Rap

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Navigate by Big Zuu review – an affable but bland concoction
The rapper’s debut album feels like just another brand extension, complete with his own BBQ sauce

Damien Morris

24, Oct, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Digga D review – mad frenzy for drill’s ostracised figurehead
Pent-up demand for the rapper, who has faced legal restrictions on recording, meant his debut headline outing was a rapturous occasion

Will Pritchard

22, Oct, 2021 @9:46 AM

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‘Our music charts are still kind of segregated’: critic Kelefa Sanneh on pop, fandom and race
The New Yorker writer’s book Major Labels examines why we tag music with a genre, be it for commerce or community. He explains why people still argue over great songs – and why they can thrive on cultural appropriation

Dorian Lynskey

19, Oct, 2021 @1:29 PM

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Archbishop apologises for steamy video filmed in Spanish cathedral
Video shows rapper C Tangana and singer Nathy Peluso grind against each other inside Toledo Cathedral

Sam Jones in Madrid

08, Oct, 2021 @6:26 PM

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Potter Payper: Thanks for Waiting review – a new era of levity and pain
The Barking rapper, recently released from prison, makes good on his promise to focus on music and invites in his peers for his major-label debut

Will Pritchard

01, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Dr Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Mary J Blige and Snoop Dogg to perform at Super Bowl
The five multi-award-winning artists will perform on the same stage together for the first time at next year’s half-time show

Benjamin Lee

30, Sep, 2021 @9:42 PM

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Common’s teenage obsessions: ‘Michael Jordan gave me the shoes off his feet’
As he releases his new album, A Beautiful Revolution (Pt 2), the US rapper remembers his terrible chat-up lines and the magic of the moonwalk

As told to Tara Joshi

24, Sep, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Fugees return to New York for their first gig in 15 years … after a three-hour wait
The rap trio kick off their just-announced world tour to an eager audience but fall into old habits of tardiness

Dream McClinton in New York

23, Sep, 2021 @7:06 PM

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Fugees announce reunion world tour, 25 years after The Score
The acclaimed hip-hop group will reunite for their first live shows in 15 years to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Grammy-winning album

Benjamin Lee

21, Sep, 2021 @4:26 PM

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Birmingham rapper M1llionz: ‘Really and truly, drill is beautiful’
His smart storytelling and wry jokes have helped put Midlands rap on the map. Now he wants to demonstrate rap’s power to deliver real-life change

Sam Davies

20, Sep, 2021 @7:56 AM

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Tion Wayne: Green With Envy review – a bid for rap’s top table
The chart-topping MC tilts at the mainstream with mixed results

Kate Hutchinson

19, Sep, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Lil Nas X: Montero review – a fearless cultural dial-shifter
The Old Town Road rapper grabs freely from pop, trap and rock on his full-length debut

Kitty Empire

19, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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