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.
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?
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.
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.
Sometimes, as a music writer, it’s hard to ignore context when listening to an artist.
What on earth does ‘’charge of the female MCs’’ mean, and who says Azealia Banks should lead it?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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