UK Hip Hop

Hip Hop Artists Take A Knee To Trump And Police Brutality

James Ball | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK Entertainment
James Ball

Enter hip-hop, a genre that has never just been about the music: it has always kept a steady connection to blackness, immortalised by Public Enemy frontman Chuck D as "the Black CNN." It is hardly surprising that hip-hop artists have gathered in vocal support of Kaepernick's stand, and in powerful opposition to Trump's careless and divisive remarks.

Pop Go The Idols?

Dave Clements | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dave Clements

I was lucky enough to produce and chair From Bowie to Bieber: What makes a music icon? at Battle of Ideas held at the Barbican, London, last month. T...

Is Honey G Everything Rap Music Needs?

Maria Karvouni | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK Entertainment
Maria Karvouni

The way Honey G promotes herself is enjoyable and makes her even more appealing. She acts as if she knows she will succeed and usually people who are like that and have merit, they manage to make it in the end.

Introducing PBGR - Play Broke Get Rich

Mike Walsh | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mike Walsh

East London hip-hop duo PBGR are due to have a huge year in the UK, after already establishing a lot of underground buzz. Get to know a bit more about them.

History of Music in Japanese Video Games

Iain Fraser | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Iain Fraser

Over the past couple of weeks I have been looking at how the composers of video game music influence today's music industry , with some fascinating results.

Sanchez Vs Fighter Pilot: The Best Band You've Never Heard Of

Clara Cullen | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

Drawing on musical influences from all genres, hip-hop to soul to punk, it's this fusion, energy and drive that makes watching Sanchez vs. Fighter Pilot live such a joy. It's undeniable that these guys are talented musicians, but for Markie when writing the songs, it's always about how it feels over technical ability.

Meet the Young Musician of the Moment, Mr 6

The Huffington Post UK | Kristina Egan | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

It’s always nice meeting someone who takes their passion for music seriously but not themselves. Enter our young musician of the moment, Mr 6. Th...

Lovebox 2014 review

Carina Maggar | Posted 20.09.2014 | 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

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...