The rapper says he uses his albums to express himself without censorship
Dizzee Rascal has promised to keep making albums – because the format allows him to express himself without censorship.
Dizzee won the Mercury Prize for his 2003 debut album ‘Boy In Da Corner’, but in recent years he has become known for his chart-topping singles. ‘Dance Wiv Me’, ‘Bonkers’, ‘Holiday’ and ‘Dirtee Disco’ were all Number Ones for the East London rapper.
Dizzee – real name Dylan Mills – admitted that he enjoys his chart success, but insisted that it is only one part of his artistic repertoire. He told Music Week: “I’m not going to front and say I don’t care about radio play or Number Ones. Course I do. I’m going to make the hits, go on TV and make the syncs and that shit. But I want to be able to say shit, cunt, bollocks and all that – talk about obscene stuff. That’s what albums are for.”
Album sales have dwindled in recent years as the single track download has become more popular, but Dizzee insisted that the longer format need not die out. “That won’t happen as long as artists still give a shit. I know right now things are geared towards singles because that’s where the money is, but I want to make a nice body of work,” he said.
Dizzee Rascal‘s last album, 2009’s ‘Tongue N’ Cheek’, became the best-selling of his career. He is currently working on a follow-up due for release later this year. The album, currently untitled, will feature collaborations with Calvin Harris and Erick Morillo. Earlier this month Dizzee made his live return at Newcastle’s Evolution Festival, performing a greatest hits set that included his current single ‘The Power’, a collaboration with DJ Fresh.