UK Rap

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

Nick Brewer | Posted 16.09.2014 | 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 11.08.2014 | 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 01.08.2014 | 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.

G-Eazy Drops Debut Album 'These Things Happen'

Bwoywonder | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bwoywonder

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.

WATCH: Fallon And Timberlake's History Of Rap 5

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Comedy

So this is how Jimmy Fallon (w)rapped up his first week as The Tonight Show host: by Justin Timberlake joining him for a fifth instalment of their 'Hi...

AM SNiPER to Release Single 'The Party Don't Stop'.

Bwoywonder | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bwoywonder

A.M. SNiPER enters 2014 with a catalogue of accomplishments to capitalise on from last year. Having performed alongside Tinie Tempah and Wretch 32, recorded new material with Grime Godfather, Wiley, plus his single 'Its BIG' spending 10 weeks in the UK urban charts...

So, This Rap Is Impressive...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Comedy

In which rap star Mac Lethal works his way through the alphabet in ridiculously impressive, tongue-twisting style... getting faster and faster and fas...

Buddy Esquire: King of the Hip Hop Flyer RIP

Johan Kugelberg | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Johan Kugelberg

ddy started writing graffiti in 1972, tagging, collecting the tags of others in black books and steadily advancing his craft as a draftsman. He made his first flyer in the summer of 1977, for a neighborhood block party. The following year Buddy designed his first flyer for a hip hop jam.

Madonna, Macklemore And Gay Weddings At The Grammys

Daniel Warner | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Warner

Let's go back to the beginning and start with Madonna and me. Against what some people think is the gay 'stereotype', I'm not really one of her fans. However, my actions after watching her arrival on the red carpet and then performance, I played true to stereotype and took to social media to comment on her appearance.

To the 12-Year-Olds Playing Gangsta Rap on the Bus

Richard Fry | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Fry

Girls, if you listen to misogynistic music it just makes it popular so more will get made. If you play those tunes out loud from your phone on the bus, you are saying you are okay with woman-hating. Are you really? Don't justify it by saying you like the tune whilst wilfully ignoring the lyrics.

The Marshall Mathers LP 2: Album Review

Tom Hibbs | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Hibbs

Marshall Mathers, known to most people by his stage name Eminem is one of the most well known and controversial artists of modern music. Born in Misso...

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 Battle Champ, Luna C Talks Mixtapes, Eminem & Music For The Masses.

Bwoywonder | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Bwoywonder

Luna C, the young celebrated UK battle emcee, who has done away with many of his opponents with his lyrical prowness, humourous delivery and downright hurtful bars, steps into a new realm of music with the release of his anticipated EP, Good Times And Dead Brain Cells. I went toe-to-toe to find out more about the microphone meddler.

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

Bwoywonder | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Bwoywonder

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.

UK Artist Smiler Shows Us His Brand New Style

Bwoywonder | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Bwoywonder

As he gears up for the release of his new forthcoming single 'Brand New Style' featuring none other than Ed Sheeran, I caught up one of my personal favourite UK artists to see how he is finding the heady heights of the mainstream music scene.

The Last Skeptik's Interview About His New Album 'Thanks for Trying'

Erica Crompton | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Erica Crompton

The Last Skeptik isn't your average music mogul. Coming from a more grassroots background, unlike big wigs he seems to spin plates on sticks as much as he spins vinyl. You see, he's something of a multi-tasker, covering everything from rapping, DJ-ing, producing and video editing.

Misogyny Is the Music Industry's Ultimate Marketing Tool

Planet Ivy | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Planet Ivy

If we turn away from rap music and towards more mainstream music, however, we can get a good look at what does work in the music business. And that, it would seem, is casual misogyny.

Rapping a Revolution

Lydia Green | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lydia Green

From the first rumblings of revolution to the striking events of recent days, Tahrir Square has inspired a new generation of young Egyptian musicians and rappers. Their music was born on the streets of Cairo during the 2011 revolution. Now, two years later, these courageous young artists perform on those very same streets before crowns of hundreds of thousands of protestors.

Norman Tebbit's Assault on Queen Latifah Is a Step Too Far

Andrew Doyle | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Comedy
Andrew Doyle

The former MP for Chingford did not always feel this way. When Latifah signed with Tommy Boy Records in 1989, he was initially impressed. During a late lunch at Chequers, he was overheard to remark of Latifah's debut album All Hail the Queen: "That bitch is legit. Her flows are off the hook. Word is bond."

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.

The Evolution of the 'Cool Music' Listener

Random Impulse | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Random Impulse

With the kind of music I make, I never imagined in a million years that I would look out from stage and see guys and girls wearing One Direction t-shirts singing along to what I'm playing, standing next to guys that are almost old enough to be their fathers and who look like they were the Ramones' number one fans.

Why Women Just Can't Resist a Bad Boy as Rihanna Takes Back Chris Brown - Again

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Tetteh

Feminists might argue she is being weak and a victim for going back to Brown. But in following her heart and standing up for what she believes in despite being criticised, many fans have saluted her for her bravery.

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.

The Underground Beast That Is Spoken Word

Pete Strauss | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Pete Strauss

The most immediately striking thing about an evening of spoken word is the almost tangible electricity in the air. No one is quite sure what to expect because every act differs in tone, delivery, style and content which turns the evening into a mad up and down trajectory of individuals pouring their hearts and minds into a microphone for an appreciative audience.