Born in 1983, Stephen Paul Manderson (Professor Green) is a songwriter and hip-hop artist from Hackney, London. Manderson gained notoriety through his maddening hard-edged lyrics mixed with unique voice structures and heavy beats. His sound is similar to notable artist Eminem, Plan B, Devlin, and Wretch 32. Associated acts include, but are not limited to Adele, Tori Kelly, Labrinth, and Lily Allen.
Manderson spent his youth with his grandma, who raised him from a young age. She took him in after he had a falling out with his father. His parents struggled with life and their endeavors, which led to his displacement. At the age of 18, Manderson’s dad committed suicide and he was forced to identify the body. Later, in life he sang about his hardships and the effect the loss had on his life.
In the late 2000-2009 decade, friends forced Manderson into a freestyle rap battle. Although inexperienced, he spit out lyrics better than anyone on the floor. The entertainment company sponsoring the event invited him back and he won again. Upon winning the event, Mike Skinner noticed the rapper and signed him to his label, The Beats. After inking his deal, Manderson changed his name to Professor Green, which was a slang term for marijuana dealer. Manderson continued to sell the illegal substance until he gained success as a musician.
After a series of bad events, Professor Green released his debut record “Alive Till I’m Dead.” The music became a success and put Manderson on the musical radar. His 2010 release reached top spots on billboard charts around the world and earned him slots on notable tour. In September, he performed with fellow musician, Lily Allen at the legendary Wembley Stadium. He finished the year releasing another single and feuding with ex-collaborator Wiley.
In 2011, he dropped his follow-up record At Your Convenience. Critics and Fans praised the effort and his single “Read All About it,” reached No. 1 on European Billboard charts. He followed the release by working on an alternative project. In 2012, he announced the creation of his new beer, Remedy. Afterwards, he returned to the studio to begin work on a new endeavor. Manderson spent the 2013 year working on his new album and paying for his DWI. The next year he released a few singles from the new album including “I Need Church” and “Instant Grat.” His newest album is set to release in September 2014 along with a fall tour. His performances will include notable stops in Manchester, UK and London, UK.