Professor Green is neither, but he is an MC -- born Stephen Paul Manderson -- who hails from Hackney, London, England. The irreverent storyteller got his start when he competed in a freestyle battle at a Camden bar. He not only emerged victorious, but went on to win several other competitions and was witnessed by Mike Skinner (aka the Streets) at Brixtonâ€™s B-Boy Championships. Skinner subsequently provided a production to Green, who turned it into â€œStereotypical Manâ€� and included it on the 2006 mixtape Lecture #1. Skinner also signed the MC to The Beats, though nothing more than a promotional EP materialized prior to the labelâ€™s 2007 demise. After self-releasing an EP in 2008, Green was attacked at a London club, stabbed in the neck, and nearly died, but the event did nothing to slow him down. Virgin signed him, and his first two singles with the label, 2010â€™s â€œI Need You Tonightâ€� (which sampled the INXS song of the same title) and â€œJust Be Good to Greenâ€� (which featured Lily Allen and made use of the S.O.S. Band's â€œJust Be Good to Meâ€� and Beats International's â€œDub Be Good to Meâ€�) reached the Top Ten of the U.K. singles chart. Alive Till Iâ€™m Dead, Greenâ€™s first proper album, featured both songs and was released in July 2010. A year later his â€œRead All About Itâ€� single appeared along with his sophomore album, At Your Inconvenience. ~ Andy KellmanPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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