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All rapped up: The best US hip-hop of 2012, Music

All rapped up: The best US hip-hop of 2012

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.

By | Music | Monday, 17 December 2012 at 1:02 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

Beach House, PS22 and Aloe Blacc: Heading away from the country

My love of country music and what we still have to irritatingly call Americana now established, it’s time to grudgingly admit that there are probably more than two types of music (country and western).
To that end here’s two things that crossed my path this week that reminded me that the only categories music really falls [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 17 September 2010 at 6:12 pm

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