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Fazer to trade on N-Dubz stars' tabloid scandals

Aug 13, 2013 | 9:37am EDT

British rapper Fazer has confessed he will "capitalise" on the controversial reputations of his former N-Dubz bandmates when he releases his debut solo album. The three-piece announced a two-year hiatus in 2011, but while Fazer has used the time to work on new material, his ex-colleagues Dappy and singer Tulisa Contostavlos have both been dogged by legal issues. Fazer is adamant he will never risk becoming a source of tabloid outrage but he's happy to trade on his former bandmates' exploits - and even hopes his efforts in the studio will lead to an N-Dubz reunion. He tells BBC Newsbeat, "Right now obviously I took a conscious decision eight months ago to really graft (work) on my album and do a sound and carve a lane for myself which no one else in the U.K. has got... But my stuff isn't an N-Dubz sound. It's a different level now... "It's going to capitalise a lot on the bad press that we have had in the past between the other two members and I think it's going to take someone like me to come through now because it's a fresh, clean slate. I've got friends in the industry, you will never see me in the tabloids for X-Y-Z at all. All I'm known for is my music and keeping my head down and I think that's what it needs to really make a sort of impact for any sort of, let's say, drive for a reunion." In February (13) Dappy - real name Costadinos Contostavlos - was given a six-month suspended jail sentence and 150 hours of community service for assault following a brawl at a gas station in Surrey, England. His cousin, singer Tulisa, is currently free on bail after she was arrested in June (13) on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs following a newspaper sting.

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