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      Grime pioneer Wiley stripped of MBE

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 17:52

    Rapper and producer posted antisemitic comments to social media in 2020 and 2021, and was later charged with assault and burglary

    Grime music pioneer Wiley has been stripped of his MBE on the grounds of “bringing the honours system into disrepute”. A notice posted to the Cabinet Office website announced the change.

    In 2020 Wiley – AKA Richard Cowie, 45 – caused hurt and outrage with an antisemitic rant posted to social media, in which he stated: “There are 2 sets of people who nobody has really wanted to challenge #Jewish & #KKK … Red Necks Are the KKK and Jewish people are the Law.” He also wrote: “Israel is ours … The Star of David that’s our ting.” He later apologised for “generalising and going outside of the people who I was talking to within the workspace and workplace I work in,” following a dispute with his Jewish manager, but didn’t retract the comments and denied being racist.

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      Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs files defence against rape allegation

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 3 days ago - 08:45

    Rapper and mogul disputes ‘genuineness’ of alleged photo of him with plaintiff, and complains over timing of lawsuit

    Sean Combs, the rapper and mogul known as Diddy, has filed a defence against allegations that he and two others sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl at a recording studio in 2003.

    New paperwork filed on Tuesday, reported by Rolling Stone , wholly denied the allegations from the unnamed plaintiff, who is suing Combs, and called for the lawsuit to be dismissed. The documents state that Combs “never participated in, witnessed, or was or is presently aware of any misconduct, sexual or otherwise, relating to plaintiff in any circumstance whatsoever”. Combs has previously denied a range of sexual assault allegations against him, saying on X: “I did not do any of the awful things being alleged. I will fight for my name, my family and for the truth.”

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      ‘It’s created with a big red love!’: the ultra-inspirational music of Ghanaian star Black Sherif

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 13 February - 16:00 · 1 minute

    The vocalist’s candour, vulnerability and uplifting guidance is helping to turn him into one of the biggest stars in African music. Fresh off stage in Ghana, he explains his pure-hearted approach

    Once, it was simply called Christmas. But then the Ghanaian government declared 2019 the “year of return”, inviting African Americans to come home, and Detty December took hold. Africans, British-Ghanaians and those from the wider diaspora soon joined in and the idea exploded into a spectacular annual ingathering, which necessarily means music, parties and cultural conversations everywhere, all the time, vibe on a rolling boil.

    The largest event is AfroFuture , a two-night stadium festival that attracts more than 40,000 attenders, and it is here I meet the vocalist Black Sherif following a luminous, incendiary headline set. Though a key part of the Afrobeats phenomenon – the continent’s biggest star, Burna Boy, was so wowed by his track Second Sermon that he demanded to feature on the remix – Blacko, as he is affectionately known, is not an Afrobeats artist. “His music is a bridge between the younger and older generation,” says Nana Kwasi Wiafe, creator of the Very Ghanaian brand and stylist on Beyoncé’s Black Is King . “He carries the authentic sound of Ghana, highlife, merging it with the modern sounds – drill, reggae, rap – that inspire him.” Though categorisation melts anyway as soon as Blacko sings, his voice clear, urgent and transporting whether in Twi or English.

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      The tale of the Northern Irish rap group, the Tories – and the sinister censoring of 'anti-British' art | Anna Cafolla

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 12 February - 15:58

    The UK government has blocked funding to Republican band Kneecap. Who knew patriotism was a requirement in the arts?

    “Guess who’s back on the news, it’s your favourite Republican hoods,” spits Móglaí Bap on Kneecap’s 2019 track, Get Your Brits Out – a roiling, riotous tune, rapped in both English and Irish, in which the trio imagine a drug-fuelled night out with DUP politicians.

    “Favourite Republican hoods” is a cheeky yet apt descriptor for how the provocative, satirical Irish-language rap group have been received this year. Kneecap became the surprise stars of Sundance film festival, where their biopic – a semi-fictional origin story in which they play themselves opposite Michael Fassbender – received rave reviews and the festival’s audience award last month. The film has been praised for its anarchic, irreverent tone, grappling with issues of identity and the tumultuous social and political landscape of Northern Ireland, post-Good Friday agreement.

    Anna Cafolla is a journalist specialising in women’s rights, Northern Ireland, youth culture and activism

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      Kanye West & Ty Dolla $ign: Vultures 1 review – weak lyrics from a witless edgelord

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 12 February - 11:50 · 1 minute

    There are bright moments on this much-delayed album, mostly from vocalist Ty Dolla $ign, but West’s own verses are profoundly depressing

    Vultures 1 arrives, as it seems all Kanye West albums now must, late and mired and in yet more controversy, the latter now a smouldering heap of self-inflicted ill-feeling that left West without a record label, an estimated $1.5bn poorer after Adidas cut ties with him and, according to a now-deleted post on Instagram, unable to book a tour because venues have blacklisted him, all due to antisemitic comments.

    Indeed, this time around, the controversy and the lateness appear to go hand in hand. Vultures’ supporting cast list underlines that there are still plenty of big names happy to be associated with him – from Playboi Carti and Travis Scott to producers Timbaland and James Blake – but at least part of the album’s failure to appear on any of the scheduled release dates seems to be linked to other artists’ refusal to give clearance for guest appearances and samples. If Nicki Minaj’s disinclination to have her feature track on the album was, she said, down to the fact that it was “three years old”, there was little doubt as to why Ozzy Osbourne wanted out. “[He’s] a disrespectful antisemite,” offered his manager/wife, Sharon. “He fucked with the wrong Jew this time … the motherfucker’s a pig.”

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      Noname review – the consummate rapper-activist multitasker

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Saturday, 10 February - 14:00

    Eventim Apollo, London
    Radical activism and personal struggle fuel Fatimah Warner’s riveting set showcasing her 2023 album, Sundial. And she’s frank and funny with it

    If the trenchant US rapper Noname had her fondest wish, this show wouldn’t be just another gig in a corporate rock venue, but a free block party. There would be food trucks, stalls for activist groups and Black-owned businesses, plus free legal weed and somewhere for attenders to donate transformational books written by people of colour to those in jail. This is what happened in Fatimah Warner’s home town of Chicago last year, to celebrate the release of her incendiary and highly personal third album, Sundial , which closed 2023 on numerous year-end lists .

    Nonetheless, Noname seems delighted to be at the 5,300-capacity Apollo – not least because of the turnout (abundant, if not quite sold out). As she asks for the house lights to be illuminated, she can’t quite believe how many people are here, shouting her lyrics back at her.

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      Mobo awards 2024: Central Cee tops winners thanks to megahit Sprinter

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Wednesday, 7 February - 22:00

    London MC wins best male and song of the year, while Potter Payper beats stiff competition to win album of the year

    Central Cee has topped the winners at the 2024 Mobo awards, winning best male for the second year in a row, and best song for Sprinter, his collaborative track with Dave, that dominated the summer months with a 10-week run at No 1.

    Elsewhere the awards, which celebrate Black musical artistry in the UK and globally, spread the garlands across a diverse range of music, with no one artist dominating.

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      Killer Mike releases statement following Grammys arrest: ‘I have confidence I will be cleared of wrongdoing’

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 6 February - 08:54

    Rapper alleges ‘overzealous’ security guard was involved in incident that saw him arrested by Los Angeles police and booked for misdemeanour battery

    American rapper Killer Mike has released a statement after his arrest at the Grammys.

    The 48-year-old beat major stars such as Travis Scott, Nas, Drake and 21 Savage to win best rap album, while his track Scientists & Engineers earned him two awards: best rap song and best rap performance. But shortly after his wins he was pictured being escorted in handcuffs from the Crypto.com Arena, the LA venue where the awards were being hosted.

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      Grammys 2024: who will win the big categories – and who should

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Wednesday, 31 January - 15:00

    Can Taylor Swift sweep the board after an astonishingly successful year, or will strong songwriting from the likes of SZA and Olivia Rodrigo be acknowledged?

    Jon Batiste – Worship
    Boygenius – Not Strong Enough
    Miley Cyrus – Flowers
    Billie Eilish – What Was I Made For?
    Victoria Monét – On My Mama
    Olivia Rodrigo – Vampire
    Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero
    SZA – Kill Bill

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