Article, Opinion, UK Rap

The blacker the berry… – why are people so upset by Dave’s new single?

At 20 years old and just days away from the release of his debut album, the lead single of which has already racked up over 1.5 million views on YouTube (in just 2 weeks!), Dave should be basking in the glow of his success and enjoying a break from the hard work that has got… Continue reading The blacker the berry… – why are people so upset by Dave’s new single?

Grime, UK Hip Hop, UK Rap

Album Review: Jam Baxter – Touching Scenes

It’s not necessary to listen to all of Jam Baxter’s catalogue of releases, a remarkably consistent ten in ten years, to understand that the North London rapper is a master of his craft. The meticulous craftsmanship of his lyrical wordplay often appears at odds with the debauched, gruesome content – but the marriage of the… Continue reading Album Review: Jam Baxter – Touching Scenes

Spoken Word, UK Rap

Album review: Shay D – Human Writes

On Human Writes, North London rapper Shay D’s sophomore album, the artist harnesses all her emotions, from bitterness to bravado to deliver an intense, hard hitting project that definitely requires multiple listens to digest. Drawing on the pain of broken relationships, both familial and romantic, struggles with mental health and burning ambition, Shay D takes… Continue reading Album review: Shay D – Human Writes

R&B, UK Rap

Mixtape Review: Octavian – SPACEMAN

"Octavian manages to conduct a guided tour with a perfectly planned itinerary...his ability to meld motivational speech into materialistic boasts before turning his gaze inwards to his feelings – [is] a combination that results in a tape that feels honest, personal and beautifully complete." Whether it’s the extreme lows and highs that he’s already experienced… Continue reading Mixtape Review: Octavian – SPACEMAN