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Byline: Eva Simpson & Caroline Hedley

HIS "hip-hop" album was panned and now Robbie Williams has finally admitted what we all knew... he can't rap.

And the rehab-fresh singer, who raps on latest album Rudebox, says he was snubbed by a top hip-hop producer after he asked to work with him.

The troubled singer says: "Well this is the thing. I absolutely, positively know that I'm not a rapper.

"I'm not. I'd love to be, but I'm me, I come from Take That! I believe everyone is saying 'Robbie can't rap.' Yeah, I can't, but I'm not rapping.

"For me, it's about having more bars in a song and therefore more words, more pictures painted. Mike Skinner's not a rapper."

Whatever you say, love!

Robbie tried to bring in Timbaland, who has collaborated with the likes of Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, The Pussycat Dolls and is on tour with Justin Timberlake.

"I tried to get in contact with Timbaland, but there was no joy back from anybody," Robbie says. Robbie makes the longoverdue admissions in RWD magazine, which mistakenly call Robbie's album Lovebox. We can understand why, it's easily forgettable. And Timbaland isn't the only artist snubbing ailing Robs.

Robbie says he emailed up-and-coming rapper Sway, who responded by "slagging him off".

He whinges: "I was so disappointed cos f*** what you think of me, but just as a human being to another human being, I sent him an email going 'I really f****** love this mate, it's dead funny, dead clever, it's really on it. …