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The Illuminati - it's so last year, darling

By Shaun Shearer | 29 October 2015
Published in: Hoof to the Head
References to 'The Illuminati' have become commonplace in mainstream hip-hop lyrics, to the point that they have eclipsed the frequent references to legendary gangster characters like Scarface and Don Corleone as a way of courting controversy. There is almost a cachet of 'cool' that has come to be associated with… Continue>

Robin Thicke: new recruit

By Shaun Shearer | 03 October 2015
Published in: Hoof to the Head
In recent times we've been given another example of an artist who started out with musical integrity, but has ended up being degraded into yet another corporate marionette. We're talking the recent history of Robin Thicke. The same blueprint and tried-and-tested formula can be seen as with so many of… Continue>
There's a good reason why Manchester's Lounge has earned a reputation as one of the city's liveliest party spots with one of the most hard-hitting musical programmes. Rather than being run by corporate investors in suits who are clueless when it comes to music, this venue is owned and operated… Continue>

A lady called Daisha

By Felix Mensah | 03 September 2015
Published in: Interviews
The super talented lady of many talents, New York native Daisha, is looking to make a serious name for herself after years dancing for the stars. She turns her attention towards singing, dancing and acting. Continue>

The Fabulous Bakery Boys

By Ewen Ramsbottom | 26 August 2015
Published in: Interviews
1. For those who may not be familiar with you, how would you describe your sound? Dre: Our sound is a mixture of hip/hop, rap, soul and electronic sounds. Shack: Roadside, mixed with integrity and poetry. Essentially it’s hip hop with very classic sounds & inspiration taken from everything from… Continue>

One part Gianna, one part Lola

By Felix Mensah | 26 August 2015
Published in: Interviews
New Yorker Gianna Salvato is the name to look out for. Her debut single "Baby, It’s You" is currently tearing up radio playlists and is the forerunner to the forthcoming showcase EP named after her alter ego ‘Lola Gray’. She has taken time out from her consuming schedule to devote a… Continue>

Hip-hop beefs; less meat, more spam

By Ewen Ramsbottom | 11 August 2015
Published in: Hoof to the Head
There's no shortage of ways in which the current generation of 'hip-hop' fans have a right to feel cheated compared to the generation that came before them. As if the retarded lyrics, infantile beats and tedious array of bland, corporate puppets weren't enough to make them lament being born 20… Continue>

Paul McCartney: New kid on the block

By Ewen Ramsbottom | 09 July 2015
Published in: Hoof to the Head
It's fitting that 'Sir Paul McCartney' should appear on a tune with Kanye West and Rihanna, representing as it does one generation of corruption, debasement and fakery meeting another. (It's also a tragic indictment of the cultural awareness of today's youth that when the Kanye/ Mccartney collaboration 'Only One' first… Continue>

Soul City, Ibiza - it's a good look!

By Mark Devlin | 26 May 2015
Published in: Black Sheep Hotspots
Regular readers of Black Sheep, and hardened attendees of the Summer nightlife action of Ibiza, will no doubt know what to expect from Soul City, the island's undisputed number one spot for urban/ black music. This season, however, alongside the usual party vibe and friendly family atmosphere, they might get… Continue>
Someone recently asked: 'is such-and-such a politician corrupt?'  'Are they a politician?', I replied. 'Yes, of course', came the answer. 'Well, there's your answer then.' Continue>
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