Re: UK Hip-Hop
I think Dizzee (and Sway) are on the more garagey side of UK hip-hop - not really my thing although I'd never say he was crap (all those trying to sound like him are another story).
I recommend anyone interested checks out these albums:
Task Force - Music From The Corner 3
Skinnyman - Council Estate Of Mind
Foreign Beggars - Asylum Speakers
There's been loads of producers holdin it up for the UK worldwide for ages now like Vadim, DJ Format, Herbaliser and others but a lot of their work is with MCs from across the pond. I reckon we've now got the MCs to stand up worldwide.