Rap

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‘Nobody can gaslight us’: the rappers confronting Canada’s colonial horrors
The recent discovery of unmarked graves at residential schools is the latest incident in decades of trauma for Indigenous Canadians, who are using lyricism to process it

Kyle Mullin

27, Jul, 2021 @10:47 AM

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On my radar: Vince Staples’s cultural highlights
The LA rapper and actor on the growing pains of Pen15, one-to-watch Reggie Helms Jr and escaping from it all along the Pacific Coast Highway

Kathryn Bromwich

25, Jul, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Idris Elba: ‘I used work to exorcise my demons’
The actor was working as a bouncer when he got a small part in a new show called The Wire. Two decades on, he’s a blockbuster fixture. The Suicide Squad star talks about fighting for his big break, losing his dad, and why acting helped him out of a ‘dark, weird junction’

Tom Lamont

24, Jul, 2021 @7:00 AM

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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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Dave: We’re All Alone in This Together review – an eerie, anguished triumph
The rapper’s long-awaited second album darts between hedonistic swagger and unsparing social commentary to cement his place at rap’s apex

Rachel Aroesti

23, Jul, 2021 @1:38 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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KSI: All Over the Place review – gritty beats and Hallmark rhymes
The YouTuber’s genre-hopping second album is let down by corny lyrics

Kadish Morris

18, Jul, 2021 @12:00 PM

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One to watch: Kojaque
The Dublin rapper’s rise continues with a debut album that channels Kanye and Kendrick – yet is unmistakably his own

Tara Joshi

17, Jul, 2021 @1:00 PM

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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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Casablanca Beats review – Morocco’s answer to Fame strikes a chord
A group of talented teens push the boundaries of their religious society by putting on a concert in Nabil Ayouch’s earnest film

Peter Bradshaw

16, Jul, 2021 @6:19 PM

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