Professor Green’s Growing Up in Public reviewBy Editor
Anyone who has perused a newspaper in the past couple of years will know that Professor Green has had a turbulent time as of late: a mugging outside his own house, a drink driving charge and, of course, getting wedged between two cars in an awful accident. So it’s safe to say the 30-year-old rapper has some stuff to get off his chest on his latest jaunt, Growing Up in Public.
Album opener I Need Church begins with a crunchy guitar riff, which is then accompanied by a big drum sound. From this, it’s clear that Professor wants to initiate his third album with his typical vigor.
And luckily for those hoping his cheeky side is still apparent will be pleased to know Green is in lighthearted form, too, with a dig at The Script’s Danny O'Donoghue and old nemesis Robbie Williams:
“Um, Danny O'Donog-who-what? I would rather listen to Rudebox By Robbie Williams. That's a lie. I would rather not listen to either of these two knobs”
This facetious tone carries on into his collaboration with the mischievous duo, Rizzlekicks, Name in Lights - a funny jibe at British celebrity culture. A highlight of which is an amusing send-up of a tabloid tale that did the rounds last year, involving current IT girl Cara Delevingne and an unidentified powder packet that fell out of her coat.
But things do have a solemn feel at times, where Pro discusses his ongoing battle with anxiety and depression. Songs such as Little Secrets and Lullaby are enveloped with a dark tint. The latter of which directly addresses his father’s suicide, but ends with the optimistic line:
“The only thing that's definite is death and things always change, as long as you give em a chance to”
Lullaby is also a standout track that has garnered major airplay in the UK, and could help him break the US as he enlists the help of upcoming American talent, Tori Keli, to sing the chorus.
With a heartfelt, personal and amusing range of songs, Professor Green’s latest outing has reminded everyone in the British hip-hop scene just why he’s one of the genre’s biggest stars. Whether he’s making pop-infused rap or jumping on grimey remix like Meridian Dan’s grime floorfiller, German Whip, Pro Green’s is as on point as ever.
You can catch the rapper at the follow dates:
Fri 28 Nov-2014 - Glasgow O2 ABC
Sat 29-Nov-2014 - Newcastle O2 Academy
Wed 03-Dec-2014 - Nottingham Rock City
Wed 10-Dec-2014 - Bournemouth O2 Academy
Mon 01-Dec-2014 - Liverpool O2 Academy
Tue 02-Dec-2014 - Carlisle Sands Centre
Fri 05-Dec-2014 - Manchester Academy
Sat 06-Dec-2014 - Birmingham O2 Academy
Sun 07-Dec-2014 - Norwich The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA
Tue 09-Dec-2014 - Bristol O2 Academy
Thu 11-Dec-2014 - London Roundhouse