Dizzee Rascal has been hailed for ‘saving 2020’ after finally confirming the release of his new album.
The rapper’s new release is set to drop in October this year and is titled E3 AF in a nod to Dizzee’s hometown of Bow in East London and its E3 postcode.
Taking to Twitter, Dizzee – real name Dylan Kwabena Mills – teased: ‘My new album E3 AF is out October 9th. Pre-order is live this Thursday evening. Keep it locked!! more on the way… #E3AF.’
He included a couple of snaps that hinted at the album’s cover and fans were all over the news.
‘Best news all year,’ one follower tweeted after seeing Dizzee’s announcement, while another posted: ‘2020 saved.’
‘FROM THE MAN HIMSELF ITS HAPPENING! #E3AF,’ one excited fan tweeted, as plenty more responded to Dizzee’s tweet with fire emojis.
Others wondered whether Dizzee’s new album is a nod to the early years of his career, when he released his debut album Boy in da Corner back in 2003, given the black and yellow theme of the pics he shared.
‘Boy In The Corner colours,’ pointed out one follower, while another tweeted: ‘Black and yellow, Nike tracksuit and 97s … do I sense a bit of boy in da corner on this new ting.’
‘If this has that Boy in Da Corner energy then I’m interested,’ said another.
E3 AF will be the grime artist’s seventh album, with his last release Raskit dropping back in 2017.
It comes after the Fix Up, Look Sharp hit-maker urged Glastonbury to just sign him up as a headliner already.
Dizzee had been listed in the lineup for Glastonbury 2020, but the festival was cancelled due to coronavirus and is expected to return next year instead.
Speaking to The Guardian, Dizzee said: ‘I was supposed to play Glastonbury this year. At this point they need to hurry up and just let me headline that thing.
‘Those sets I played on the Pyramid stage… got me a headlining reaction bigger than the actual headliners. That’s the thing about my sets. There’s not a lot of downtime, not a lot of dip, it’s just energy all the way through.’
Dizzee has previously headlined Glastonbury’s West Holts stage in 2017 and played sets on the iconic Pyramid Stage in 2010 and 2013 ahead of headliners Gorillaz and Arctic Monkeys.
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