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'No, you can eff off'

Plan B has revealed that he turned down a collaboration with hip-hop legend Jay-Z, after US label bosses suggested that they have him rap on his tracks, to help him raise his profile on the other side of the pond.

The rapper-turned-soul-sensation, real name Ben Drew, has had trouble getting radio play in the States, as his musical style doesn't fit either black or white stations, and the suits thought it might be a good idea to have the Jiggaman perform his rap parts. Drew meanwhile, thought that was a dreadful idea, and refused point blank.

'I was like, 'OK, but where we gonna put him?', he said. 'Obviously, he doesn't sing so they thought he could do my (rapping) bits and I was like, 'Nah, you can f**k off. No way. Not happening'.

'It's no big deal but people aren't forcing things. If I'm too black for the white stations and too white for black stations then I'm f**ked over there anyway, ain't I?'

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