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Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap / Artist: N-Dubz / Audio CD released 2008-11-17 at UMTV

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      25.07.2009 16:28
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      great album

      Uncle B is the debut album from N-dubz and was released in 2008. It made immediate success as a album going into the charts and doing well for some time as well as some of the singles off the album doing rather well as well.

      The first song off the album is wouldn't you, well I say the first song, its actually the second on the track listings however the first track is only a little bit of an intro. wouldn't you is a song fronted by Tulisas singing which is really good on this song, and a lot of rapping along side it as well. The rapping on this track is one of my favourites and the singing verses are really great as well and they really fit together well and make it a great track.

      Track number 10 is called you better not waste my time. Its one of my favourite songs off the album. The intro with the soft instruments going on over the rapping is great and the first rapping verse is really good too. The chorus is very catchy and sounds really nice. The song is fairly slow the way through and is quite a chilled out tune. I also like the female vocals part in the song, it goes on for a bit but it does sound good.

      Track 16 must be my favourite song off the album though, and its also the single that received the most success in the charts. Papa can you hear me I think is just so good because it holds so much pace all the way through, I think this is from how they use their voices throughout with so much passion and the instruments help to build up the song and make it sound really good.

      1. Intro
      2. Wouldn't You
      3. Strong Again
      4. Don't Get Nine
      5. I Swear
      6. Ouch
      7. N-Dubs vs. NAA
      8. Public Transport (skit)
      9. Love For My Slum
      10. You Better Not Waste My Time
      11. Work Work
      12. Feva Las Vegas
      13. Defeat You
      14. Sex
      15. Secrets
      16. Papa (Can You Hear Me?)
      17. Outro

      This is a great debut album from a trio that I cant wait to hear more from now. Its clear that these three have some serious talent in writing music and recording it to perfection as well. The beats are so tight and all the sounds are great in their own little way, if you've not checked out this album yet make sure you give it a go.

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        31.05.2009 15:13
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        RnB garage band

        When they sing and lay down some superb tracks then N-Dubz are superb and I find myself cranking up the volume, it is just when they try and talk on camera that I find myself reaching for the mute button as they sound so thick.

        As an r n b garage act they are a welcome breath of fresh air with some innovative styles and nice blending of vocal styles. There are some good danceable tracks on this album and it certainly grows on you the more listens that you give it and to be honest there are not any weak tracks on the album at all which is a rarity for a debut album, in fact a rarityfor most albums these days.

        The hit record Strong Again has to be my favourite track from the album, mainly because it has such a catchy chorus I cannot help tapping my feet and shaking my head to this track. This is closely followed in the popularity stakes by Secrets which proves that the band can slow things down a bit and give off a more chilled out vibe.

        Wouldn't You is another catchy song that works well, with itsdistinctive lyrics and some very fine female vocals

        What is great about this album is that there are no tracks that I dislike and want to skip over and it shows a new innovative force in the UK RnB scene and they are very welcome, just leave off with the interviews guys.

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          30.05.2009 18:35
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          Don't jusdge a book by its cover. A brilliant album.

          This is the first album from the young threesome act who come under the 'hip-hop and RnB' genre of music, although they could squeeze into garage and even a little bit of grime if you want to max it as much as possible. Or in other words Pop with a street smart style (as N Dubz themselves put it)

          N Dubz consist of three young people from London, two males and one female who have worked hard to make it in the very hard music industry and I would like to point out that no matter what you think of them or their music... if you have heard of them to the point that you have an opinion then they have achieved more then many others trying to represent this kind of music at the moment. The album is a little bit focused on their 'hard' life and how they have had to learn from 'the streets or the slum' as they put it. But many people don't realise that some of London's suburbs are pretty bad and what they talk about it a normal day of life for many young people. But regardless of that the lyrics are not too hard and nothing too heavy on the old emotions.

          So, my first thoughts were, should I get the album. I've heard a couple of their tracks, quite catchy, heard the name quite a bit and I must say considering the squeaky voices that seem to be associated with N Dubz I find that their music is very catchy and makes me move my head, so I thought, why not, lets get the album. Oh and they have also one a MOBO award for best newcomers and as this album has gone platinum they must have something going for them.


          The album was released on 17th November 2008 and has a total of 17 tracks and lasts an average of approx 50 minutes. I must say that I am fond of all the tracks on this album which is unusual for me as there always seems to be a dud one or two. But N Dubz have excelled and I can not fault any of their songs and I never skip tracks because I enjoy them all! (Yes I was surprised too!) So here are my favourite sounds from the album...


          * Wouldn't you *
          As the seventh song to be released as a single from the album it reached number 65 in the charts BEFORE even being released. This is where they introduce their most popular adlib to the album... 'Na Na Niiiiiii'. I have no idea what it means but when you hear it, you know your listening to N Dubz.
          This has a great feel to the song and a great beat which really gets you into the song. The female lyrics are smooth and even though there is a lot going on I think the raps from the guys and the female lyrics fit well together. Based on the idea of having a real relationship but not committing to that person, it is an easy to listen to song and I think structured really well to keep the song flowing and not just looping the chorus again and again.

          * Strong Again *
          This was the third single from the album although it wasn't fully released as a CD. It got a lot of air play and I believe definitely made N Dubz a music name. With the 'a-ha-ah' and 'na na niiii' they ass their own twist to a semi-normal track. A great well sung chorus and a catchy tune. Oh and if you listen to the lyrics it's actually a very uplifting tune.

          * I swear *
          Probably one of my favourite songs on the album. A great beat and fantastic music. N Dubz sound really comes into its own in this track. Their slightly crazy voices work so well on the chorus and I think it's a great track. I defy you to not nod your head to the beat. A perfect mix of rap and vocals mean you don't get bored and tells a great story of infidelity.

          * Ouch *
          My first introduction to n dubz was to this song and I love having it turned up as loud as I can. A brilliant soft introduction which adds suspense to the song (and the story if you listen to the words). A steady beat throughout and catchy lyrics won't let you forget this song.

          * Secrets *
          The slow jam of the pack, something which might surprise you as you get towards the end of the album but it is one of my favourites because the laid back sound really hits the RnB spot and the tempo is perfect for it to be a chillaxing song but enough to keep your head nodding. The tune is actually heart-warming in an odd way if you listen properly.

          * Love for My Slums *
          This track was number one on channel u for several weeks and it is one of the more heavy tracks where hip hop is more apparent in the influence. It varies itself from the other songs because it comes across as slightly more serious and the collaboration with underground rap artist Baker Troble gives it a more professional slightly edgy appeal.


          * My Conclusion *

          My main concern with this album was that the songs were all going to sound the same and constant rapping which meant nothing. I'm not saying their lyrics are full of life and meaning, but they are well written and actually have a story if you listen properly. I found most of the tracks had their own little special something and after listening to the album over and over again I am still not bored with it! No-one can say they have listened to this album with out having to giggle somewhere. It really is quite an amazing piece of work.
          I felt there was enough of a mixture between singing, rapping and music in order to keep me entertained and the beats are definitely ones which I can dance too. I am pleasantly surprised and will definitely be buying their next album.

          For everyone who has already pre-judged these guys, I suggest giving them a chance. They are definitely not everyone's cup of tea but they were mine.... With a cherry on top!

          (Also published on Ciao under myself izzoh)

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            12.04.2009 18:33
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            Wouldnt buy from this artist again

            Not my kind of music, i brought the album because i loved the "Strong again" and "papa if your can here me" that they released. However after listening to the rest of the album, i think that they are probably the best song on the album, all the other songs sound the same as each other. I found myself skipping to the two tracks i liked. There is hardly any singing, its all rapping and the vocals are not very good at all. My advise would be if you want to buy the album then expect a lot of avarage rapping and not a lot of singing, personally i will not be buying any other albums from this artist as i feel the first one was a waste of money, not to mention the fact that there are only around 12 songs on the album not that great value for money.

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              24.03.2009 15:39

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              Decent album including a high number of hit songs

              N-Dubz, if you haven't already heard of them, are a hip-hop group from London but include a pop twist in their music to ensure a high teen following across the country. While there is no doubt N-Dubz are commercial and maybe not so 'street' as they would like to be or once were, they are charming youths everywhere with their unique style and catchy tunes. It's great that this album is in fact an amalgamation of such hit songs that combine contemporary and contextual British storylines with rough vocals polished and harmonised by the female singer, Tulisa. Most songs are enjoyable but above all are easy to relate to as long as you are familiar with where they are coming from. Hits include 'You Better Not Waste My Time,' 'I Swear,' 'Papa Can You Hear Me' and 'Ouch,' as well as gems like 'Love For My Slum' and 'Strong Again' - a very catchy tune indeed that varies slightly from their usual style but still produces equally top results. Overall, a great album for any youth wanting delve into UK hip-hop without wanting to go too deep!

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              20.03.2009 21:13

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              N-Dubz debut album Uncle B is a great album to buy and include all of there most famous hits including: Papa can you hear me, Better not waste my time and I swear. They've come along way from starting out in Camden and not there a famous band and the album is certainly testiment to that rise.
              Unlike many albums you might buy this one does not just contain a few good songs and the rest just fillers but every song on Uncle B is a great song and I enjoy listening to them over and over again
              Uncle B is definatly worth getting as the songs and lyrics are great and also inspiraional. Even if your not that into Hip-Hop you'll still be able to appreciate their lyrics and will probably still find it inspiring. I loved this album when I got it and I would encourage you to go out and buy it as well.

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              14.03.2009 22:49
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              Best Album i Own.

              N-Dubz are such an inspiration, they came from nothing unlike some people who have it on a plate they come from Camden, London "Dappy" Dino Contostavlos and "Tulisa" Tula Contostavlos are cousins and "Fazer" Richard Rawson is Dappys best friend ever since they met at karate lessons Dappy decided to start a band with Tulisa and Fazer. There manager Byron Contostavlos from Mungo Jerry who is Dappys dad Brought out their first songs as The Likkle Rinsers Crew, then soon became known as Nw1 but then eventually became N-Dubz This Album is named after Dappys dad who sadly past away in 2007 names Uncle B as Tulisa's Uncle Byron They picked up a MOBO for best newcomer in 2007 and then progressed and progressed i admire N-Dubz as they worked for their fame and got it i wish them the best of luck. This album is great i have it and i listen to it all the time its the best album ive ever bought.

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                05.03.2009 20:12
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                A remarkable story of 3 young people from London making it famous

                N Dubz have made massive strides in the music industry. From the days of havin their first single 'Everyday of my life' flop on channel u it seemed all over for the trio from London, but that was to change. Dappys uncle Byron came into some money and pumped that into their next single 'Better not waste my time' with a more proffesional video, Channel u loved it so did all the viewers and the succes started from there. They have had to put up with alot of hard work, hating and critism but that the unique style of rap/pop the public were going crazy for it. N Dubz fever had started. The trio, Dappy, Tulisa and Fazer went on to win a MOBO - Music of black origin award which is a big thing for an un known group from Camden. The album named Uncle B is after Dappys dad, Tulisas uncle and a friend/mentor to Fazer and the rest of the group who unfortunately died before all their succes. The smash hit 'Papa can you hear me' is a lovely song based on him. A brilliant album whom everyone will love. From your younger brother to your great nan. Rating 9/10

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                  05.03.2009 15:04
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                  N-Dubz's Debut Album

                  **THE ARTIST/S**
                  N -Dubz are a hip hop/rnb group from London, UK. They have won awards and also had several UK top 40 hits. The trio went to school together and formed the group managed by Byron Contostavlos of Mungo Jerry who was Dino's father and Tula's uncle. The album is dedicated to him after he died in 2007. The release that made this award winning group shoot to stardom was 'You Better Not Waste My Time', this track has made the group very successful with fans of all different genres of music, I included! The members of N-Dubz are: Dino "Dappy" Contostavlos, Tula "Tulisa Contostavlos and Richard "Fazer" Rawson. So far they have only released one studio album:
                  Uncle B (2008)

                  **TRACKLIST**
                  1. Intro
                  2. Wouldn't You
                  3. Strong Again
                  4. Don't Get Nine
                  5. I Swear
                  6. Ouch
                  7. N-Dubs vs. NAA
                  8. Public Transport (skit)
                  9. Love For My Slum
                  10. You Better Not Waste My Time
                  11. Work Work
                  12. Feva Las Vegas
                  13. Defeat You
                  14. Sex
                  15. Secrets
                  16. Papa (Can You Hear Me?)
                  17. Outro

                  **MY FAVOURITE TRACKS**

                  **3. Strong Again**
                  This is the latest single to be released from this album and is definitely my favourite so far. It starts off with a melody that I'm sure I've heard before but I can't for the life of me remember where! Anyway, the lyrics are good, the rapping is good and the vocals from Tulisa are great and make this song completely unique. The thing that had me hooked with this song is definitely the chorus because it is just so catchy. It is a real feel good track about how they never thought that they would be this big and about fame in general I think. My favourite lyrics from this track are: "See the thing about life is that it's just too short, leave the best behind and only then you'll find there's more to life than you first thought, 'cause I, I never, ever, ever, ever, thought that it would ever get better" I would rate this song 8/10.

                  **10. You Better Not Waste My Time**
                  This was the first that I'd ever heard of N-Dubz when this track first came out but there was something about this song that just made me love it, it was such an original sound, something that I hadn't heard for ages in the charts. I think that this song is just aimed at all the people that told N-Dubz that they would never make it and all the people that tried to bring them down, it's a really good track. My favourite lyrics from the track are: "Middle class daddy's girl, I think I need to get me one and you're one looks just right for me, isn't it funny how money can make a lot of people change? You think you're my friend blud I'm telling you, you ain't, you better not waste my time, I got better things on my mind, I need to leave jerks like you behind 'cause all they ever do is bring me down". I would rate this song 8/10.

                  **16. Papa (Can You Hear Me?)**
                  This song is a bit different to the other two that I chose, it is a touching tribute to Dino's father (also Tulisa's uncle). It is just about losing someone you love and wishing you'd said so much more before it was too late. It's a brilliant song also with a catchy chorus but in a different way to the other two tracks. My favourite lyrics from this track are: "All I've got is these pictures of ya, and your light blue crack down Nokia, things in my house still smell of ya, all I wanna say is: Papa if you can hear me, I regret every bad thing that I said, please forgive me if you hear me, never knew how much I loved ya till you was dead". I would rate this song 10/10.

                  **MY OVERALL OPINION**
                  Usually, I don't like hip hop at all, it's the last thing that I would choose to listen to but this album is different. N-Dubz have a completely unique sound which I love, all three members are very talented artists in my opinion. The lyrics are real and not just rubbish about gangs and guns like a lot of hip hop these days, they are about REAL experiences. I would definitely recommend this album to any fans of hip hop, rap or rnb. Overall, I would give this album 9/10.

                  Thanks for reading!

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                    02.03.2009 14:35
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                    A really good debut

                    N-Dubz are Dappy, Tula and Fazer are from the UK, a hiphop group who have been around for a few years now but it is only in the last year or so that they have become more known in general music circles. The time spent out of the limelight has helped them and this debut album was definitely worth the wait.

                    Coming in at just under an hour in length, the album contains 14 songs and 3 other pieces. Some of the songs are better known than others due to the radio play they have been receiving such as Strong Again, Better Not Waste My Time and Feva Las Vegas.

                    The newest songs Strong Again and Ouch really stand out as top quality pieces of music, with the beats in particular being a lot better than the average UK hiphop music and on par with their American counterparts.

                    The majority of songs included on the album are excellent but even the poorer songs such as Ndubz vs NAA are listenable to although you find yourself wanting to reach for the forward button.

                    Apart from 1 or 2 songs the album as a whole is very well put together and marks a good start for the band. The UK isn't exactly known for putting out high levels of hiphop artists but in the recent past things have improved greatly and there are several really good artists coming out, with N-Dubz being at the forefront in my opinion. In future they will get even better so get on the bandwagon early!

                    7.5/10

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                      30.01.2009 23:47

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                      Dappy, Faze and Tulisa are the three young people that make up the group N Dubz. N Dubz have actually been around for years and I was a fan of them from the very beginning. It's only recently though that they have really blown up onto the music scene, with their latest hits Ouch, Papa Can You Hear Me and Strong Again. Previous hits include Better Not Waste My Time and I Swear which were also quite big hits. It was Channel U that helped to promote N-Dubz and make them into the starts they are today. Dappy has also shown the world his very own style of hat, sales of which have increased since the domination of N-Dubz.

                      I would really recommend the album Uncle B (dedicated to the groups Uncle B - Dappy's Dad) as it is a fantastic mix of tracks with at least one that you will love no matter what type of music you are into!

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                      12.01.2009 00:54
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                      Not really hip hop to me but i cant put a genre on them but i like them and thats all that matters

                      N Dubz are a hip hop group from London.

                      I have to say before I go on I am not a hip hop fan I never have been. But N Dubz changed that. I am actually listening to this album while I type this.

                      They have had a few top 40 singles and the one that caught me was "Ouch" it was a really catchy tune and when I first heard it I researched it on the internet and found out about N Dubz and decided I would get the album.

                      The album is in my favourites on my I Pod to me there is not a bad song on the album and the lyrics are sometimes funny and sometimes send out a serious message. I have no doubt that N Dubz are like many young bands/groups out there. But I never judge songs by the people who perform then.

                      I think that N Dubz are similar to a group I have a lot of time for "The Streets" so this could be the reason why I have taken to this group also.

                      I recommend this to anyone whos into music that's catchy and like to listen to the lyrics too. I look forward to hearing some more stuff in the future from this group.

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                      29.11.2008 13:05
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                      N-Dubz' debut album

                      N-Dubz are a MOBO award-winning trio of London-based musicians. The 2008 release "Uncle B" is the debut album, after a couple of years of street hype. They perform what is said to be a mix of UK Hip Hop and R&B, but is nothing more than "urban Pop" for the youngsters who follow that sort of music.

                      I haven't enjoyed any of their six singles, and wouldn't considerbuying this, however I did buy it for someone elese, and thought I should share my opinion on it.

                      Personally, I see no point in looking into individaul tracks since it is all of a geneal poor quality, and any of the tracks share similarities in their arrangement.

                      The whole thing has the same basic form where Nappy, thefrontman raps in a very simplistic way, and attempts to depict several views on the poor sitation which they are faced with when appartently being brought up around Camden Town, and then the singer of the giroup, Tulisa struggles her way through the songs by comgin up with catchy hookjs and repeating words form nmappy. The other guy, only shows up a couple of times and raps a few bars, but he is just as weak at this as Dappy.

                      The voice of Dappy really annoyed me, and it was so off-putting that I had to swicth off after a few seconds of each track, and the voice of the amin singer wasn't too strong. With this in mind, there's little driving this group at all.

                      Most of the tracks have them go into what youngsters conder to be "deep" lyrics. but they are very predicatble in descibing their "ghetto" environment in London. When doing these tracks, they ofen have a slow pace and get Tulisa to sing a silly hook, based around sounds, rather than actual words, andusing the same melody over and over again. Then the rapper Dappy intermixing bars with singing. It has them basically perform Pop as they make the tunes so similar and not have anyting whichc would appeal to people actually living this street lifestyle. The one attempt at this, they go for Grime in ""N-Dubz vs. NAA", but it just doesn't have the production or lyrics to convince anyone that they truely do anything which is said.

                      All the compositions are completely unoriginal and seemingly take off what they have previous donw,. for instance tow of their singles, "Papa" and "Ouch", being pretty much the same in how they are layed out. I could only say there is a hint of an imroved standard when Chipmnk does a little rap on Defeat you, but its very little.

                      Since their target audience is the naive young crowd, this is bound to do welll, but in terms of musical quality, it is absolutely terrible and there's no reason I can find to buy it. Basically, just don't give them any attention, they don't deserve it.

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                      Disc #1 Tracklisting
                      1 Intro
                      2 Wouldn't You
                      3 Strong Again
                      4 Don't Get Nine
                      5 I Swear
                      6 Ouch
                      7 Ndubz Vs Naa
                      8 Public Transport (Skit)
                      9 Love For My Slum
                      10 Better Not Waste My Time
                      11 Work Work
                      12 Feva Las Vegas
                      13 Defeat You
                      14 Sex
                      15 Secrets
                      16 Papa Can You Hear Me?
                      17 Outro