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      ‘I feel free in Irish’: from the Oscars to the Baftas to Sundance – why Gaelic is everywhere

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Wednesday, 13 March - 16:02

    Paul Mescal spoke Gaeilge at the Baftas, Cillian Murphy at the Oscars. Films are being written in it, dramas acted in it – and rappers are translating drug lingo into it. Our writer hails an extraordinary renaissance

    Grindr, Saghdar agus Cher is a modern play about hook-ups, dating apps and going on a bender. But the most current thing about it may be that the piece, staged by LGBTQ+ collective Aerach Aiteach Gaelach, is performed entirely in Irish.

    “We just wanted to show that these things are happening in Irish,” co-writer Ciara Ní É says of the drama, which lands in Dublin this week. “We have slang, we have messy nights, and it’s all as Gaeilge ” – that is, in the Irish language. “It’s real in that sense,” she continues. “These things happen around the country regularly.” The title only barely needs translating (“saghdar” means cider), but the show itself is unapologetically in the native tongue. “It has English subtitles. We do try to be accessible,” says Ní É.

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      Ghetts: On Purpose, With Purpose review – brimming with elegant fury

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 25 February - 13:00 · 1 minute

    The grime veteran proves he’s still on the up with a well-crafted collection of thoughtful, impassioned tracks

    Remarkably, rappers who were teens when grime went national are now turning 40. After half a lifetime at the mic, Ghetts is one of the few rap veterans who can still be considered on the up. He’s never had a crossover radio hit yet was a popular winner of this year’s Mobo Pioneer award, as “a true inspiration and icon” to UK black music. And last album Conflict of Interest was his most successful project yet, scooping a 2021 Mercury nomination after reaching No 2 in the charts.

    In a world where André 3000 questions the point of old MCs, Ghetts’s On Purpose, With Purpose repeatedly makes the case for his own relevance in typically thoughtful, impassioned style. Sampha-assisted Double Standards is a fabulous showcase for his elegant fury, covering hypocrisy, colourism, paedophilia and prejudice with courage and wisdom. Mount Rushmore (featuring fellow heads Kano and Wretch 32) has the best beat-and-flow marriage, but there’s also solid work on Afrobeats and amapiano tracks such as Tumbi, Blessings and Hallelujah. This is a well-crafted collection that could maybe do with a couple more heaters, but will keep the wider audience he picked up with Conflict of Interest happy.

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      Belfast rappers Kneecap on stunts, drugs and Kemi Badenoch: ‘We don’t discriminate who we piss off’

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 25 February - 11:00 · 1 minute

    Their riotous music is uniting young people in Northern Ireland and reviving the Irish language; a fictionalised film about their rise just won the audience award at Sundance. The punk-rap trio talk about raving, working with Toddla T – and enraging politicians

    A slow afternoon in the warm wooden enclave that is Madden’s Bar, Belfast. A handful of middle-aged Guinness drinkers chat quietly, nestled like comfy dogs in the corner. The lights are low. The music is comforting.

    Until, blap! Not quite a cowboy entrance, but the door opens and the energy levels leap. In bowl three young men, familiar to the barman, the drinkers and anyone who’s interested in rap or who watches joe.co.uk or Vice videos. Kneecap , the Irish-language band smashing out of Belfast and into the world, are here: rappers Mo Chara (Liam Óg Ó hAnnaidh, 26), smooth-skinned and pretty in a blue jumper and mac; Móglaí Bap (Naoise Ó Cairealláin, 30), with a grin like a smiley shark, in an excellent Lacoste tracksuit, and DJ Próvaí (JJ Ó Dochartaigh, 34), usually pictured wearing an Irish flag balaclava, but today in his civvies of no face covering and black clothes. They’re straight up to the bar: Guinness for Mo Chara and Móglaí Bap, a blackcurrant and soda for Próvaí.

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      Grime pioneer Wiley stripped of MBE

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Friday, 23 February - 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 · Wednesday, 21 February - 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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      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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      Ice Cube, Cypress Hill, D12 review – old school hip-hop heroes are still masters of the mic

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Wednesday, 6 December, 2023 - 13:07 · 1 minute

    Hydro, Glasgow
    The focus of the 80s and 90s stars’ High Rollers tour is on storytelling rather than flashy staging, but it is a high-intensity show of real fire and focus

    ‘Can he still get on the mic and do what you like?” Ice Cube asks as he kicks off the UK leg of his High Rollers tour in Glasgow. It’s a question that hangs in the air – semi-rhetorical and positioned as a challenge by the veteran rapper, whose CV has exploded in all directions since his early gangsta rap days.

    Ice Cube is joined on this tour by 90s stoner-rap legends Cypress Hill, with MCs B-Real and Sen Dog presenting a slick yet frenzied set of their best work. Flanked by clouds of customary weed smoke, they pack in a wealth of activity – from DJ Lord’s mixing of KRS-One’s Sound of da Police with Metallica’s Enter Sandman to the lone piper who appears on stage and fills the Hydro with a satisfying rendition of Flower of Scotland. Tracks such as Tequila Sunrise and (Rock) Superstar are given extra weight thanks to the drumming of ex-Beastie Boys percussionist Eric Bobo, while B-Real and Sen Dog’s rhythmic prowess shines on I Wanna Get High, Latin Lingo and the suitably trippy finale of Insane in the Brain.

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      21 Savage review – rap superstar’s first UK gig shows off his breadth, to a fault

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Friday, 24 November, 2023 - 13:00 · 1 minute

    Depot Mayfield, Manchester
    Having secured permanent resident status in the US, the magnetic Atlanta rapper is finally able to tour abroad – and during his lively first show in his country of birth, seemed to want to play the entirety of his back catalogue

    If you happened to miss the rise of Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage , the first minute of his live show helpfully fills you in. Featuring projections of childhood photographs and soundbites from news reports, it traces his ascent from featured artist to bona fide superstar. Then comes the immigration-shaped bump in the road: in 2019, Savage was detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and threatened with deportation. He is in fact a British citizen , had been living in the US undocumented for 13 years, and as a result had never toured outside of the country. But the rapper secured legal residence there in 2023, clearing the path to this first ever UK performance, which is both a homecoming and major career milestone.

    Split loosely into three sections, the show races through Savage’s back catalogue. Launching with 2020 single Runnin, he blasts from verse to verse, but things really pop off during Dip Dip, from early mixtape Slaughter King, when Savage matches the playful production by bouncing across the stage while smoke cannons explode around him.

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      Aesop Rock: Integrated Tech Solutions review – another assured slam dunk

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 12 November, 2023 - 09:00 · 1 minute

    The veteran US rapper’s resurgence continues with a retro-feel take on tech consumerism – as well as pigeons and Van Gogh

    Dad rap is having another fine year. From Killer Mike to Billy Woods , veteran spitters with things to say keep capitalising on a rising tide of pertinence – kicked off in 2020 by Run the Jewels’ authoritative howl of protest RTJ4 – that hasn’t let up yet. Once a mainstay of the Def Jux label in the 2000s, Aesop Rock (born Ian Matthias Bavitz) has long been one of hip-hop’s more eloquent wordsmiths. His last album, 2020’s playful-serious Spirit World Field Guide , garnered late-career rave reviews .

    Integrated Tech Solutions is another assured slam dunk: a loose concept album about our dystopian tech consumerism with bouncy retro production that crackles with vim. Aesop sets out his stall on Mindful Solutionism , an earworm of a track that examines the tech that humans keep building. All City Nerve Map takes up the theme again, to depth-charge bass and frisky electronics. Given both men are outliers with grownup concerns, it makes sense to find Billy Woods guesting on Living Curfew, his calm drawl contrasting with Aesop’s more frenetic delivery. Even seemingly prosaic tunes about pigeons (Pigeonometry), Van Gogh (On Failure) and rivers ( By the River ) here are exactly the right kind of nerdy.

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