Dizzee’s first album Boy in Da Corner expressed his experiences about growing up as an outcast in the East London projects. Here’s how Pitchfork described it thirteen years ago:
Rascal is at ground level, eyes trained on his immediate surroundings. His rhymes, and especially his beats, reflect his area’s desperate social, economic and political landscape.
Dizzee is 32 years old now and sees the world in a different perspective, much calmer than his angst in the past. In a conversation with Pharrell on Beats 1 show “OTHERtone,” he gives his thoughts on Brexit.
“What happens when you shout and scream at the world and then they listen, agree with you. ‘Yeah, we like that too.’ You’ve got to find something in common with people. That’s the way to get on in life.”
Given the state of political affairs in the US, Pharrell echoes Dizzee’s passion for the beauty of difference, arguing that divisiveness should bring people together to find common ground.
“You hate to see divisiveness win…You’re entertained by everything creative people do. Creativity is the gathering of thoughts, ideas, and concepts. You can’t tell me that you want to be isolated like a pool of algae, a stagnant puddle of algae.” – Pharrell
History shows that humans can be brutal and imperfect. However, if you cannot rise above difference and agree on something, who are you to say that you are all that different. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.