UK Rapper Slams Banker Bling, Credit Crunch

Far and wide people are expressing their opinions on the financial crisis. In the UK, popular rapper Dizzee Rascal tackled the credit crunch in his recently released music video.

Dressed in a top hat and tails, Rascal rubs velvet shoulders with black-and-white minstrels, a character in a Thatcher mask and cartoon glamour girls, while singing 'Dirtee Cash,' with lyrics focused specifically on the latest expenses scandal within the British government and bankers' greed:

"People act shameless
Tryna live like entertainers,
Want a fat crib with the acres,
So they spend money that they ain’t made yet,
Got a benz on tik that they ain’t paid yet,
Spend their pay cheque
In the west end on the weekend
Got no money by the end of the weekend."

UK Rapper Dizzee Rascal
UK Rapper Dizzee Rascal

"I once had pride, now that's all behind,
I want to get rich quick,
I want success and all that goes with it."

"It's portraying modern-day society as a grotesque parade. It's showing all the ugly truths," Rascal said of the song. "Thatcher's in there, page three girls, all the celebrity bull**** that's all to do with money.

"The recession has made me understand society a bit more. There wasn't much reason to care about economics before — now it's in your face. If you weren't into politics, it's been rammed down your throat now," he told UK newspaper The Evening Standard.

"What I'm trying to do is be observational. I'm allowed to have a point of view without having the responsibility of changing the country. What is politics anyway? It's a bunch of dudes making decisions in some old building; but it's all about decisions that are affecting people's lives. Rap music is the outcome — it's the people that those decisions have affected, rapping about their surroundings," Rascal said.