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N-Dubz: Academy, Leeds

Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 8 April 2010

N-DUBZ SHOW that pop's generation gap is alive and well. For anyone over 21, the north London trio's trademark hats look like the sort of knitted atrocities a well-meaning auntie might force upon a child for a school skiing trip in 1975, but here they are seen as so trendy, the audience wear them to the gig. The Mobo winners' breathless mix of hip-hop, grime and boy-band-type choruses similarly speaks a language only their audience really understand. Songs spattered with references to Facebook, da police, weed and "going crazy" are rapped impossibly fast.

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