Category: Music

Every Iconic Grime Video Referenced In Yizzy’s ‘Grime’

Photo: Yizzy “Grime” video still One good thing about time is that it allows perspective on the past. By looking back and zooming out on life’s small moments as a collective whole, you can see how far you’ve come. This…

‘BLM’ Is the Poignant New UK Drill Tribute to Mark Duggan and Black Lives Matter

Friday signalled another symbolic moment in the UK drill scene, as OFB members Bandokay and Double Lz unveiled a mesmerising collab with fellow UK rapper Abra Cadabra. Titled “BLM”, after the Black Lives Matter movement, the reflective meditation spotlights an…
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I Found Out Firsthand What Happens When You Piss Off K-Pop Stans

Background image licensed under CC BY 3.0 | The original work is attributed to NewsInStar and has been modified. Collage: VICE. This article originally appeared on VICE Germany. K-pop stans hold a special kind of power online. A power that can be used for…
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A. G. Cook Is a Popstar Now

A. G. Cook recently got his fishing license. He’d be the first to tell you that he sucks at it, but let’s be realistic: how else are you going to spend your time when you’re quarantined in the American northwest…
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How It Felt When a Grime MC Slut-Shamed Me During a Clash

Tana showing the pixellated photo on Lord Of The Mics. Photo: Lord Of The Mics VIII When I started a music mentorship scheme in London in 2016, I was 21 and very excited. I’d been selected as one of 40…
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Hit-Boy Will Take His Credit Now

Producer Chauncey Hollis has touched some of the biggest hip hop records of the last decade—”N*ggas in Paris,” “Clique,” and “Backseat Freestyle,” to name just a few. For a more recent example, there’s “Racks in the Middle,” by the late…
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Touché Amoré Find Hope On Their New Album, ‘Lament’

Once you’ve written about the worst thing you’ve ever been through, where do you go from there? This was the monolithic question facing Jeremy Bolm, vocalist of the LA post-hardcore outfit Touché Amoré, when it came to writing their fifth…
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Drill Lyrics Are Being Used Against Young Black Men in Court

Prosecuting Rap: Criminal Justice and UK Black Youth Expressive Culture, which I joined as a researcher in early 2020, looks at how lyrics and videos from rap subgenres like drill are being presented as hard evidence by prosecutors in serious…
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‘Beavis And Butt-Head’ Were the Greatest Music Critics Who Ever Lived

Describing Beavis And Butt-Head in 1996, legendary film critic Roger Ebert wrote that, “To study B&B is to learn about a culture of narcissism, alienation, functional illiteracy, instant gratification and television zombiehood.” It’s an admittedly highbrow assessment of a show…
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Boldy James Caught One Hell of a Second Wind

Today, Boldy James released The Versace Tape, a dark and minimal nine-track project with beats from Vine-star-turned producer Jay Versace. The 38-year-old Detroit rapper came up making music with the Cool Kids, the Chicago rap duo of Chuck Inglish, James'…
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‘He’s Got A Point, It’s Just That His Point Sucks’ – Artists React to Spotify CEO Saying They Need to Work Harder

Rich people have spent 2020 proving they are good at bad takes, whether that’s JK Rowling devoting herself to TERFdome, or Elon Musk announcing that “pronouns suck”. The latest of these is billionaire Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek, who…
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Grime MC Solo 45 Sentenced to 29 Years for Multiple Counts of Horrific Abuse

Andy Anokye is the former member of grime crew Boy Better Know that no one wants to talk about. Known publicly as the musician Solo 45, he lived the extravagant life many UK rappers dream of when he broke through…
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10 out of 12 Music Industry Trade Bodies Don’t Employ a Single Black Woman

A new report published on Wednesday has found shocking disparities of employment of men and women – in particular Black women – across 12 music industry trade bodies in the UK. Ten out of 12 of the organisations surveyed do…
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Every Song on Taylor Swift’s ‘folklore’ as a Type of Cardigan

As someone who is wearing a peasant blouse, I am very pleased that Taylor Swift has chosen to represent my community by releasing her eighth studio album folklore today (all lower case have some respect), announced yesterday as a surprise.…
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Chill Beats to Help You Quarantine – Music by ColdFusion

Hope you’re all staying safe out there. Enjoy this mix of my music while I work on more videos. 0:00 Intro (Guitar Jam) 3:14 Does it Get Easier? 5:52 Hide 9:23 Never Lose Sight 13:00 Burning Love 16:27 Butterfly Culture…
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