Taking Green Notes

    I quite often find myself enjoying songs in the Top 10 nowadays, most of which are made by my peers! It’s a great time for UK music on the whole.

     

    East London has been on the music map long before garage artists like Kano from East Ham and Tinchy Stryder started making hits, but Hackney may now find itself inundated with talent scouts looking for the next Leona Lewis or possibly, someone a little more like Professor Green.

     

    TRC caught up with the rapper who received rave reviews for his latest performance at Somerset House. He is currently in the studio polishing off his next album, one that we’re all hoping will somehow surpass Alive Til I’m Dead, his debut album released in 2010.

     

    We got straight down to our business and asked Green what he thought of our services and artists protecting their work, ‘I had a publishing deal very early on, so my writings were as protected as they could be from that point on’, he told us.

     

    Green started his music career through battling and credits determination for his success. ‘There are too many variables to pinpoint why, (but) persistence played a great part in getting me here, and it’ll take consistency to keep me here.’

     

    Battling is very different to making a record and releasing it to the masses, we asked Green to highlight some of the difficulties he encountered. ‘Although they both involve me rapping, the two are quite different. The difficult part was escaping the stigma attached to battle rappers and often their inability to make songs, mostly due to a lack of substance. I don’t approach songs in the same way I do battles.’

     

     

     

    His boldly entitled Alive til I’m Dead led TRC to ponder over what Green’s greatest fears might be and if death was one of them. ‘The concept of dying is a weird one, and somewhat impossible to comprehend. As long as you have consciousness, nothingness is impossible to fathom’ he explained.

     

     

     

    The Green Guide to Music

     

     

     

    Collaborations have featured quite heavily in your career so far, how does the protection of a song and lyrics work on a collaboration?

    The rights remain the same as for a song without any collaboration. As I don’t produce there is always a collaboration of sorts.

     

    When someone covers your song do you have any say in what they can and cannot do with it?

    As a writer you have complete control over what is done with your music for as long as it isn’t public domain.

     

    ‘Just be Good to Green’ was sung on The X Factor last year. What did you think when you heard the cover?

     

    To be as relevant as to have had my lyrics used on a show of such stature and with such great reach was flattering, especially when you think the song had only been out 6 months and I was still very much new to the world of commercial music.

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