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      Hip-Hop Is History by Questlove review – a soundtrack for the world, from the Sugarhill Gang to Kanye West

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 3 days ago - 06:00 · 1 minute

    The Roots drummer, DJ, author and director is the ‘Ken Burns of black music’, and his personal reflections on a genre that last year turned 50 are full of wisdom and charm

    Hip-hop officially turned 50 last year. It is generally accepted that it was born on 11 August 1973, when 18-year-old DJ Kool Herc first cut up breakbeats at a party in the Bronx and his friend Coke La Rock rapped along, but this DJ-driven art form, which evolved parallel to disco, took another six years to spawn its first hit single, the Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight. The star MCs emerged in its second decade, each one redrawing the bounds of the possible. Run-DMC stripped it down, then Public Enemy blew it up. De La Soul made it friendly, Kool Keith made it freaky, NWA made it outrageous, and so on. Always changing, always expanding.

    Nobody knows more about hip-hop, and perhaps popular music in general, than Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. Still drumming with the Roots, the Philadelphia hip-hop crew that have been Jimmy Fallon’s TV house band since 2009, he is also the Oscar-winning director of Summer of Soul , a prolific author, podcaster and DJ, and the man tasked with herding cats for the Grammys’ salute to hip-hop at 50. Two years older than the art form itself, he has become its unofficial curator, the Ken Burns of black music, the nerd’s nerd. “History is how change gets marked and assessed,” he writes in his eighth book. “It’s a communal form of memory and a collective acknowledgment that what we remember matters.”

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      Guess who’s back? How Eminem is storming to the top of the charts again

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 5 days ago - 12:46

    His new song Houdini is set to be the fastest-selling single of the year, eclipsing even Taylor Swift – despite being ignored by rap fans and radio stations alike

    Last Friday, Eminem released his 62nd single, Houdini. Reviews were lukewarm to woeful. “Eminem loses the magic,” ran the headline in the New York Times, while website Stereogum went for the more straightforward “Eminem’s New Song ‘Houdini’ Is Really, Really Bad”, criticising everything from the “stilted” rapping to a lyrical joke about the incident when Megan Thee Stallion was shot in the foot by her fellow rapper Tory Lanez.

    The public’s response was quite the opposite. A week on, it is the most-streamed song in the UK and guaranteed to become Eminem’s 11th UK No 1. It is both his fastest-selling single in 22 years, and on track to become the UK’s fastest-selling single of the year by anyone, including Taylor Swift.

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      NxWorries: Why Lawd? review – Anderson .Paak takes his divorce really badly

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 5 days ago - 07:00 · 1 minute

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    The producer-singer duo’s sweet nostalgia-funk now has a sour vibe as Paak switches between anger and self-pity

    While the second outing for Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge’s two-man supergroup NxWorries recaptures the soft-edged nostalgia-funk sound of their 2016 debut Yes Lawd!, the lyrical vibe is much darker and more uncertain. It’s Paak’s first album since splitting from Jaylyn Chang , his wife of 13 years and mother of his two children, and the singer/rapper is deep in the slough of divorcee despondency – wildly switching moods between anger, self-pity and desperate horniness.

    Why Lawd? plays like a 21st-century update of Here, My Dear, Marvin Gaye’s notoriously bitter farewell to ex-wife Anna Gordy. But while Paak’s leathery, weathered vocal is soulful, he is an unlikable narrator. He is adept at charting his own heartache, moaning “I can’t do the same things I used to do” on MoveOn. But it’s harder to empathise with his whining about prenups, his snarls of “Bitch, you supposed to be with me” (KeepHer), and his calling his new girl a “dumb bitch” as he fumes over his ex’s social media activity. Paak’s ugly spite quickly wears out its welcome – even his mum sounds bored of her offspring’s sour self-pity on MoreOfIt.

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      Post your questions for Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 3 June - 15:08

    As the esteemed rapper releases a new album and publishes memoir Rise of a Killah, he’ll be taking on your questions

    Melodious, blaring and irresistibly confident, Ghostface Killah doesn’t just have one of the best flows in Wu-Tang Clan, but one of the best in US rap full stop. And as he publishes a memoir, Rise of a Killah, and releases new album Set the Tone (Guns & Roses), he’ll be taking on your questions.

    Born Dennis Coles in 1970 in Staten Island, New York, Ghostface grew up in poverty with a single mother: “Fifteen of us in a three bedroom apartment, roaches everywhere,” as the autobiographical track All That I Got Is You would later have it. He went to prison for robbery aged 15, but after falling in with Robert Diggs, known as RZA, co-founded Wu-Tang Clan – it’s Ghostface’s voice ringing out on the first verse of side one, track one of their 1993 debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

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      ‘Rapper’s Delight planted a seed for the rest of my life’: Questlove on hoarding, capturing hip-hop history and the Kendrick-Drake beef

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Friday, 31 May - 04:00 · 1 minute

    The drummer, DJ and Oscar-winning director is a key custodian of Black culture, with 200,000 records to prove it. So why does he think he’s getting too old for rap music?

    With a sigh, Ahmir Thompson – better known as Questlove – turns his laptop around, so I can see the inside of his apartment, rather than the beautiful view of the New York skyline through the window behind him. It is a chaos of overflowing boxes and furniture covered with papers. “An ex-publicist of mine decided that they didn’t need their 8x10 photographs and old articles from the NME any more, so they gifted them to me,” he shrugs.

    Thompson seems equivocal about this state of affairs. On the one hand, he can barely contain his delight: “Look at this!” he enthuses, showing me a newly acquired invite to the 1984 premiere of Prince’s Purple Rain movie. But, on the other: well, look at the place. “People are saying: ‘I got kids, but they won’t care about this stuff like you will. If this needs to go in a museum or something, I can trust you with history.’ The universe has put me in the position of keeper of the record. So, you know, be careful what you wish for.”

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      Kendrick Lamar’s Drake diss track debuts at number one in the US

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 13 May - 20:00

    Rapper’s scathing song Not Like Us, from his headline-grabbing rap beef with Drake, becomes his fourth Billboard chart-topper

    Kendrick Lamar has won the culture-consuming rap beef with Drake, at least as far as Billboard hits are concerned, as his diss track Not Like Us debuted at No 1 on the US Hot 100.

    The scathing track, which alleges that the Canadian hit-maker is a “certified pedophile”, is Lamar’s fourth No 1 song, after a feature on Future and Metro Boomin’s Like That earlier this year, 2017’s Humble and his verse on Taylor Swift’s 2015 track Bad Blood.

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      Drake and Kendrick’s rap beef explained: is this a ‘forever thing’?

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Friday, 10 May - 15:44

    Simmering feud between two of hip-hops biggest names exploded this week, with allegations of infidelity and child sex abuse

    It’s the most talked about event in pop culture right now, with experts and fans calling it “the defining hip-hop beef of the 21st century”.

    The long-simmering feud between two of the world’s most famous artists – Drake and Kendrick Lamar – finally erupted this week.

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      From Biggie to Nicki: the most spectacular hip-hop jewelry – in pictures

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Friday, 10 May - 08:26

    A new exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York celebrates the cultural influence of hip-hop through a selection of eye-popping, custom-made jewelry, worn by stars such as Nas, Slick Rick and Tyler, the Creator. ‘It’s time to celebrate the artists, jewelers, craftsmen, and everyday people who contributed to the storied history of hip-hop jewelry,’ said guest curator Vikki Tobak. Ice Cold: an Exhibition of Hip-Hop Jewelry is on display until 5 January 2025

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      Man arrested for attempted break-in at Drake’s Toronto mansion

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Thursday, 9 May - 08:28

    Incident comes the day after a shooting outside the rapper’s home in which a security guard was seriously injured

    A man has been arrested after trying to gain access to Drake’s Toronto mansion, the day after a security guard at the property was seriously injured in a shooting .

    “Officers were called after a person attempted to gain access to the property,” Toronto police said in a statement. “The person was apprehended under the Mental Health Act, and they were taken to receive medical attention.”

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