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Speech Debelle

  • Speech Therapy [Big Dada, 2009] **
  • Freedom of Speech [Big Dada, 2012] ***

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Speech Therapy [Big Dada, 2009]
South Londoner's murmuring flow lets eavesdroppers connect her problems to their own--maybe even suggest solutions ("Daddy's Little Girl," "Finish This Album"). **

Freedom of Speech [Big Dada, 2012]
Atmospheric rapper conveys advanced thought and warm feelings with pliant voice, enveloping beats, and lyrics that have their sharper moments ("Studio Backpack Rap," "Collapse," "Shawshank") ***