Album: Professor Green, Alive Till I'm Dead (Virgin)

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If you've switched on the radio this summer, you'll already have heard Professor Green's utterly functionless, and funkless, cover of SOS Band's "Just Be Good to Me" which proves that "feat Lily Allen" is a caveat on a par with "may cause nausea".

When he ditches the novelty chart-fodder, Green emerges as a fine raconteur, spinning yarns about dealing weed in Hackney and tall tales of trying to get with Pixie Lott, though that nasal east London Eminem whine can grate over the long haul.