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  • 1 February 2014, 1:20

Rizzle Kicks: 'Send Bieber To Naughty Corner'

Outspoken hip-hop artists Rizzle Kicks have said Justin Bieber "is doing himself an injustice" by allowing himself to become an easy tabloid target.

Harley Alexander-Sule told Sky News he is not surprised the teenage singer has gone off the rails.

"He's going to carry on doing this," he said. "Imagine having that much power and money at 19 years old. You're not going to be calm."

Referring to Bieber's recent arrest and a petition to have him deported from the US, Alexander-Sule said it was a shame the star was making the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

"The last music he released was kind of wicked," he said, adding: "He should just go in the naughty corner."

Rizzle Kicks are one of the biggest hip-hop acts in the UK, with two top 10 albums and hits including Mama Do The Hump and Skip To The Good Bit.

The 21-year-olds, who previously criticised their industry for being "overly-misogynistic" and "homophobic", dismissed the backlash to Beyonce's racy Grammy performance.

"In terms of the whole provocative thing, it's been done before - since the Janet Jackson era," Alexander-Sule said.

The Brighton-born Brit nominees have more than one million Twitter followers and are determined to send a positive message through their music.

Reflecting on Nelson Mandela's legacy, Alexander-Sule and band mate Jordan Stephens said: "When you're in a position of influence, it's always a good idea to influence people in the right way.

"Mandela is probably the most amazing example from the last few decades of someone who was inspiring to the highest level."

The platinum-selling duo's second album Roaring 20s features Jamie Cullum, Fatboy Slim and Dominic West.

Their new tour begins in Lincoln next week and the pair have described it as their best yet.

"The set is more artistic," they said. "We gathered knowledge and experience from the first tour so this will be, like, wow."

Rizzle Kicks play 21 dates across the UK in February and March, with tickets on sale now.

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