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Emerging from the same Mockney scene as Lily Allen, Kate Nash, and Jack Penate, Steven Manderson, aka Professor Green, failed to break through to the mainstream with his unique brand of chaotic, dirty, hip-hop. Four years later and armed with a collection of radio-friendly, hook-laden, and sample-heavy tunes, his debut album, Alive Till I'm Dead, should rectify that situation. Combining the quick-fire delivery of Wiley, the authentic lyrical content of the Streets (Green was previously signed to the latter's Beats Recording label), and the commercial rap of Tinchy Stryder, Green's sound is uniquely British, but like Lady Sovereign's humorous grime-pop, it could easily translate in the U.S., too. Indeed, it's clear from the opening few tracks that Green doesn't take himself too seriously, with his claims of "I'm rap's George Best," on the Kasabian-esque "Oh My God" spoken with tongue firmly in cheek as the swaggering male bravado that plagues many hip-hop albums is counterbalanced by Green's self-deprecating vulnerability, as seen on the acoustic Just Jack-style "Where Do We Go." Elsewhere, the Example-featuring "Monster," with its pop culture references to Pixie Lott, Peter Andre, and Sugababes, sounds like one of Eminem's less-irritating comedy lead singles; "Kids That Love to Dance" is a funky bass-driven number featuring rising R&B star Emeli Sande; while closing track "Goodnight" is an epic jazz-influenced emotional ode to his late grandmother. Of course, the best two tracks here, are the two big singles, the INXS-sampling "I Need You Tonight," and the Lily Allen duet, "Just Be Good to Green," a reworking of the S.O.S. Band classic, both of which provide ammunition for the critics who compare his heavy use of classic songs to the slightly less credible Will Smith. But despite its pop sensibilities, Alive Till I'm Dead is actually far edgier than the more critically-acclaimed of Dizzee Rascal's most recent output. "Jungle," a dubstep-influenced ode to the streets of Hackney, harks back to Green's underground roots, while the minimally atmospheric "Closing the Door" echoes Damian Marley's brooding reggae-hip-hop. Professor Green might have had to wait a little longer for his breakthrough, but on the evidence of Alive Till I'm Dead, he's leapfrogged his contemporaries to become the obvious heir to Mike Skinner's urban poet throne.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2010
Label: Emi International
UPC: 5099963345728
catalogNumber: 6334572
Rank: 220505


  1. Kids That Love to Dance
  2. Just Be Good To Green
  3. I Need You Tonight
  4. City Of Gold
  5. Oh My God
  6. Jungle
  7. Do For You
  8. Falling Down
  9. Monster
  10. Closing The Door
  11. Where Do We Go
  12. Goodnight

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Professor Green   Primary Artist
Metropole Orkest   Performing Ensemble
James Murray   Various
Oroh Angiama   Bass
I. Babalola   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums
Eddie Jenkins   fender rhodes
Trevor Mires   Brass
Naughty Boy   Various
Lee Bailey   Vocals
Johnny Jenkins   Drums
Fink   Guitar,Strings,Keyboards,electronics,Delay
Guy Whittaker   Bass
Timothy Thornton   Drums
Jules Buckley   Conductor
Labrinth   Guitar,Keyboards
Alex "Cores" Hayes   Synthesizer
Edward Hayes   Guitar,Piano
Deleon Blake   Keyboards
Sunny Productions   Vocals,Various
Mustafa Omer   Various
Mark Brown   Brass
Ben Edwards   Brass

Technical Credits

Andrew Farriss   Composer
Steve Fitzmaurice   Programming
Andrew Hughes   Composer
Michael Hutchence   Composer
Terry Lewis   Composer
James Harris   Composer
James Murray   Composer,Engineer
Future Cut   Producer,Engineer
Danny D.   Management
Da Digglar   Arranger,Programming,Producer
I. Babalola   Programming
Eddie Jenkins   Programming
Naughty Boy   Producer,Engineer
Lee Bailey   Composer
Tim Blacksmith   Management
Fink   Producer,Engineer
True Tiger   Producer
Fin Greenall   Composer
Stephen Sedgwick   Programming
Jules Buckley   Arranger
Labrinth   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Emeli Sandé   Composer
Semothy Jones   Producer
Ged Malone   Management
Meshak Moore   Composer
Marwan El-Bergamy   Composer
Thundacatz   Producer
Stephen Manderson   Composer
Timothy McKenzie   Composer
Marc Williams   Composer
Maverick Sabre   Composer
Alex "Cores" Hayes   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
12Milagram   Composer
Henk Schepers   Management
Hanni Ibrahim   Composer
Ezra Christian   Management
Edward Hayes   Composer
Deleon Blake   Composer,Programming
Costas Nicolaides   Composer
Sunny Productions   Producer,Engineer
Simon Burke Kennedy   Management
Riki Bleu   Management
Nathaniel Cochrane   Management
Mustafa Omer   Composer,Engineer
Mojam Music   Producer
Yogi Tulsiani   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer

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