Dizzee Rascal and Vevo release short film “Don’t Take It Personal”

Posted on 22 February 2024
By Khyle Medany
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Vevo, the world’s leading music video network, announces Dizzee Rascal as the next artist in their ctrl series with an exclusive short film titled and performances after his new album, Don’t Take It Personal. The film is an extended interview piece to complement Vevo’s Ctrl performance series. In this extended interview Dizzee takes us to significant locations that have inspired him or meant something to him over  the years.

Vevo’s global Ctrl series highlights the work of hard-hitting, cutting-edge musicians making an impact in today’s music scene – both emerging and established. Dizzee Rascal’s performances follow sessions from Giggs, Rick Ross, ENNY, M Huncho, Common, EST Gee, Flo Milli, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, Jadakiss, Fabolous, Latto and more.

“We’re excited to extend our Ctrl series into a documentary-style short film that highlights the musical history of this incredible artist,” says Claudia De Wolff, Vice President, Content & Programming, Vevo London, “As longtime fans of Dizzee Rascal, the team was thrilled to be able to work with him and add this narrative element to sit alongside his Ctrl performances. His impact on music has been nothing short of monumental, his influence can be heard through so many artists today so it’s great to be able to really unearth his story with this piece.”

Dizzee’s Don’t Take It Personal short film features the godfather of Grime at places that helped shape him and his sound. Starting at Bethnal Green’s Slider Cuts barber shop, he sits in the chair for a trim to discuss his latest endeavor. “You called your album Don’t Take It Personal. Why?” asks the barber, “Because we live in a very sensitive time where everyone’s getting upset about everything that ain’t got shit to do with them” Dizzee laughs, “When people disappoint you in life of you feel like they’ve done you dirty or whatever, a lot of the time it’s not necessarily about you, it’s about them. If you do take it personal, that will take you down a road that’s…unproductive.”

In the piece, he talks with collaborator D Double E, who he credits with teaching him how to emcee. On the ride over, he expands on this legend status, saying, “At the time, I don’t know if I would describe myself as an innovator – I was just trying to work with what I had. Because if we’re being truthful here, my sound came from not having. I didn’t have all the big bits of equipment that would have allowed me to make the popular music of the time, whether it be pop music or even garage since they used samplers in those times.”

The interview transitions into a roof-raising performance of “What You Know About That” in the Vevo ctrl studio featuring D Double E and JME. As the song concludes, viers are taken into an arcade as Dizzee and JME discuss how they started making music, the ups and downs of the industry and the benefits of going against the grain. It soon transitions to Dizzee’s final ctrl performance of “You Can Have Dat” before showing him behind the scenes and looking towards the new album and the future.

Dizzee explains, “I think with this new album, I wanted it to be fun. I kind of started it with the flow, went with the flow for whatever sounded good with the beat. I feel it’s definitely something I needed to make…self-exploration, diving deeper into music.” As for the future, he explains, “What’s next for me? I just can’t wait to get this new music out there and then move on to the next one. I won’t wait four years next time.