Buy: Why not?
White rappers are inevitably compared to Eminem but in the case of 26-year-old Stephen Manderson, with the stage name Professor Green, it's appropriate. His might be the latest act to follow Dizzee Rascal out of the East London grime scene and into the pop charts, but in vocal intonation and lyrical style he owes much to the iconic American, even if his flow comes in that now-familiar blend of cockney and Jamaican patois. Lily Allen guests as vocalist on current single “Just Be Good To Green”, a blameless enough re-boot of Beats International's 1990 chart-topper “Dub Be Good To Me”.
Found sounds of a similar vintage dominate “I Need You Tonight”, built round a 1987 INXS guitar sample, and in opener “Kids That Love To Danc”e the Prof has penned another radio-friendly banger with a female vocalist, this time Aberdeen-born Emeli Sande. But its tracks like “Jungle” (a hymn to the mean streets of Hackney) and the swampy, ominous, dub-heavy pair “Closing The Door” and “City Of Gold” that tell us Green's not entirely forsaken the underground. At least not yet.
SRIKRISHNA NATESAN, drummer for Blind Image