• The Doors’ greatest songs – ranked!

    The Doors’ greatest songs – ranked!
    On the 50th anniversary of singer Jim Morrison’s death, we rank the LA band’s best tracks, from the summer of love anthem Light My Fire to the apocalyptic The EndJim Morrison frequently drew on his romantic dalliances for lyrical inspiration. Take Morrison Hotel’s raucous rocker Queen of the Highway, a song about his soon-to-be-wife, Pamela Courson, that frames their relationship as loving, if somewhat ill-fated: “He was a monster / Black dressed in leather / She was a pr
  • Doja Cat: Planet Her review – pop-rap queen is in a world of her own

    Doja Cat: Planet Her review – pop-rap queen is in a world of her own
    (RCA)
    With her unerring ability to kickstart TikTok crazes, Doja Cat’s sci-fi concept album – with guest turns from Ariana Grande and SZA – shines as a paragon of 2021 popIt’s something of a surprise that Planet Her comes heralded as a concept album, “based on a fictional planet self-originated by Doja Cat on which all species and races of space exist in harmony”. Concept albums are traditionally signifiers of great portent and seriousness, the point at which
  • Datblygu’s David R Edwards: a brave, brilliant interrogator of Welsh culture

    Datblygu’s David R Edwards: a brave, brilliant interrogator of Welsh culture
    The frontman, who has died aged 56, was beloved of John Peel, Super Furry Animals and a generation of indie fans for his unsparing but humane songcraftOne of the many advantages of being bilingual is that it doubles the number of languages in which I can enjoy music. But only one lyricist has ever made me gasp in awe: David R Edwards, frontman of Welsh band Datblygu, who has died aged 56 after a period of ill health including diabetes and epilepsy.Edwards’ way with words was absolutely ext
  • Blink-182 frontman Mark Hoppus diagnosed with cancer

    Blink-182 frontman Mark Hoppus diagnosed with cancer
    Singer and bassist says diagnosis ‘sucks and I’m scared’, and he is having chemotherapyMark Hoppus, the bassist and vocalist with pop-punk band Blink-182, has announced he has been diagnosed with cancer.In a statement on Twitter, he said he had been undergoing chemotherapy for three months, and has “months of treatment ahead of me ... It sucks and I’m scared, and at the same time I’m blessed with incredible doctors and family and friends to get me through this
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  • Get To Know: PHOEBE AXA

    Get To Know: PHOEBE AXA
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  • ‘I deserve to have a life’: Britney Spears asks court to end conservatorship

    ‘I deserve to have a life’: Britney Spears asks court to end conservatorship
    Singer directly addresses the court: ‘This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good’‘Denied a baby’: key claims from Britney Spears testimonyBritney Spears has called for an end to the “abusive” conservatorship that has governed her life for 13 years, delivering an emotional speech to a Los Angeles court and saying: “I just want my life back.”Spears addressed the court during a hearing on the unusual legal arrangement that has stripped t
  • Elton John announces last-ever UK tour dates as he extends farewell

    Elton John announces last-ever UK tour dates as he extends farewell
    As well as an extra six European and 20 North American concerts, the pop singer will play five UK stadiums in June 2022In what is becoming one of the longest goodbyes in pop history, Elton John has extended his final Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour with a series of dates around the UK, Europe and North America.In June 2022, he will perform at football stadiums in Norwich, Liverpool, Sunderland, Bristol and Swansea, adding to the 25 UK and Ireland arena tour dates that are scheduled for late 2021
  • Beyoncé’s 4 at 10: the album that set the stage for her cultural domination

    Beyoncé’s 4 at 10: the album that set the stage for her cultural domination
    Her first album since she split from her manager father, 4 marked the beginning of Beyoncé’s artistic freedom, creative control and business empireIn February 2010, Beyoncé performed in Trinidad, insisted on making an appearance at one of the hottest clubs in Port of Spain (much to the obvious dismay of her bodyguards), and flew home. It was the final stop on her I Am … World Tour. A few months earlier, she had cancelled two subsequent dates without explanation. If she
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  • ‘One hell of a party’: readers on their albums of 2021 so far

    ‘One hell of a party’: readers on their albums of 2021 so far
    From the sunny vibes of rapper Topaz Jones to the guitar anthems of Du Blonde, here are the records that have really grabbed our readers over the last six months• Catch up on the Guardian’s albums of the year so far‘Beautiful but devastating’: Livia, 23, student, Glasgow Continue reading...
  • ‘I’m working through 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’: readers’ WFH playlists

    ‘I’m working through 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’: readers’ WFH playlists
    Some of you went classic rock; others Iranian ambient. And yet others took on epic challenges that will takeyears to complete … here’s what you’ve been listening to while working under lockdownIf I need to concentrate on something really thorny, I go for Bach every time. It seems to allow my brain to work at a high level and I do almost all my best work to Bach. András Schiff or Angela Hewitt playing keyboard works, and Hilary Hahn on violin. Beethoven’s late quar
  • Joni Mitchell’s Blue reviewed – archive, 29 June 1971

    Joni Mitchell’s Blue reviewed – archive, 29 June 1971
    29 June 1971 An album more about Mitchell herself, less of scenes she’s observedJoni Mitchell’s new album, Blue, is about to he released here by Warner Brothers (K 44128). A large proportion of Joni’s most notable songs, to date, have been intensely visual. What she’s seen, she has refined; but the songs’ images have been those of the eye.The lyrics of Blue are less adventurous than in her previous three albums; on the other hand, its music is less careful. This is
  • Betty Boo on how she made Doin’ the Do

    Betty Boo on how she made Doin’ the Do
    ‘Much later, someone told me it was actually slang for cunnilingus’When I was 17, I was in a female rap trio called the She Rockers. We saw LL Cool J and Public Enemy play Hammersmith Odeon when the 1987 Def Jam tour came to London. Afterwards, we saw Public Enemy in McDonald’s. We went “Oi!” and told them we were rappers, so they filmed us doing a freestyle rap, right there in McDonald’s. Continue reading...
  • Revealed: multiple allegations of toxic culture at Sony Music Australia as CEO Denis Handlin leaves

    Revealed: multiple allegations of toxic culture at Sony Music Australia as CEO Denis Handlin leaves
    Guardian Australia has talked to more than 20 former employees who describe a ‘boys club’ environment at company’s Australian arm as US parent removes CEO
    The most powerful man in Australian pop music, Denis Handlin, has been removed as head of Sony Music Australia, a week after Guardian Australia approached Sony’s head office with multiple complaints from former employees alleging a toxic work environment at the global company’s Australian operation.The complaints,
  • Download Pilot review – a joyful noise for fans and bands

    Download Pilot review – a joyful noise for fans and bands
    Donington Park, LeicestershireExuberant scenes at the rock and metal festival test event find its 10,000 guinea pigs leaving Covid blues far behindWhen was the last time rock’n’roll felt this important? With the world starved of concerts, all eyes are on Download Pilot to roadmap the future of live music post-Covid. Granted, the three days are a shell of the festival’s usual fare; only 10,000 – one-11th of Donington Park capacity – descended upon a shrunken site thi
  • Dean Blunt: Black Metal 2 review – instantly familiar yet utterly unknowable

    Dean Blunt: Black Metal 2 review – instantly familiar yet utterly unknowable
    (Rough Trade)
    The former Hype Williams frontman has polished his rap-alt-rock aesthetic to the point of perfectionDean Blunt’s first band stole the name of celebrated rap video director Hype Williams and became infamous for playing the sort of gig where no one present was entirely sure it was really happening. They peaked with 2010’s The Throning, a deranged Sade cover. Since Blunt’s 2013 solo album, The Redeemer, the prolific Londoner has made music that finds surprising conco
  • Mykki Blanco: ‘I’ve helped to push open some closed doors. It’s a cool feeling’

    Mykki Blanco: ‘I’ve helped to push open some closed doors. It’s a cool feeling’
    The rapper has worked with Kanye and Madonna and blazed a trail for black queer pop. Their new mini album, they say, feels like the start of a new chapter…Mykki Blanco has just moved to Hollywood, and five minutes into our conversation, the 35-year old rapper’s beloved mother calls. “She needs to chill out. Like, I don’t work?” laughs Blanco. “She’s helping me pick out furniture and she’s gone crazy about the whole thing.” There is something
  • Cola Boyy: Prosthetic Boombox review – a joyously defiant sugar rush

    Cola Boyy: Prosthetic Boombox review – a joyously defiant sugar rush
    (Record Makers/MGMT)
    The California musician addresses his disability head-on with this delirious blast of disco, funk, house and psychedeliaOn the cover of his superb debut, Cola Boyy sits strumming a guitar surrounded by various cartoon versions of himself, a jukebox in the corner of the room and his prosthetic leg on a table, next to a gun. “I wanted to take my disability and put it on blast,” the southern California musician, real name Matthew Urango, who was born with spina bifi
  • Summer festivals are crying out for help – but the Tories don’t want to hear it | John Harris

    Summer festivals are crying out for help – but the Tories don’t want to hear it | John Harris
    The pandemic has revealed the Johnson government’s attitude to the arts: a mixture of indifference and hostilityHuman beings need to regularly gather together. Over the past 15 or so months, the fact that we have largely been deprived of such opportunities has been a key reason why so many people have felt so listless and disoriented – and, for that matter, why some have been driven to break the rules. Obviously, to understand what they have done is not to condone it, but there is so
  • Berwyn: Tape 2/ Fomalhaut review – a compelling work of uncertainty

    Berwyn: Tape 2/ Fomalhaut review – a compelling work of uncertainty
    (Columbia)
    Written in the shadow of his disputed immigration status, this charismatic rapper is unafraid to show his vulnerable sideBorn in Trinidad, raised in east London, this rapper and singer’s eventful autobiography was laid out on his moving debut, Demotape/Vega (2020). Berwyn’s mum’s struggles included spells in prison; her son sometimes found himself homeless. Like its predecessor, Tape 2/Fomalhaut is partly named after a star and charts the internal weather of its mour
  • A tour of Black London – in pictures

    A tour of Black London – in pictures
    Nelson Mandela, Mary Seacole and Thierry Henry are some of the highlights of the tour of Black London from a new book by Avril Nanton and Jody Burton which celebrates Black history, culture and art in the capital. Andy Hall photographed a selection of the statues, murals and plaques Continue reading...
  • How a cancer diagnosis inspired a fresh outlook for one young musician

    How a cancer diagnosis inspired a fresh outlook for one young musician
    At the age of just 22, the very last thing you want to hear is that you have stage 4 cancer, but for some people the only response is to tackle it head on – which is just what Ellie Edna Rose-Davies didI barely noticed it at first. A bump on the right side of my neck, small but definite. I was 22 and had no health issues (I’d never even broken a bone), so I didn’t think much of the lump. But my boyfriend was concerned, so I made an appointment to go to the GP.For the next few m
  • Ones to watch: Gabriels

    Ones to watch: Gabriels
    This LA trio’s swooning sound runs from doo-wop to gospel and comes recommended by Elton JohnIf Elton John is calling something “one of the most seminal records I’ve heard in the past 10 years”, odds are you should be paying attention. The song in question was Love and Hate in a Different Time, taken from a debut EP of the same name – a recent release from the LA-based group Gabriels.The trio comprises gospel singer and choir director Jacob Lusk (possibly you’
  • Griff: One Foot in Front of the Other – we’ve heard nothing yet

    Griff: One Foot in Front of the Other – we’ve heard nothing yet
    (Warner)
    The Brits show-stealing 20-year-old has earworms and wise words to burn on this tantalising mini-albumThe rise of Griff feels like a silver lining around the thundercloud that was 2020. While all around the 20-year-old pop powerhouse careers stalled, tours evaporated and sound engineers peed in bottles while driving delivery vans, this singer went from buzzy obscurity in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, locked down with her family and foster siblings, to a Top 20 hit and a Brits rising sta
  • The week in classical: Falstaff; Hallé; Leipzig BachFest; Dunster festival – review

    The week in classical: Falstaff; Hallé; Leipzig BachFest; Dunster festival – review
    Trademark high spirits and a genial Falstaff kick off Grange Park Opera’s summer season. Plus online treasures great and smallA defining feature of Grange Park Opera – not the only one, and not typical of opera companies – is a sense of humour. The Surrey-based festival treats its central endeavour – the work it makes on stage or, in this past year, on film too – with complete professionalism, but takes equal delight in playfulness around the edges. Often these unit
  • Classical home listening: Pekka Kuusisto, Il Giardino Armonico and more

    Classical home listening: Pekka Kuusisto, Il Giardino Armonico and more
    Kuusisto plays Muhly, Glass and Mozart, while Giovanni Antonini and co pass the time of day with Haydn• First Light (Pentatone), the first collaboration on disc between the Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, of which he is artistic director, presents works by Nico Muhly and Philip Glass: two New York composers of different generations united in friendship. Muhly’s Shrink (2019), a glittering, jittery, mischievous violin concerto written for Kuusisto,
  • Carnage, chaos, Coldplay: Glastonbury at home is a sad, brilliant reminder of real life

    Carnage, chaos, Coldplay: Glastonbury at home is a sad, brilliant reminder of real life
    While 2020’s highlights package in place of the cancelled music festival offered solace, this time round it feels like a case of aggressive FomoWondering distantly how many more times I will watch Kylie Minogue’s Glastonbury set before I die. I must be on the, what, fourth or fifth viewing now? There is no occasion when putting the Kylie Glastonbury set on isn’t a good idea. It is a party in a box. Back-to-back bangers. Costume changes. The iconic “Oh, you” smile-an
  • ‘It’s going to be weird’: Download festival opens with no social distancing

    ‘It’s going to be weird’: Download festival opens with no social distancing
    10,000 rock and heavy metal fans look forward to weekend of moshing without masks at Covid pilot eventMoshing is surely the final stage of the journey back to normality in a post-lockdown world. Hundreds of sweaty people slamming into each other with full bodily contact might not appeal to everyone, but it is impossible not to appreciate how monumental a step it is after more than a year of being told to stay 2 metres apart.“After being distanced for so long, it’s going to be weird.
  • Hallé/Berglund review – exhilaration and energy from an orchestra back in business

    Hallé/Berglund review – exhilaration and energy from an orchestra back in business
    Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Young Norwegian Tabita Berglund delivered breakneck Beethoven as well as a Golijov tango and a poised Siegfried IdyllThe Hallé – at Bridgewater Hall for only their fourth performance to live audiences in 15 months – are back in business, thanks in part to a shiny new stage extension to help with social distancing. The extra pontoon envelops the stalls, shrinking the auditorium and bringing the music so close you could reach out and grab it. After s
  • Golden tickets! Gary Numan videos! How indie acts are dominating the charts

    Golden tickets! Gary Numan videos! How indie acts are dominating the charts
    By focusing on physical product and clever marketing, acts are sprinting up the chartsGary Numan, Mogwai, Maxïmo Park, the Coral, Sports Team, Shame. Not the lineup to a cancelled two-day festival in Kidderminster, but acts who used D2C marketing to land high-charting albums. This ugly acronym stands for direct-to-consumer, and means pushing sales of physical records – often limited-edition – via their official stores and those of indie retailers. Their maxim, to quote Dua Lipa
  • This week’s new tracks: Aziya, Jessie Ware, WH Lung

    This week’s new tracks: Aziya, Jessie Ware, WH Lung
    This week we’ve got driving guitars, a breathy Balearic-banger, and a hi-NRG belter Continue reading...
  • Kings of Convenience: Peace or Love review – a beautifully simple return

    Kings of Convenience: Peace or Love review – a beautifully simple return
    (EMI)
    For their first album since 2009, the Norwegian duo keep things pared back to explore the complexity of love and desire
    Love, and how it makes you throw in all your chips before you’ve even seen your cards, is the subject of this beautiful return from the Norwegian indie-folk duo. Eirik Glambek Bøe and Erlend Øye emerged at the turn of the century and were quickly lumped in with the likes of Turin Brakes and the dull “new acoustic” movement, but the purity o
  • Anthony Braxton: Quartet (Standards) 2020 review | John Fordham's jazz album of the month

    Anthony Braxton: Quartet (Standards) 2020 review | John Fordham's jazz album of the month
    (Tri-Centric/New Braxton House)
    Latin jazz, freebop and traditional swing rub shoulders as this mammoth set reworks iconic jazz themes and classic pop songsReeds-virtuoso and composer Anthony Braxton has spent half a century bridging contemporary music from bebop and improv to opera, and composing hundreds of original works – but the 67 tracks on this mammoth set rework the iconic jazz themes and classic pop songs that generally shelter under the collective title of “standards”
  • Def Jam: how a new British imprint of the iconic rap label poached Stormzy

    Def Jam: how a new British imprint of the iconic rap label poached Stormzy
    Only 6% of music industry execs are Black. That system fails artists, say the founders of 0207 Def Jam, whose uniquely diverse boardroom aims to change the culture – for goodRick Rubin’s initial ambitions for Def Jam were modest. In 1984, it was simply a means for him to release music by his punk rock band, Hose. Its first office was his New York University dorm room. “We never had any aspirations other than playing in small clubs,” he says. “That was the ceiling fo
  • Françoise Hardy, ‘close to the end’ of her life, argues for assisted suicide

    Françoise Hardy, ‘close to the end’ of her life, argues for assisted suicide
    The French singer says radiation has left her in immense pain, and fears a natural death would bring ‘even more physical suffering’Françoise Hardy, the French pop songwriter who found fame in the 60s yé-yé movement, has said she feels “close to the end” of her life in a new interview.Hardy, 77, told Femme Actuelle that in 2018 she was diagnosed with a tumour in her ear. It followed her diagnosis with lymphatic cancer in the mid-2000s, and a hospitalis
  • Laura Mvula’s teenage obsessions: ‘I thought a briefcase was the most buff thing ever’

    Laura Mvula’s teenage obsessions: ‘I thought a briefcase was the most buff thing ever’
    The singer-songwriter recalls the life-changing joy of playing in an orchestra, the beauty of her first braids and being empowered by EternalThe first orchestra I played in was Birmingham School, a concert orchestra. The first time I played in a symphony orchestra was this powerful, life-changing experience, like the first time I took a plane – you know, when the engine kicks in and you’re about to take off? Playing with the brass section behind us and full woodwind, I was blown away
  • Joan Armatrading: Consequences review – strikingly inventive songwriter deserves her due

    Joan Armatrading: Consequences review – strikingly inventive songwriter deserves her due
    (BMG)
    The 70-year-old Brit may cut an unassuming figure, but she refuses to trade on comfort, essaying pop head-on without ever sounding like a trend-chasing heritage actIt seems a strange thing to say about someone who was awarded a CBE last October, is still in possession of a major label contract at 70 and clearly has no problem selling out venues whenever she chooses to tour, but Joan Armatrading still feels like a weirdly under-sung figure in pop history. It’s not just that she was a
  • Peter Gabriel: festivals risk ‘losing everything’ without government insurance

    Peter Gabriel: festivals risk ‘losing everything’ without government insurance
    Industry figures warn nightclubs and music venues also being pushed towards ‘financial cliff edge’ by delay in lockdown easingPeter Gabriel has said independent music festivals risk “losing everything” if the government does not provide an insurance scheme to cover the uncertainties of the 2021 season after the easing of lockdown was delayed from 21 June to 19 July.Gabriel, who co-founded the global music festival Womad, due to take place in Wiltshire from 22-25 July, tol
  • ‘Diversity desert’: white male music execs outnumber Black women 18 to one in US

    ‘Diversity desert’: white male music execs outnumber Black women 18 to one in US
    Comprehensive study finds stark disparity in representation between the charts and the boardroomsDespite music industry organisations having pledged to improve racial representation in their ranks after last year’s Blackout Tuesday protest, a new report shows that in the US, leadership positions still overwhelmingly favour white men.The University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that among 4,060 executives across 119 companies and six categories –
  • Get To Know: Chubby and the Gang

    Get To Know: Chubby and the Gang
    Rock'n'roll ain't dead with Chubby and the Gang on the scene...
  • New York, New Music: how the city became a hotbed for music in the 80s

    New York, New Music: how the city became a hotbed for music in the 80s
    In a new exhibition, the city’s more well-known breakout artists are celebrated alongside a richer, and lesser reported, strain of experimental musicIn Kid Creole and the Coconuts’ irrepressible 1980 song Darrio, a klatch of female backup singers bouncingly plead with the titular gentleman to get them into Studio 54. The otherwise obliging Darrio enumerates why he cannot (“That’s the only thing that money can’t buy”), before finally admitting “my kind of
  • Acclaimed British cellist has passport cancelled by Home Office

    Acclaimed British cellist has passport cancelled by Home Office
    Spokesperson apologises to 22-year-old musician Sheku Kanneh-Mason for error and pledges to issue replacementA British cellist who was the first black winner of the BBC Young Musician award in 2016 and played at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan has had his passport cancelled by the Home Office.Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 22, who was born and raised in Nottingham and appeared alongside his siblings on ITV’s variety show Britain’s Got Talent in 2015, sent off his British passport as part
  • ‘We could lose it all’: UK jazz tries to get its groove back after Covid

    ‘We could lose it all’: UK jazz tries to get its groove back after Covid
    The world-class British jazz scene was hit hard by the pandemic. As live shows and in-person collaboration resume, Steam Down, Soweto Kinch and more discuss the futureMusic moves differently depending on the space it’s played in. A typical pre-Covid Wednesday evening at the Matchstick Piehouse in London would see its arch space filled with writhing bodies as the jazz collective Steam Down spilled off the stage, their music in dialogue with our yelps, claps and calls to the band.But on a hu
  • ‘I don’t want to remember these things’: dark pop poet John Murry on surviving rape, heroin and family strife

    ‘I don’t want to remember these things’: dark pop poet John Murry on surviving rape, heroin and family strife
    The singer-songwriter talks about his relative William Faulkner, his violent childhood and drugs – and saves a surprise until the endIf you’re after cheery crowdpleasers, John Murry is not your man. Murry is 41, barely known, and has never come close to denting the charts. Yet he has been compared to the great existential pop poets Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Scott Walker. And with good reason – he has a rich baritone, writes gorgeous ballads and is half in love with death. Th
  • Subwoofers at the ready! The jungle and drum’n’bass revival is upon us

    Subwoofers at the ready! The jungle and drum’n’bass revival is upon us
    With turbocharged tracks storming the charts, both genres are having a boom – but did they ever really go away?Jungle and drum’n’bass are back, back, BACK! High Contrast’s Notes from the Underground album – its elegiac 90s rave moods created with vintage 90s tech – was a dance chart success at the end of 2020. Chase & Status’s RTRN II FABRIC mix, which turbocharged jungle classics, was huge last year, too. Harmony by Origin8a and Propa ft Benny Page
  • Nigerian rapper Olamide: ‘People have a very limited understanding of the ghetto’

    Nigerian rapper Olamide: ‘People have a very limited understanding of the ghetto’
    From a Lagos slum, Olamide became one of Africa’s biggest music stars. A new, global deal is taking his vivid pop to the wider worldBariga, a sprawling northern suburb of Lagos, Nigeria that is home to more than 700,000 people, is infamous for its impoverished housing and gang culture – and for pushing a raw, jarring sound into the Nigerian mainstream. Olamide, long one of Africa’s biggest music stars, was one of the kids responsible for that shift: 13 years ago, he was walking
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain sue Warner for £1.8m over copyright infringement

    The Jesus and Mary Chain sue Warner for £1.8m over copyright infringement
    Jim and William Reid fight to win back albums using US law which reverts rights to artists after 35 yearsThe Jesus and Mary Chain are suing Warner Music Group (WMG) for $2.5m (£1.77m) for copyright infringement after the company refused to terminate its ownership of five of their albums including the 1985 debut Psychocandy.In a lawsuit filed in California, Jim and William Reid invoked section 203 of the US Copyright Act of 1976, which allows authors to ask copyright holders to revert right
  • The best albums of 2021 so far

    The best albums of 2021 so far
    From drill’s high watermark to Tuareg rock, Colombian pop and London jazz, here are our music editors’ picks of the best LPs from the first half of the year Continue reading...
  • Polo G: ‘Death and depression made me lean towards music. It became therapeutic’

    Polo G: ‘Death and depression made me lean towards music. It became therapeutic’
    The Chicago rapper’s last album spent 47 weeks in the UK chart, testament to the power of his raw, introspective tracks. He discusses his journey out of crime and drug use towards being one of rap’s biggest stars“Every day a battle, I’m exhausted and I’m weary / Make sure I smile in public, when alone, my eyes teary / I fought through it all, but that shit hurt me severely.” Even acknowledging the widespread vulnerability and emotional honesty in today’s
  • The push to archive the history of jungle and drum’n’bass

    The push to archive the history of jungle and drum’n’bass
    Historians aim to document small labels, record shops, pirate radio stations and clubs that helped scene thriveChingford Sainsbury’s may be an unlikely setting for an encounter that helped capture a key part of British cultural history, but MC Navigator’s weekly shopping trip to his local supermarket would prove crucial.Navigator, one of the leading figures in the jungle and drum’n’bass scene in the 1990s, bumped into Uncle 22 – another important player – who
  • Pi’erre Bourne: The Life of Pi’erre 5 review – digital overload

    Pi’erre Bourne: The Life of Pi’erre 5 review – digital overload
    (Interscope)
    The super-producer pulls out all the earworm tricks on his second album, but fails to find much real emotion Pi’erre Bourne is the super-producer behind some of the biggest rap tracks of the past decade, including Playboi Carti’s Magnolia and 6ix9ine’s Gummo. The Life of Pi’erre 5 is Bourne’s latest attempt to resurface as something greater than other people’s beatmaker, as an artist who can rival his melody-rapping peers such as Trippie Redd and

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