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Tongue N' Cheek

The fourth studio album by British rapper Dizzee Rascal.

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If you're a grime fan, you're also asking "What happened?"

  • Nov 24, 2009
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As a long time dizzee fan as well as a grime fan, I found most of this album to be very disappointing. In the end, what he is trying to do is get popular in the US, which he had a great balance for on his last album (Maths & English) but with poor promotion.
The thing that made dizzee interesting to me on his first few albums was:
1. He produced most, if not all of them, by himself. And they were some serious, serious beats. On this new one, while the beats are interesting, they are hit or miss for his style IMO.
2. I'm not sure if you've heard any of the older stuff he's done but his first two albums in particular are like nothing else - ever. Not only is the production unlike anything you're ever going to hear in US hip-hop, and it risks blowing up your subwoofer, it's completely different in general. What made me like him was the raw honesty and the fact that he made un-watered down grime accessible in markets where no one thought it could do so. Sure, he was talking about the same "in the hood" kind of things that american MC's talk about here, but in the bluntest way possible that you would never hear from anyone else. On this album, all I hear is just poppy, feel good fun stuff to appeal to younger girls in the US. Granted, I don't mind an album with a track like those here and there in any scenario, but this is full of them. I don't expect this from dizzee.
3. Even with all this, I still think the first two tracks on this new one are great, and it gets alright near the end. He still has that rawness in him.
4. I really believe, that with the right promotion, dizzee can have appeal as his rawer self in the US. His last album had a great balance of dance tracks and rawer tracks that took elements from his first two albums and made it way more accessible. "Tongue N Cheek" is just a trainwrecked, much less enjoyable version of it for me.

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November 24, 2009
It's always disappointing to hear when artists sell out.  I've only listened to a few tracks off of Tongue N' Cheek and I thought they were alright, but I didn't have his first two albums to compare it to.  Thanks for sharing, DJ Benny.  I hope you share more reviews of awesome music!
 
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Dizzee Rascal released his fourth studio album, Tongue N' Cheek, on 21 September 2009. It included his three number-one hits "Dance Wiv Me", "Holiday" and "Bonkers". Its release was announced on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, where Dizzee Rascal revealed some details about the album, including track information and production. Dizzee recently confirmed in an interview on Radio One, that he would be leaving his grime roots behind, in favour of more mainstream pop. On 23 May 2008, Calvin Harris, whom he collaborated with on the number-one smash "Dance Wiv Me", revealed on his Twitter that he was producing a Dizzee track; at the Evolution Festival, Newcastle, and when on tour supporting The Prodigy, he confirmed that two new singles called "Road Rage" and "Dirtee Cash", both of which featured on the album, would be released. "Dirtee Cash" has, to date, peaked at #10.
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