Tongue n' Cheek

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Tongue n' Cheek
Studio album by Dizzee Rascal
Released 20 September 2009
(see release history)
Recorded 2008-2009
Genre Hip hop, R&B, alternative dance, grime, hip house, disco
Length 41:32
Label Dirtee Stank, Liberation
Producer Cage, Tiësto, Shy FX, Calvin Harris, Danja, Armand van Helden
Dizzee Rascal chronology
Maths + English
Tongue n' Cheek
The Fifth
Singles from Tongue n' Cheek
  1. "Dance wiv Me"
    Released: 30 June 2008
  2. "Bonkers"
    Released: 18 May 2009
  3. "Holiday"
    Released: 24 August 2009
  4. "Dirtee Cash"
    Released: 23 November 2009
  5. "Dirtee Disco"
    Released: 27 May 2010

Tongue n' Cheek is the fourth studio album by British rapper Dizzee Rascal. The album was released on 20 September 2009[1] and includes the number one singles, "Dance wiv Me", "Bonkers", "Holiday" and "Dirtee Disco". It has been certified platinum by the BPI for sales of over 300,000, making it the best-selling album of Rascal's career.


Its release was announced on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross when, in an interview, Rascal revealed details including track information and production. He confirmed in an interview on Radio 1 that he is leaving his grime roots behind, in favour of more mainstream pop music.[2] On 23 May 2009, Calvin Harris revealed on his Twitter that he was producing a Dizzee track. At the Evolution Festival in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he confirmed that there will be two new singles from the album called "Road Rage" and "Dirtee Cash". Dirtee Cash heavily samples The Adventures of Stevie V song "Dirty Cash.".[3] Samples are also used on "Can't Tek No More" ("Warrior's Charge" by Aswad from the film Babylon) and "Chillin' Wiv da Man Dem" ("Oh Honey" by Delegation).

In early August the tracklisting was confirmed in a preview of the album by music website NME.

Notably, Rascal designed a Nike-distributed Tongue n' Cheek shoe, to be in released at the same time as the album. The proceeds from these shoes going to Tower Hamlets Summer University of which Rascal is a patron.[4]

Release and chart performance[edit]

On 27 September 2009, Tongue n' Cheek entered the UK Albums Chart at #3, charting behind Muse's The Resistance and Madonna's Celebration.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 75/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
BBC Music Positive[7]
Drowned in Sound 6/10[8]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[9]
musicOMH 4/5 stars[10]
NME 7/10[11]
Pitchfork Media 7.5/10[12]
PopMatters 8/10[13]
RapReviews 8.5/10[14]
The Quietus Positive[15]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[16]
The Telegraph 4/5 stars[17]
The Times 4/5 stars[18]

Tongue n' Cheek received positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 75 based on 14 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". The Guardian gave the album 4 out of 5 stars saying "If it's less wilfully uncommercial than his earlier oeuvre, which frequently made the listener feel like they were being mugged in the middle of an amusement arcade, its distorted synthesisers are still edgily thrilling". Pitchfork Media's Ian Cohen gave the album 7.5/10 saying that "He sounds damn good over trashy, flashy electro that manages to keep pace with cadences as hyperactive as his own, and, above all, he's way more fun than he's often given credit for". NME gave the album 7/10 saying that "The beats on Tongue N' Cheek are still raw, clamorous and unpredictable, but in a springy, primary-coloured way". Q Magazine gave it a favorable review saying "It's been a long time coming, but Brit-rap's first genuinely huge album is here". gave it 4 out of 5 stars saying "There's a party to be had and Dizzee's in charge, but don't forget to engage your brain for at least some of it". Observer Music Monthly gave it 4 out of 5 stars saying "It unquestionably adds up to a pop record sharp enough to be the bratty but irresistible younger brother of Lily Allen's "It's Not Me, It's You". gave the album 8.5/10 saying "All in all, Dizzee hasn't gone all out to make an artistic masterpiece, but it doesn't make the slightest bit of difference".

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Dizzee Rascal. 

Track listing[19]
No. Title Producer Length
1. "Bonkers" (with Armand Van Helden) Armand van Helden 2:57
2. "Road Rage" (featuring Chrome) Aaron LaCrate, Debonair Samir 3:14
3. "Dance wiv Me" (featuring Calvin Harris and Chrome) Calvin Harris 3:24
4. "Freaky Freaky"   Cage 3:42
5. "Can't Tek No More" (with Shy FX) Shy FX 3:28
6. "Chillin' wiv da Man Dem"   Cage 4:39
7. "Dirtee Cash"   Cage 4:21
8. "Money, Money"   Cage, Dizzee Rascal 3:23
9. "Leisure"   Cage, Footsie 4:13
10. "Holiday" (featuring Chrome) Calvin Harris 3:40
11. "Bad Behaviour" (with Tiësto) Tiësto, Danja 4:31
Total length:
  • A bonus disc entitled "Foot n' Mouth" [20] comes free with the album when purchased from HMV. It contains a single track of 27:54 containing a Dirtee Stank podcast with the following contents:
  • Dirtee deluxe edition: An expanded version of the album was released in 2010 to celebrate the album going platinum.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[21] 18
Irish Albums Chart[22] 20
UK Albums Chart[23] 3
UK R&B Albums Chart 1
New Zealand Albums Chart 9
US Billboard Hot 200 121

Sales and certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification Sales
United Kingdom BPI Platinum 300,000+[24]
Preceded by
The Blueprint 3 by Jay-Z
UK R&B number-one album
20 September 2009 – 4 October 2009
Succeeded by
The Blueprint 3 by Jay-Z


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