Stephen Manderson better known by his stage name, Professor Green, is a British rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and television personality from London. He is the co-host of Lip Sync Battle UK on Channel 5. 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, 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. 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. Green also posted clips of new songs Name in Lights (produced by Cores and featuring Rizzle Kicks) and Jealous Girl on his Instagram. 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.
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.
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