Freedom of Speech (Speech Debelle album)

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Freedom of Speech
Studio album by Speech Debelle
Released 13 Feb 2012
Recorded London, UK
Genre Hip Hop
Label Big Dada
Producer Kwes.
Speech Debelle chronology
Speech Therapy
Freedom of Speech
Singles from Freedom of Speech
  1. "Studio Backpack Rap"
    Released: 9 November 2011
  2. "I'm With It"
    Released: 20 February 2012

Freedom of Speech is the second album by British rapper Speech Debelle. The record was recorded in London, United Kingdom and produced entirely by Kwes.[1] It was her second album release on Big Dada Recordings.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
MTV 5/5 stars link

The album prompted Trebuchet Magazine to describe Debelle as 'a fiery, if naïve, seeker of justice and truth', and said "she has a cracked lusciousness to her voice that strongly recalls Martina Topley-Bird's most meltingly sexy moments on Tricky's Maxinquaye."[2]

MTV gave the album 5/5 stars, and said, "What makes this a truly great hip hop album is that her words, piling up on one another, take on the quality of incantations — and that those incantations take on a life of their own."[3] According to AllMusic in a review, "Speech Debelle is now the most interesting and possibly the most exciting British MC on the scene."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Studio Backpack Rap"   Elliot, C; Sey, Kwesi Kwes. 4:01
2. "Live for the Message"   Elliot, C; Sey. K; McKoy, J Kwes. 3:51
3. "Blaze Up a Fire" (feat. Roots Manuva & Realism) Elliot, C; Richards, D; Sey, K; Smith, R Kwes. 4:19
4. "Elephant in the Living Room"   Elliot, C; Ryan, L; Sey, K Kwes. 4:02
5. "X Marks The Spot"   Elliot, C; O' Fathaigh, C Kwes. 3:49
6. "Angel Wings"   Elliot, C; O' Fathaigh, C Kwes. 3:29
7. "Shawshank Redemption"   Elliot, C; Sey, K Kwes. 4:23
8. "I'm With It"   Elliot, C; White, F Kwes. 3:43
9. "The Problem"   Elliot, C; Sey, K; Wynter, L Kwes. 4:15
10. "Collapse"   Elliot, C; Sey, K Kwes. 5:04
11. "Eagle Eye" (feat. Realism) Elliot, C; Richards, D; Sey, K Kwes. 4:53
12. "Sun Dog"   Elliot, C; Sey, K Kwes. 7:13


Excerpt of "Sun Dog", the last track off Freedom of Speech

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  1. ^ a b "Freedom of Speech - Speech Debelle - Releases - Ninja Tune". Ninja Tune. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  2. ^ a b Keenana, Sean (February 12, 2012). "Speech Debelle - Freedom of Speech Album Review". Trebuchet Magazine. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Freedom of Speech by Speech Debelle". MTV. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Freedom of Speech". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-06-01.