Album: Tongue N' Cheek (2009)


  • In this song Rascal has a go at violent crime-ridden street culture with the benefit of someone who has seen the error of his ways. He told The Sun August 28, 2009: "I've always addressed it but I just felt a bit more cheeky this time. A lot of what goes on the street is b------s. They're full of people who aren't trustworthy. I'd say there aren't any morals."
  • In this song, Dizzee dismantles the concept of 'keeping it real' – the self-defeating strand of rap mythology that favours criminality over honest achievement and ignorance over knowledge, which bearing in mind the rapper's previous chequered personal history, is a considerable act of bravery. Dizzee shrugged to The Daily Telegraph August 10, 2009: "'People talk about being a good example for the kids and putting that perspective out there is the best thing I could do. If you want real truth, I'll tell you real truth, even though I know a lot of people aren't gonna like it."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Butch Vig

Butch VigSongwriter Interviews

The Garbage drummer/songwriter produced the Nirvana album Nevermind, and Smashing Pumpkins' Gish and Siamese Dream.

Brian Kehew: The Man Behind The Remasters

Brian Kehew: The Man Behind The RemastersSong Writing

Brian has unearthed outtakes by Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Costello and hundreds of other artists for reissues. Here's how he does it.

Jimmy Jam

Jimmy JamSongwriter Interviews

The powerhouse producer behind Janet Jackson's hits talks about his Boyz II Men ballads and regrouping The Time.

Rupert Hine

Rupert HineSongwriter Interviews

Producer Rupert Hine talks about crafting hits for Tina Turner, Howard Jones and The Fixx.

Colin Hay

Colin HaySongwriter Interviews

Established as a redoubtable singer-songwriter, the Men At Work frontman explains how religion, sobriety and Jack Nicholson play into his songwriting.

Jules Shear - "All Through The Night"

Jules Shear - "All Through The Night"They're Playing My Song

Shears does very little promotion, which has kept him secluded from the spotlight. What changed when Cyndi Lauper had a hit with his song? Not much, really.