Hip-hop

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Moor Mother: Jazz Codes review – a stunning continuum of Black music
What started life as a poetry book has evolved into an ambitious anthropological project spanning jazz, R&B, hip-hop and more

Tayyab Amin

01, Jul, 2022 @6:30 AM

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‘I accidentally invented trip-hop’ – how we made DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing
‘People said: “Nobody’s going to listen to instrumental trip-hop.” But I was thinking of huge soundscapes, like the ones by Pink Floyd or Beethoven’

Interviews by Rich Pelley

27, Jun, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Kendrick Lamar at Glastonbury 2022 review – faith, fury and jawdropping brilliance
Sporting a bejewelled crown of thorns and with a profound sense of theatre, Lamar proves he is one of the most gifted rappers we have

Alexis Petridis

26, Jun, 2022 @11:32 PM

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Lupe Fiasco: Drill Music in Zion review – enjoyable trip through a mazy mind
The rapper’s loose, speedily recorded eighth album is full of restless innovation – with mixed results

Damien Morris

26, Jun, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Ukrainian techno, UK drill and Tony Christie: 30 acts not to miss at Glastonbury 2022
Whether it’s Kendrick Lamar’s hugely anticipated headline slot, soul music singalongs or late night DJ sets, here are our picks from the hundreds of acts playing Glastonbury

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

21, Jun, 2022 @2:39 PM

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‘A proper family vibe’: the Silhouettes Project, Hackney’s fiercely indie music community
Away from the exploitative end of the industry lies this Dalston-based project which gives artists from across hip-hop, jazz and soul a leg up – and shares the proceeds

Emma Russell

14, Jun, 2022 @2:06 PM

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Bartees Strange: ‘Some days I feel like God; other days I feel like a snail’
Forget genres: this Obama press officer turned noncomformist pop star is in the business of crafting entire worlds of music for a truly inclusive society

Jazz Monroe

14, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

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‘Monumental for Black British culture’: the exhibition celebrating two decades of grime
A new show at the Museum of London tells the history of a scene that shaped British music, streetwear and slang – and launched the careers of Ghetts, Skepta and JME

Joseph JP Patterson

14, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

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‘Every day was an ethical quandary’: telling the difficult story of XXXTentacion
The late rapper, who was killed at the age of 20, was known for both his captivating music and a history of violence, a troubling legacy explored in a new documentary

Radheyan Simonpillai

26, May, 2022 @6:02 AM

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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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