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Dappy interview: 'I've got to be on my best behaviour'

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We all know by now that N-Dubz rapper/singer Dappy isn't afraid to speak his mind.

We also found out last year that he can pen a pretty impressive pop anthem or two after scoring a number one hit single with 'No Regrets' and a number two with 'Rockstar'.

Digital Spy caught up with the star to talk about his new single 'Good Intentions', his debut solo album, controversial comments and what he's been up to with The Wanted.

Congratulations on the single 'Good Times'. Were you particularly nervous about this release?
"Thank you bro, it's unbelievable because radio never accepted me because of the controversial behaviour - the spontaneous me obviously being silly, but it's gone straight in at number 12 [on iTunes] without radio play. Hopefully they'll play it now and it goes top five."

So you're now on your best behaviour?
"I've got to just not send silly things out, I don't have my password for Twitter anymore. Management have took it off me. So yeah, you know, I've gotta be just normal for now, keep the focus about the music."

How would you describe your new album Bad Intentions?
"A masterpiece, I think. I definitely think it's something for everyone to pick out, if you don't know Dappy and you're saying who's that crazy-looking guy, he's mad, like, they should pick up the CD. You can't just do a rap and then think you can be big forever, you have to switch it up. That's why I do things like 'Tarzan' - controversial stuff - and go to a ballad like 'Good Intentions'.

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The singles have all been a more epic pop sound than we thought you'd go...
"Yeah, of course you would think I would go more harder, but thing is, that is why I did these silly 'Tarzan' controversial freestyles to keep the rap fans happy. But obviously, when it comes to the mainstream, I've gotta make sure that I deliver with a great meaningful song. It's just deep stuff that makes you wanna rewind it and be like, 'What is he saying?'"

Is 'I'm Coming' the most controversial song on the album?
"Yeah that is literally the worst track on the album and there's another rap one where I'm just going crazy a bit - not saying anything about anyone - I just had to address facts that I thought were true. I mean even Lily Allen, Ed Sheeran and Example said to me, 'Bro, you're f**king right, man, everything you say is true.' I think I did something right, but that even didn't help me to get played on the radio."

Lily Allen praised 'I'm Coming', suggesting that not all pop music has to be politically correct. Do you agree with her sentiments?
"Wow, you see, yeah like she knows, man, she's right, it's true - and that's what we did with 'Tarzan'. I mean even on my intro I say some serious stuff, but when there's so much to address tell me where the F do you begin? "I think I'll start with my community, when I see Cameron I should grab him by his neck and raise him up like a uni fee." What I'm saying to you is sense, and it's like why did Cameron lift up the uni fee to £11,000? I mean my kids, if they're smart then you're telling me I have to pay £11,000 to send them to university? That's why I say grab him by the neck and raise him up like a uni fee. This is what I like to try and bring; stating facts, this is what I do."

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So do you feel like you have to speak up for a generation?
"I have to, exactly, I need to talk about what's happening and make the people come up from where I've come up in a negative environment and believe too."

Is there a friendly rivalry between the N-Dubz members when it comes to your solo careers?
"No way, I mean obviously I've had a number one and a number two. Tulisa had a number one and her last one went to number 11 - it's great stuff, she's on X Factor. Fazer just had a top 20 as well. I mean if we got back together as a group it'd be amazing. I think we would sell out an arena tour quickly, we'd get a big album, a good single, but I don't think that's gonna happen now. We're just gonna focus on our individual careers and then wait to see what happens in the near future."

There are rumours you've worked with The Wanted...
"Yeah, I've written an amazing song for me and The Wanted. I've got a song called 'Bring It Home', which I wrote it with Nathan. We spent two days together, he's my little buddy, it is a masterpiece as well. We're doing a video for that very, very shortly. Me and the five lads, gonna be six of us plodding around in the video."

T in the Park: Dappy

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: 2012 MTV Video Music Awards Arrivals, Los Angeles, America - 06 Sep 2012
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One Direction are fans too. Would you consider working with them?
I'd love to write a song with One Direction, they're amazing, they're a breath of fresh air. All of their voices, they've all got individually very unique voices, and yeah, I'd love to sit in a studio with them if they gave me the chance."

The new James Bond film is out next month. If they ever approached you to write the soundtrack, would you do it?
"Bruv, I'd write something very epic that would definitely go with it, if someone gave me that opportunity. I'm gonna make a masterpiece again. I believe, it'd take me maybe two weeks, a week, to make sure I accomplish everything it needs to be for that film. If they gave me a week and a half, I'd have something made."

Given the opportunity, would you rather play Bond or a Bond villain?
"I'd rather be Bond obviously; he's the man. I'd want to be a Sean Connery Bond; old school."

What have you got planned for the rest of the year?
"I'm just gonna be everywhere just smiling and just going around giving everyone love and that. I'm gonna go on all of the TV shows showing people that I'm here, man. I'm going in. I'm not just doing the music, I'm here and I'm here to stay."

Dappy's new single 'Good Intentions' is available to download now, while his debut album Bad Intentions follows on October 22.

Watch the music video for Dappy's 'Good Intentions' below:

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