Boy George once told me that people should pay more attention to hip hop. "It as groundbreaking as pop was in the sixties," he said.
He was right.
Artists like Jay-Z, Missy Elliot and Busta Rhymes have artistically moved the genre to a whole new level of creativity.
Dizzee Rascal, 19, is taking his music even further. The British MC makes hip hop look cool again with his fusion of hip hop, UK garage, dance hall, techno, and most importantly, his fierce and powerful delivery.
Rascal’s debut album “Boy In Da Corner” was the surprising winner of the Mercury Music Prize, the British Grammy equivalent, for Album of the Year in 2003.
Dizzy Rascal grew up in government housing in London’s East End. His lyrics vividly portray the angst of living on the streets with stories about violence, robbery and teen pregnancy. The prodigy admits, “music was my only option. It was my only way out.”
He recently showcased his genre-busting music at Miami's Winter Music Conference and Austin's South By Southwest Music Festival. “I just wanted to stretch the boundaries,” Rascal tells Arjan about his music. “It is not about me being angry or pissed off. It is all a matter of delivery. I want to do something new. Something that I like.”