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Dappy: 'Bad Intentions' - Album review

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Released on Monday, Oct 22 2012

Dappy 'Bad Intentions' album artwork.
"They don't know a thing about me," Dappy chants on the 'Intro' of his first solo collection Bad Intentions. It's true that we only really know the rapper through a series of ludicrous headlines caused by his questionable judgement - so an introduction where he says he'll "raise David Cameron up like a uni fee" and that MP stands for "maximum profit" comes as an unlikely piece of social commentary. Unfortunately, his political angst begins and ends there, after he aptly asks: "When there's so much to address/ Where the f**k do you begin?" Our sentiments exactly.

Let's start with chart-hits 'No Regrets' and 'Rockstar', which have already proven themselves radio-friendly anthems and hear him stand tall by his past decisions, despite the mistakes and attention he has accumulated since rising to fame. Big strings, ear-snagging choruses and the occasional bit of witty wordplay makes them the most listenable of the set, while recent cut 'Good Intentions' reaffirms Dappy's knack for a big pop melody slathered with lyrics of self-sympathy.

However, the bulk of Bad Intentions fails to appeal. 'Yin Yang' is a sexist blow-out of volcanic proportions as the pint-sized star confesses he only loves girls when he's "inside" them, while 'F**k Them' ironically takes a swipe at "ringtone rappers". Lest we forget club-thumper 'Come With Me', which contains more binge-drinking bravado than an episode of Geordie Shore.

A collaboration with The Wanted on 'Bring It All Home' offers some pop relief towards the latter stages, but does little to mellow the celebrity jibes and violent rhetoric we've had to endure. We'll admit Dappy has more musical talent than some give him credit for, but it's unfortunate his anger overshadows some slick production and genuinely addictive melodies. "This album's full of fire," he warned during the opening; let's just hope it hasn't resulted in too many burnt bridges.



Tracks to download: 'No Regrets', 'Good Intentions', 'Bring It All Home'
If you like this, you'll like: N-Dubz, Tinchy Stryder, Chipmunk

Watch the music video for Dappy's 'Good Intentions' below:

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