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Alive Till I'm Dead [Explicit Lyrics]

Professor Green Audio CD
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There are those that rap, and those that rap well; then there are those that transcend the confines of hip hop culture to become credible, commercial, mainstream pop acts – Kanye, Jay-Z, Eminem, for instance. But it’s unfair to compare Professor Green to any of the aforementioned; utterly British, uniquely inimitable, if anything; his closest equivalent is Lily ... Read more in Amazon's Professor Green Store

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  • Audio CD (19 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Virgin music
  • ASIN: B003N3RA0O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,027 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Kids That Love To Dance (Feat. Emeli Sandé) [Explicit]Professor Green Feat. Emeli Sandé 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Just Be Good To Green (Feat. Lily Allen) [Explicit]Professor Green 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I Need You Tonight (Feat. Ed Drewett) [Explicit]Professor Green 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. City Of Gold (feat. Lee Bailey) [Explicit]Professor Green 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Oh My God (Feat. Labrinth) [Explicit]Professor Green Feat. Labrinth 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Jungle (Feat. Maverick Sabre) [Explicit]Professor Green 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Do For You (feat. Sunny) [Explicit]Professor Green 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Falling Down (feat. Lee Bailey) [Explicit]Professor Green 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Monster (Feat. Example) [Explicit]Professor Green 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Closing The Door (Feat. Fink) [Explicit]Professor Green Feat. Fink 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Where Do We Go (Feat. Shereen Shabanaa) [Explicit]Professor Green Feat. Shereen Shabanaa 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Goodnight [Explicit]Professor Green 4:43£0.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Stephen Manderson's stage alias echoes the big-band era of jazz giants Count Basie and Duke Ellington, whose assumed titles forced America to show respect in a world where black society had none.

When Professor Green started MCing at the age of 18, a white rapper from east London needed respect even in hip hop's post-Eminem empire. It soon arrived. He won his first rap battle in 2005, subsequently got signed to Mike Skinner's The Beats label, and today finds himself on Virgin's books. In April 2010 he scored a number three single with I Need You Tonight–suffice to say he's fully earned his professorial stripes.

Not that Green (that part derives from his fondness for a smoke) is an uptight, academic brand of word wizard. Even if it's much edgier than Dizzee's current output, Alive Till I'm Dead is aimed squarely at the pop market. It's also quite brilliant; as fizzy, dramatic and inventive as pop should be, with the cunning stunt of riding an old classic, like updating The S.O.S. Band's Just Be Good to Me, as well as Beats International's response Dub Be Good to Me, with his own Just Be Good to Green, which guest crooner Lily Allen will doubtless help to the top of the chart (the dubstep-speedy Monster will be the next single).

Green and his cohorts (including Future Cut, Naughty Boy and Thunder Catz) are also unafraid to embrace funk (Kids That Love to Dance's bass moves like a snake) and rock (the mood of City of Gold and Oh My God is more Kasabian than The Streets). Stir in a tangible vulnerability rather than the usual braggadocio–he's often chasing the girl rather than vice versa–and Green captivates in all manner of ways, not just with street truths and teeth-chattering rhythm. Do for You, for example, has a needy edge beneath its staccato beats that you rarely find in grime or rap.

Even so, Green retains grime's nervy thrust, keeping tabs on his Hackney roots and the rawer edge of his 2006 debut album Lecture #1. Jungle is close to a UK response to (rather than a copy of) Eminem's pent-up style, and the closing Goodnight is a piano-driven lament for his late great-grandmother (who raised him after his parents went AWOL) and father, every bit as insistent, tense and great as Em's Lose Yourself. Green may dismiss the comparison in interviews, but it's one that indicates the kind of impact he promises to make.

--Martin Aston

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't stop listening to this! 12 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
Liked all of his singles so far so decided to buy the album and there is not a song I don't like. It is honestly the best album I've ever bought! I can't stop listening to it! The songs are all so varied and not samey at all. The lyrics are really well thought out and are obviously from the heart and make you think as well as make you laugh. Pro green has got some serious talent; having watched him doing rap battles for jump off TV on youtube in his early days (i advise you to watch them!), I think he'll be around for a good while. Can't wait for his second album "The Myth" to be released later this year if the first one is anything to go by! Strongly recommend you buy this!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Professor Green - Very much alive 19 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
While you wonder whether Professor Green (Hackney white rapper Stephen Manderson) got his names mixed up from the Cluedo characters its another form of mixing that dominates this very assured grime music album. Green's use of pop songs like INXS "Need you tonight" or even more commercially "Just be good to green" mixing and merging the S.O.S. Band's "Just Be Good to Me", with Beats International's response "Dub Be Good to Me" is clearly a sign that like Plan B the confines of a club will not satisfy this young rapper. Adding Lily Allen into the mix suggests that total chart domination is his target. And yes at this point it is almost compulsory for the Eminem comparison to come up since there is something about the swagger and self belief on this album that does remind you of Detroit's finest.

If you don't like the pop orientated stuff that shouldn't detract potential buyers of "Alive Till I'm Dead" since this remains a very strong grime album with tracks like the stellar "Jungle" (Feat Maverick Sabre) bringing together a dubstep swampy feel combined with huge blocks of synths that gives it a nice sinister edge. Its by far the best and hardest song on the album in an urban ode to the streets of Hackney. In a similar vein are the brilliant "City of Gold" from which Dizzie Rascal could learn a thing or two and the deep dub heavy "Closing the door" feat Fink of which veterans Sly and Robbie would be proud (plus anyone who can nick a line from Dire Straits and make it work in a dub song must have something going for them). "Oh my god" almost sounds like a heavy metal and sees Green claiming to be "rap's George Best" and sets out his ambition to do rather naughty things to Ms Pixie Lott. A correspondence course in "confidence building" would be sadly wasted on the good Professor!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent CD 11 Aug 2010
By Crash16
Format:Audio CD
When I heard the Singles Just Be Good To Green and I Need You Tonight, I had high hopes for this album. When I recieved the CD I instantly liked all of the songs on the album. Each song is brilliant in it's own way. City of Gold, Monster and Jungle are three of my favourite tracks on the album.
A deffinite ten out of ten for Professor Green.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A promising start 21 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
Not technically a start of course as 'Lecture Number 1' was released through the now sadly, defunt The Beats label...but a first album release on a major label. The album really does get off to a flyer, 'Kids that love to dance' is ace and is followed by 'Just be good to green' and 'I need you tonight' which pretty much ensures you will carry on listening if you like PG's style (and face it, a LOT of people will have got this album on the strength of the 2 singles). PG has a really good flow, but for me it seems to get lost sometimes behind the music, which is well produced throughout. As another reviewer stated previously 'Monster' is almost certainly a single, although I think it sounds more like an Example song than a PG song, which almost certainly won't do it any harm to be fair. There are a couple of songs at the end of the album where it slows down a bit('Where do we go' and 'Goodnight') which, whilst accomplished musically, don't hold my attention as much as the rest of the album (saying that, it could be an issue with me as my interest also tailed off at the end of Example's 'Won't go quietly'). My personal favourite track on the album is 'Falling down' which has a theme we can probably all relate to where as soon as things are looking up the rug is pulled from under your feet and you end up on your behind. The lyrics are strong throughout, but I feel they are a highlight on this track as PG narrates his rise from the street (dealing) to The Streets (well, The Beats at least!) and down again following The Beats collapse, then up again (eventually) with Virgin...although it is a cautionary tale and left open ended as he admits he has no idea whether it is all going to work out.

I am really enjoying this album, just waiting for it to really grab me and demand to be unforgettable yet though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Greenius 20 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is the first major release from Hackney-boy Professor Green and man, has it been well received. His name is derived from his time in the herb-distribution industry, something documented & referred to frequently on the album.

The two singles so far 'Just Be Good To Green' Feat. Lily Allen & 'I Need You Tonight' Feat. Ed Drewett are very catchy and have raised the Professor's profile somewhat with some serious airtime. Both of these are remixes of classic singles though and it's alway easier to land a hit when remixing a popular classic so you would be right to wonder if the album holds up to scrutiny.

Alive Till I'm Dead is not happy sitting nicely in one groove and jumps seamlessly between production styles; 'Jungle' featuring Maverick Sabre is a grimy but electrifying dubstep experience whilst 'Falling Down' is a textbook dance track. In contrast, 'Goodnight' is a full-orchestral ballad that is a fitting end to the experience. 'Oh my God' featuring Labrinth is one of the catchiest tunes on the album, whilst the surprisingly Timbaland-esque 'Monster' will be sure to be bouncing out of your radio speakers sometime soon. It's also surprising just how contemporary the lyrics are, at one point he mentions a bus advert (Pixie drinks Lotts) that is still doing the rounds on the streets of London as we speak.

Whilst Alive Till I'm Dead is definitely a grime album, Professor Green seems to be pushing the envelope as to what grime consists of; some of the songs will make you wonder whether he is a rapper or a singer and the production will have you tapping your feet and nodding in public. Recommended!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money
Bought as a gift so I can't really comment. This artist isn't my 'cup of tea' but the person I bought it for is a fan so I'm
sure it will be played often.
Published 4 months ago by Julie Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars top artist
top artist with a fresh vision of hiphop - I've a hiphop fan for years now & I always love fresh ideas.
Published 8 months ago by CO'G84
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as the second album
great album for any pro green fans, but the second album kicks ass by far. looking forward to the next album
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Great Song, Great Sound, Great Artist, Great Art work, Sounds great any time of the day on your own or with friends
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I didnt know if I would like this but i love it and listen to it all the time, Its worth buying this as its so different to wats out there
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!
Love it!!!Thats all I have to say!!Brilliant album.I would recommend this to everyone who likes or has heard of professor green
Published on 25 Jan 2012 by Amz
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
Having listened to a single that was on TV and realising that it's not on the album I was somewhat bemused. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2011 by Mr. S. Rehman
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
This is a great cd and a great buy and anyone thinking of buying this cd should buy it!! I love it and can't stop listening to this cd and Professor Green.. :D
Published on 11 Feb 2011 by Noush
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Unreal for the money - much much cheaper that itunes!! download the Amazon MP3 program that goes with the purchase as it automatically sends it to your itunes anyway - Nice one... Read more
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