Dizzee Rascal praises NHS and insists he could never make permanent move to America

Miami based rapper praises British health system as he highlights problems facing USA

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Dizzee Rascal has admitted he is thankful he was raised in Britain, not America, after seeing some of the problems they have across the pond.

The London-born rapper currently resides in Miami, and also regularly spends time in Houston and New York, but says he is glad to have been raised in Britain as he has been so shocked by America's problems with healthcare and poverty.

The rapper is preparing to release his new album 'The Fifth' next week (September 30) and discussed his take on America in a new interview with Metro. "They don't need another dude trying to sound American," Dizzee said, dismissing an idea that he could relocate to the US permanently. "I feel thankful that I was raised here. As a kid, I felt I had it bad - and people where I came from did - but if I'd been in a similar position in America, it could've been 10 times worse. We have the NHS. We don't have slums like I've seen in the Deep south, or shocking intolerance."

Earlier this week, Dizzee Rascal debuted his new track 'We Don't Play Around', a collaboration with Jessie J set to feature on 'The Fifth'. The song is the second time that the rapper and former The Voice coach have teamed up, after Dizzee featured on J's single 'Wild' in May of this year. He has previously unveiled the songs 'Something Really Bad', featuring will.i.am, and 'Goin Crazy', a duet with Robbie Williams.

'The Fifth' also features collaborations with Calvin Harris, Tinie Tempah, Bun B, Trae the Truth and Angel as well as songwriters Warren Okay 'Oak' Felder, Andrew 'Pop' Wansell, Jean-Baptiste Kouame and RedOne.

'The Fifth' tracklisting is as follows:

'I Don't Need A Reason'
'We Don't Play Around' (ft Jessie J)
'Good' (ft Angel)
'Spend Some Money' (ft Tinie Tempah)
'Arse Like That' (ft Sean Kingston)
'Something Really Bad' (ft will.i.am)
'Goin Crazy' (ft Robbie Williams)
'Love This Town' (ft Teddy Sky)
'H Town' (ft Bun B and Trae Tha Truth)
'Heart Of A Warrior' (ft Teddy Sky)
'Life Keeps Moving On'
Bonus Track - 'Bassline Junkie'

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