (2008) and with D Double E on the track "Bluku! Bluku!" (2011). Most notably is Dizzee Rascal's collaboration with Colombian singer Shakira, "Loca". The track proved an international hit, topping charts worldwide, including Poland, Portugal and Spain; also peaking at number thirty-two on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2010, the rapper collaborated with British producer DJ Fresh on the track "The Power"—which peaked at number six in the United Kingdom. The rapper has also been involved in two charity releases: firstly as Band Aid 20 in 2004 on the track "Do They Know It's Christmas" and secondly as part of Shout for England in 2010 on the track "Shout" with James Corden, both peaking at number one in the UK and Ireland.

I Luv U (Dizzee Rascal song)

"I Luv U" is the debut single by British rapper Dizzee Rascal and the lead single from his debut album Boy in da Corner. It was released in May 2003 after a test pressing had leaked to the Internet in 2002. The single became Dizzee Rascal's first top forty hit, peaking at number twenty-nine and spending three weeks inside the top seventy-five. It is sometimes mistaken for the second single released by Dizzee Rascal, after number two, "Fix Up, Look Sharp".

The song was produced by Dizzee Rascal with vocalist and London rapper Jeanine Jacques featuring on vocals. The song opens with a stuttering voice repeating the song's title, leading into a bass-heavy rhythm. It discusses about teenage relationships, teenage pregnancy, undesirable player girls and falling for girls who are using you. More specifically, the song chronicles a relationship where sex is used as blackmail ending up in the eventual breakdown of said relationship when the male character starts fantasizing about a college girl. Although the college girl has escaped the ghetto via education, according to Dizzee, she still gives "ghetto head".

The Wire described "I Luv U"'s impact on grime as "analogous to "Anarchy in the U.K." for punk rock." The track was named as one of the best songs released between 2000 and 2003 in the 2008 book The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present.

Jus' a Rascal

"Jus' a Rascal" is the third single by British rapper, Dizzee Rascal, and third and final single from his debut studio album, Boy in da Corner. The single became his third top 40 hit, peaking at number 30 and spending three weeks inside the top 75 of the UK Singles Chart.

"Jus' a Rascal" was used in an episode of Skins along with "Fix Up, Look Sharp", and in the film Kidulthood. Part of the song is also used in series 3 of Hustle.

List of songs in DJ Hero

DJ Hero is a rhythm video game and a spin-off of the Guitar Hero series. The game was developed by FreeStyleGames and published by Activision worldwide in October 2009 for the PlayStation 2 and 3, Wii, and Xbox 360 consoles. The game is based on turntablism, requiring the use of a special game controller that includes a turntable surface with three buttons, a crossfader bar, and an effects dial, in addition to other controller buttons used to manipulate in-game menus. In a manner similar to Guitar Hero, players use the turntable controller to mimic the actions of a disc jockey (DJ), such as scratching and crossfading between two different songs, as graphical representations of these actions scroll down on screen towards the player in time with the music. Unlike previous Guitar Hero games, there is no performance meter, and instead players are simply challenged to obtain the best score possible in order to earn stars (from zero to five for each mix) to unlock new songs, venues, and characters. The player can attempt these songs at one of four difficulties (Easy to Expert), with higher difficulties providing more actions for the player to perform within the song.The game's on-disc soundtrack contains 94 mixes, most made from two songs; over 100 individual songs are incorporated into these mixes. Some mixes feature only a single song mixed with itself. Ten songs on disc include a guitar track that can be played using a Guitar Hero or other compatible controller alongside the DJ mixing player in the game's DJ vs Guitar mode. The game supports additional content through downloadable tracks from the game consoles' respective online stores. While most on-disc mixes were created by FreeStyleGames, several DJs have contributed mixes to the game, including Grandmaster Flash, DJ Shadow, DJ AM, DJ Z-Trip, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and the Scratch Perverts; other DJ artists provided future downloadable content.

Lucky Star (Basement Jaxx song)

"Lucky Star" is a song by British electronic music duo Basement Jaxx. It was released as a single from their third studio album, Kish Kash. The song features grime artist Dizzee Rascal and Mona Singh, the daughter of Channi Singh. It was released under XL Recordings, the same label Dizzee Rascal himself was on at the time of release. It was released as a 12" single, and reached number 23 on the UK Singles Chart.

A music video was produced to promote the single.

Radio 1's Live Lounge – Volume 2

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Rize (film)

Rize is an American documentary film starring Lil' C, Tommy Johnson, also known as Tommy the Clown, and Miss Prissy. The documentary exposes the new dance forms known as Clowning and Krumping, which started in Los Angeles around the time of the 1992 riots that followed the Rodney King verdict. The film was written and directed by David LaChapelle. Working alongside LaChapelle were executive producers, Ishbel Whitaker, Barry Peele, Ellen Jacobson-Clarke, Stavros Merjos, and Rebecca Skinner. Rize was produced by Lions Gate Entertainment with a production budget of $700 thousand dollars. Rize was released domestically on June 24, 2005 grossing $3.3 million at the box office.

Rize (soundtrack)

Music from the Original Motion Picture: Rize is the soundtrack album to the documentary movie by David LaChapelle, Rize. It was released on June 21, 2005 through Forster Brothers Entertainment and features songs by Flii Stylz, Dizzee Rascal, Christina Aguilera and others.

Ruben Fleischer

Ruben Samuel Fleischer (born October 31, 1974) is an American film director, film producer, television producer, music video director, and commercial director who lives in Los Angeles. He is best known as the director of Zombieland, his first feature film. He followed it by making the films 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad. In 2018, he directed a film featuring the Marvel Comics character Venom. Prior to directing feature films, Fleischer was a director of television commercials and music videos, working for such brands as Cisco, Eurostar, ESPN, and Burger King, as well as such artists as M.I.A., Electric Six, DJ Format, and Gold Chains.

Sam Blue

Sam Blue (born Simon Blewitt 1959 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England) (also known as Sam Blewitt) is an English hard rock singer, who has been part of the bands Emerson, Axis, L. A. Secrets, Paul Samson's Empire, Ya Ya, Ultravox, GTS, and Burns Blue. He works in the UK and Europe as a session singer, performing and collaborating with many artists including The Streets, Dizzee Rascal, Braund Reynolds, The Young Punx, Phonat, Urban Myth, Avicci, Otto Knows, Madness. Had Top 40 single in 2006 with Baywatch theme - I'll be Ready (Naughty Boy/Phat Beach)

Also worked in artist manager at Plan C Management with Christian Ulf-Hansen. The company's artists included the singer-songwriter, Tobias Fröberg (Sweden); & Kathryn Williams.

Screen Nation Film and Television Awards

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Simon Price

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The Big Beat (Billy Squier song)

The Big Beat is a 1980 song by Billy Squier from his debut album The Tale of the Tape. While it never charted, the song has become a sampling staple in hip-hop music. As of 2017, the song has been sampled in more than 260 recordings. The "big beat" itself was performed by drummer Bobby Chouinard.

The Tale of the Tape

The Tale of the Tape is a rock album by Billy Squier that was released in May 1980. It was his first solo album, following two albums with the band Piper. The disc spent three months on Billboard's album chart, setting Squier's career in motion. Several of its tracks were popular on AOR (Album Oriented Rock) radio.

Although no songs from the album reached the charts, the song "The Big Beat" has been notably sampled by hip hop artists, including Run-D.M.C.'s "Here We Go", Big Daddy Kane's "Ain't No Half Steppin'", Jay-Z's "99 Problems", Dizzee Rascal's "Fix Up, Look Sharp", U.T.F.O's "Roxanne, Roxanne" and Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire". The song also featured a pre-MTV music video.

Tongue n' Cheek

Tongue n' Cheek is the fourth studio album by British rapper Dizzee Rascal. The album was released on 20 September 2009 and includes the number one singles, "Dance wiv Me", "Bonkers", "Holiday" and "Dirtee Disco". It has been certified platinum by the BPI for sales of over 300,000, making it the best-selling album of Rascal's career.

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