What’s The Beef?

What’s The Beef?

This has been an entertaining year for hip hop.  We have been treated to surprise albums.  We have felt underwhelmed by failed projects.  And, we have definitely been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of new releases. Thankfully, we have been able to gorge on Beef served up from all angles. We’re talking subs, snubs, diss tracks and downright disrespectful behaviour.  Earlier this year, I covered aspects of the surprising Eminem Vs Everybody tirade.  That resulted…

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Domo Genesis New Single, ‘Online’

Domo Genesis New Single, ‘Online’

When OddFuture first erupted onto the Hip Hop scene, they were an unexpected whirlwind, fresh to death and brash as f***. Of the many members and affiliates Tyler, The Creator is easily the most well known, yet there is no ignoring the other bright stars of the group such as Syd the Kid of The Internet, Earl Sweatshirt, Frank Ocean and Domo Genesis. ‘Online’ is the lead single from his new EP Facade Records. It…

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Migos’ Offset Confirms Debut Album Release Date

Migos’ Offset Confirms Debut Album Release Date

With the Migos’ being one of the biggest bands in hip hop and possibly the world, the culture has been eagerly awaiting the solo projects from each band member. First out the gate was Quavo with his album Quavo Huncho, released in October. It was then followed up by the release of Takeoff’s (short) LP The Last Rocket in November. Now Offset has confirmed his solo album will drop December 14, on his 27th birthday….

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Review: New Album, ‘Simulation Theory’ By Muse

Review:  New Album, ‘Simulation Theory’ By Muse

If Prince, Queen, Radiohead, Depeche Mode and The Cure had a baby, whilst playing Ready Player One it would sound something like this. Now I have to admit, that Muse’s new album Simulation Theory doesn’t quite live up to that standing. It tries nobly to incorporate every sinew, groove, style, tricks and licks within the almighty armoury possessed by the vocals and guitar of Matthew Bellamy, Bass of Christopher Wolstenholme and drums of Dominic Howard….

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‘Breaking Glass’, 40th Anniversary Edition

‘Breaking Glass’, 40th Anniversary Edition

As a bit of a music fanatic, and a huge David Bowie fan, it is one of my greatest regrets that I did not get to see him perform live. When coupled with my love for the live interpretations of songs and ideas, it really was a joy to listen to Welcome to the Blackout live in London (Earl’s Court) recorded back in 1978. The difference between the album and the live version of songs,…

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6ix 9ine Cancels US Tour, ‘Fires Staff’ And Is Releasing A New Album

6ix 9ine Cancels US Tour, ‘Fires Staff’ And Is Releasing A New Album

Test my gangster! That’s probably what will be written on the headstone of Tekashi 6ix 9ine, if he continues to live by that motto. In the last year he’s battled numerous legal issues, survived 3 gun shootings, a kidnapping, extortion and industry blackballing. The problems seem to be mounting up for 6ix 9ine, as he’s fired he’s fired his staff and cancelled his US tour. He jumped on Power 105’s, The Breakfast Club, for an…

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Is Kanye Responsible For Mumble Rap Part 4 – The Conclusion

Is Kanye Responsible For Mumble Rap Part 4 – The Conclusion

PART 4 Conclusion One of biggest threats to the culture, lies in the signing of “Instafamous” people and producing records for them. Bhad Barbie a.k.a. “Catch Me Outside Girl” is the most prominent example of this philosophy. She has been pushed by the industry, on to a buying public and newcomers to the game, with an overly simplified version of the art as a quick cash grab. If that is the bar as set by…

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Is Kanye Responsible for Mumble Rap Part 3

Is Kanye Responsible for Mumble Rap Part 3

PART 3 (See Parts 1 & 2 on GSGM) Why Mumble rap is a natural progression I’m sure you have all heard of the Roots, and are well aware of Black Thought, after that flex freestyle I’m sure everyone within the culture is aware of him at this moment. He is an automatic entry in mine and many others top 5 G.O.A.T. conversations. He is a lyrical miracle, and I would like to draw your…

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Is Kanye Responsible for Mumble Rap Part 2

Is Kanye Responsible for Mumble Rap Part 2

PART 2 (See our part one here) Understanding Mumble Rap Remember I mentioned hallucinating reality? I’m going to work this backwards so it makes more sense. 2016, Desiigner, Panda. The moment that clap came in, you just knew this would bang. The fact that Kanye produced this and backed Desiigner, as well as Lil Yachty may be purely coincidental, however in terms of what we are discussing now, I do feel it adds credence to…

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Music Education Has Been Thrown To The Wolves In The UK

Music Education Has Been Thrown To The Wolves In The UK

It’s rather worrying to hear, that children from lower income families, are half as likely to pursue musical studies, as they cannot afford the lessons and instruments. This is compounded by the removal of the art subjects from the EBacc and strong focus on STEM, science and engineering subjects, it feels like: “Music education has been thrown to the wolves in the UK” Those are some of the thoughts of musician John Thirkell, trumpet player…

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