Dizzee Rascal wants to collaborate with Tom Jones

Rapper says his new album 'The Fifth' is 'positive' and 'happy' and warns fans not to expect a return to his grime roots

Dizzee Rascal has revealed he is targeting an unlikely new collaborator – Tom Jones.

The rapper has recently announced details of his new album ‘The Fifth’, which is due for release on July 1. The album features contributions from Tinie Tempah, Will.i.am, Calvin Harris, Jessie J and Robbie Williams, but not Welsh legend Jones, who is currently serving as a judge on BBC One’s The Voice.

“Tom Jones is the original gangsta so one day I’ll get him,” Rascal vowed in an interview with the Daily Star. “I was just lucky other people’s schedules meant they could do it. I’m blessed to have Robbie Williams, Tinie Tempah and Sean Kingston on there.”

Speaking back in 2008, Jones revealed he was open to the idea of collaborating with Dizzee. “I like his song ‘Dance Wiv Me’, it’s a British rap, which is great. It doesn’t have to be American to be gangster, but this is happy rap. I’d have him rapping on one of my records if it called for it,” Jones said at the time.

Meanwhile, discussing the subject matter on his new album ‘The Fifth’, Dizzee told the Daily Star: “It’s the most positive, happy album I could make over three years. I wrote a lot about about my experiences in America, a lot of it is me soaking up LA, Miami, Houston, it was organic.”

However, he warned fans not to expect a return to the raw sound of his Mercury Prize-winning 2003 debut ‘Boy In Da Corner’. “Some people will never let the grime thing go, but my fifth album is not meant to sound like my first album. You can’t have an album containing all the same things,” Dizzee explained.