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‘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 controversies

Mike Jordan

23, Jul, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Mercury prize 2021: first-time nominees dominate shortlist
No 1 albums by Wolf Alice, Mogwai and Celeste are joined by leftfield artists such as Hannah Peel and Nubya Garcia in race for prestigious music award

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

22, Jul, 2021 @10:16 AM

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Rapso: discover the pride and power of Trinidad’s rap-soca music
The striking vocalist Brother Resistance, who died this month, helmed a politically astute hybrid of rap and soca that opened new possibilities in Caribbean music

David Katz

21, Jul, 2021 @11:45 AM

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How we made Beat Dis by Bomb the Bass
‘I was completely naive about sampling. Royalties didn’t cross my mind. If you were to make it now, you would need a good legal team’

Interviews by David Jesudason

19, Jul, 2021 @12:12 PM

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Song of the summer 2021: our writers pick their favourite tracks
From Olivia Rodrigo to Leon Bridges to Bo Burnham, Guardian critics recommend their most played songs of the season

Lisa Wong Macabasco, Jim Farber, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Treye Green, Adrian Horton, Laura Snapes, Rob LeDonne, Benjamin Lee and Dream McClinton

19, Jul, 2021 @5:47 AM

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Biz Markie obituary
Rapper known for his playful humour who was at the centre of a landmark lawsuit over sampling

Adam Sweeting

17, Jul, 2021 @10:30 AM

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Biz Markie, rapper known for Just a Friend, dies at age 57
Hip-hop star known for his personality, beatboxing and freestyle skills scored his biggest hit in 1989

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

17, Jul, 2021 @1:39 AM

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Dave: Clash (feat Stormzy) review – unflappable cool from two cultural icons
The UK’s biggest MCs join forces for a track full of sharp lines and calm restraint – even if the Corbyn line is a little odd

Alexis Petridis

09, Jul, 2021 @11:49 AM

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Vax That Thang Up: Juvenile turns hip-hop classic into pro-vaccine anthem
Updated version of Back That Thang Up aims to increase vaccination in Black community

Mike Jordan in Atlanta

08, Jul, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Breakin’ Convention 2021 review – Glasto act ignite hip-hop party vibes
The WAR collective, who danced with Stormzy at Glastonbury, head up an inclusive bill of dazzling skill at this annual festival

Lyndsey Winship

04, Jul, 2021 @3:25 PM

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On my radar: Laurent Garnier’s cultural highlights
The French DJ on the TV series Staged, a post-apocalyptic dance show and group therapy for convicts in California

Kathryn Bromwich

03, Jul, 2021 @2:00 PM

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From Motörhead to Bad Bunny: why music and wrestling make such a great tag team
Poppy – who is releasing her new EP via the wrestling behemoth – joins the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Limp Bizkit and Pitbull in the squared circle

James McMahon

02, Jul, 2021 @12:00 PM

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