A beautiful Shetland pony moonwalks across a pretty rural landscape as Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Everywhere’ pumps out in the background. It is Three’s new clip
Pioneering German electronic group Kraftwerk will perform eight albums from their back catalogue chronologically over successive nights at the Tate Modern in London in February, in a groundbreaking residency featuring audio and 3D visuals.
US hip-hop’s hottest property Kendrick Lamar touches down for a series of shows in the U.K. this week.
While it may not (yet) be regarded as one of hip-hop’s landmark years in the same way 1988 or 1994 now are, there is a sense as 2012 draws to a close that it’s been one of the genre’s strongest seasons for some time.
In contrast with genres like rock and jazz, hip-hop can sometimes feel like a youngster’s game, with even the most celebrated rappers and producers often finding themselves unfairly cast out into the box marked ‘irrelevant’ once they hit the wrong side of 30, as listeners stay keen to latch onto the next big sub-genre, new regional scene or latest fad in rap.
Over the past two decades, countless documentaries about hip-hop made by TV channels this side of the Atlantic have tended to fall into two distinct camps: the good (Channel 4’s ‘The Hip-Hop Years’ from 1999; ITV’s South Bank Show special in 1994) and the rubbish (everything else).
In his brilliant 2007 book, ‘Check The Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies’, hip-hop writer Brian Coleman sat down with the artists behind 36 of the genre’s finest albums to discuss the creative processes, stories and inspirations which lay behind the music.
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