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Big Boi: ‘Hip-hop is the sound of the rebellious, a universal love language’

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What is hip-hop? Downage It is the sound of the rebellious. I’d say it’s the universal language of the youth. And whether it’s teenagers to people in their 20s, 30s, 40s to 50s, there’s no age limit on it. It’s what b...

UK hip-hop pioneers Cookie Crew: ‘Female rappers were getting sexual – we were going the other way’

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When considering the history of women in hip-hop, some pioneering names will always stand out. There’s Debbie D, a member of DJ Marley Marl’s Juice Crew; Pebblee Poo, who joined DJ Kool Herc’s Herculoids; and Lisa Lee...

Sadler’s Wells to open hip-hop academy at new east London venue

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One of the world’s most renowned dance institutions is to offer a two-year intensive training course to aspiring hip-hop artists, covering performing arts, graffiti and DJing. Sadler’s Wells plans to open a hip-hop ac...

The message: why should hip-hop have to teach us anything?

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Halfway through side one of A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, the 1991 debut album by the hip-hop duo Black Sheep, some protesters interrupt the music. “Yo, man,” one guy says. “Why don’t you be kicking some records about, ...

‘Please cancel me!’: Michael Rapaport on public feuds, racism rows and hip-hop attitude

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Michael Rapaport does not want to lose his cool. And for most of our otherwise pleasant and meandering visit over Zoom in June, he doesn’t. Until Kevin Durant’s name comes up. Back in April, Rapaport tweeted screensho...

‘It was like: people from Aberdeen shouldn’t rap!’ Scotland’s hidden hip-hop scene

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“Here’s a golden oldie,” Nova laughs, breaking into her 2019 single 3am. The crowd scream like she’s just won Olympic gold. This is Hang – Scotland’s first hip-hop conference – and it’s the Edinburgh rapper’s first IR...

Vax That Thang Up: Juvenile turns hip-hop classic into pro-vaccine anthem

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The New Orleans rapper Juvenile’s biggest hit record, Back That Thang Up, might have been released 21 years ago, but the classic song is now enjoying a new life as a reworked, pro-vaccine paean that could prove to be ...

‘He was aware of racist pigeonholes’: how Basquiat took inspiration from jazz, hip-hop and no wave

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Before Jean-Michel Basquiat became one of the leading art stars of the 1980s, he was a kid from Brooklyn thriving in the music and art scenes of downtown New York in the late 1970s. “Everyone was coexisting together, ...

Angélique Kidjo: Mother Nature review – hip-hop exuberance meets African tradition

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With a booming population that is overwhelmingly young, it’s only a matter of time before west Africa produces a global pop star as universally renowned as Beyoncé or Prince. When that happens, she or he will owe a bi...

Chi Modu, the celebrated hip-hop photographer, dies aged 54

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Chi Modu, the photographer behind some of hip-hop’s most celebrated photographs, has died aged 54. The news was announced on Saturday via Modu’s official Instagram. “Our hearts are broken … we continue the fight,” rea...

‘This was our music, and our conscience’: how I fell in love with French hip-hop

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In 1988, no one in France took the hip-hop movement seriously. It was the rec-room era. JoeyStarr and Kool Shen were just two kids from Seine-Saint-Denis, the 93rd ward, a neglected tract of housing projects on the no...

Hip-hop stars and fashion industry mourn stylist Derek Khan

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Tributes have been paid to Derek Khan, the fashion stylist who invented the “ghetto fabulous” or “bling” look which merged haute couture with street style, who has died aged 63. Khan altered the aesthetic of hip-hop c...