Dizzee Rascal, Tongue N Cheek
Dizzee settles into proper pop stardom, and still looks sharp
Once you've defined British urban music for an entire generation, what do you do for an encore? If you're Dizzee Rascal, you become a proper pop star, hitting number one with "Dance Wiv Me," "Bonkers," and "Holiday." It's true that some of Tongue N Cheek retreads Dizzees earlier work — the refrain of "Road Rage" blatantly rewrites the chorus of "Pussyole (Old Skool)," from Maths + English, and "Dirtee Cash" is a swipe of an old Stevie V hit. But his instincts for flowing on top of dance-pop are as certain as they were when he was working on more jagged beats, and when he ends things with the ballistic low-end fuzz of "Bad Behaviour," he finds a middle ground that's both jittery and comfortable.