The grime-pop trio, whose new LP Love. Live. Life was recorded in the US, said they battled against top producers and label executives to keep their creative stamp on the record.
"We worked with some massive names: Jean Baptiste, who works with Black Eyed Peas, Salaam Remi, who does a lot of Amy Winehouse’s stuff, and Jim Jonsin, who worked on Beyoncé’s last album," Dappy told the Daily Star.
"And to be honest it was tough at times trying to get our lingo across to them. We were saying stuff like: ‘I swear down, man’, but they didn’t know what we were talking about."
He continued: "They didn’t like the slang and tried to get us to talk proper English. We got our vocab up to scratch a bit but we also said to them: ‘We come from the country that made the English language, just trust us.'"
Dappy also revealed that the group insisted on co-producing the record, which they will release in America next year.
"We put our creative foot down and in the end lost none of our Englishness," Dappy added. "Me and Fazer do all the post-production on our records - the arrangement, the beats, the mixing. We take it from a demo to the finished product.
“In the end [the producers] said to us: ‘You know what, you guys might as well sit at the desk and do it yourselves.’ That was great to hear."
Love. Live. Life is released in the UK this week.