Dizzee Rascal Helps Pen England’s World Cup Anthem
With the World Cup just around the corner, U.K. rapper and grime forefather Dizzee Rascal has linked-up with actor James Corden to record a new theme song for England’s team in the popular soccer tournament. Apparently based on a relationship and song idea brokered by ‘American Idol’ host and British music industry maestro Simon Cowell, the duo flips a sample from ‘Shout’ — a hit song by gloomy ’80s British pop duo Tears for Fears.
Dizzee uses his vocal talents to get the fans all riled up throughout the track. In a preview portion, he raps: “Come on England/ we need to sort it out/ Put the champs down/ Pull your finger out/ Leave the Wags alone/ Set aside your ego/ We’re tired of bragging about 40-odd years ago/ We need a victory, quick, fast.”
The duo is also using the track as a charitable gesture. All sales will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London — an institution that opened in the 1800s and specializes in caring for children.
While vocals were finalized last week, Dizzee and Corden are also encouraging fans of English soccer to call 0800 0494949 to join in the chorus. Calls are free from any landline in the U.K. and the opportunity ends at 11PM GMT local time on Friday.