Dizzee Rascal on Kanye West: 'I wouldn't make him the spokesperson for hip-hop'

"I think he's going through some stuff, man" says rapper

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Dizzee Rascal has responded to Kanye West's extraordinary radio interview by claiming that the 'Yeezus' rapper shouldn't be seen as a "spokesperson for hip-hop".

Kanye gave a much-discussed interview to BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe last month in which he barely let the presenter get a word in edgeways, giving his opinion on everything from the glass ceiling for black artists in the music industry to his own fashion projects, his perceived megalomania, his creative ambitions and his partner, Kim Kardashian.

Speaking to the Daily Star about the interview, Dizzee said: "I think he's going through some stuff, man. I wouldn't make him the spokesperson for hip-hop right now." He also said that despite relocating to Miami to work on his forthcoming album 'The Fifth' he hadn't forgotten his roots, adding: "I spend all day in my Union Jack pants. A lot of the album is about my experiences in the US. When I'm in Miami there's a few English people there, but there's more of a Latin vibe than an American vibe."

Last 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''s tracklisting is as follows:

'Superman'
'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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