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Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wiley On Why Kanye West's Brit Awards Salute To Grime Was Empowering, Not Patronising

Last week, Kanye West took a posse of grime emcees onstage with him at the Brit Awards to perform ‘All Day’. It's about time someone gave the grime scene the credit it's due, says one of the genre's biggest hitters, Wiley. We asked him for his take on the performance... The Brits is out of my league. Unless I make another ‘Heatwave’ or something that'll sell millions and millions for 10 years solid, the Brits are never gonna look at me.


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Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Aussie Emcees Proving There's More To Australian Hip-Hop Than Iggy Azalea

"I felt like an outsider in my own country," Iggy Azalea told an interviewer in 2013, explaining her move to the States from her native Australia aged 16. "I was in love with hip hop, and America is the birthplace of that, so I figured the closer I was to the music, the happier I'd be. I was right." 8 years later, Azalea is Australian rap's biggest ever export - an international best-seller with four Grammy nominations to her name, but dogged by accusations of cultural appropriation.


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Posted on Monday, March 2, 2015

Stream The Debut Solo Album From Foo Fighters' Nate Mendel, Lieutenant US' Brilliant 'If I Kill This Thing...'

"It's less a question of 'why now?' and more 'why only now?’… That's how I feel now the ball is finally rolling and these songs are finally starting to get out there." For Nate Mendel, bassist in Foo Fighters and revered first-wave emo pioneers Sunny Day Real Estate, a solo career is something “I’d always wanted to explore but the timing was never right.” Then a realisation struck him. “There’s never a right time!” he tells NME. “Schedules are always packed. There are always other commitments. So it was important I just bit the bullet and did this.


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Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015

Kanye West's Censored Brits Performance Wasn't A Mishap: It Was A Powerful Cultural Protest

Nothing's certain in life but death, taxes and Kanye West stealing the limelight at award ceremonies. Or at least that's how it's supposed to be. But as the dust settles on Wednesday's Brit Awards, conversation continues to be about Madonna's unfortunate cape slip. Apparently elder pop stars being susceptible to laws of gravity like the rest of us is a really big deal, or something. Anyways, it's meant that for once, Kanye's been outdone in the controversy stakes.


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Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015

Brits 2015: Royal Blood's Ben Thatcher Definitely Had The Best T-Shirt Of The Night

"He can't see, man! He can't see!" Aside from Watership Down's Woundwort's general vibe, for people of a certain age, there is no other more traumatising recollection from 90s children's telly than the blinding Of PJ in Byker Grove. It was a genuine shocker, headed home after a day at school, calmly tucking into a Club or a Rocky at tea-time, faced with a paint-balling accident that went horribly wrong. PJ was, of course, played by Ant McPartlin, who hosted the Brits with side-kick Dec Donnelly on Wednesday night (February 25).

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