Dizzee Rascal: ‘My new album is more worldly’

Rapper says he's getting wiser - but he still wants to have fun

Dizzee Rascal has said that his new album is his most “worldly” effort yet.

In an interview with the BBC, the rapper said that the new LP would showcase a more mature side to his personality – and revealed he has been recording material in LA.

When asked to describe the sound of the as-yet-untitled record, he said:

A bit more worldly, but still fun.


The hip-hop star – who also revealed he was in discussions with Calvin Harris about working together again – added: “[I’ve been] having a year off to just chill, have a year off and have fun, not have to worry about was what I needed to do. No pressure. I went to LA for a holiday but I started bumping into people, started getting into the studios and ended up staying out there for three weeks.”

He also praised Adele, after the ’21’ songstress took home six gongs at this year’s Grammy Awards. “It’s good for her and good for UK music,” he said. “It’s wicked to be able to go over and do that. Obviously at one stage we were label mates and I saw her when she’d just signed. The way she’s rocketed up now – it’s brilliant. It’s real, it’s natural.”

Dizzee kick-started his 2012 comeback with the release of a free mixtape last month (January 1) and later admitted that he still liked “making big pop records” and had no plans to abandon his mainstream chart success.

The rapper, 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.