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Rapping With Paul White
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2LP

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RELEASE DATE
8/23/2011

"'We don't know where we're going but we sure make a lot of noise getting there!' - so goes the tongue-in-cheek opening to Rapping With Paul White, the gifted South Londoner's first full-length vocal project. It's another left turn after 2010's intriguing Paul White & The Purple Brain excursion into prog and psych-rock and deserves to establish its mastermind as one of the most versatile and individual producers working today. All this meant that assembling some of his favorite MCs was the easy part. Stones Throw artist Guilty Simpson appears twice, his grim warnings perfectly matching the sparse, brooding production on lead single Trust. Gap-toothed, mohawked Danny Brown is one of rap's rising stars -- a White's exuberant production on the not-safe-for-work 'One Of Life's Pleasures.' There's humor in New Yorker Homeboy Sandman's turn too, as one of hip-hop's most likeable lyricists recounts his cultural missteps during a trip to London over a quintessential Paul White track. It's not all Americans on the mic: Jehst shows why he's one of the UK's most respected MCs on 'Indigo Glow,' and One-Handed Music label mate Tranqill lays waste to 'Rotten Apples' in the album's grittiest moment. And how may hip-hop records feature a folk singer from Wigan, Nancy Elizabeth, laughing her way through a bizarre Edward Lear poem? There's plenty for fans of Paul's instrumental work too: from waltzing drum machines to medieval vocoders, the interludes are as compelling as the vocal tracks."