Hip-hop

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DMX's powerful work confronted an American hell of trauma and poverty
The rapper, who has died aged 50, parlayed his life’s difficulties into thrilling, combative, witheringly witty music

Thomas Hobbs

10, Apr, 2021 @11:25 AM

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US rapper DMX dies aged 50 following heart attack
Multi-platinum rapper, celebrated for raw storytelling, was first artist to top US charts with first five albums

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

09, Apr, 2021 @5:49 PM

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Baker Boy, Hiatus Kaiyote, Montaigne and others: Australia’s best new music for April
Each month we add 20 new songs to our Spotify playlist. Read about 10 of our favourites here – and subscribe on Spotify, which updates with the full list at the start of each month

Nathan Jolly and Guardian Australia

07, Apr, 2021 @3:24 AM

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TI and Tiny deny sexual assault allegations from three further women
Rapper and wife reject ‘scurrilous accusations’ by women who allege the couple drugged and raped them, following similar allegations earlier this year

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

06, Apr, 2021 @9:16 AM

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Rihanna's 30 greatest singles – ranked!
With a rumoured ninth album on the way – the follow-up to 2016’s Anti – we examine Rihanna’s singles and pick the 30 best

Alexis Petridis

01, Apr, 2021 @2:12 PM

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YouTube rejects internal request to censor rapper YG over robbery lyrics
YouTube employees had called for removal of track which suggests targeting ‘Chinese neighbourhood’

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

31, Mar, 2021 @8:49 AM

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Gurrumul, Omar Souleyman, 9Bach and DakhaBrakha: the best global artists the Grammys forgot
From the Godfathers of Arabic rap to the father of Ethio-jazz, Grammy-winning producer Ian Brennan guides a tour through global music’s greatest

Ian Brennan

11, Mar, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Women fell back in race for inclusion in 2020 pop charts
Only 20% of artists in 2020 Billboard’s year-end Hot 100 were women, academic survey reports, while female producers were credited on only 2% of hit songs

Laura Snapes

08, Mar, 2021 @6:13 PM

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The Notorious BIG: his 20 greatest tracks – ranked!
As Netflix airs an intimate documentary about the late hip-hop legend, we pick his finest moments, from sublime braggadocio to gripping storytelling

Alexis Petridis

05, Mar, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Jaguar Jonze, Crowded House, Tkay Maidza: Australia's best new music for March
Each month we add 20 new songs to our Spotify playlist. Read about 10 of our favourites here – and subscribe on Spotify, which updates with the full list at the start of each month

Nathan Jolly and Guardian Australia

04, Mar, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Hip-hop stars and fashion industry mourn stylist Derek Khan
Khan, who died aged 63, styled Mary J Blige and Salt-N-Pepa, forever changing the look associated with the genre

Priya Elan

04, Mar, 2021 @8:00 AM

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'There was this incredible life': telling the true story of the Notorious BIG
A new Netflix documentary aims to tell the unheard story of a tragic rapper, focusing on the personal, speaking to those who knew and miss him

Malik Peay

01, Mar, 2021 @3:10 PM

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