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New Video: Dizzee Rascal Deciphers British Hip-Hop Slang

In a series of clips, the MC teaches stateside squares London's wonky street jargon.

William Goodman // March 20, 2008

Welcome to British Hip-Hop Slang 101, students! Today your professor, London’s grime rhymer Dizzee Rascal, will kick off the semester with a basic exercise in footwear. So take a torch to those French, Spanish, and German language textbooks, and pay attention as Mr. Rascal offers a truly valuable lesson you can take to the streets:

Note to the world: Can we get a U.S. hip-hop artist to provide a lesson in stateside street slang? We here at SPIN.com are behind the curve, still consider “dope” and “fresh” streetwise vernacular, and have taken recent hip-hop cues from Flight of the Conchords. Please help!