BBC Radio 1 'disappointed' and 'surprised' by Dizzee Rascal Twitter criticism

The rapper called the station's playlist team 'two-faced' in a lengthy rant

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Representatives for BBC Radio 1 have issued a statement saying they were "disappointed" and "surprised" by Dizzee Rascal's scathing Twitter attack on the station.

In a series of tweets, the rapper criticised the station's playlist decisions and also attacked the Live Lounge sessions.

In a statement released to NME, a Radio 1 spokesperson said: "Radio 1 has given Dizzee huge support over the last decade, and while not every song can make the cut, we have playlisted three singles off his current album, so we were very disappointed and really surprised to read these comments."

The rapper began his criticism of the station in a series of tweets last night (November 5). "Who ever does Radio 1 playlist suck my dick! I'm tired of you Cocksuckers you better stop playing me. Make up your fucking minds!!!" he started. "I'm tired of putting up with these 2 faced pricks at Radio 1! If anyone's got a problem let me know. All this nice guy shits dead!"

Moving onto the Live Lounge, where artists are asked to play a cover, he continued: "Fuck Live Lounge! If I gotta keep fighting to get my shit played why bother doing someone else's song so you can sell it on ur shitty comp!"

He then said that his outburst may not be the best idea, but that he was fed up with trying to get his tracks played on the station. "Going against radio 1 aunt [sic] smart but I'm tired holding it down and being a good little nigger. You're full of shit Bar the specialists," he wrote.

He concluded by comparing the treatment of US artists with homegrown talent, writing: "When Americans get played in on radio1 they make allowances for profanity but if it's coming from the nigger down the road it's a problem!"

Dizzee Rascal was also involved in Robbie Williams' own playlist wrangles earlier this year. The pop singer dubbed Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw a "bastard" after the station refused to playlist his single 'Candy'.

Ironically, Robbie Williams subsequently returned to the Radio 1 playlist with Dizzee Rascal on their collaboration 'Goin' Crazy'. The pair then performed the track together at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Londonderry this summer (May 24).

Earlier this year, Radio 1 music bosses admitted that they consider Williams, who is 39, to be too old to have his singles played on the station. They also revealed that Noel Gallagher's music is "more at home on Radio 2" and that Green Day's recent output has not been good enough to get played by the station.

Dizzee Rascal released his new album 'The Fifth' last month (September 30). As well as Williams, the album features collaborations with Jessie J, 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.

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