- Nicola Meighan
- 12 August 2010
This article is from 2010.
Hackney rapper loves a Nando's
Professor Green knows how to party. When his debut album, Alive Till I’m Dead, charted at number two last month, the East-London rapper let it rip: ‘I was so over the moon that I celebrated with a full chicken platter, two large sides and a refillable drink from Nando’s,’ he beams.
The Prof – aka Stephen Manderson – is at the vanguard of the UK’s urban-pop charge. The former battle MC’s fluid, wry lyricism might invite comparisons to Kanye or Eminem, but he’s studiously British: he’s worked closely with artists from Mike Skinner (who first signed him) to Lily Allen, via Aberdeen’s fantastic singer-songwriter Emeli Sande.
His INXS-recollecting hit, ‘I Need You Tonight’, meanwhile, still dominates the airwaves, months after its release: would Manderson agree that we’re amidst a home-grown hip-hop revolution? ‘UK urban is going global,’ he nods. ‘The likes of Tinie, Tinchy, N-Dubz and Example are doing their thing and making waves – and it’s a real family vibe as well. Finally we’re in a position to take on the Americans and show them what we do this side of the Atlantic.’
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