US hip-hop’s hottest property Kendrick Lamar touches down for a series of shows in the U.K. this week.
A fter watching this video, you may be surprised that composing a motherhood themed rap hasn’t been done before. The gangster lifestyle and parenthood share many similarities like… absolutely nothing.
As far as music genres go, few are as hotly contested as hip hop. It’s middle America’s favourite whipping boy, but one of corporate America’s most powerful marketing agents. In the midst of the cultural tug-of-war, battle rap has returned with a vengeance and today marches unchallenged as the leading movement in the hip-hop underground.
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
Surrounded by glistening water and a serene view, it’s hard to believe the 8th Annual Brooklyn Bodega Hip-Hop Festival (BHF) is actually being held in Brooklyn, right in the concrete jungle that is New York. But where the idyllic waterfront of Pier 3 could fool festival-goers, blaring sound systems and a crowd full of baseball caps confirm this is indeed (in the words of the stage hype man) ‘Brooooklyn.’
In the uber-macho and hetero-centric world of urban music, particularly in hip-hop, coming out as gay or bisexual isn’t exactly an everyday occurrence. So Frank Ocean’s decision to publish a heartfelt open letter on his Tumblr site this week revealing that his first love was in fact a man has significant implications.
Born to Moroccan parents, bred in the heart of West London and nicknamed after a unique party trick; 24-year-old Catch‘em is a rapper with a refreshing agenda: not to take himself too seriously…
Produced by Last Resort – though the choice of beats in the album are far from a last resort – Truetalk has so far received widespread critical acclaim reaching no 7 in the Itunes Hip Hop chart. The beats are edgy and the album is a powerful mix of smart lyricism, matched with a unique delivery that talks to people in a way they can relate to. Hence the name, Truetalk.
Following new music seriously challenges ones prejudices and preconceptions. Ordinarily the thought of four boys with guitars or bedroom geeks with a laptop sampler and Second Life account sends me reaching for the Valium. So when bands Peace and Doldrums reinvigorate faith in guitars and MacBooks, it is exceptionally exciting.
Down-tempo electronica springs from the fingers and vocal cords of Southampton’s Gang Colours whose debut LP, The Keychain Collection came out in February (on iTunes). In this exclusive interview, Errol Anderson chats with him about 2Pac’s existence, charity shopping and reactions to the album.
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