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Professor Green
Profesor Green2012.jpgStephen Manderson in 2012
BornStephen Paul Manderson
(1983-11-27) 27 November 1983 (age 33)
Hackney, London, England
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
  • television personality
  • Millie Mackintosh (m. 2013–16)
Musical career
  • Hip hop
  • grime
  • electronica
Years active2005–present
  • Virgin
Associated acts
  • Tinie Tempah
  • Tori Kelly
  • Emeli Sande
  • Adele
  • Naughty Boy
  • Mr Probz
  • Royce da 5'9"
  • Example
  • Lily Allen
  • Rizzle Kicks

Stephen Paul Manderson (born 27 November 1983),[1] better known by his stage name Professor Green or simply Pro Green, is an English rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and television personality from London. He is the co-host of Lip Sync Battle UK on Channel 5.


  • 1 Career
    • 1.1 2006–10
    • 1.2 2010–11: Alive Till I'm Dead
    • 1.3 2011–2012: At Your Inconvenience
    • 1.4 2013–2014: Growing Up In Public
    • 1.5 2014–2015: Blue Blanket
    • 1.6 2016–present: Back on the Market
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Filmography
    • 3.1 Film and television
  • 4 Discography
  • 5 Awards and nominations
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links



In 2006 he released his first mixtape, Lecture #1. After his first record label, The Beats, went under he produced on his own an EP called The Green EP. After he toured with Lily Allen he was signed to Virgin Records and released "I Need You Tonight" featuring Ed Drewett, based on INXS's "Need You Tonight" through the label.[1] He also joined up with Allen on his second single "Just Be Good to Green", which is based on The SOS Band's "Just Be Good to Me".

Pro Green was signed to The Beats, a record label run by Mike Skinner and Ted Mayhem, until 12 February 2008, when the label terminated. He rose to success upon winning the inaugural JumpOff MySpace £50,000 battle rap tournament in July 2008. Following this in 2009, he worked with Lily Allen on her 2009 concert tour.

In July 2010, Green released his debut album, Alive Till I'm Dead, which features guest vocals from Lily Allen, Emeli Sandé, Fink, Labrinth and Example, as well as The Streets.

2010–11: Alive Till I'm Dead

The first single off the album was produced by The ThundaCatz and called "I Need You Tonight", which was released on 12 April 2010, and it samples the 1987 hit from INXS 'Need You Tonight'.[2] It peaked at #3 in the UK,[3] and #15 in Ireland,[4] and was also certificated silver status in the United Kingdom.

He released his second single 'Just Be Good to Green', on 11 July 2010 in the UK, which featured British singer Lily Allen.[5] It became a top 5 hit in the UK, a top 20 hit in Ireland and on the European Hot 100 Singles.[6] It also peaked at #32 in New Zealand and #49 in Australia.[7] The song samples 'Just Be Good To Me' by the SOS Band.[citation needed]

His album was released a week later, and peaked at #2 in the UK[8] and #18 in Ireland.[9] He released Monster on 3 October 2010 as the third single from the album, featuring UK rapper Example (Elliot Gleave).[10] The single became a top 30 hit on the UK Singles Chart, and the album has been certificated Gold with sales of over 100,000 in the United Kingdom.[11]

On 10 September 2010, Green joined Lily Allen on stage at Wembley Stadium whilst supporting Muse, to perform her number one hit 'Smile', and 'Just Be Good To Green'.[12]

On 19 October 2010, Green released the video for his next single "Jungle", which features Maverick Sabre. It was released on 3 January 2011 and reached #31 in the UK Singles Chart.[13]

On 8 December 2010, a feud erupted on social networking site Twitter between Professor Green and fellow grime artist Wiley, after Wiley said that Professor Green would not exist if it were not for the success of American rapper Eminem, adding that he himself was a superior artist to Green. In retribution Green responded by saying '"I will always be a fan, but that's not to say I won't s**t all over you. It's not a problem for me." This then escalated into a larger argument before Professor Green attempted to defuse the situation, to little avail.[14]

Green appeared on Soccer AM, where he was challenged to a rap battle by Tubes.[citation needed] After several starting spits, Green said: "I'm the Professor, the one that you don't wanna test, Tubes is about as smart as the Soccerette,"[this quote needs a citation] which drew a big reaction from everyone in the studio.[15]

Since March 2011 Green was the first ever social ambassador for the clothing and footwear manufacturer brand Puma, focusing on the fashion and lifestyle side of the brand.[16]

2011–2012: At Your Inconvenience

Green's second album is titled At Your Inconvenience and was released on 28 October 2011.[17] The title track "At Your Inconvenience" was premiered by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 on 13 July 2011.[18] That track was released as a promotional single only, as an instant download upon preorder of the album on iTunes. The first official single, "Read All About It" (with guest vocals from Emeli Sandé), was released on 23 October 2011. On 30 October 2011, it reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart.[19]

The second single released from the album was "Never Be a Right Time", with guest vocals from Ed Drewett. The EP featured remixes from Document One and Drums of London, and a remix of "How Many Moons" featuring fellow UK rappers Dream McLean and Rinse. The "How Many Moons" remix premiered on Mistajam's show on 1Xtra in January 2012. The third single released was "Remedy", featuring Ruth-Anne Cunningham. A remix contest was hosted where producers could download the stems for the track and use them to create a remix. The winner won a trip to meet and greet Green in Hyde Park on 7 July 2012 at the Wireless Festival.[20]

In May 2012, Green released his own signature beer "Remedy". An American style pale ale, brewed with English ingredients.[21]

The fourth single set to be released is "Avalon" featuring Sierra Kusterbeck, which appeared on an advert for the energy drink Relentless.[22] Pro Green is a brand ambassador for Relentless, and performed for them at a secret gig in his home town of Hackney, London on 15 November 2012.[23]

2013–2014: Growing Up In Public

Green expressed interest to work with Lily Allen, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé and Lana Del Rey, however none of these artists made it onto the album. Possible producers for the album were stated to include Mike Skinner, Sid Wilson of Slipknot,[24] iSHi, Pharrell Williams and Skrillex. A promotional non-album single, titled "Are You Getting Enough?", featured Miles Kane and was released on 21 July 2013.[25] After the single failed to chart even in the UK top 100, Green announced that the first "proper" single from the album would be released in January 2014 and the album would follow shortly.

Green performed new tracks titled "I Need Church" and "Little Secrets" in his 2013 live sets.[26] Green also posted clips of new songs "Name in Lights" (produced by Cores and featuring Rizzle Kicks)[citation needed] and "Jealous Girl" on his Instagram.[citation needed] Tweets and Instagram posts also revealed a collaboration with Wretch 32 and iSHi titled "Gross" and another track titled "The Middle". Green also posted a short clip of a collaboration with iSHI and Ella Eyre which didn't make the album.[27][self-published source?]

Green appeared on CBBC show 12 Again, talking about his life at age 12. On 14 April 2013, he 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. Growing Up in Public was released on 22 September 2014. The album featured guest appearances from James Craise, Tori Kelly, Mr Probz, Rizzle Kicks, Whinnie Williams, Thabo, Cas and Dream Mclean.[28]

2014–2015: Blue Blanket

Professor Green says he may shoot his next video during couples therapy with his wife Millie Mackintosh. He told "There's a song called One Eye on The Door that I just finished." Inspired by an old nickname he was given by his friend, he also explained that it "kinda touches on a few things that I do that annoy Millie".[29]

2016–present: Back on the Market

1Xtra was the first radio station to play his new single on 12 September 2016, after which he also uploaded the audio on his YouTube channel.[30][31]

Personal life

On 23 May 2009, Green was attacked with the neck of a broken bottle in the Cargo nightclub in Shoreditch, London. He has a tattoo of the word "lucky" where he was stabbed, but this existed before the attack. His assailant was later convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison.[32]

On 16 October 2012, Puma launched an exclusive apparel collection designed by Green.[33]

On 25 March 2013, Millie Mackintosh announced on her Twitter account that she and Green were engaged.[34] They married at Babington House in Somerset on 10 September 2013.[35] Green and Mackintosh announced their separation on 20 February 2016.[36]

On 24 May 2013, Green was crushed between two Mercedes cars when travelling to perform a live show at Hartpury College in Gloucester. He was thought to have broken his leg, but soon returned to appear at Harper Adams University in Shropshire after just three weeks, followed by a long set at Glastonbury during the last weekend in June, which included him running along the front row of the audience.[37][38]

Green's autobiography, Lucky, was published in 2015.[39] Green presented Suicide and Me on BBC Three on 27 October 2015.[40]


Main article: Professor Green discography

Awards and nominations

  • BT Digital Music Awards 2010
    • Breakthrough Artist of the Year – Won
    • Best Newcomer – Nominated
  • MTV Europe Music Awards 2010
    • Best Push Act
  • MOBO Awards 2010
    • Best Newcomer – Nominated
    • Best Song - "I Need You Tonight" - Nominated
    • Best Hip Hop/Grime Act - Won
  • MP3 Awards 2010
    • Radio/ Charts/ Downloads - "Just Be Good to Green" – Nominated
  • Urban Music Awards 2010
    • Best Newcomer – Nominated
    • Best Hip-Hop Act – Nominated
    • Best Song - "I Need You Tonight" – Nominated
  • NME Awards 2011
    • Best Dancefloor Filler - "Jungle" – Won

See also

  • Stormzy
  • Skepta
  • Peltsman


  1. ^ a b Swash, Rosie (20 April 2010). "How Professor Green Gatecrashed the Charts". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 10 November 2016. [Subtitle:] Professor Green's I Need You Tonight shows that, provided you keep it PG, UK hip-hop can achieve chart success. 
  2. ^ "Professor Green feat. Ed Drewett's 'I Need You Tonight' - Discover the Sample Source". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  3. ^ "PROFESSOR GREEN FT ED DREWETT | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  4. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  5. ^ "Just Be Good to Green (feat. Lily Allen) - EP by Professor Green on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  6. ^ "Professor Green - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  7. ^ Hung, Steffen. " - Professor Green feat. Lily Allen - Just Be Good To Green". Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  8. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016-12-07. 
  9. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Retrieved 2016-12-07. 
  10. ^ "Professor Green - Alive Till I'm Dead". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-12-07. 
  11. ^ "BPI Certified Awards.". Retrieved 2016-12-07. 
  12. ^ Metro Web Reporter (11 September 2010). "Lily Allen Performs With Professor Green at Muse Show". Metro (online). Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016-12-07. 
  14. ^ MTV Staff (8 December 2010). "Professor Green & Wiley Involved In Twitter Battle". MTV UK (online). Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  15. ^ TMooresy96 (2011-06-11), Soccer AM Rap Off - Tubes vs Professor Green, retrieved 2016-12-07 
  16. ^ "Puma signs Professor Green as social ambassador". The Drum. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  17. ^ "At Your Inconvenience by Professor Green on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-12-07. 
  18. ^ Lowe, Zane (13 July 2011). "Hottest Record - Professor Green - At Your Inconvenience" (blog). BBC. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016-12-07. 
  20. ^ "Professor Green Remix Competition | - The Home of Hip-Hop and RnB in Ireland". Retrieved 2016-12-07. 
  21. ^ The Sun (23 May 2012). "Beer's 5.9% Prof". London: The Sun. 
  22. ^ "Coke unveils ad for Relentless starring Professor Green". Retrieved 2016-12-07. 
  23. ^ Mohammed, Syma. "Professor Green wows crowds at St John at Hackney church". Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  24. ^ "Slipknot's Sid Wilson talks 'dirty and grimy' Professor Green collaboration - NME". 26 March 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  25. ^ "Professor Green - Are You Getting Enough? (feat. Miles Kane) by Professor Green". SoundCloud. 28 May 2013. 
  26. ^ "Glastonbury 2013 - Professor Green". Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  27. ^ Professor Green (17 October 2013). "Professor Green". Facebook. [self-published source?]
  28. ^ "Professor Green - Growing Up In Public". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-12-07. 
  30. ^ "Professor Green's new song shout-outs Katie Price's son saying 'c*nt' on live TV". NME. 2016-09-14. Retrieved 2016-12-07. 
  31. ^ professorgreentv (2016-09-12), Professor Green - Back on the Market (audio), retrieved 2016-12-07 
  32. ^ "Broken bottle attacker of rap star Professor Green is jailed eight years for stabbing | Mail Online". London: 13 January 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  33. ^ "PUMA x Professor Green Apparel Launch PREVIEW". 16 August 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  34. ^ "Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh engaged to rapper". 
  35. ^ "Here's to Mr and Mrs Manderson! Millie Mackintosh embraces new husband Professor Green at countryside wedding". Daily Mail. London. 
  36. ^ Rainbird, Ashleigh (10 February 2016). "Millie Mackintosh and Professor Green Separate After Just Two Years of Marriage". Mirror Online. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  37. ^ "Professor Green Taken To Hospital With Suspected Broken Leg After Car Accident - Capital FM". Capital FM. 25 May 2013. 
  38. ^ Sheridan, Emily (25 May 2013). "Professor Green Tweets His Surgery Fears After He's Injured in Road Accident... After Managing to Instagram From the Ambulance". Daily Mail. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  39. ^ Professor Green; Stephen Manderson (10 September 2015). Lucky. Blink Publishing. ISBN 978-1-910536-53-7. 
  40. ^ Savage, Mark (26 October 2015). "Professor Green 'can't watch' suicide documentary". Retrieved 10 November 2016 – via 

External links

  • Official website
  • Professor Green battle profile on Rap Grid

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