Hip-hop

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‘We’ve had our humanity ripped away’: meet Jeshi, the rapper raging at the cost of living crisis
The east London MC was carrying a knife at 11 but is now about to release an era-defining album. The trouble is that it’s the Tories’ austerity era – something he’d rather see the back of

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

20, May, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Dave crowned songwriter of the year at Ivor Novello awards
Rapper wins fourth Ivor in five years after album We’re All Alone in This Together topped UK charts

Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent

19, May, 2022 @4:13 PM

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Eurovision winners sing at Polish border on way back to Ukraine
Kalush Orchestra gives impromptu rendition of Stefania, which includes lyrics ‘I’ll always find my way home’

Angela Giuffrida in Rome

16, May, 2022 @4:07 PM

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40 years of the Wire magazine: ‘Music deserves intelligent treatment. If that’s elitist, so be it’
From free jazz to doomy drones, outsider artists have always found a home in the Wire. Its creators reflect on upending the orthodoxy, coining genres – and their hatred of big-name rivals

Daniel Dylan Wray

16, May, 2022 @10:27 AM

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Kendrick Lamar: Mr Morale & the Big Steppers review – rap genius bares heart, soul and mind
After a five-year hiatus, the Pulitzer winner returns with an exhilarating hip-hop feast that ties personal pain to collective trauma – and lets no one off the hook

Alexis Petridis

13, May, 2022 @2:52 PM

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Biggie kept saying: ‘Is this where they dump the dead bodies?’ – Eric Johnson’s best photograph
‘I was told to get an iconic picture of hip-hop’s golden couple, Biggie Smalls and Faith Evans. So I photographed them under Brooklyn Bridge with the New York skyline behind’

Interview by Dave Simpson

11, May, 2022 @1:07 PM

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Kendrick Lamar: The Heart Part 5 review – a heartstopping call for uplifted humanity
The rapper’s flow is as charged and acute as ever as he lays out a manifesto of radical empathy

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

09, May, 2022 @1:02 PM

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‘I’m hungry. I want to dominate’: Jack Harlow, hip-hop’s most fancied new megastar
With a US No 1 single and a starring role in the remake of White Men Can’t Jump, the cheeky rapper is set for global fame. He discusses doubters, developing his voice – and the ‘heroic’ fight against homophobia

Owen Myers

06, May, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Kendrick Lamar’s 20 greatest songs – ranked!
Prior to his new album, Mr Morale & the Big Steppers, his first since the Pulitzer-winning Damn in 2017, we rate the best of an MC who has a claim to be hip-hop’s greatest

Alexis Petridis

05, May, 2022 @12:31 PM

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Kidd Creole, Furious Five rapper, sentenced to 16 years for manslaughter
The hip-hop star, whose music career ended in the late 1980s, stabbed a homeless man, John Jolly, with a steak knife

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

05, May, 2022 @8:21 AM

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The Kid Laroi, Genesis Owusu and the Wiggles dominate Australian music awards
Kamilaroi rapper won Apra song of the year for Stay and was ‘stoked’ to be on his way home for a national tour in May and June

Michael Sun

03, May, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Finally Black women are finding their voice against abuse in the music industry| Michelle Kambasha
These stories show how poorly Black women have been treated, says Michelle Kambasha, who works in the music industry

Michelle Kambasha

02, May, 2022 @3:00 PM

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