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Behind the mask: Issue’s love for tea, beats and Pink Floyd, Music

Behind the mask: Issue’s love for tea, beats and Pink Floyd

A rapper that prefers tea to Cristal? What’s the issue with Issue?

By | Music | Thursday, 1 May 2014 at 11:11 am

Interview with Big Narstie & True Tiger: “You’ve got professional chaos”, Arts

Interview with Big Narstie & True Tiger: “You’ve got professional chaos”

“Professional chaos” is the term used by Big Narstie to describe the effect of combining both himself and True Tiger

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 18 November 2013 at 7:35 pm

Interview with Kozzie, the young veteran, Arts

Interview with Kozzie, the young veteran

Lewisham MC Kozzie may be young, but when he speaks about his experiences in the grime scene you would be forgiven for thinking you were talking to one of the genre’s veterans

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 2 August 2013 at 7:00 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

Video: Motherhood themed rap, Notebook

Video: Motherhood themed rap

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.

By | Notebook | Monday, 14 January 2013 at 12:11 pm

Loaded Lux: Using hip-hop to heal the absent father wound, Music

Loaded Lux: Using hip-hop to heal the absent father wound

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.
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By | Music, Notebook | Wednesday, 21 November 2012 at 6:18 pm

The age of people not wearing trousers low has nothing to with the recession – rappers have just got cooler, Arts

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

By | Arts, Fashion, Music, Notebook | Wednesday, 18 July 2012 at 4:00 am

Final Day at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival: Busta Rhymes gives a lesson in hip-hop legacy, Arts

Final Day at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival: Busta Rhymes gives a lesson in hip-hop legacy

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.’

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 17 July 2012 at 1:15 pm

Frank Ocean’s brave decision in the macho world of urban music, Arts

Frank Ocean’s brave decision in the macho world of urban music

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.

By | Arts, Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 9:53 am

A Jack the Lad’s alternative to rap: Catch‘em, Arts

A Jack the Lad’s alternative to rap: Catch‘em

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…

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 26 June 2012 at 12:00 am

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