UK Hiphop

Amsterdam's Young Thug: Poke Taking Over Dutch Hip-Hop

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Mohadesa Najumi

Waiting to meet the rapper Poke in Amsterdam's De Duivel bar I was anticipating to meet an eclectic character. As I expected, a hilarious, charming yo...

A Grime Symphony at Royal Albert Hall- Great Grime Goes Global!

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 13.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

My first recollections of the grime scene are around 18 years ago, in 1997, when acts like Wiley used to jump on the mic mc'ing on jungle tracks, on pirate radio. He then set up a music click called Pay as U Go Cartel. A few years later in 2001, Pay as U Go released a single called Champagne Dance that had the capitals urban nightclubs jumping.

DEAL REAL Legacy: Return of the Legendary Record Store

Bwoywonder | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Entertainment

DEAL REAL, the iconic record store rooted in UK music culture from the early 2000's until its closure in 2007, returned over the weekend for Record Store Day, for a six week pop-up run.

22 Reasons Why Usher is The Best Commercial Male R&B artist of Our Time

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

He's sold over 50million records and counting and transcends geographical boundaries and age barriers. He is the Michael Jordan of R&B. But don't take my word for it. Check out the facts...

George the Poet: ''Rap Has Been Hijacked and Hip Hop Needs to Start Saying Something That Matters''

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

I have witnessed him perform to local crowds and key influencers in the music world, and there are whisperings behind the scenes akin to him being the new coming, with his return to a more ''conscious, positive'' moment for hip hop content. Talking about his first official release, his EP The Chicken and the Egg (released on 20th October) he explains his musical philosophy.

Wretch32 Is Back - Talking Shakespeare, Statesmanship and Swagger

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

Jermaine Scott Sinclair - Wretch 32 (three-two) - is the son of a local reggae DJ in the Tiverton Estate, which explains the clear dancehall beats juxtaposed with his north London lyrics that are full of metaphors and soulful hooks and melodies, that will keep you humming for hours after hearing one of his hits.

Stromae: Foux du Fafa Foreignness or the European Dream?

Sophie Bauer | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sophie Bauer

Stromae is a European megastar. And I'm not talking alternative big, I mean BIG big. Born in Brussels to a Belgian mother and a Rwandan father, Paul van Haver/Stromae first wowed everyone back in 2010 with his world-wide hit 'Alors on Danse' ('And So We Dance'). He released his second album, Racine Carrée (Square Root), last year.

GT Solo Releases Day Dreaming Two EP

Bwoywonder | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Entertainment

If you don't like motivation, you won't like my music, let's just put it that way. Also, if you like real life s**t you'll love my music. I talk about what's real, such as never having money and every day struggles of life and being oppressed by the oppressors! Basically I make middle finger music.

Hip-hop Icon Nas Performs His Masterpiece Illmatic at London's Lovebox

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

At Victoria Park he recognised that not everyone in attendance was a Nas fan and many weren't even born when the album was released. Here he said ''I'm Nas for those that done know me, I'm the one that said hip-hop was dead!

G-Eazy Drops Debut Album 'These Things Happen'

Bwoywonder | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Entertainment

One of my favourite thing to do in any city, is just to walk around and explore, I'm very observant and I appreciate the detail of hat makes each city unique. London feels like a special place.

How Creative Spoken Word and Music Projects Are Helping the UK's Literacy Issues

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

This month however, I attended one such event that seemed to have ticked all the right boxes to actually make a difference. Fusing the mediums of spoken word and poetry set against a backdrop of Turner paintings, Late at Tate Britain, housed a captivating poetry event as part of National Storytelling Week 14th anniversary.

Krept and Konan- South London Rap Duos Success Despite Tragedy

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

The UK music scene is moving in a new strong way. Artists didn't understand how to play the game in the past. Some didn't understand the importance of clean and dirty versions of their songs. Others wouldn't turn up on time for interviews. The game has changed; Krept and Konan are proof of that.

Rap Artist Recounts The Murder Of His Step-Dad On New Single

Bwoywonder | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Entertainment

Konan, one half of the popular rap duo, Krept and Konan has poured out his heart on his new single My Story by recounting the fatal night his step-father, Carlton Ned was murdered in their own home.

Eve - The First lady of rap 2000! Can She Reclaim Her Crown in 2013?

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

Every big rap clique these days has his or her token first lady. Whether it's So Solid's Lisa Maffia, or Cash Money's Nicki Minaj. Back in the day Fox...

'The Importance of This Art? To Move the World'

Naila Missous | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Naila Missous

Romero brings his poetic oratory together with a white background: he only wants you to hear the words. With a great focus on the language, his spoken words usually tends to focus on the words themselves, the dynamics of tone, facial expressions and body language. Actions, sometimes speak far louder in a performance.

Society Branding

Naila Missous | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Naila Missous

The individual at hand insinuated that Hip-Hop was indeed "black music, that's all I'm saying". Whether this was to suggest my friend was less of a black individual because she didn't enjoy this music, was something to consider. He quickly turned his attention back to me, but did drop heavily the mention of 'white rappers' who may take my interest more.

Realness Lies in the Reality of the Lyrics

Naila Missous | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Naila Missous

To mark out the qualities of a skilful rapper, one must look out for verbal mastery, delivery, creativity and personal style. Successful rappers in the grime scene, be they male or female, entice an audience through their stage presence, persona and what their lyrics have to say.

Quantum Leap: A Father's Faith

Yassin Alsalman | Posted 21.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Yassin Alsalman

Times are different now. We are a distracted generation. The tension is rising in our nations, as it did during our parents generation. We have been witness to media wars, and wars through media.

Commercial Grime That's Actually Worth Its Salt

Jake Hanrahan | Posted 26.10.2011 | UK Entertainment
Jake Hanrahan

2011-08-26-micpass.jpg As grime music was slowly diluted in a bid to make it acceptable for the mainstream, the artists who once pioneered this gritty genre turned to electro beats and vacuous female backing singers to sell their records. Grime became confused. The usual jaw rattling bass, rapid snares and angry lyrics had now been replaced with soft synths, pop melodies and soppy lyrical content that made Mills and Boon look savage.