Love or Hate Him, Kanye’s Headlining Gig at Glastonbury illustrated Hip-Hop’s Uneasy Festival Alliance

by Shane Thomas  So, Kanye West declared himself, “the greatest living rock star on the planet.” Well of course he did. If you were surprised by such an utterance, you haven’t been paying attention. But why did so many deem him unsuitable – maybe even unworthy – to headline Glastonbury? I'll bet £10 that @WritersofColour… Read More

It’s not that Azealia Banks and Kanye dislike Iggy and Beck, they may just care too much

by Ali M Latifi From Ferguson to debates of Islamophobia, to the continued mass detentions of migrants on Manus Island, to Azealia Banks to Kanye West, throughout much of the last year, we have all, at one time or another had to bear witness to the dangers of marginalisation. As in years past, entire communities had… 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