Dirtee Cash

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"Dirtee Cash"
Single by Dizzee Rascal
from the album Tongue n' Cheek
Released21 September 2009
  • 3:16 (radio edit)
  • 4:21 (extended mix)
Producer(s)Nick Denton
Dizzee Rascal singles chronology
"Dirtee Cash"
"You Got the Dirtee Love"

"Dirtee Cash" is a song recorded by the British rapper Dizzee Rascal and was released as the fourth single from his fourth studio album Tongue n' Cheek. It was released digitally on 21 September 2009 and follows his No. 1 hits "Holiday" and "Bonkers". It is his first solo song from the album and has to date reached No. 10 in the UK.

The song samples "Dirty Cash (Money Talks)" by the British dance act The Adventures of Stevie V. Dizzee told The Sun that the song is about "how if you ain't got money, but you still spend it anyway, life is gonna bite you in the arse".[1]

Music video[edit]

On 4 October 2009, Dizzee said in an interview on The Radio 1 Chart Show[2] that a music video[3] had been filmed in London for the single. He said that the music video was based around The Wicker Man. The video contains political extremes and caricatures of things and people of Britain's history. These include Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana and events such as the suffragette movement. In the conclusion of the video, books are burnt and, in the final shot, the text of William Blake's "And did those feet in ancient time" is destroyed like rubbish. This may be a reflection on the value of things past and how in the event of other circumstances may be lost to humanity forever.[2][3]

The video premiered on 4Music on 20 October 2009.

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[4]
  1. "Dirtee Cash" (radio edit) – 3:16
  2. "Dirtee Cash" (extended mix) – 4:21
  3. "Dirtee Cash" (BBC Radio One Live Lounge edit) – 3:39
  4. "Dirtee Cash" (Sub Focus mix) – 4:05
  5. "Dirtee Cash" (Phonat mix) – 3:06
  6. "Dirtee Cash" (music video) – 3:47
  1. "Dirtee Cash" (radio edit) – 3:18
  2. "Dirtee Cash" (extended mix) – 4:22
  3. "Dirtee Cash" (BBC Radio One Live Lounge edit) – 3:42
  4. "Dirtee Cash" (Sub Focus mix) – 4:07
  1. "Dirtee Cash" (radio edit) – 3:18
  2. "Dirtee Cash" (Sub Focus mix) – 4:07

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 21 September 2009 Digital download
23 November 2009 CD single


"Dirtee Cash" entered the UK Singles Chart at No. 11 on 27 September 2009[7] via downloads alone and peaked at No. 10 the following week.[8] The single was released physically on 23 November 2009, placing at No. 38 that week.[9] It was the first single from Tongue 'N Cheek not to reach No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart.

The single was released through Dizzee's own Dirtee Stank label and distributed by PIAS Recordings, therefore it qualified for the UK Indie Chart, where it reached No. 1 for two consecutive weeks.[10]

Chart (2009) Peak
Australian ARIA Club Chart[11] 3
UK Singles (OCC)[12] 10
UK Indie (OCC)[13] 1

End-of-year charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
UK Singles Chart[14] 134


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[15] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dirtee Cash Songfacts. www.songfacts.com.
  2. ^ a b McAlpine, Fraser. Dizzee Rascal - 'Dirtee Cash'. Saturday, 21 November 2009. Retrieved Sunday, 25 September 2011. BBC Radio 1.
  3. ^ a b Dirtee Cash - Video on Vimeo. Vimeo.
  4. ^ Dirtee Cash - EP Archived 30 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine. iTunes.
  5. ^ Dizzee Rascal - Dirtee Cash, release. Discogs.
  6. ^ Dizzee Rascal - Dirtee Cash, 12" vinyle release. Discogs.
  7. ^ "Singles Chart For 03/10/09". Official Charts Company. 28 September 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
  8. ^ "Singles Chart For 10/10/09". Official Charts Company. 5 October 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
  9. ^ "Singles Chart For 05/12/09". Official Charts Company. 30 November 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
  10. ^ "Archive Chart". Official Charts Company. 22 November 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
  11. ^ Dizzee Rascal - Dirtee Cash, ARIA Charts Archived 2 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine. ARIA Charts.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
  14. ^ "Charts Plus Year end 2009" (PDF). Charts Plus. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  15. ^ "British single certifications – Dizzee Rascal – Dirtee Cash". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 27 March 2020. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Dirtee Cash in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.