Papa Can You Hear Me? is the sixth single by British Hip hop trio, N-Dubz. The song is dedicated to former manager (and father of Dappy and uncle of Tulisa) Byron Contostavlos, who died shortly before the band were signed to new label All Around the World, it became their third top 40 hit and the second with All Around the World, it later became their first top 20 hit. N-Dubz seem proud to be a band who sell as many ringtones as they do actual tracks. "Remember that boy driving you mad every morning on the No.42? He's listening to our music," they proclaim on their MySpace page. Whether that's a good thing probably depends on your age, but anyone would find it tough to fathom the appeal of their latest pop-garage single. Though it feels a bit harsh to knock 'Papa Can You Hear Me', which is dedicated to the band's late relative and former manager Byron Contostavlos, N-Dubz push any goodwill to the limit here. The mix of uber-serious rapping and abrasive beats is fundamentally awkward, while their lyrics are as crass as they are heartfelt. By showing their softer side, the Camden collective are probably hoping to win some new fans, but they should probably stick to making hip-hop bangers in the futureside. Follow N Dubz here on Muzu!
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