Rap

V9 is bringing his larger-than-life personality to drill music
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V9 is bringing his larger-than-life personality to drill music

Murk with a Mouth — Following the recent release of his highly-anticipated mixtape, the rapper talks injecting humour and fun into his sound and challenging drill stereotypes.

Written by: Robert Kazandjian

‘I’m willing to take the repercussions for my music‘
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‘I’m willing to take the repercussions for my music‘

Obongjayar in conversation — As he gears up to release his debut album next year, the Nigerian-born, London-based musician talks refusing to be boxed in and tackling politics head on.

Written by: Max Pilley

‘Black artists need to learn how to empower themselves‘
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‘Black artists need to learn how to empower themselves‘

Mick Jenkins in conversation — Following the recent release of his third studio album, the rapper talks about the influences that have shaped his sound so far and making music that connects with the average listener.

Written by: Thomas Hobbs

Cartel Madras are changing the face of rap music
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Cartel Madras are changing the face of rap music

Two of a kind — The Chennai-born, Calgary-raised rap duo discuss finding their feet in an industry dominated by men, and why a salacious sense of humour is at the heart of everything they do.

Written by: Thomas Hobbs

Injury Reserve on a future without Groggs
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Injury Reserve on a future without Groggs

‘He was the heart of the band‘ — Over a year ago, hip hop band Injury Reserve tragically lost one of its three members. Now, amid the release of their new album, the band’s remaining artists, Ritchie With A T and Parker Corey, are facing up to and finding ways to honour the late rapper’s legacy.

Written by: Thomas Hobbs

Common is starting his own beautiful revolution
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Common is starting his own beautiful revolution

‘Biden must be held to account‘ — Ahead of the release of his new album, the 49-year-old rapper talks mixing his art with politics, and working alongside music’s greats.

Written by: Jeremy Allen

The anthology celebrating 45 years of hip hop and art
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The anthology celebrating 45 years of hip hop and art

Sound of the streets — A newly-released multimedia collection chronicles the growth of hip hop and its surrounding culture from the parks of the Bronx to its becoming a global phenomenon.

Written by: Miss Rosen

Drakeo The Ruler’s reign has only just begun
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Drakeo The Ruler’s reign has only just begun

Finally free — After being released from prison last November, the LA-based artist has been busy working on multiple projects and is now gearing up to take his pioneering brand of West Coast rap to even bigger audiences.

Written by: Thomas Hobbs

The story behind grills and their pioneer, Famous Eddie
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The story behind grills and their pioneer, Famous Eddie

Mouth Full of Golds — Writer and filmmaker Lyle Lindgren discusses his new book recounting the forgotten story of Eddie Plein, an entrepreneur who changed the face of hip-hop – one gold tooth at a time.

Written by: Daisy Schofield

$NOT is the defiant Florida rapper making his own rules
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$NOT is the defiant Florida rapper making his own rules

‘I like calling the shots‘ — After releasing two albums last year, the 23-year-old artist is already a cult favourite among underground rap fans. Now, he’s ready to take his genre-blurring sound and transgressive lyrics to the next level.

Written by: Thomas Hobbs

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