The first time I heard Professor Green’s song "Read all about it" I was completely blown away. When I heard part three of the song however I was hit keenly between the eyes. This is a series of songs you should listen to.
I first heard Professor Green’s song I wanna sing, I wanna shout quite a while ago on my morning drive into work and then often on the route home. I can distinctly remember the first time I heard it I was completely blown away. I don’t usually pay any attention to rap music but this one grabbed me. There is so much passion and raw emotion in the song that it hits you right between the eyes and refuses to be ignored. I didn’t know the back story to the song when I first heard it but I could still hear and empathise with the raw strength that it had. It was only later that I realised that the reason it had such raw strength was because it was a deeply personal song for Professor Green and was rooted in his father’s suicide:
“Last thing I said to you was I hated you,
I loved you but now it’s too late to say to you
Just didn’t know what to do and how to deal with it,
Even now deep down I’m still livid”
The power is clearly in the lyrics but the power and intensity in the vocals as they are either rapped or sung is striking and it is a song which despite having listened to it many, many times on route into work I still find deeply moving and powerful. It is clear that one heck of a lot of real emotion and heartfelt pain went into the lyrics and you can’t listen to it without being blown away by the sheer strength and the power of the song.
“I write songs i cant listen to,
Everything I have, I give to you
In every one of these lines I sing to you”
But then today I heard a song which was stunningly beautiful on the radio with a haunting female voice singing an unfamiliar melody, until she started singing the familiar; I wanna sing, I wanna shout, I wanna scream til the words dry out. And I seriously did a double take because I’d been trying to remember the lyrics so I could look it up when I got home and hadn’t expected it to be the same song. And I then discovered that the song is actually made up of three parts although the first is by far the most famous, the second is kind of the same kind of deal as the first with more of a sense of hopelessness than anger, but the third is stunning. If you haven’t heard it then I more than recommend you find it on Youtube or Spotify or somewhere because the vocals and the lyrics are stunning.