UK Rap

The First Rule Of Fight Club: Or 3 Reasons Why Rap Battles Are A (Political) Viral Hit In Russia

Anastasia Denisova | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Politics
Anastasia Denisova

Rap battles are on the radar. The young heroes of this genre enjoy the popularity that not many politicians can boast of. No surprise that there are rumours that the oppositional leader Navalny is trying to recruit top rappers in his team. Meanwhile, the battle goes on. Punchy, crude - and yet so perversely genuine.

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...

Why Chance The Rapper Is The Artist Of 2016

Francesco Loy Bell | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Francesco Loy Bell

While 2016 has been unanimously voted as a write-off, the volume of great music output has been astounding. However, sitting above everybody else is one man: Chance The Rapper.

How Hip-Hop Is Confronting Toxic Masculinity

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

Contemporary hip-hop is telling men that it is okay to feel vulnerable. It is telling men that it is okay to talk about feeling vulnerable. It is telling men that it is okay to be human. Hip-hop's challenge of masculinity is profoundly liberating, particularly for those feeling constricted or poisoned by toxic masculinity.

What Mahatma Gandhi Would Say To Honey G

Maria Karvouni | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Maria Karvouni

Mahatma Gandhi and Honey G haven't got many things in common. The first was an Indian leader, born in 1869, and the second is an eccentric rapper from...

Why I Created Taylor's Song

TQ | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Entertainment

When I met Taylor, he was smiling with these huge blue eyes. It was infectious. I started smiling, too. I remember humming "Keep on smiling" and "In your eyes I see..." in various melodies until his mom, Terri, told me the tale of what had happened. I went from creative mode to absolute shock.

Honey G Can Still Win The X-Factor

Maria Karvouni | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Maria Karvouni

Now that Honey G was a candidate to leave, X-Factor fans could think that this was the precursor of her departure and that she is not able to reach the final or win the show. My research demonstrates that those people are wrong.

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...

Honey G Is A Phenomenon. Period.

Maria Karvouni | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Maria Karvouni

Snapshot from the Official X-Factor Youtube Channel ( Honey G is much more than a rap music artist. She is ...

Honey G's Supporters Are Beating The Haters

Maria Karvouni | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Maria Karvouni

Screenshot from X-Factor's official youtube channel: Honey G's haters expect every week her to be axed fro...

The Day The Music Died (Again) And How This Time There Might Be No Coming Back

Paul Marshall | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

According to legend and the legendary Don McLean, music ceased to exist on February 3, 1959, when the plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and T...

Is Honey G Everything Rap Music Needs?

Maria Karvouni | Posted 10.10.2016 | 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.

The Artist Formerly Known As Young Thug

Aaron Vallely | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Aaron Vallely

Thugger now wants to be referred to as Jeffrey, his real name. Jeffrey's cover features the Atlanta rapper in a blue dress with tiered cascading ruffles that wrap around his white buttoned-down shirt, an outfit which took him an hour and a half just to put on. Apparently, this is controversial because of the masculinity that pervades the rap industry, and because of the cover, he even held back its release for some time.

The Squits

Trevor Holland | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Comedy
Trevor Holland

I'm recently fallen victim to a profound, life-changing affliction; one that has shaken my being to its very core. It's one that affect millions of people every year and, due to its sensitive nature, is often not discussed. Well, I'm no longer prepared to be a silent victim. I recently ate some less-than-perfect chicken nuggets and subsequently, suffered a violent bout of The Squits.

Can You Handle Enough Of Beyonce's Lemonade?

Martyn Stewart | Posted 29.04.2017 | 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 28.04.2017 | 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 26.03.2017 | 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 26.02.2017 | 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 21.01.2017 | 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 02.11.2016 | 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...