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.
Stephen Paul Manderson and Professor Green - Professor Green performing live on stage touring his new album 'Growing Up in Public' at the Roundhouse in Camden at Roundhouse - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 11th December 2014
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 30 year-old rapper has been forced to rescheduled several shows for November and December of this year.
Professor Green is in need of a break!
The British rap star has been forced to postpone his U.K. headlining tour.
Prof has cancelled 12 upcoming shows in May, which are being rescheduled for November and December of this year.
Continue reading: Professor Green Cancels U.K Tour Due To A "Mental" Last 18 Months
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
The Prof got into some legal trouble this week.
Stephen Manderson, better known by his stage name Professor Green, was arrested last Monday on suspicion of preventing justice, according to the Mirror. The arrest dates back to an incident back in the beginning of November, when the musician called police to report that he had been mugged and had his Rolex stolen outside his £1 million London home.
Professor Green was arrested for the second time earlier this week.
It isn’t exactly clear what transpired at the time, however according to the report, the officers noticed that his Mercedes had been in a crash, after which the I Need You Tonight star was held on suspicion of drunk driving. This latest arrest could carry much heavier consequences. This could be a serious problem for Manderson, since the maximum penalty for preventing justice is a year in jail.
Continue reading: Professor Green Arrested On Suspicion Of Preventing Justice
Not an ideal night out for Mr. Green.
Oh dear. You get mugged, your Rolex gets swiped, so you phone the police, who subsequently arrest YOU. Alright, the Rolex bit isn’t a universal problem, but it’s a pretty bad sequence of events, we’re sure you’ll agree.
Professor Green at the Teen Awards.
That’s what happened to Professor Green. The rapper – real name Stephen Manderson – phoned the cops after he was mugged outside his own house. The robber(s) made off with his Rolex watch, but when police arrived, it was Green in the back of a squad car.
Continue reading: Prof. Green Gets Mugged, Phones Police, Gets Arrested. Go Figure.