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.
The age of people not wearing trousers low has nothing to with the recession – rappers have just got cooler
The last time I checked global trends were set by the rich and famous – in this case rappers, and these rappers have moved on
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.
The second and final day of Virgin’s fifteen year old foray into festivals saw their most poppy line up yet to grace the four stages. Former years have seen Oasis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead and Stereophonics take to the stage but this year’s billing, particularly on the Sunday, took a step away from rock – and into the charts.
Byron has been tearing up the streets of Slough for a fair few years now, dropping mixtapes packed to the brim with deep stories and dark energy-infused vibes. Rolling off on the back of his recently released mixtape Deep Lyrics/Dirty Beats, Byron looks set to make 2011 his own.
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