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Dizzee Rascal: 'I wasn't pressured into going pop'

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Dizzee Rascal has admitted that he likes making mainstream pop records.

The rapper confessed that he wasn't pressured into taking a more pop-sounding route with 2009 album Tongue N' Cheek, after starting out as an underground grime MC.

Dizzee Rascal delights the crowd

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He told Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe: "I think some people think that I was pressured into it but it was my choice. I like making big pop records. It was something I wanted to try my hand at."

The star insisted that he wants to continue making big pop tracks in the future and has included them on his upcoming fifth studio album.

Rascal said: "When I did 'Dance Wiv Me', 'Bonkers' and 'Holiday' it was all experimental, that was all I wanted to do, and it's worked, so I don't see any reason not to do it."

Following his new mixtape Dirtee TV, the performer plans to release another collection of free tracks in the coming months.

Asked what his plans are for 2012, he responded: "Another album - a follow-up to this mixtape because this one has gone down really well. And a lot of touring, last year I didn't do as much but this year anything could happen."

> Dizzee Rascal signs 'unprecedented' Universal record deal

Watch the music video for Dizzee Rascal's 'Bonkers' below:

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