Friday, December 30, 2011

The Top 100 Songs of 2011 -- #27: "Read All About It" -- Professor Green feat. Emeli Sande

Though not yet a notable figure in American rap, Professor Green has already built a steady following in his homeland of Great Britain and throughout many other European countries. After his certified-Gold debut Alive Till I'm Dead (featuring a fantastic song in the form of "Jungle"... check it out if you've never heard of Prof. Green), Green released his sophomore effort, At Your Inconvenience, a little over a year later.

Already, the record has garnered the rapper his first No. 1 single in the UK, in the form of "Read All About It." One of Green's most introspective releases, the song has the feel of one that could break out in other countries, should it get released there.

This is due in part to Green's delivery, which is strikingly similar to that of American superstar Eminem. That doesn't mean this holds true on every song Green releases, but here, the anger and emotion reminds one of a young Mathers.

Here, Green rhymes about his past -- particularly his relationship with his family. In 2008, his father committed suicide, and the tensions seem to still be tight three years later.

The song is brought to life by a big chorus, courtesy of Scottish R&B songstress Emeli Sande, one of the UK's rising stars. Combined with Sande, Green creates a song with the emotion of Eminem's angrier fare, but sans as much of an edge.

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