Growing Up in Public (Professor Green album)

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Growing Up in Public
Pro green Album cover.jpg
Studio album by Professor Green
Released 22 September 2014[1]
Recorded April 2012 - June 2014
Genre British hip hop UK Rap Grime
Length 37:15
Label Virgin
Producer
Professor Green chronology
At Your Inconvenience
(2011)At Your Inconvenience2011
Growing Up in Public
(2014)
Singles from Growing Up in Public
  1. "Lullaby"
    Released: 14 September 2014
  2. "Little Secrets"
    Released: 7 December 2014

Growing Up in Public is the third studio album by British rapper Professor Green. It was released on 22 September 2014 through Virgin Records.[2] The album features appearances from the likes of Tori Kelly, Example, Mr Probz, Rizzle Kicks and James Craise among others. The album continues the themes covered on his second studio album, At Your Inconvenience.

The album's first promotional single, "Not Your Man", was released as an "instant grat" through the iTunes Store on 7 July 2014. The album's second promotional single, "I Need Church", was released as an "instant grat" on 16 July. The album's lead single, "Lullaby", featuring singer-songwriter Tori Kelly, was released on 14 September 2014. The song received its radio debut on BBC Radio 1 on 28 July 2014, but was premiered at the Leicester Music Festival at Welford Road Stadium on 25 July.[3] The album's third promotional single, "Dead Man's Shoes", was released on 19 September 2014. "Little Secrets", featuring Mr Probz, is the album's second single. It was released on 7 December 2014, peaking at number 83 on the UK Singles Chart.

Background[edit]

Green expressed interest to work with artists such as former collaborators Emeli Sandé and Lily Allen, as well as Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Rey on the album, however, no collaborations featuring any of the listed names are featured. Green announced that production on the album would come from the likes of Mike Skinner, Sid Wilson of Slipknot,[4] iSHi, Pharrell Williams and Skrillex. However, Example doesn't feature on the album version. A promotional non-album single, titled "Are You Getting Enough?", featuring Miles Kane, was released on 21 July 2013.[5] After the single failed to chart in the top 100, Green announced that the first "proper" single from the album would be released in January 2014 and the album would follow shortly. These were later delayed to July and September 2014 respectively. He has also delayed his planned UK tour twice, firstly from November 2013 to May 2014, and then May 2014 to December 2014, to coincide with the release of the album.[6]

Green also performed new tracks entitled titled "I Need Church" and "Little Secrets" in his 2013 live sets.[7] Green has also posted clips of new songs "Name in Lights" (produced by Cores and featuring Rizzle Kicks)[8] and "Jealous Girl" on his Instagram.[9] Tweets and Instagram posts have also revealed a collaboration with Wretch 32 and iSHi titled "Gross" and another track titled "The Middle".[citation needed] Green also posted a short clip of a collaboration with iSHI and Ella Eyre which didn't make the album.[10] On 14 April 2014 Green released a 54-second teaser of the album's first promotional single, "Not Your Man", which features vocals from Thabo. In 2014, he appeared on a remix of "German Whip" by Meridian Dan, also featuring Skepta, Bossman Birdie and Jordan Stephens. "Not Your Man" premiered in full on 3 July 2014, and was released on 5 July as an "instant grat" download on iTunes when you pre-ordered the album. The album's second "instant grat" promotional single, "I Need Church", was released on 16 July. The lead single from the album, "Lullaby" featuring Tori Kelly, was released on 14 September 2014. "Dead Man's Shoes" was released as the third and final instant grat single on 19 September 2014. Growing Up in Public was released on 22 September 2014.[11][12]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 48/100[13]
Review scores
Source Rating
The Guardian 3/5 stars[14]
musicOMH 2.5/5 stars[15]
The Observer 2/5 stars[16]
Clash 3/10[17]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "I Need Church"
Mojam 4:08
2. "Dead Man's Shoes" (featuring James Craise)
Mojam 3:25
3. "Lullaby" (featuring Tori Kelly) Chris Loco[18][non-primary source needed]} 4:53
4. "Little Secrets" (featuring Mr Probz)
3:58
5. "Name in Lights" (featuring Rizzle Kicks)
Alex "Cores" Hayes 3:13
6. "Fast Life"
  • Manderson
  • Omer
  • Murray
Mojam 3:42
7. "Can't Dance Without You" (featuring Whinnie Williams) TMS 3:08
8. "Not Your Man" (featuring Thabo)
  • Manderson
  • Felix Joseph
  • James Walsh
Felix Joseph[19] 3:28
9. "In the Shadow of the Sun"
3:56
10. "Growing Up in Public"
The New Royales 3:25
Notes
  • "In the Shadow of the Sun" samples vocals and production from "Shadow of the Sun" by Max Elto (f.k.a. Taped Rai)

Personnel[edit]

  • Richard Adlam - drum programming
  • Samuel Agard - drums
  • Glyn Aikins - A&R
  • Erik Alcock - songwriter
  • Harley Alexander-Sule - songwriter
  • Lily Allen - songwriter
  • Matt Allen - guitar
  • Iyiola Babalola - engineer
  • Lorraine Barnes - choir/chorus
  • Tom Barnes - songwriter, drums
  • Awsa Bergstrom - choir/chorus
  • Jules Buckley - string arrangements
  • Wez Clarke - mixing, programming
  • James Craise - songwriter, featured artist, vocals
  • DJ Khalil - engineer, instrumentation, producer, programming
  • Mark O. Everett - songwriter
  • Future Cut - vocal producer
  • The Futuristics - keyboards, producer, programming
  • John Gibbons - choir/chorus
  • Rick Guest - photography
  • Wendy Harriott - choir/chorus
  • Stuart Hawkes - mastering
  • Alex "Cores" Hayes - additional production, songwriter, engineer, executive producer, keyboards, producer, programming, vocal engineer, vocal producer
  • Edward Hayes - songwriter, guitar
  • Warren Huart - vocal engineer
  • Tom Hull - songwriter
  • Ken "Duro" Ifill - mixing
  • Pranam Injeti - songwriter, engineer, instrumentation, producer, programming
  • Felix Joseph - songwriter, engineer, producer, programming
  • Pete Kelleher - songwriter, keyboards
  • Tori Kelly - featured artist, vocals
  • Joe Khajadourian - songwriter
  • Kid Harpoon - engineer, guitar, producer, programming
  • Ben Kohn - bass, songwriter
  • KZ - keyboards, percussion, producer, programming
  • Jenny LaTouche - choir/chorus
  • Darren Lewis - engineer
  • Tom Liljegren - songwriter
  • Chris Loco - songwriter, engineer, keyboards, percussion, producer, programming
  • Stephen Manderson - songwriter, executive producer
  • Patsy McKay - choir/chorus, choir arrangement
  • Beverlyn McKinson - choir/chorus
  • Metropole Orkest - strings
  • Mr. Probz - featured artist, vocals
  • Mojam Music - engineer, producer, programming
  • James Murray - songwriter, guitar
  • Mustafa Omer - songwriter
  • John Parish - songwriter
  • Adam Prendergast - bass
  • Professor Green - primary artist, vocals
  • Khalil Abdul Rahman - songwriter
  • Alex Reeves - drums
  • Hal Ritson - sample organization
  • Rizzle Kicks - featured artist, vocals
  • Alexander Ryberg - songwriter
  • Alex Schwartz - songwriter
  • Aaron Sokell - choir/chorus
  • Diana Stanbridge - choir/chorus
  • Mark "Spike" Stent - mixing
  • Jordan Stephens - songwriter
  • Geoff Swan - mixing assistant
  • Thabo - featured artist, vocals
  • TMS - engineer, producer
  • Jack Vasiliou - choir/chorus
  • James Walsh - songwriter, guitar
  • Whinnie Williams - featured artist, vocals
  • Ina Wroldsen - songwriter, vocal arrangement

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[21]

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format(s)
Ireland 19 September 2014 CDdigital download
United Kingdom[22] 22 September 2014
Japan[23] 24 September 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Growing Up In Public". shop.professorgreen.co.uk. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Growing Up In Public by Professor Green: Amazon.co.uk: Music". amazon.co.uk. 
  3. ^ "Growing Up In Public - Professor Green, CD". eMeLVi.eu. Archived from the original on 2014-09-04. 
  4. ^ NME.COM. "Slipknot's Sid Wilson talks 'dirty and grimy' Professor Green collaboration - NME.COM". NME.COM. 
  5. ^ "Professor Green - Are You Getting Enough? (feat. Miles Kane) by Professor Green". SoundCloud. 2013-05-28. 
  6. ^ "UK Tour Postponed Until May 2014". Professor Green - Official Website. 2013-09-24. Archived from the original on March 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "BBC - Glastonbury - 2013 - Acts - Professor Green". BBC Music Events. 
  8. ^ https://archive.is/20140625021229/http://instagram.com/p/cO-4Cpvsyc/. Archived from the original on June 25, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ https://archive.is/20140625020458/http://instagram.com/p/cJyFGZPs5_/. Archived from the original on June 25, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Professor green". Facebook. 2013-10-17. Archived from the original on 2013-10-18. 
  11. ^ "Professor green - Facebook photos". Facebook. 2014-07-05. 
  12. ^ "iTunes - Music - Growing Up In Public by Professor Green". iTunes Store. 2014-09-22. 
  13. ^ "Growing Up in Public - Professor Green". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  14. ^ Bakare, Lanre. "Professor Green: Growing Up in Public review – slightly edgy pop". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  15. ^ Murphy, John. "Professor Green – Growing Up In Public". musicOMH. OMH. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  16. ^ Mardles, Paul. "Professor Green: Growing Up in Public review – art doesn't reflect life in a humdrum third album". The Observer. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  17. ^ Salmon, Will. "Professor Green - Growing Up In Public". Clash Music. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  18. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140904122215/https://afterdark.co/blog/new-music/professor-green-lullaby-feat-tori-kelly
  19. ^ "Professor Green features Zim's Thabo". newzimbabwe.com. 
  20. ^ "Growing Up In Public (Deluxe) by Professor Green". Spotify. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  21. ^ "Growing Up in Public - Professor Green". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  22. ^ "Growing Up In Public [Explicit]". amazon.co.uk. 
  23. ^ "Growing Up In Public [Import Disc]". CDJapan. Retrieved 12 September 2014.