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The 20 best songs of 2021

We celebrate everything from Lil Nas X’s conservative-baiting Montero to Wet Leg’s instant indie classic – as voted for by 31 of the Guardian’s music writers Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Punk, Indie, Dance music, Bruno Mars, R&B, Electronic Music, Abba, Self Esteem, Bts, The Weeknd, Little Simz

‘Unapologetically truthful and unapologetically Blak’: Australia bows down to Barkaa

After overcoming personal tragedy, the rapper has clawed her way back – with a politically potent debut EP dedicated to First Nations womenBaarka didn’t come to mess around. Born Chloe Quayle, the 26-year-old rapper was a former teenage ice addict who did three stints in jail – during her last, five years ago, she gave birth to her third child.Now the Malyangapa Barkindji woman has clawed her way back from what she describes as “the pits of hell” and is on the verge of releasing her debut EP, Bl...
Tags: Music, London, Australia, Youtube, Australia news, Rap, Culture, Hip-hop, Indigenous Australians, Gq, Briggs, New York Los Angeles, Australian Music, Barkaa, Chloe Quayle

‘You can’t cancel me, I’ve got bills to pay!’: music stars on pop’s strange 2021

Laura Mvula, Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno, Snail Mail, BackRoad Gee, Sigrid and Eris Drew mull over the year’s big stories, from Britney’s freedom to battles over plagiarism and streamingHow did you feel coming into 2021, after the unprecedented bleakness of 2020? Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Indie, Dance music, R&B, Electronic Music, Kasabian, Britney, Laura Mvula, Eris Drew, Laura Mvula Kasabian, Serge Pizzorno Snail Mail BackRoad Gee Sigrid

Let’s talk about sex: how Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s WAP sent the world into overdrive

A cultural ‘cancer’, soft porn … or the height of empowerment? A revealing documentary examines the debates around one of the raunchiest – and most talked about – rap records aroundAs winter forces many of us to ditch nights out with friends in favour of nights in on the sofa, Belcalis Alamanzar’s iconic words ring out across the digital ether: “A ho never gets cold!”. In a clip that went viral in 2014, the rapper better known as Cardi B parades up and down a hotel corridor, clad in a plunging, ...
Tags: Music, Television, Documentary, Sex, Race, Women, Rap, Culture, Television & radio, Fox News, Factual TV, Cardi B, Meg, Megan, Cardi, Candace Owens

Post your questions for Big Boi from Outkast

The Atlanta rapper will answer your questions – ranging across his three-decade career – as he prepares to release his new album, The Big SleepoverOne of the American south’s greatest ever rappers returns. Big Boi’s new album The Big Sleepover is released next month and to mark it, he will be answering Guardian readers’ questions about the record and anything else in his long career, which you can post in the comments section below.The Big Sleepover pairs the Atlantan born Antwan Patton not with...
Tags: Music, Atlanta, Rap, Culture, Hip-hop, Brown, BOI, OutKast, Antwan Patton

Astroworld: Travis Scott and Drake sued over deadly Texas concert crush

Lawsuits brought by some of those injured, including 23-year-old Texas resident Kristian ParedesThe rappers Travis Scott and Drake have been sued for having “incited mayhem” after eight people were killed and dozens injured in a crush during a Texas concert, a law firm has confirmed.Thomas J Henry Law tweeted a story published by the Daily Mail on the lawsuit, confirming on Sunday that it had filed “one of the first lawsuits in Travis Scott Astroworld festival tragedy”. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Texas, Law, World news, US news, Rap, Culture, Daily Mail, Hip-hop, Drake, Houston, Travis Scott, Law (US, Kristian ParedesThe, Thomas J Henry Law

The Portfolio: HHP’s silver lining at Back To The City

Jabba’s Back To The City performance in 2016 was a late-career triumph for the visionary MC, but its promise would prove elusive The post The Portfolio: HHP’s silver lining at Back To The City appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Music, Rap, Hip-hop, Friday, the City, Trap, Jabba, Gqom, Emtee, Metro FM, Kwaito, The Portfolio, Nasty C, A-Reece, Hip Hop Pantsula, HHP

Jabba: In pursuit of hip-hop greatness

Jabba was an an innovator who paved a lane and nurtured a genre, but he only ever wanted to be a Maftown hero The post Jabba: In pursuit of hip-hop greatness appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Music, Rap, Hip-hop, Strictly Come Dancing, Friday, Get Up, Peter Tosh, Jabba, Lira, Long Street, Khuli Chana, Cassper Nyovest, Harambe, Acceptance Speech, Focalistic, Maglera Doe Boy

The 10 best HHP songs ranked (+1 for luck)

Monster hits and expressive deep cuts from HHP’s extensive catalog, ranked from best to very good by Sabeo Mkhabela The post The 10 best HHP songs ranked (+1 for luck) appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Music, Ancestors, List, Rap, Hip Hop, Friday, Imagination, Tumi, Proverb, Jabba, Bosso, GC, Khuli Chana, Thank You Note, Cassper Nyovest, Harambe

Revisiting Planet Jabba

For a man to whom music was a mission, the local industry ultimately proved too narrow The post Revisiting Planet Jabba appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Music, Aretha Franklin, Rap, Hip Hop, Friday, Chicco, Jabba, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Walk On By, Hip Hop Pantsula, Jabulani Tsambo, Verbal Assassins, HHP, Thasman, E’smile, EMI/CCP

‘Our music charts are still kind of segregated’: critic Kelefa Sanneh on pop, fandom and race

The New Yorker writer’s book Major Labels examines why we tag music with a genre, be it for commerce or community. He explains why people still argue over great songs – and why they can thrive on cultural appropriationWhen Nik Cohn wrote Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock in 1969, he only had 15 years of the rock’n’roll era to process. Five decades later, telling the story so far is such a daunting prospect that, while writing Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Gen...
Tags: Books, Music, Race, Society, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Punk, Nik Cohn, Kelefa Sanneh, Music books, Popular Music in Seven Genres New Yorker

Archbishop apologises for steamy video filmed in Spanish cathedral

Video shows rapper C Tangana and singer Nathy Peluso grind against each other inside Toledo CathedralThe archbishop of Toledo has apologised to offended Roman Catholics after one of Spain’s most famous cathedrals was used as a location for a raunchy video that shows a couple grinding against each other in its hallowed precincts.The video for Ateo (Atheist) features the Spanish rapper C Tangana and the Argentinian singer Nathy Peluso dancing steamily in Toledo’s 13th-century cathedral, much to th...
Tags: Europe, Music, Religion, Spain, World news, Rap, Culture, Catholicism, Christianity, Toledo, Nathy Peluso, C Tangana, Toledo CathedralThe

The message: why should hip-hop have to teach us anything?

Almost since it first emerged on the streets of the Bronx, audiences have expected hip-hop to express a revolutionary purpose. But perhaps this music shouldn’t have to take a political standHalfway through side one of A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, the 1991 debut album by the hip-hop duo Black Sheep, some protesters interrupt the music. “Yo, man,” one guy says. “Why don’t you be kicking some records about, y’know, the upliftment of the Blacks?” Another asks why Black Sheep is silent about “the eati...
Tags: Music, Rap, Kanye West, Culture, Hip-hop, Bronx, Public Enemy, Wolf, Black Sheep, Music books

Fugees return to New York for their first gig in 15 years … after a three-hour wait

The rap trio kick off their just-announced world tour to an eager audience but fall into old habits of tardiness Dressed in a red frock which flounced as she performed, the rapper, singer and musician Lauryn Hill told the eager but weary crowd: “Respect the miracle. Respect the miracle of this union” three and a half hours later than billed. Related: Fugees announce reunion world tour, 25 years after The Score Continue reading...
Tags: Music, New York, Rap, Culture, Hip-hop, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Fugees

Listen to the very different demo of Eminem's "Lose Yourself"

Before Eminem's anthemic "Lose Yourself" was featured in the 2002 film 8 Mile, there was an earlier demo version of the song with very different lyrics. No mom's spaghetti! In the interview below from when the demo was officially released in 2014, Eminem said he doesn't "remember recording" the scratch track or "where I was at when I recorded it." — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Rap, Hip Hop, Eminem, Mom& 039, s Spaghetti

"Michelle Obama said that it was 'the best piece of art in any form that I have ever seen,' an observation that put Michelangelo, Mozart and Miles Davis in their place."

"There have been a few detractors but most have been confined to isolated pockets of social media, like guerrilla fighters facing overwhelming odds. What is it that generates so much excitement?... [W]hatever [Hamilton]’s true merits, it has at least bridged the ever-growing gap between Broadway and popular song. Think of it, if you like, as Les Mis for the beatbox generation. Just as the Boublil and Schönberg celebration of life on the Parisian barricades goes overboard with the bombast, so Mir...
Tags: Music, England, London, Law, Wikipedia, Rap, Bob Dylan, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Davis, Michelle Obama, Miles Davis, Theater, Bob, Miranda, Frank Sinatra

Drake’s 30 greatest songs – ranked!

With the release of a new album – Certified Lover Boy – we pick the best tracks from the Canadian rapper and global superstar’s hit-studded careerBorne aloft on a blaze of horns and flanked by three all-time greats, this was Drake’s entry to rap’s big leagues: “Last name ever / first name greatest”, is how he opens his verse. It’s a rather corny boast and gets cornier still – punchlines like “at the club you know I balled: chemo” could be included in Christmas crackers, were they not deeply inse...
Tags: Music, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Drake

Kanye West: Donda review – misfiring lyricism from a diminished figure

There is some sustained brilliance here, but unfortunately it comes from the guest stars – and at 108 minutes, this long-awaited album is in need of an editChaotic preview events for Kanye West’s 10th studio album Donda have dominated social media feeds in recent weeks, each one promising a release date that never materialised. The coverage of the events has focused on Kim Kardashian dressed as a Balenciaga-clad sleep paralysis demon, $50 chicken tenders, potential Drake disses, levitation and c...
Tags: Music, Kim Kardashian, Rap, Kanye West, Culture, West, Hip-hop, Drake, Marilyn Manson, Balenciaga, Donda, Donald Trump West, Donda Chant

Kanye West formally applies to change name to Ye

Rapper, whose new album Donda is expected this week, previously announced name change in 2018Kanye West has filed court documents to formally change his name to Ye.In the filing with Los Angeles Superior Court, West aims to distil his full name – Kanye Omari West – to just Ye, with no other first name or surname, citing “personal reasons”. A judge will now need to approve the filing. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, US news, Rap, Kanye West, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Drake, Ye, Donda, Kanye Omari West, Los Angeles Superior Court West

Ray BLK: ‘A song is like writing in my diary. It’s cathartic’

Ahead of her hotly anticipated first album, Access Denied, the singer and songwriter talks of growing up in south London, the influence of classic R&B – and her eye-opening X Factor auditionThere’s a saying that goes that we all have the same 24 hours as Beyoncé. “I actually don’t,” says Ray BLK, rejecting the productivity-shaming axiom. In fact, she’s desperate for a day off. I can sense some melancholy in her voice as she explains that work commitments have delayed a planned holiday to Madeira...
Tags: Music, London, Beyonce, Nigeria, Rap, Culture, R&B, Ray, MADEIRA, Ray BLK, Catford south east London, Rita Ekwere

Outkast’s 20 greatest songs – ranked!

As their classic second album ATLiens turns 25, we look back at the best from a duo who turned rap into a psychedelic, progressive playgroundThe title seems to refer to Outkast’s refusal to be constrained by musical boundaries and expectations as much as to the social struggles detailed in its lyrics: Liberation more or less abandons rapping entirely. Instead, there are vocals – from Erykah Badu and Cee-Lo Green, among others – and a defiant message: “You have a choice to be who you wants to be....
Tags: Music, Rap, Culture, Hip-hop, Erykah Badu, OutKast, Cee Lo Green

‘It was like: people from Aberdeen shouldn’t rap!’ Scotland’s hidden hip-hop scene

At Hang, Scotland’s first hip-hop conference, the country’s MCs are given a hero’s welcome – but there’s also important discussion about the prejudices they face“Here’s a golden oldie,” Nova laughs, breaking into her 2019 single 3am. The crowd scream like she’s just won Olympic gold. This is Hang – Scotland’s first hip-hop conference – and it’s the Edinburgh rapper’s first IRL show since she bagged the Scottish Album of the Year award in 2020 for her debut Re-Up. Topping off a day packed with DJ...
Tags: Music, London, Scotland, US, Aberdeen, Bbc, Rap, Culture, Hip-hop, Edinburgh, Wiley, Nova, Skepta, Scotland Ransom FA, Edinburgh MC Lotos

Fredo: Independence Day review – a stark, sombre return to core values

(RCA)The London rapper’s melancholy third studio album may not be a genre game-changer, but his renewed focus results in sharp street portraitureThe second Fredo album in the space of six months begins in portentous style. There’s a reading of an extract from an 1852 speech given by the former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass – a speech that contrasted the celebration of “freedom” on 4 July with the lot of the slave – followed by a churchy sounding organ playing a figure that distinctly...
Tags: Music, London, Rap, Culture, Sony, Bach, Frederick Douglass, Fredo

‘It has our energy, our story’: asakaa, Ghana’s vibrant drill rap scene

From the US and UK, drill has spread to Ghana, where it provides a voice for the excluded. On the streets of Kumasi, the scene’s MCs tell their storyAhead of a music video shoot on a leafy street in Kumasi, Ghana’s second city, Yaw Tog and his friends lounge on a kerb. Passersby approach the teenage star for pictures. “Fame is crazy, it came almost overnight,” he says. “I’m proud because I had a vision of what I wanted to do and I did it. Now we’re here.”A year ago, the 18-year-old could move be...
Tags: Music, UK, Africa, US, World news, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Grime, Ghana, Kumasi, Stormzy, Kumasi Ghana, Headie One, Yaw Tog

Chunkz: ‘I paved the way for myself as a YouTuber’

The social media phenomenon on honouring his Somali heritage, balancing fame and faith, and spending lockdown with his YouTube Beta Squad“It was the scariest day of my life,” says Amin Mohamed, AKA Chunkz, of the day in 2016 that he told his parents he was dropping out of university to focus on his YouTube channel. “I remember waking up for a lecture during the first few weeks of university, and I genuinely stared at my ceiling for 45 minutes, near tears, just thinking: I can’t do this. I had th...
Tags: Music, Media, Youtube, Social Media, Rap, Culture, Digital Media, Somaliland, Chunkz, YouTube Beta Squad, Amin Mohamed AKA Chunkz, London Metropolitan University For Somali

‘Nobody can gaslight us’: the rappers confronting Canada’s colonial horrors

The recent discovery of unmarked graves at residential schools is the latest incident in decades of trauma for Indigenous Canadians, who are using lyricism to process itAfter the recent discovery of hundreds of Indigenous children’s unmarked graves at former Canadian residential schools, Drezus – an rapper of Cree and Ojibwe heritage from the Muskowekwan First Nation in Saskatchewan province – grew unsure about his longstanding plans to release a new music video, Bless. He starts the song by cal...
Tags: Music, Religion, Americas, World news, Rap, Culture, Cree, Canada, Hip-hop, Christianity, Colonialism, Indigenous Peoples, Saskatchewan, Truth and Reconciliation Commission TRC, Indigenous child graves, Muskowekwan First Nation

Idris Elba: ‘I used work to exorcise my demons’

The actor was working as a bouncer when he got a small part in a new show called The Wire. Two decades on, he’s a blockbuster fixture. The Suicide Squad star talks about fighting for his big break, losing his dad, and why acting helped him out of a ‘dark, weird junction’“I appreciate my quiet time, I really do,” Idris Elba tells me, “but I didn’t choose a career in quiet time.” At 48, his life seems relentlessly full of activity, projects, causes, releases. He’s the star of an imminent summer bl...
Tags: Music, Television, Drama, Film, France, Africa, Rap, Culture, Television & radio, Belgium, Suicide Squad, Idris Elba, Luther, The Wire, Elba, TV crime drama

‘This is a full-circle moment’: inside Kanye West’s Donda listening party

The rapper delivered snippets of his new album to a confused stadium of attendees in Atlanta, teasing a possible return to form after recent controversiesThe circular ring of screens at the top of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta went dark at 9.42pm on Thursday. The crowd released a brief, approving cheer at the sign of progress, only to realise that the show had still not begun. “It’s Kanye West,” said Christopher Hicks, a music executive living in Atlanta who attended the listening party w...
Tags: Music, Atlanta, Rap, Jay-z, Kanye West, Culture, Hip-hop, Kim Kardashian West, Mercedes Benz Stadium, Christopher Hicks, Donda

Rapso: discover the pride and power of Trinidad’s rap-soca music

The striking vocalist Brother Resistance, who died this month, started a politically powerful hybrid of hip-hop and soca that opened new possibilities in Caribbean musicYou would expect a song called Dancing Shoes to celebrate the unfettered joy of a good boogie, but Network Rapso Riddum Band’s 1981 track did quite the opposite. Lead vocalist Brother Resistance – whose death on 13 July sent shockwaves through the Caribbean music community – used Dancing Shoes to castigate his fellow Trinidadians...
Tags: Music, Americas, Rap, Culture, Hip-hop, Caribbean, Trinidad And Tobago, Trinidad, Black Power Movement

"Whenever someone wants to play down the importance of vocal virtuosity, Bob Dylan is Exhibit A: a brilliant croaker..."

"... who makes you feel sorry for all those hacks content to simply carry a tune. But for precisely that reason, Mr. Dylan isn't really a bad singer. He's got an unconventional voice, to be sure... but he's too idiosyncratic, too rock 'n' roll. A great bad singer must never give up on goodness. Perhaps Mr. West knows how preposterous he sounds, but he's still singing the best he can. I'd propose that the father of modern bad singing is Biz Markie, the rapper best known for the classic anti-love...
Tags: Music, Law, Rap, Kanye West, Bob Dylan, Mtv, Dylan, Biz Markie, Ann Althouse, Kelefa Sanneh, Bad Art

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