Byron was a poet, Jay-Z can’t be: academia’s marginalisation of black art

Alex Mason illustrates academia’s marginalisation of black art forms and argues that this relates to lower attainment amongst students of colour in higher education Read More

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On Gangsta Rap and Jihadi Songs

by Asim Qureshi Nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got something to say But nothing comes out when they move their lips Just a bunch of gibberish… Dr Dre feat. Eminem – Forgot about Dre­ As the prosecution summed up their case against the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, they played a music video of… Read More

The ‘N’ word, and the demise of conscious rap

by Lee Pinkerton The first rap concert I ever went to was L.L. Cool J, Eric B & Rakim and Public Enemy at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 1987.  LL didn’t leave much of an impression, Rakim disappointed, but my young 18 year old mind was so blown away by Public Enemy’s righteous anger and they… Read More