UK Hip Hop

Lovebox 2014 review

Carina Maggar | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

A London weekend festival, Lovebox has been described as "an annual love letter to the Capital" and I couldn't agree more. As usual it took part in Victoria Park, delivering its eclectic mix of musical genres. This year's headliners included Hercules and Love Affair, Nas, Maverick Sabre, Banks, MIA and Bonobo.

Literature's Resurgence, Rap's Rebranding and Young Londoners Reconnecting the Two

Marvin Williams | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Marvin Williams

Through literature hip hop's viewed beyond the negative preconceptions. Through hip hop, literature's no longer a dreaded GCSE exam but a popular pastime again.

Album Review: Fires In The Park by Benin City

Kamran Assadi | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kamran Assadi

When it comes to genre-bending music and the all-round experience of a musical rollercoaster, no album is truer to sticking to this notion than Fires In The Park by Benin City. Having talked about Benin City's previous single Accelerate, vibrancy, energy and eclectism are part and parcel of what this group brings to every song they do.

Cynikal Ft Kaleem Taylor - 'Beautiful' (Video)

Bwoywonder | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Bwoywonder

Fresh from being added to the bill for this year's Isle of Wight Festival and with his latest single "Take Off" recently receiving some support by BBC Radio 1, fast-rising British Hip-Hop artist and producer CYNIKAL debuts some brand new visuals for "Beautiful"...

Rapper Gets Blow Job Onstage, But Was It Sexual Assault?

Planet Ivy | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Planet Ivy

Rappers get a bad rap. Well, this is the message that resonates from the recent news that Detroit-born rapper Danny Brown received a blow job on stage when he was performing in Minneapolis last Friday.

Five Ways to Make a Great Music Video

Adam Hamdy | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

The music video is alive and kicking. There are few art forms that can reach that many people that quickly, and while MTV may no longer be broadcasting wall-to-wall music videos, YouTube has taken its place. The combination of a good track combined with great visuals seems to resonate globally, and the great thing about YouTube is that it's totally democratic.

Film Review: Snoop Lion's Reincarnated

Jack Pelling | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jack Pelling

The first hour of this tediously self-infatuated documentary consists almost exclusively of American millionaires swaggering around Jamaica smoking an astonishing amount of weed and saying "yeah, mun" every five seconds with all the authenticity and respect for their surroundings of an obnoxious public schoolboy on his gap year.

How Macklemore Stuck It to the Music Industry

Chris Cannon | Posted 11.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Chris Cannon

By cutting out the middlemen and achieving huge success has Macklemore just written the blueprint for the future of the music industry? Here is his five point plan to world domination.

Live Review - Plan B, Labrinth and Rudimental at the O2

Carly Wilford | Posted 18.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Carly Wilford

As Brits we can be pretty subdued when it comes to concerts. Standing back swaying slightly and giving an in time nod when it comes to the tracks we love. Letting go isn't always our thing. Do we even know what that is?

The Feel-Good Hip Hop Mixtape

Musa Okwonga | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Musa Okwonga

he theme of this mixtape is "feel-good", and we've selected five tracks each: I have taken the liberty of dividing it into two parts, the North Side (Carrie) and the South Side (me), since Carrie hails from Newcastle and I'm from just outside London. So here you go: we hope you like it.

Rapping for the Kiwis in Christchurch, New Zealand

MC Lars | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
MC Lars

For the past few weeks I've been on tour in New Zealand, rapping for the Kiwis. When I first heard that New Zealanders affectionately referred to themselves as this, I thought it was in reference to the fruit. Nope.

Why J Cole is Hip-Hop's Last Hope

Tom Cook | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK Entertainment
Tom Cook

Drake came across as a simpering, emasculated wreck, as if to appeal to a modern and sexually egalitarian society his record company decided to surgically suck out his machismo. I wouldn't be surprised if he carries his testicles around in a dainty testicles purse.

Who Cares About Frank Ocean?

Tom Cook | Posted 05.09.2012 | UK Entertainment
Tom Cook

Two high-profile names in American culture revealed themselves to be gay this week; CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper, and RnB singer Frank Ocean. In the case of the silver-haired Cooper at least, the USA's improved tolerance for homosexuality was highlighted by the nationwide reaction - "Meh".

Why's 50 Cent Giving Away His Album For Free?

WENN | Posted 05.07.2012 | UK Entertainment

Hip-hop superstar 50 Cent is set to make his 37th birthday on Friday extra special for fans by giving away his new album for free. The In Da Club h...

Now Tony Parker Sues Over Brown/Drake Fracas

PA | Posted 22.06.2012 | UK Entertainment

Tony Parker is suing a New York City club over an eye injury he says he suffered during a fight involving singer Chris Brown and members of hip-hop st...

Plan B: Voice of a Generation? No Thanks

Ronnie Joice | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ronnie Joice

Last night's Later With Jools Holland featured a rather provocative and extremely popular performance from rapper-turned-singer-turned-actor-turned-ra...

'How Can You Just Switch On Me?'

WENN | Posted 29.03.2012 | UK Entertainment

Plan B fears he will lose a large portion of his fan-base after moving away from his hit soul sound to return to gritty hip-hop. The singer/rapper,...

Album Review: Logic & Last Resort, True Talk

Omar Shahid | Posted 20.02.2012 | UK Entertainment
Omar Shahid

In an age where hip-hop has become synonymous with thoughtless lyrics and violence - the antipode of its origins - Logic, a London-based MC, has set o...

Indie Hip-Hop Tour Essentials

MC Lars | Posted 18.02.2012 | UK Entertainment
MC Lars

The past five months of my life have been spent living in a tour bus, van and hotel rooms across the world. Touring is an essential part of the business model for today's indie artists. Here are some tips and tricks I've picked up what to have with you on your journey.

How a Rap About Herman Melville Brought Me to Nantucket

MC Lars | Posted 11.02.2012 | Home
MC Lars

Growing up, I had always felt like a cultural tourist in the world of hip-hop. I remember listening to Dr. Dre's Chronic album as a kid and marveling at how an adult like Dre could use words that I wasn't supposed to use around parents.

Eyes Peeled: Stann Smith And P3 Heartagram

Jake Hanrahan | Posted 01.01.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jake Hanrahan

As commercial hip-hop in the US seems to be getting more diluted by the day, the underground scene is growing thick with talent - readying itself fo...