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on March 31, 2014, 12:00am
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British Hip-Hop

Had the Notorious BIG urged fans to clasp their wangs if they dug British rap, he’d have gotten some confused stares. That’s partially because he died in 1997, before blokes like Dizzee Rascal and the Streets put U.K. hip-hop on the map. But even if those inroads had been made, Biggie’s fans probably wouldn’t have been along for the ride. Dizzee’s 2003 debut, Boy in Da Corner, is actually pretty great, and the Streets’ Original Pirate Material is even better, but yanks used to hearing rhymes spit in American English will always struggle with foreign accents. Even Brits from the projects can sound posh to stateside ears, and the abundance of confusing sub-sub-genres — grime, bassline, 2-step, garage, etc. — make this an even tougher sell.

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