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André 3000 on his surprise flute album: ‘It’s pure excitement – like a child seeing bubbles for the first time’
As one half of Outkast, he helped invent southern hip-hop, sold 20m records and won six Grammys. So why is his debut solo album a rap-free epic of new age and ambient music for woodwind?

Jeff Weiss

17, Nov, 2023 @5:00 AM

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‘It was freaking bananas!’: rap luminaries on the defining moments from 50 years of hip-hop
From Brooklyn block parties to globe-trotting glory, some of the biggest names in hip-hop share their personal highlights from five decades of rap, rebellion and raising the roof

As told to Thomas Hobbs

25, Aug, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Gangsta Boo: Three 6 Mafia member and southern rap trailblazer dies aged 43
Musicians from Missy Elliott to Questlove have paid tribute to the trailblazing female rapper, who was 15 when she appeared on the Memphis group’s cult classic debut Mystic Stylez

Laura Snapes

02, Jan, 2023 @10:23 AM

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‘I will never be against the second amendment’: Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike on rap, racism and gun control
After almost a decade of working alongside El-P, the rapper is releasing a solo single. He talks about the chaos and loss that inspired it, his friendship with Bernie Sanders and the ‘racist’ twisting of lyrics

Ammar Kalia

04, Jul, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Big Boi: ‘Hip-hop is the sound of the rebellious, a universal love language’
Answering questions from Guardian readers, the rap hero discusses the greatness of Kate Bush, George Clinton, drum’n’bass, and Outkast’s unreleased music

As told to Thomas Hobbs

02, Dec, 2021 @3:00 PM

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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 Sleepover

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

25, Nov, 2021 @10:43 AM

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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 playground

Alexis Petridis

20, Aug, 2021 @6:00 AM

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From Dukes of Hazzard to Kanye West: the curse of the Confederate flag
Lynyrd Skynyrd flew it, Ludacris stamped on it and Spike Lee compared it to a swastika. In the era of Black Lives Matter, what do these battles reveal about the American South’s Confederate flag?

Steve Rose

27, Jul, 2020 @5:00 AM

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The 100 best albums of the 21st century
We polled 45 music writers to rank the definitive LPs of the 21st century so far. Read our countdown of passionate pop, electrifying rock and anthemic rap – and see if you agree

Ben Beaumont-Thomas (1-50); Laura Snapes and April Curtin (51-100)

13, Sep, 2019 @8:00 AM

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Anderson .Paak: Ventura review – stripped-back soul to silence the haters | Alexis Petridis's album of the week
The rapper’s new album feels like a riposte to criticism of his last one, amping up the subtlety and dialling down the grand ambition

Alexis Petridis

11, Apr, 2019 @11:00 AM

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The 20 greatest breakup songs ever – ranked!
On the 40th anniversary of Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive topping the charts – and as the UK blunders towards its own acrimonious divorce – here’s the definitive list of tear-stained stonkers

Alexis Petridis

14, Mar, 2019 @3:16 PM

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James Blake: Assume Form review – lovestruck producer turns dark into light | Alexis Petridis' album of the week
Blake is clearly in a good place, unexpectedly embedded at the centre of pop culture, and his new album adds bright colours to his sound

Alexis Petridis

17, Jan, 2019 @12:00 PM

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