Slowthai is a rapper/producer from Northampton, England. His latest solo release slowitdown packs a serious punch of grime beats and lyrical jabs, most notably on the track ‘Wiseman’ which originally premiered on Boiler Room and played more recently on the Gilles Peterson show.
Big Peace, also known as Big War, is a producer and a co-founder of the multidisciplinary Generic Greeting Collective in Manchester, UK.
According to the Bandcamp page, the Peace/War albumis a collection of hip-hop beats made from 2010 – 2016 that incorporate elements of Balearic dance music, dub, and grime. The vibe is next-level, to say the least, as is the artwork.
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 Pitchforkdescribed 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.