21 Savage Releases New Album

21 Savage Releases New Album

I Am > I Was is the latest release from rapper and producer, 21 Savage. The album consists of 15 tracks and features the likes of Post Malone, Offset and Childish Gambino. It comes one year after his debut album ‘Issa Album’ and was due to be released on December 7 but fans were left waiting and a tweet was published saying “Dam I forgot to drop my album my bad y’all.” The opening track…

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Vladimir Putin Doesn’t Want To Ban Rap In Russia, But Control It

Vladimir Putin Doesn’t Want To Ban Rap In Russia, But Control It

President Vladimir Putin has stated that he is becoming alarmed by the growing popularity of rap amongst Russian youth.   He now wants cultural leaders to find a way of controlling this phenomenon.  He wants to do that rather than banning it. Putin says, “if it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it”.  Putin admits he worries that rap might cause “the degradation of the nation” in the future. Recently,…

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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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Beastie Boys: Live And Direct @ EartH Hackney

Beastie Boys: Live And Direct @ EartH Hackney

I didn’t know what to expect coming into the hotly anticipated and instant sell-out Beastie Boys show at Earth’s Hackney last night. I’m fairly confident in saying however that what I witnessed over those 2 and a half hours! was a truly unique, bonkers, brilliant yet beautiful send-off to the New York pioneers career and to the sadly departed Adam Yauch. It’s well known that Adam Yauch’s unexpected, tragic death from cancer at only 47…

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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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Tyler The Creator Drops New EP Inspired By Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

Tyler The Creator Drops New EP Inspired By Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

Tyler, the Creator has dropped a new EP inspired by the forthcoming Grinch reboot. Music Inspired by Illumination & Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is a six-song EP that coincides with the release of the animated holiday film, which Tyler contributed two songs to: an original, “I Am the Grinch,” and his take on the classic “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” While neither of those appear on the new EP, there are new collaborations with Santigold, Ryan Beatty, and…

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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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New Host for Radio 1Xtra Rap Show Announced

New Host for Radio 1Xtra Rap Show Announced

After Charlie Sloth announced his departure from The BBC Radio 1Xtra Rap Show and *that* incident, speculation on his and Tim Westwood’s replacement has got everyone talking but, wonder no more, as the next presenter of the show has been announced as Tiffany Calver. No stranger to the rap scene, Tiffany has been around, from presenting loads of radio shows to – wait for it – opening for Beyonce and JayZ during their On the…

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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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