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
Length 53:02
Label Big Dada
Producer Kwes.
Speech Debelle chronology
Speech Therapy
(2009)Speech Therapy2009
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
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 62/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
MTV 5/5 stars[3]

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.[4] It was her second album release on Big Dada Recordings.


At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Freedom of Speech received an average score of 62% based on 17 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

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."[5]

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."[6] According to AllMusic in a review, "Speech Debelle is now the most interesting and possibly the most exciting British MC on the scene."[7]

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" (featuring Roots Manuva and 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" (featuring Realism) Elliot, C; Richards, D; Sey, K Kwes. 4:53
12. "Sun Dog" Elliot, C; Sey, K Kwes. 7:13


  1. ^ a b "Freedom of Speech by Speech Debelle". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  2. ^ AllMusic
  3. ^ MTV
  4. ^ a b "Freedom of Speech - Speech Debelle - Releases - Ninja Tune". Ninja Tune. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  5. ^ a b Keenana, Sean (February 12, 2012). "Speech Debelle - Freedom of Speech Album Review". Trebuchet Magazine. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  6. ^ a b "Freedom of Speech by Speech Debelle". MTV. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  7. ^ a b "Freedom of Speech". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 

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