This past Saturday it was pure pandemonium as hundreds of hipsters trekked over the Brooklyn bridge to see the latest and (possibly) greatest British import make his US debut. Described by Rolling Stone as, ìEazy-E, Shabba Ranks & Gary Numan, all in the same body,î Dizzee Rascalís Boy in da Corner is breaking new ground on the international hip hop scene, redefining it as he goes along. He was led to the ìstageî, an 18 wheeler flat bed truck that Dizzee claimed he drove to NYC from the UK, by an entourage of seven. Dizzeeís spitfire energy was undeniable even though his style was nondescript. Donning a Yankees baseball cap, baggy jeans and gray hoodie, he was identical to the kids that hang on my corner. It became refreshingly crystal clear that this performance was not about gimmicks or hype, it was about rap music, stripped all the way down to its natural and radical core.
Dizzee was able to win over the crowd with his heavy hitting beats (think two parts drum & bass, mixed with one part jungle, a splash of garage and a small pinch of American Southern Rap) - your body is instinctively compelled to move. He graced the audience with three freestyles, focusing on cross-cultural social issues of violence, unplanned pregnancies and poverty. What makes for uneasy listening is deciphering Dizzeeís one of a kind accent. While some tend to prefer their hip hop homegrown, there is something special about Dizzeeís own brand. If you are up for the challenge, then shut your mouth, speed up your thoughts and slow down your judgments (at least until the show is over). End reward: you will be privy to a unique, crafty and revolutionary street artist that hasnít fallen prey to mass marketing tactics or materialism that is glorified in contemporary American culture.
Source: Jenay Alejandro