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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the British rapper features guest appearances from James Craise, Tori Kelly, Mr. Probz, Rizzle Kicks, Thabo, and Whinnie Williams.
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Lullaby
All the times I have laid in your life When your love kept safe through the night All the time I was sure you were mine And before time demands our... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Sep 25, 2014
    60
    Now he seems happy to occupy that space and fulfil a role as a slightly edgy pop bloke.
  2. Sep 25, 2014
    50
    There’s talent here, although it’s often buried deep beneath generic beats and lyrical self-obsession that eventually becomes a bit exhausting to listen to.
  3. Sep 25, 2014
    40
    Professor Green’s whiny rap and the tired chart-house riff detract from the power of the narrative.
  4. Sep 25, 2014
    30
    Green is never going to be a gritty rapper--but even taken as a straight-up pop-rap record, Growing Up In Public is disappointingly tame.
  5. Dec 9, 2014
    30
    We get predictable rock-rap joints like "I Need Church" and "Dead Man's Shoes"; embarrassing skits involving Robbie Williams; abysmal jokes at other celebrity targets; saccharin singles like "Lullaby" (which retreads most of "Read All About It") and "Little Secrets"; getting outshone on your own song by the Rizzle Kicks ("Name In Lights"); ripping off The Streets' old shit ("Fast Life"); a surprisingly soulful joint that clearly ended up on the wrong album ("Not Your Man"); the sound of a rapper all but giving up ("Shadow of the Sun") and subsequently ruining dope instrumentals like the title track.
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  1. Oct 3, 2014
    7
    "Growing Up in Public" is a good Rap album... The way that Professor Green followed and wrote was good, but not so amazing. I liked this"Growing Up in Public" is a good Rap album... The way that Professor Green followed and wrote was good, but not so amazing. I liked this album, but I hoped something better from him. Expand