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Professor Green (born Stephen Paul Manderson 27.11.1983) Professor Green is a British rapper who found fame with the release of his debut album Alive Till I'm Dead.
Childhood & Early Career: Professor Green was born in Hackney, East London, where he was raised by his grandmother. His father committed suicide in 2008.
He got into rapping after he was at a party where people were freestyling; someone handed him the mic and he felt that it worked for him. Then, he went to a freestyle night called LyricPad and won, despite having had no prior experience.
A scout from JumpOff spotted him and he ended up taking part in rap battles every week and eventually became champion. He became the only rapper to have won seven times in a row, something that he achieved twice. He was spotted by Mike Skinner of The Streets, who signed him to the label that he ran at the time, The Beats.
In May 2009, Professor Green was stabbed in the neck with a broken bottle at cargo nightclub in East London. The resultant scar overlaps the tattoo of the word 'Lucky' that he has on his neck. His attacker was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Music Career: Professor Green did not have a very successful time whilst he was signed to The Beats. Though he speaks fondly of working with Mike Skinner, professionally, the label did not serve him as he had hoped.
After signing to Virgin Records, Professor Green announced that his debut album would be entitled Alive Till I'm Dead. The debut single from the album, 'I Need You Tonight' was produced by ThundaCatz and was released in April 2010. The track featured a sample from the INXS track 'Need You Tonight'. The track peaked at number three in the UK and was certified Silver.
The second track from the album, 'Just Be Good To Green' was released in July 2010 and featured the UK singer Lily Allen as well as a sample from 'Just Be Good to Me' by the SOS band.
A week after the single was released the album came out, peaking at number two in the UK albums chart. The third single to be released from Alive Till I'm Dead was 'Monster' which features another successful UK rapper, Example. He then went on to release 'Jungle', which features another UK artist, Maverick Sabre.
Towards the end of 2010, Professor Green became embroiled in a public feud with the UK grime artist Wiley, on the social networking site Twitter. The feud started when Wiley stated that Professor Green would not have a successful career, were it not for the US rapper Eminem. Professor Green responded by saying that Eminem was an influence on his music, but that he was comfortable with that.
The second album from Professor Green is entitled At Your Inconvenience and was released in October 2011. The lead single (the title track) was played by Zane Lowe in July 2011 as a promotional track for the album but the first single proper was 'Read All About It', featuring Emeli Sandé. The track reached number one in the UK and was followed by the second single 'Never Be A Right Time', featuring vocals by Ed Drewett.
Professor Green felt politics was a ''load of mumbo jumbo'' when he was younger.
Professor Green felt politics was a ''load of mumbo jumbo'' when he was younger.
The 33-year-old musician - whose full name is Stephen Paul Manderson - has joined forces with Rize Up campaign in a bid to encourage people under 25 years old to vote during this year's election, but he has admitted when he was growing up he didn't ''understand'' much about politics and didn't feel ''engaged'' in party debates.
Speaking to NME magazine, the dark-haired hunk said: ''Growing up, politics was just a load of mumbo jumbo. I couldn't understand what they were saying.
Continue reading: Professor Green: 'Growing Up, Politics Was Just A Load Of Mumbo Jumbo'
The feud began during Arthur’s time on the ‘X Factor’ in 2012.
The pair’s bad blood began when Arthur was appearing on the talent show and fans compared him to the rapper, causing Green to tweet: “You can all f*** off and die slowly – he does not look like me.”
Professor Green wants to make peace with James Arthur
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The couple have been married for nearly two years, but recent reports have suggested that they're about to break up.
Former ‘Made In Chelsea’ star Millie Mackintosh has dismissed recent speculation that her marriage to rapper Professor Green is on the verge of breaking down, saying that the rumours “could not be more wrong”.
Speaking to British magazine You over the weekend, 26 year old Mackintosh responded to claims that their nearly two-year marriage was on the rocks. “You really can't believe everything you read. Obviously it is stressful having things written about you, especially when they're not true, but I don't get that upset about it,” she said.
Millie Mackintosh and Professor Green
The Northern Irish city will play host to a 10,000 strong crowd next month.
'MTV Crashes Derry' has announced the first two acts to play at the one day festival next month, and they’re both British acts. Rapper Professor Green and multi-talented producer / vocalist MNEK will perform in front of a sell-out crowd.
Professor Green will play at 'MTV Crashes Derry' next month
Derry’s Ebrington Square will play host to a 10,000 strong crowd on September 19th. All the tickets for the event sold out in an amazing 40 seconds when they were released earlier in August.
Continue reading: 'MTV Crashes Derry' Confirms Professor Green And MNEK
Professor Green has rescheduled his tour dates - again.
Professor Green has postponed his UK tour for the second time in six months, blaming a "turbulent" 18 months that has seen him hit by a car, marry his wife, and get arrested. Growing Up in Public - the rapper's third LP - is now reportedly due out in August.
Professor Green and his wife Millie Mackintosh
"The last 18 months have been mental, turbulent, up and down, round and round, amazing, horrible, happy, sad, frustrating, testing, trying and above all incredibly f*****g stressful," Green wrote on his website. "I got hit by a car, got married and then had my life turned upside down by an entirely unfounded arrest for something [for which] I was subsequently not charged."
The rapper was arrested again after he claimed to have been mugged in November, only to get arrested for drink driving
Professor Green found himself in a spot of trouble with police once again earlier this week, following an arrested for perverting justice after he filed a police complaint stating that he had been mugged outside his South London home earlier this month. The singer/rapper was arrested under his real name, Stephen Manderson, on Monday, 25 November, and his prior arrest is believed to be at the center of his latest incarceration.
Prof. Green has yet to address either arrests from this month
Green was held for attempting to pervert justice after he had initially reported that he had been mugged earlier this month, saying that his Rolex had been stolen, only for police to arrive at his South London home and find his wrecked Mercedes outside the property. He was held on suspicion of drunk driving overnight, with an inquiry into the incident taking place following his release.
Continue reading: Professor Green Held By Police For Perverting Justice
Professor Green and Millie Mackintosh enjoy their nuptials in a chic country ceremony.
A big congratulations to Professor Green and Millie Mackintosh who are finally married after two years of dating! The rapper and the 'Made In Chelsea' star tied the knot at the Babington House chapel in Somerset yesterday (September 10th 2013) where they were not only surrounded by beautiful countryside, but also many relatives and friends.
Millie was a stunning bride in her Alice Temperley gown
Millie looked especially elegant in a floaty gown with lace capped sleeves designed by Alice Temperley, a waist length veil and Christian Louboutin heels, while Professor Green (real name Stephen Manderson) maintained his usual suave appearance with a blue suit and tie.
Liam Gallagher was rumoured to be playing Glastonbury, and duly opened the festival on Friday morning.
Liam Gallagher was given the enviable job of opening the 2013 Glastonbury Festival with a surprise set on The Other Stage on Friday morning (June 28, 2013). The singer, who aired his dismay for the festival following his former band Oasis' set in 2004, arrived on-stage and immediately launched into Flick of the Finger, a recent single for Beady Eye.
Liam Gallagher Performing With Beady Eye At Brixton Academy
The cloudy weather and early start did nothing to deter the famous Mancunian, who was on typically brash form. "It's never too early for a bit of Rock'n'Roll aggro, is it?" asked Gallagher as his new band launched into Morning Glory, an Oasis hit written by his brother Noel Gallagher.
Continue reading: Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye Open Glastonbury Festival With Morning Set
Disgruntled HMV employees took over the company's official Twitter page on Thursday (January 31, 2013) airing their dissatisfaction at being sacked by the music chain, which called in the administrators two weeks ago. 4,500 jobs are thought to be at risk at the ailing retailer, leaving angry employees taking to the micro-blogging site to vent their frustration this week.
Tweeting "live from HR," the employees managed around seven messages before the company regained control in the afternoon. The tweets - since deleted but reproduced on The Guardian's website - included, "There are over 60 of us being fired at once! Mass execution, of loyal employees who love the brand. #hmvXFactorFiring." Another said, "Sorry we've been quiet for so long," went another. "Under contract, we've been unable to say a word, or - more importantly - tell the truth." Management became suspicious around 2.30pm, with another tweeting, "Just overheard our Marketing Director (he's staying, folks) ask 'How do I shut down Twitter?" The angry employees managed more tweet before their posts were removed. It said, "Under usual circumstances, we'd never dare do such a thing as this. However, when the company you dearly love is being ruined . and those hard working individuals, who wanted to make hmv great again, have mostly been fired, there seemed no other choice." As of 4.30pm, the latest tweet read, "With our #hmvBlueCross Sale underway, who took advantage of the 25% off 1000s of products? What did you pick up?"
On January 22, 2013, it was reported that Hilco - a restructuring company essentially preying on ailing companies - would take control of HMV.
Date of birth
27th November, 1983
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