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All Rapped Up: The best US hip-hop of 2014, Music

All Rapped Up: The best US hip-hop of 2014

A somewhat mixed year for US hip-hop, the past 12 months saw many of the genre’s major Stateside stars – Kanye West, Jay-Z, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nas – stay relatively quiet, while the inevitable smattering of disappointments (Rick Ross’s two rather flat albums; a remarkably dull LP from Kendrick affiliate Schoolboy Q) were offset by a stack of solid releases from the usual dependable veterans (Pharaohe Monch, Common and Cormega

By | Music | Monday, 5 January 2015 at 1:07 pm

Singer songwriter Arlissa on her daunting time at The Great Escape, Arts

Singer songwriter Arlissa on her daunting time at The Great Escape

Arlissa’s songwriting skills have seen her signed to Roc Nation and duet with Nas – not bad for a 20-year old from Crystal Palace. She weighs up some of her recent performances, and reveals why sharing a stage with Australian rapper Iggy Azalea was seriously daunting.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 6 June 2013 at 5:00 am

Five reasons to see Kendrick Lamar this weekend, Music

Five reasons to see Kendrick Lamar this weekend

US hip-hop’s hottest property Kendrick Lamar touches down for a series of shows in the U.K. this week.

By | Music | Thursday, 17 January 2013 at 6:35 pm

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

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