Rapper says he wasn't pressured into tapping into the mainstream

Dizzee Rascal has insisted that he likes making “big pop records” and has no plans to abandon his mainstream chart success.

The rapper, who kick-started his 2012 comeback with the release of a free mixtape earlier this month (January 1), told BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe that rather than being put under pressure to write pop tunes, it had been something he wanted to do for himself.

He said:

I think some people think that I was pressured into it but it was my choice. I like making big pop records. It was something I wanted to try my hand at.

He later went on to add: “When I did ‘Dance Wiv Me’, ‘Bonkers’ and ‘Holiday’ it was all experimental, that was all I wanted to do, and it’s worked, so I don’t see any reason not to do it.”

When asked what his plans for 2012 were, the hip-hop star also revealed that he would be releasing more new music, replying: “Another album – a follow-up to this mixtape because this one has gone down really well. And a lot of touring, last year I didn’t do as much but this year anything could happen.”

Dizzee, who took a break from music last year, recently signed a new record deal with Universal Music, shortly after the label agreed to purchase the recorded music division of EMI.

His fifth studio album, which will be the follow-up to 2009’s ‘Tongue N’ Cheek’, is expected to be released later this year.