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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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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: 7/19/2010
  • Label: Emi International
  • EAN: 5099963345728
  • Catalog Number: 6334572

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kids That Love to Dance - Emeli Sandé (2:44)
  2. 2 Just Be Good To Green - Lily Green (3:22)
  3. 3 I Need You Tonight - Ed Drewett (3:41)
  4. 4 City Of Gold (3:59)
  5. 5 Oh My God - Labrinth (3:48)
  6. 6 Jungle (3:10)
  7. 7 Do For You (4:19)
  8. 8 Falling Down (3:50)
  9. 9 Monster (3:05)
  10. 10 Closing The Door (4:00)
  11. 11 Where Do We Go - Shereen Shabanaa (3:44)
  12. 12 Goodnight (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Professor Green Primary Artist
Metropole Orchestra 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
Jimmy Jam Composer
Terry Lewis Composer
James Murray Composer, Engineer
Future Cut Producer, Engineer
Danny D. Management
Da Digglar Arranger, Programming, Producer
I. Babalola Programming
Jeremy Cooper Mastering
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
The 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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