"Dedicated to the last 18 months of my life, thank you and f**k you.

"Oh and nan I love you x"

Professor Green isn't a man of many words when it comes to his new album's dedication list, but when it comes to rhyming lyrics he doesn't have any trouble in stringing together a selection of sentences and coming up with chart-topping tunes.

Slamming Robbie Williams' 'Rudebox' and The Script's Danny O'Donoghue in the first couple of minutes of opening track 'I Need Church', he details being a "pro at pulling out" and waking up with women, just hoping he used protection.

The content I'm not a major fan of, but I can't argue that the melodies used are incredibly catchy and do well to make sure the infectious chorus is embedded in your psyche.

Humour comes, too. Robbie Williams makes a surprise appearance at the end of the track, but what he says we'll leave a surprise for the fans. And if he's willing to poke fun at himself and doesn't mind being 'discussed' on the record, who is anybody else to comment?

James Craise is the first artist to kick off a selection of collaborations for the brilliantly-produced 'Dead Man Shoes', where Green discusses his "darling" Millie - who shot to fame on Made In Chelsea - and the way in which he'd dispose of all reality stars - her included if she were still on MIC - by putting them all on a ship and sinking it, in a bid to raise the nation's average IQ.

Able to put his relationship in the middle of a track and have a laugh around it - "Millie I'm gonna be with you forever / or until the day that we divorce and I get taken to the cleaners / probably for getting caught fondling the clean...er..." - it's great to see clever little moments like this that seem to be little jabs at tabloid and celebrity culture.

'Lullaby' remains a highlight with the angelic vocals of Tori Kelly before Mr. Probz joins in on 'Little Secrets' - a tune not quite as impressive as those before it.

Jordan and Harley (Rizzle Kicks) then get involved for 'Name In Lights' which is thankfully another track that gets back to the upbeat and vibrant pace Green should stick to, hitting out at the people who tell celebrities how they should live their life.

Slowing things down again is 'Fast Life', once again discussing waking up to a "chick I don't know", but leaving out all the seedy comments this time round, instead opting for telling the tale of always wanting to live the 'Fast Life', "until it speeded up".

Whinnie Williams does well on 'Can't Dance Without You', but is swallowed up a little by production, and when Thabo's attention-grabbing vocals come in on follow-up track 'Not Your Man', listeners will immediately forget about what they've already heard.

Transporting consumers to another world, Green spits at a more rapid pace than before which balances beautifully with Thabo's slow and haunting offering.

'In The Shadow Of The Sun' is for me throwaway and forgettable, then the record's title track - the one I've been waiting for - closes out the LP.

Calling himself a "turd" that you "can't polish", it's another witty and slick track that even delves into the situation that was widely reported on - when he had a scuffle with a man who stole his watch before running and defending Millie, reporting the incident to the police and then being arrested himself for drink driving offences.

Green is an intelligent lyricist. He's playing to his audience well and utilises some of the best in the business to create songs that sound completely different to fellow rappers in the game, but does fall into the stereotypical pitfalls of laughing it up at a woman's expense - whether or not she's fictional.

Though not much of what's included here comes across as 'honest' or 'from the heart', there are moments you feel are sincere and it's at those times you warm most to Professor Green and get a little glimpse of the man behind the persona - Stephen Manderson.

'Growing Up In Public' is released Monday, September 22.

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