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The best rap and hip-hop albums of 2019 (so far!)

Best rap and hip-hop albums of 2019
AJ Tracey - 'AJ Tracey' The arrival of the vibrant 'AJ Tracey' back in February more than delivered on the hype that had been building around the Ladbroke Grove rapper for the past five years. No genre was off the table in the construction of this bold self-titled record, from the surprising country twang of 'Country Star' to the fizzy throwback...

Liam Gallagher on when he’ll be touring – and who could be supporting him

Liam Gallagher live
Liam Gallagher has revealed that he'll touring again in November – and that he hopes to take Slowthai and Fat White Family on the road with him. The former Oasis and Beady Eye turned solo star recently dropped his new single 'Shockwave', taken from his upcoming second album 'Why Me? Why Not'. After performing an intimate show in London last...

Parklife Day One: Christine and the Queens and Slowthai shine at raucous Manchester weekender

The portents weren’t good for Parklife on Saturday. First, headliner Cardi B cancelled, due to recovering from plastic surgery. Then it was raining, threatening to leave the site muddier than Morrissey’s name. But the festival’s hardened hedonists  aren’t going to let a little thing like the weather stop them from joyously  taking off their tops, dousing themselves in body glitter...

Primavera Sound: the 12 best acts we caught at the Spanish festival’s groundbreaking 2019 edition

Janelle Monae performs at Primavera Sound festival
Thursday, May 30 Christine and the Queens Leading the vanguard for the festival’s new 50:50 gender split manifesto, Christine and the Queens’ set was the first unequivocal triumph of Primavera Sound 2019, delivering an hour of funk-flecked synth-pop that was one part Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to two parts musical theatre. Alongside material from last year’s excellent 'Chris', we were...

slowthai packs a punch with an incendiary set at Primavera Sound 2019

Slowthai performs live
It’s a funny coincidence that Tyler Frampton, aka slowthai, shares a surname with a world champion boxer. Much of the Northampton rapper’s live show plays out like a boxing match, with Frampton pacing the stage in his pants, warming up in the ring. Kwes Darko (his DJ, producer, and hype-man) joins him in the fray. Together, they chuck up...

slowthai interview: “If you have a voice and only talk about irrelevant shit, what’s the point?”

slowthai live
Your debut album came out earlier this month – how have you found the reaction? "It's astounding and really overwhelming. You always have thoughts of what you think it will be like when you're making it. But then when it exceeds what you believe in your mind, it just seems a lot to take. It's a lot to fathom and...

slowthai announces £5 tour across UK venues

slowthai is going on a five-date tour of the UK this autumn, with tickets priced at £5 each. The Northampton rapper, who released his debut album 'Nothing Great About Britain' last week, will play a handful of dates to promote his record as part of his 'Bet Ya A £5er’ tour. Read more: The Big Read – Slowthai: “Is Britain actually...

Slowthai – ‘Nothing Great About Britain’ review

24-year-old Northampton rapper Slowthai is about as hotly tipped as they come: he’s featured across your favourite publications, a host of 2019 ‘Ones To Watch lists and has been shortlisted in the BBC’s Sound Of... poll. With mammoth buzz comes mammoth responsibility. Fortunately for Tyron Frampton, armed with his theatrical cadence, menacingly textured grime production and disruptive, political rhymes,...

Slowthai announces UK venues for his ‘99p Tour’

Slowthai
Slowthai has revealed the venues he will visit for his budget-friendly ‘99p Tour', which will kick off next month. The Northampton rapper and musician asked his fans on Twitter two weeks ago for suggestions of intimate venues that he could visit on the tour, where all tickets will be sold for just 99p each. "I'll come to every pub; your...

Listen to Slowthai’s brilliant Live Lounge cover of Portishead

Slowthai
Slowthai has covered Portishead as part of his Live Lounge session. Read more: The Big Read – Slowthai: “Is Britain actually great, or are you?” The Northampton rapper visited the BBC as part of Radio 1Xtra’s Hot For 2019 live session series, where he performed the cover and his own track ‘Gorgeous’. The rising star put his own spin on the...