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

$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

LD, godfather of drill, speaks out from behind bars
Culture

LD, godfather of drill, speaks out from behind bars

‘I‘m free to fly‘ — To mark the release of his new LP, the frontman of south London group 67 calls from prison to discuss his fraught past, dismantling the Tories and embracing the multitude of ways drill has evolved.

Written by: Dhruva Balram

The Mitchell Brothers, British rap’s forgotten duo
Culture

The Mitchell Brothers, British rap’s forgotten duo

Geezers with skills — In the early noughties, Owura “Tony” Nyanin and Kofi “Teddy” Hanson were signed to Mike Skinner’s label and two of the UK’s most influential MCs – then they disappeared. Now reunited over a decade later, the pair say the world wasn’t ready for them.

Written by: Sam Davies

How police prosecute drill artists with their own music
Activism

How police prosecute drill artists with their own music

Lyrics on trial — The police have long seen Black music as synonymous with violence. Now, they're targeting drill artists by monitoring their music and using their lyrics as evidence to link them to crimes.

Written by: Samir Jeraj

Deyah is the rising Welsh rapper forging her own path
Culture

Deyah is the rising Welsh rapper forging her own path

Welcome to Care City — The winner of this year’s Welsh Music Prize speaks to Huck about overcoming hardship and finding her own sound within Wales' overlooked hip-hop scene.

Written by: Rhys Thomas

Benny the Butcher: "I will always find a way to win"
Culture

Benny the Butcher: "I will always find a way to win"

Defying the odds — Following the release of his new record Burden of Proof, rapper Benny the Butcher talks to Huck about his turbulent upbringing dealing drugs on Montana Avenue, to his ascension to legend status.

Written by: Thomas Hobbs

Inside Mongolia’s vibrant hip-hop scene
Music

Inside Mongolia’s vibrant hip-hop scene

Straight Outta Ulaanbaatar — A new project delves into Ulaanbaatar’s hip-hop movement, introducing us to some of its key players who, after decades of Soviet rule, are redefining what it means to be Mongolian.

Written by: Eva Clifford

Ahmer isn't afraid to be the voice of Kashmir's rage
Music

Ahmer isn't afraid to be the voice of Kashmir's rage

'People just want a normal life' — With Kashmir under a curfew and a communications blackout, rapper Ahmer's debut album is providing a voice for a people being kept in the dark.

Written by: Dhruva Balram

ScHoolboy Q doesn’t care what you think
Magazine

ScHoolboy Q doesn’t care what you think

Maximum chill — Hip hop heavyweight ScHoolboy Q went from prison to platinum-selling artist, becoming a father in between. Five albums into a unique career, he’s hungrier than ever – just don’t expect him to take life too seriously.

Written by: Niall Flynn

EarthGang makes otherworldly hip hop rooted in reality
Magazine

EarthGang makes otherworldly hip hop rooted in reality

Block rockin' beats — EarthGang is a larger-than-life rap duo with a simple aim: telling stories that represent the real Atlanta, while pushing what that sounds like to the outer limits.

Written by: Ciaran Thapar

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