HUNDREDS HAVE signed a petition to get grime star Dizzee Rascal to perform his Mercury Award-winning body of work Boy In Da Corner in London.
It comes after the east London artist announced he would perform his iconic debut album in New York later this year as part of the RBMA Festival.
It will be the first time Dizzee performs the body of work in its entirety and has subsequently sparked a petition for the 31-year-old artist to perform it on home soil.
The plea, started by Laura Brosnan, on the change.org website, reads: “With the recent announcement by RBMA NYC that Dizzee Rascal will be performing his debut album, Boy In Da Corner my heart melted in nostalgia. I wondered to myself ‘WHY NOT LONDON?
“The legendary album cemented the sound of grime music over 13 years ago. The full set will be performed at the Red Bull Music Academy New York Festival on May 6th 2016.
“Grime has seen a heavy re-emergence into the UK’s mainstream and artists like Kano have sold out shows by re-touring their debut material.”
The author signs off: “DIZZEE RASCAL please give the UK a Boy In Da Corner Tour. Kind Regards, Every Grime fan in the UK.”
Following its release, both The Guardian and Los Angeles Times gave Boy In Da Corner a five-star review – a huge achievement for a debut release and its iconic status was further cemented when it went onto win the coveted Mercury Prize.
At the time of writing more than 500 people have signed the petition.
Notable names to add their names to the petition include, BBC Radio 1 Xtra presenter Sian Anderson and UK rapper Tinie Tempah’s Disturbing London label.
WORDS: Layla Young