Dizzee goes for 100 per­cent rap

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Bri­tish rap­per Dizzee Ras­cal is go­ing all the way in on rap on his new CD. The singer’s best-sell­ing tracks to date have been dance-based col­lab­o­ra­tions, in­clud­ing Dance wiv Me (fea­tur­ing Calvin Har­ris), Bonkers (fea­tur­ing Ar­mand Van Helden) and Hol­i­day (fea­tur­ing Chrome), all taken from his 2008 al­bum, Tongue n’ Cheek, but Ras­cal says his new al­bum, Raskit, is 100 per­cent rap.

Talk­ing back­stage at Glas­ton­bury Fes­ti­val, the Lon­don­born rap­per ex­plained that, af­ter start­ing out at the fore­front of the U.K. grime scene and then mak­ing an im­pact in pop, he has now come full-cy­cle and hopes to touch peo­ple on all sides of his fan base.

Dizzee Ras­cal says he was in­spired by Jay Z’s mu­sic. “I was ba­si­cally just try­ing to make some­thing that could stand up to all the rap al­bums I grew up lis­ten­ing to,” he says.

Raskit, the rap­per’s first al­bum in four years since The Fifth in 2013, has taken over two years to pro­duce. “I spent so long on this one, so much has hap­pened in between,” said the rap­per. “I al­most feel like new again be­cause ev­ery time I have come out over 15 years, the game has changed a lit­tle bit.”

Much of Raskit was recorded in the U.S., but the rap­per made sure he em­braced his Bri­tish cul­ture, in­clud­ing Bri­tish slang in his lyrics to ap­peal to his U.K. fans. “Even though some of th­ese beats might sound Amer­i­can-friendly, the whole pack­age is still clearly not geared for them. It’s still geared for home first, so that made me happy.”

Raskit is sched­uled for re­lease in the U.K. on July 21. Dizzee Ras­cal will be tour­ing in Oc­to­ber.

I al­most feel like new again be­cause ev­ery time I have come out over 15 years, the game has changed a lit­tle bit.” Dizzee Ras­cal

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