Few grime veterans have a presence as distinctive and as impossible to ignore as D Double E.
Earning his stripes in the pre-grime era with Newham Generals then gaining a reputation as “the MC’s MC” throughout the sound’s renaissance, his cartoony flows and iconic catchphrases are part of grime’s DNA. Remarkably, it’s taken D Double until 2018 to drop his first solo full-length. Jackuum arrived on Friday (31 August) and it captures the trippy, indefinable magic which lies at the heart of his staying power. Holding his own alongside fellow authorities like Wiley as well as next-gen luminaries like AJ Tracey, it’s the sound of someone who’s not going anywhere.
To celebrate this milestone for a true British great, we asked D Double to go through the record and break down each track.
“You see on this one, I wanted to tell a story and show you a bit of where I came from but without telling you a full story, like it’s a deeper one. I wanted this one to stay with you after the album, that’s why it’s the last song, you just got to relax and take the whole thing in and zone out.”