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Wiley: 'It's not worth trying to beat US hip-hop'

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Wiley has confessed that he has given up trying to crack the United States.

The British rapper - who is currently at number one with his latest single 'Heatwave' - insisted that the UK's hip-hop could never rival that of the US's as theirs was founded first.

"Hip-hop's like 40 years old," Wiley told the Daily Star. "Do you think if I was part of hip-hop, and I'd been doing it for 30-odd years, that I would let anyone tell me about this hip-hop thing we've been doing for 40 years? I wouldn't.

"They've already beat us, in a race that we will never win."

However, after helping launch the careers of Tinie Tempah, Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sandé, Wiley has admitted that it's time to concentrate on his own music projects.

"For years my concern was getting them to where they wanna be. My main concern now is getting a single or an album out that proves I am who I am."

Wiley recently told Digital Spy that he doesn't crave mainstream success, but rather wants to prove he can achieve it.

Watch the music video for Wiley's 'Heatwave' below:

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