Dizzy Rascal – Tongue in Cheek (Epic 2017 #057)

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Dizzee Rascal – Tongue in cheek (2009)

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The release of Dizzee Rascal’s 4th studio album 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 was leaving his grime roots behind, in favour of more mainstream pop music.

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 would 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.” 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 track listing 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

Eminem – My name is (Leaping Ahead #217)

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[Song with a good video (6)]

Premiering in January 1999 and directed by Phillip Atwell, who would later direct music videos for several other Eminem songs, the video starts out with a stereotypical redneck family watching television, who then come across a show starring “Marshall Mathers” (Eminem’s real name). As the video goes on, Marshall parodies several TV shows and movies. He also imitates then President Bill Clinton and several others. The video comes in at 97 in NME’s 100 Greatest Music Videos.

Doc le Sac & Scroobius Pip – Thou shalt always kill (Leaping Ahead #165)

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[A song for the noughties (6)]

You know, I think I shall just let the lyrics of this exceptional bit of noughties brilliance released in 2008 speak for themselves. This is the clean version but the message is still just as relevant. Get in there and listen.

Run DMC (ft Jason Nevins) – It’s like that (Leaping Ahead #164)

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[Favourite 90’s tune (6)]

First released back in 1983 on a cassette backed with the track “Sucker M.C.’s”, it marked the start of Run-D.M.C.’s career and is widely regarded as ushering in a new school of hip hop artists with a street image and an abrasive, minimalist sound that marked them out from their predecessors. Both tracks were collected on the trio’s eponymous debut album in 1984.

But it wasn’t until it was remixed by house DJ Jason Nevins in 1997 that things went international. The ‘original’ remix (perhaps something of an oxymoron) was a bootleg as Mr Nevins (the pickle) didn’t get Run DMC’s permission. But the band and their producer picked it up, sorted out all the contractual rights shenanigans and officially re-released it in 1997. It became a sleeper hit in 1998 and sold around five million copies worldwide, placing it amongst the biggest selling singles of all time. Nevins was only paid some $5,000 for his remix though; perhaps he should have sought permission for doing it in the first place – the silly billy!