E-40 & Dizzee Rascal
Danny Brown: “I didn’t get into E-40 until I started selling drugs. E-40 was saying everything I was doing. He was giving you game moreso than promoting. He would say little slick shit and it would sound like advice to me. [I started listening to E-40 around the time] the Internet started coming around, like Napster and all that shit.
I learned a lot from Dizzee Rascal. That was when I was already thinking I’m a rapper and I know everything about songwriting. He showed me I wasn’t good at all because his songwriting was so next level.
“When Dizzee came around, his album probably spoke to me more so than any album. It sounded like no other rap that I heard before. I was always struck by that. I can’t believe I heard an album that doesn’t sound like nothing else and it’s still like that 10 years later.
“It just had that affect on me through my whole life. His subject matters and the way he sequences albums, I learned a lot from him. That was when I was already thinking I’m a rapper and I know everything about songwriting. He showed me I wasn’t good at all because his songwriting was so next level—and he was only 19 years old.
“His [entire] verses were like hooks. It’s hard for me to come up with a nice catchy hook and he’s coming up with like 15 catchy hooks in one song. A lot of people don’t always see that about Dizzee Rascal. Now he rich probably just chilling.”