Professor Green

Hackney rapper loves a Nando's

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This article is from 2010.

Professor Green

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.’

Liquid Room, Fri 20 Aug, 7pm, £10. Part of The Edge Festival.

This article is from 2010.

Professor Green

London hip-popper on tour after the release of latest single 'Are You Getting Enough?'.

Professor Green

Since releasing top three hit 'I Need You Tonight', which samples the 1987 INXS single, earlier this year, Professor Green has moved into the pop mainstream from his hip hop roots. Hackney's Stephen Paul Manderson started rapping at the age of 18, winning over 100 rap battles and earning his title of the world's second…

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