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Sam Gould is a hip hop blogger studying History at Cambridge University. He has written extensively for Varsity Student Newspaper as Lead Music Critic and currently runs a weekly urban radio show.

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Interview with ‘SAFE’ author Kate Hanney: “People don’t want to admit that this sort of thing happens…”, Arts

Interview with ‘SAFE’ author Kate Hanney: “People don’t want to admit that this sort of thing happens…”

Sam Gould talks to author young adult fiction writer Kate Hanney about the realism in novels, the perception of young people and the inspiration for her work.

By | Arts | Thursday, 4 April 2013 at 1:42 pm

‘World Without End’, ‘Chivalry and Betrayal’ and why the Middle Ages mattered…, Arts

‘World Without End’, ‘Chivalry and Betrayal’ and why the Middle Ages mattered…

With the recent recovery of Richard III’s remains from a Leicester car park and the subsequent public interest in his demise, it appears that television producers and schedulers have an important decision to make about the past. What period is more worthy of their investment, the history of the same old bloody Henrys, or those of the rulers that preceded them, the Plantagenets and early Lancastrians?

By | Arts | Thursday, 21 February 2013 at 11:59 am

Eminem at 40: Is the rapper still relevant as an artist?, Arts

Eminem at 40: Is the rapper still relevant as an artist?

Who would believe that the boy christened Marshall Bruce Mathers III but who will forever be known as Eminem, has turned 40? What an impact he’s made in his life so far. The enfant terrible of the early Noughties, the first rapper to embrace and commercialise his whiteness to the full, he has become not only an unforgettable part of the hip hop narrative, but also an indelible presence in popular culture.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 17 October 2012 at 4:19 pm

Chief Keef, Chicago and violence in hip hop, Arts

Chief Keef, Chicago and violence in hip hop

Whilst Chicago’s drill-hop scene has been embraced by the wider media and music fans nationwide, the city has been locked in a deadly drug war, with over 340 homicides committed this year already. At the centre of the media storm developing around Chicago is the rapper Chief Keef.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 6 September 2012 at 7:00 pm

Never mind skeletons in the closet, let’s allow Zodiac’s new music to haunt us…, Arts

Never mind skeletons in the closet, let’s allow Zodiac’s new music to haunt us…

Sometimes, as a music writer, it’s hard to ignore context when listening to an artist.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 3 September 2012 at 2:16 pm

Questions to the industry, #1, Arts

Questions to the industry, #1

What on earth does ‘’charge of the female MCs’’ mean, and who says Azealia Banks should lead it?

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 12 January 2012 at 4:00 pm

Swag and internet hype – the name dropper’s guide to hip hop in 2011, Arts

Swag and internet hype – the name dropper’s guide to hip hop in 2011

A feeling of sensationalism and expectation predominated in hip hop for much of 2011. The hip hop media eagerly embraced a series of grandiose statements, gestures of brash young artists trying to make their breakthroughs, and welcomed the comebacks of older artists staking their claim to their genre.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 30 December 2011 at 2:14 pm

Murs: I’ve got everything I wanted from this career, Arts

Murs: I’ve got everything I wanted from this career

Murs has always been one of the West Coast’s most distinctive voices. The famously dreadlocked L.A rapper, who started off with rap collectives 3 Melancholy Gypsies and Living Legends in the mis-90s, has worked with some of hip hop’s finest talents over the years, from Atmosphere’s Slug to producer 9th Wonder.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 28 September 2011 at 10:00 am

Scene check: Hip hop by the state, Arts

Scene check: Hip hop by the state

One of the things that has always impressed me about hip hop in the US is that there are simply so many different sounds. In a country as large and varied as America, local scenes really matter- call it hip hop by the state.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 7 September 2011 at 6:00 am

Watch The Throne: the two superpowers of rap, Arts

Watch The Throne: the two superpowers of rap

2011 has been the year of the joint venture in hip hop. Responding to the genre crossing success of oddball collective Odd Future, the threat of young stoners Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y and the resurgence of Eminem alongside Royce da 5”9, the two superpowers of the genre, Kanye West and Jay Z have been forced to follow up triple platinum selling albums and festival tour de forces with a combined effort that has the world waiting. Today, ‘Otis’, the second leak from Watch the Throne, the album set for release on August 2.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 22 July 2011 at 11:47 am

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