Quick psychological study: think about yourself when you were 18-years-old; now think about yourself now. Scary right? My first thoughts, in no particular order are, ‘dude, you need to say sorry for that’, ‘do you think this is making your grandparents proud?’ and ‘what a goddamn shitbag’. I do not want anything about my 18-year-old self even uttered in the same breath as my current self. Holy shit, can you even imagine what it would be like if everything you did was constantly compared to who you were and what you did at age 18? And for Dizzee Rascal, that’s probably the only thing that sucks about making an epic record at age 18; everything you do thereafter will inevitably be compared to something you did when you were fucking 18.
And unfortunately, more than six years later, each one of Dizzee’s releases, despite being pretty dope records, has had the misfortune of having to stack up against Boy In Da Corner.
Six years and three releases later, Tongue N’ Cheek stands alone; not necessarily as a better album, but as a new standard for measurement in the Dizzee Rascal catalog.
Dizzee Racal is just as skilled in rhymes and voice mastery, and if you already thought he seemed a little too crazy for weeknights, he definitely upped the ante and on Tongue N’ Cheek, ensuring you’ll never know what this dude does Sunday through Thursday; but you’re absolutely certain you wanna be wherever he’s at on Friday and Saturday. What does that mean exactly? It means that if you took your average hip hop album and gave it a Sparks and two bumps in the bathroom, you’d get closer to what this album is bringing. The beats are clubbier, which works exceptionally with Dizzee’s frenetic style, and seriously the Tiesto beat on “Bad Behaviour” is perfect.
The only drawback is that Tongue N’ Cheek is not one of those albums that suits any mood; I’m not always feeling hyphee as fuck on a random Tuesday after work. But goddamn if this isn’t in your playlist on Saturday night.
2. Road Rage
3. Dance wiv Me
4. Freaky Freaky
5. Can’t Tek No More (with Shy FX)
6. Chillin’ wiv da Man Dem
7. Dirtee Cash
8. Money, Money
11. Bad Behaviour (with Tiësto)