Dizzee Rascal is back from an Eastern tour of Australia, New Zealand and Japan with 1Xtra's DJ Semtex.
On his whirlwind 3 day stay in Japan he performed in front of thousands at the Fuji Rock Festival and sampled the overwhelming culture of respect for black music. Check out why Japan is the place to be right now...
What did you make of Japanese culture?
"It was like stepping into another planet, everything's just done so differently out there. I can only compare the work ethic to that of America. Japan is a whole new territory; it will change your perspective. Japanese people are dead respectful, it's overwhelming.
Which tracks did you perform at the Fuji Rock Festival?
"I did a mixture of old and new, Stop that, I love u, Fix Up Look Sharp, that's the big one it makes everyone go mad, everyone knows it all around the world. I even did Stand Up Tall and Respect Me and a lot of freestyling. It was really vibesy. They were on it all the way through. They do things differently over there. They really listen until you stop and then they go mad, it's different."
Is their love for black culture genuine and long-lasting or just a trend?
"As far as music goes I think the Japanese have the highest tolerance in the world, I don't think it's just a trend, they're really into it. I think my career in Japan will last. I'm black but I don't necessarily make black music. It's taken a while for people to except it as Hip Hop, it just is what it is."
Any advice for first time visitors?
Definitely go out shopping, even if you don't buy anything there's so much to see. I bought a heavy digital camera out there, it's some next level s**t. We were there for 3 days, around Tokyo, it was heavy. They're way ahead of everyone. You'll just enjoy it trust me."
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