UK Rap

Can You Handle Enough Of Beyonce's Lemonade?

Martyn Stewart | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Martyn Stewart

Lemonade appears to be closing the door on a chapter. A door intrusively pushed ajar by an unsuspecting elevator surveillance tape. The public clamoured for an explanation, however, Beyonce's true response was never likely to please everybody.

Beyoncé, Azealia Banks, Iggy Azalea: The Power Struggle Over Defining A Woman's Experience

Wemmy Ogunyankin | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Wemmy Ogunyankin

Asian and black women have a greater list of struggles than white women do. You don't need to tap into that racist bank to make a point, Becky already has a better deal than Ming Lee and Sha Nay Nay combined.

Lyrical Madness

Sol Wariso | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sol Wariso

You may have heard the news recently that one of the founder members of A Tribe Called Quest, Phife Dawg, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 45 due ...

#OscarsSoWhite and So Are The BRITs

Ben Johns | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

There's a plethora of non-white talent in the UK that hasn't been viewed by the BRITs let alone the general public. If the awards focused on record quality, rather than record sales then acts like Boy Better Know, FKA Twigs and Kwabs would have received a gong by now.

Finally, A Harry Potter Themed Spoof Of 'Straight Outta Compton'

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Comedy

Harry Potter and Ron Weasley are Wizards With Attitude, and they can lay down some sick rhymes. Comedy duo The Frost Bros have become an internet s...

Maid Of Honour Raps To 'Ice Ice Baby' At Sister's Wedding, Absolutely Nails It

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A maid of honour has delivered the mother of all wedding toasts - in the form of a personalised rap to 'Ice Ice Baby'. At the start of her speech, ...

Academic Elitism Hinders Our Diplomatic Efforts in Russia

Oliver James | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver James

Oxbridge elitism has hindered generations of working-class British students, but it also hinders our diplomatic efforts. By dismissing the stories of young, urban working class Russians in academia, we fail to recognise that it is Putin and his supporters we have to engage with, rather than Pushkin.

This Video Of Three Young, Rapping Syrian Brothers Shows There Is Hope For Refugees

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A new short film tells the story of how three young brothers who escaped from Syria are turning to rap music as an escape from their surroundings. ...

Cowell vs Lyon: Why There's Really No Comparison

Paul Marshall | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

They're both music moguls with the capacity to determine what we listen to, what we dance to and what we make out to. 'You're So Beautiful' is one t...

This Baltimore Teacher Raps About Death And Drugs To His Class, And Enraptures The World

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education

When a Baltimore class asked their substitute teacher to spit some lyrics off the cuff then probably didn't expect him to erupt into a four-minute lon...

Justin Timberlake And Jimmy Fallon Perform An Incredible 'History Of Rap' Medley

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Comedy

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake have been friends for a long time, so when JT returned to 'The Tonight Show', they needed a big opener. And what...

Dope (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

Director Rick Famuyiwa wears his influences very heavily on his sleeve. The Breakfast Club even receives a namecheck here (Malcolm's final speech will remind viewers of the closing soliloquy given by Brian "The Brain" in John Hughes' classic movie). And there is more than a passing nod to Spike Lee's films Do The Right Thing and School Daze.

Rap Radar: Introducing BUNDI

Bwoywonder | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bwoywonder

Beginning his musical career at the tender age of 13, East London rapper Bundi's distinctive flow has seen him take the stage at Wembley Arena, bag features on well renowned music channels such as BET, Channel AKA and Flava as well as gain support from prominent DJ's such as DJ Target and DJ MistaJam.

Can Hip Hop Educate About Addiction?

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

I recently edited an article called Rapping About Addiction and it was a useful opportunity to overcome my own prejudices about this musical genre. C...

EDM : Constantly on the Lookout for Newer Possibilities in the Music World

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Preetam Kaushik

Two and a half decades ago, when heavy metal began to gain a beer-belly, and rap started to get faster and restless, people decided to flock to the ga...

David Cameron Raps for Votes

Eclectic Method | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Comedy
Eclectic Method

Well if you like to party to David Cameron's tune, have a listen to satirical viral video artist and audio visual DJ Eclectic Method's remix of the Tory leader. This rapping re-edit of five years of Cameron's speeches is a hilarious hip-hop re-imagining of Cameron's Election campaign and it's rather catchy.

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.

Incredible Celeb Portraits Made Entirely From... Emojis

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Tech

Rapper and artist Yung Jake is painting amazing pictures of famous people using nothing but Emojis. If you've ever used an Emoji keyboard (or been ...

Professor Green Closes Music Cube at Westfield Stratford : INTERVIEW

Sophie Eggleton | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sophie Eggleton

After taking in the stunningly pure vocals of Ava Lily, who helped you block out the horrendous choas of a shopping centre on the weekend, I got to sit down and chat with the Headliner, Professor Green.

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.

Mr Bigz Releases S.U.M.M.E.R EP

Bwoywonder | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bwoywonder

Mr Bigz London's rap supremo returns to the music scene with his latest S.U.M.M.E.R EP which aims to brighten your mood throughout the forthcoming autumn months. Pulsating with nothing but good vibes for all seasons, we caught up with the man himself to get the low down on his latest offering.

Can Rappers Speak About Love and Romance Without Appearing 'Soft'?

Nick Brewer | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Nick Brewer

I've always taken quite a personal approach when it comes to the subject matter of my lyrics. It's not something I remember making a conscious decision about. It just sort of happened. When I first started writing lyrics I didn't ever imagine that people would actually hear them. I just wrote about what was going on in my life...

Do the Connotations of the Word 'Rap' Develop Inaccurate Opinions of Rappers?

Nick Brewer | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Nick Brewer

I've always found it a bit embarrassing telling people I'm a rapper. I'm very aware of some of the connotations that can accompany rap music, and I've often worried that people would develop an inaccurate opinion of me if they viewed me as a 'rapper', without actually hearing my music.

London's Burning

Ben Gregor | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Gregor

The government and police clamped down hard, sending out a strong message that looting and anarchy was unacceptable. The riots became just a bad memory. But in some ways London is still burning today.

Do Motown Stars Use Botox? Not Smokey Robinson That's for Sure

Livvy and Chrissie | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Livvy and Chrissie

When we did a rap song live on air with Charles Hazlewood and Adrian Utley of Portishead as a challenge, it went: "We're Women of a Certain Age....we've got hormonal rage...we get hot....you get bothered" and we one of the verses mentioned Smokey in it ......and so we sent him a copy.......not to be a pop star you must realise, more for fun.