Hip hop and rap isn’t always portrayed in the best way: diatribe, misogyny and violence is often linked with the two. However, Restless Beings, a non-profitable charity founded in 2007, decided to bring a nexus of talented hip hop artists together to ‘ignite your conscious’ on Saturday night.
Until very recently Max Cooper juggled a job as a research scientist with being a DJ and producer… in the end, music proved to be more profitable and so, he took it up full-time. Friends of mine who’ve seen the British producer performing his live shows have all told me he’s one of the best they’ve seen this year, unfortunately I have yet to enjoy a Max Cooper live show. But, in anticipation of doing so, I probed him about the whole set up – giving him subject headings as a guide to what I wanted to know. Here’s the lowdown from Max himself…
After the Nazi dystopian adventure, Kelly stepped to the fore this week in a more muted affair.
The nature of the Turner Prize has been problematic since its inception; by awarding it to one artist the prize simultaneously designates three ‘losers.’ By attempting to bring one maker to the forefront of artistic practice the award fails to elucidate the complex, overlapping and multifarious network of production that shapes and defines much of the contemporary art world.
I was introduced to the music of MK, aka Marc Kinchen, through listening to UK garage back in the early 2000s. His tracks have been constantly played by DJs since he first hit the house scene in the early 90s right up to the present day and this year in particular it appeared as though there was a huge resurgence in interest in MK and his productions.
Picture the scene; Thomas returns home after travelling to Vietnam or somewhere equally exotic yet gritty, and declares that he is going to be an artist. His father is stunned into silence, and his mother faints.
Now, I’m aware there are more pressing issues to be concerning ourselves with, but in these rocky economic times where we’re all having to cut back on spending and cherish the entertainment we can afford to splash out on, it shouldn’t be a given that we have to be wary of getting ripped off.
Not many bands nowadays have a voice equivalent to that of The King Blues. The band – which infuses ska, folk and punk rock – have found themselves to be one of the most fundamental groups when it comes to the spoken word in music. I talked to ‘Itch’ from the band.
As you may be aware from my previous posts, parties in unusual locations are something I yearn for.
South London rapper, DVS, is one of the emerging talents from a scene that was before overshadowed by the sound of grime. His genuine lyrics are illustrative of how UK Rap has placed a firm foothold in British music culture with stern and frank accounts of inner-city trials and tribulations.
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