Speech Debelle - Freedon Of Speech (CD)
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- Underground/Alt Rap
- Number of Discs
- Number of Items
- Media Type
- Freedom of Speech [Digipak]
- Country of Origin
- Mono / Stereo
- Uncut (magazine) (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "On FREEDEOM OF SPEECH, she sounds rather more assured....The mellifluous, jazzy backing have toughened up..."
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Studio Backpack Rap
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Live for the Message
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Blaze Up a Fire - (featuring Roots Manuva)
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Elephant in the Living Room
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] X Marks the Spot
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Angel Wings
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Shawshank Redemption
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] I'm With It
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Problem, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Collapse
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Eagle Eye - (featuring Realism)
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Sun Dog
- Pop / Rock
- Release Date
- 2 May 2012
- South Africa
Personnel: Speech Debelle (vocals); Bob Earland, Eg White, Realism, Dwayne Richards, Anaya Richards, Nick Trepka, Marika May, Laura Murray, Roots Manuva (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Nick Trepka.
Recording information: Alaska And Fortress Studios.
Arranger: Speech Debelle.
This is where she starts showing off. Two years after her startlingly original and borderline-brilliant debut album, Speech Debelle is now the most interesting and possibly the most exciting British MC on the scene. This is partly due to the fierce intelligence of her rhymes, and partly to the newly dark and insistent power of her beats, crafted in collaboration with Kwes. But it's mostly down to the jaw-dropping grace and nimbleness of her flow, which is pretty much peerless. Hip-hop that talks about hip-hop is usually tiresome, but on "Studio Backpack Rap" she plays with the beats so expertly and rhymes so slyly (matching "lesbian" with "thespian," for example) that you find yourself hanging on her every syllable. When she teams up with Roots Manuva and Realism on the rabble-rousing "Blaze Up a Fire," she eases up and cools out, offering a nice contrast to her guests' more nervous and rapid-fire delivery. But she really shines on "X Marks the Spot," a complex relationship song that perfectly showcases her greatest strengths: her flow is rock-solid but nimble and complex and apparently effortless despite the weird and shifting beats -- her performance evokes the mental image of someone hopping gracefully across a treacherous river on very small stones, never losing her footing. The album-closing "Sun Dog" finds her returning to the sound of her debut, delivering a hushed and hurried stream of words over languid strings and a minimal beat. ~ Rick Anderson
- Redeye Music Distribution
- Audio Format
- PCM Audio
- Video Disabled
- Speech Debelle
- Date Released
- 2012-05-01 00:00:00
- 53m 4s
- Bob Earland
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