Professor Green has come along way since his debut album Alive Till I'm Dead blasted its way to No.2 in the charts, and now the East London MC is back with his sophomore LP, At Your Inconvenience.
After apparently thinking of his second album title in a toilet, Green's new record comes complete with more grit, more poignant lyrics and, of course, more autobiographical tracks which are set to cement Pro's place as one of the best UK rapper's in the business.
From the first official single, Read All About It, to the heartfelt Today I Cried, At Your Inconvenience is a roller-coaster ride of emotions, as Pro takes us back to some of his darkest days and his rise to fame, as well as poking fun at some of his showbiz peers along the way. From hip-hop, to UK garage influences, this slick LP really does have it all.
One things for sure, Pro's new album shows us exactly why he continues to dominate the UK urban scene, and in the words of the man himself, the future's bright, the future's Green…
Professor Green - At You Inconvenience Track By Track Review
1. At Your Inconvenience
This controversial title track, which was released as a promotional single for the album, sees Pro's jokey side as he aims a series of tongue-in-cheek insults at the rich and famous. Produced by 16bit, the song reminds us of Eminem, or rather Slim Shady, circa his Without Me days.
Produced by the Youngboyz and Jared 'Blake' Schariff, Pro has unleashed yet another anthem - this time, chanting not to p**s him off and displaying his talent for writing hard-hitting lyrics. A unique insight into how Green sees the world, we are left intrigued trying to picture his naked JLS impression…
3. Read All About It Feat. Emeli Sande
A stand-out track on the album, Pro exposes his softer side as he hits back at his stepmother's claims that he tried to cash in on his father's death. Produced by TMS & iSHi, Emeli steals the show with her stunning vocals, as Pro's raw emotion concerning his dad's suicide shows a more vulnerable side to the rapper. Professor Green at his best.
4. Trouble Feat. Luciana
Pro has teamed up with Luciana - who has previously worked with the likes of Taio Cruz, Lethal Bizzle and production duo Bodyrox - for this UK garage inspired tune. Produced once again by TMS, it shows Pro's versatility and proves he's so much more than a hip-hop artist.
5. Spinning Out Feat. Fink
Some loyal Pro Green fans will recognise this reversion of Pixies' Where Is My Mind from a previous live session, but this time, Green has hooked up with folktronica singer Fink for this very clever twist on the Pixies classic. Produced by self-confessed Team Green member Alex 'Cores' Hayes - who Pro worked with on his first LP - it's one of our favourites.
6. Remedy Feat. Ruth-Anne
Produced by Mojam, this is another UK garage inspired tune and features the vocal talents of Irish singer, Ruth-Anne. With it's fast-paced beats and catchy chorus, this track leaves us wanting more uptempo club bangers from The Prof.
7. How Many Moons
Exploring another musical genre, Pro has worked with Austrian Drum & Bass duo Camo & Krooked on this track. With its enchanting gospel-like chorus to its thumping beats, Pro once again shows off his ability to spit a harsh tune.
8. Avalon Feat. Sierra Kusterbeck
Green has worked with American musician Sierra Kusterberk on this track, giving the song a more alternative-rock feel. Produced by Mojam, it shows Green isn't afraid to think outside the box when it comes to making original, yet popular music.
This song tells the tragic tale of a woman addicted to heroin, but it's innocently and tastefully done. With it's acoustic feel, it shows another side to Pro, a side which sees him take on the role of the storyteller, captivating his listeners. The soft vocals of Green's backing singers also compliment the track - produced by Alex 'Cores' Hayes and Naughtyboy. It's one of strongest songs on the LP and we can't wait to see him perform it live.
Produced by Eric Hudson and Andrew Clifton, Green explores the newfound press interest in his life since hitting the big time, again showing his lyrical ability, executed with true conviction.
11. Never Be A Right Time Feat. Ed Drewett
Pro has once again hooked-up with pal Ed Drewett on this Alex 'Cores' Hayes produced track, where Green displays his more tender side. Reminiscent of ballad Where Do We Go from his first LP, it tells the story of a failed relationship and the pain of a break-up - something every listener can relate to.
12. Today I Cried
Once again, Green lays his past bare, documenting his rise to fame and how his newfound showbiz status cannot erase the pain of his past. He even name-checks pal Lily Allen for helping him get where he is today. Drewett again lends his locals to the Alex 'Cores' Hayes produced song, making the track definitely one to check out. We are hoping it's a single.
13. Nightmares Feat. Royce da 5"9 & Kobe
This DJ Khalil produced tune is definitely the most heavily hip-hop influenced track on At Your Inconvenience as Green teams up with Eminem's Bad Meets Evil aide Royce da 5"9 and self-proclaimed 'ur rappers favourite singer' Kobe Honeycutt. This is a very polished, US rap scene influenced song.
14. Forever Falling Feat. Haydon
Produced by Sunny Productions, this edgy track sees Green hook-up with new talent Haydon - who brings a more rock element - compared to Pro's once again honest lyrics. The track shows the East London MC is willing to experiment with all different genres.
15. Into The Ground
After a series of hard-hitting autobiographical tunes, Into The Ground comes as light-hearted relief, as Green expresses his more comical side again. Produced by Alex 'Cores' Hayes, Pro returns to his form at the start the album, taking swipes at various celebrities and proving he's one not to be messed with.
Professor Green - At Your Inconvenience is out Monday, 31st October.
By Joanne Dorken