Tag: Rap

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The importance of “WAP,” Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s unapologetic masterpiece

Conservative white men certainly needed a bucket and a mop to wipe up their sweat marks as Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” discomforted and infuriated them last summer. Here came everything they feared: sexually liberated Black women shamelessly voicing their desires, making plentiful use of expletives and reclaimed racial language. Against all odds,…

Music, Venue

ALBUM REVIEW: slowthai – TYRON

It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a year since slowthai’s meltdown at the 2020 NME awards. If you don’t know, the rapper drunkenly harassed host Katherine Ryan, launched a champagne glass at an audience member and was escorted out of the venue, making the ‘Hero of the Year’ award that NME gave him…

Music

MF DOOM: The passing of rap’s supervillain

On Thursday 31st December, the death of rapper MF DOOM (real name Daniel Dumile) was announced by his family. A week on, it still feels surreal that I am writing these words. In an Instagram post, Dumile’s wife, Jasmine, wrote that he was “the greatest husband, father, teacher, student, business partner, lover and friend I…

Music, Venue

Venue’s albums of the decade

In a decade like no other, the past 10 years have provided us with some mind-bending, heart-rendering albums that have challenged and changed music for the better. Venue contributors tell us their favourite albums of the decade and why. Currents by Tame Impala  My Album of the Decade is ‘Currents’ by the mighty Tame Impala….

Music

BROCKHAMPTON: the same again

The genre-defying, Honda-swerving, harbingers of musical mayhem have returned, with more explosive aggression, soulful introspection and turn-up slappers. Despite a larger gap between albums than fans are accustomed to, it doesn’t seem like they’ve done much to change their musical formula; instead more work has gone into perfecting their sound and vision. On previous albums…

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