Life is rarely easy and just as often unpleasant. When great art imitates life, great artists recreate the strength of life’s best moments with the pain and confusion of its worst. Some projects go above and beyond surface level thematic connections to tie the very soundscapes of an album to the great never-ending confusion and chaos of existing.
These are unprecedented times, and they’re sure to bring unprecedented losses. Cameroonian jazz pioneer Manu Dibango changed the world with “Soul Makossa,” an indelible record with a special place in hip-hop.
Thirty years on, Tribe’s ‘People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm’ is just as rewarding as the day it landed. In celebration, guest writer DEEP dives into the enduring document of humour, zest and positivity.
He’s back. You knew it was coming: a breakdown of the samples from the heart of Jay Electronica’s mythical debut, now a Hov-ridden reality.
Ryan caught Medhane, MIKE, Voldy Moyo, Jadasea & Slauson Malone, five artists at the forefront of innovation in hip-hop, performing in Peckham.
The power of thought can place us on the surface of the Sun in a fraction of a second. Sound leaves a fingerprint in matter and music can influence the past and future. We sat down with Tonio Sagan, producer, rapper, and grandson of the world’s most well known astronomer, to talk life, music, and all of the intersections of the two.
The story of j-hope – BTS’ rapping, dancing star – demonstrates to us how hip-hop, in its many forms, still has the power to reach anyone anywhere.
They’re some of hip-hop’s biggest names, and they’re attached to some of the culture’s most unassuming bit players: these are the other guys, the namesakes who’ve since been eclipsed by bigger and oft-better artists of the very same name.
The dust has settled and the controversy has all but passed, so what can the samples on Jesus Is King tell us about Kanye’s religious reinvention?
Gunna and Bryce Vine, live. We take you inside the show at Tampa’s Yuengling Center with storytelling and vivid photography from our live media specialist, Alex Dixon.