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President Obama surfed to power on a hip-hop wave. Should British politics try the same thing to engage the youth vote?

In or out of a squirrel suit, Dom Joly is never afraid to be bold

Pre-publicity for Joly's new show reveals a man who will always speak his mind

Proud but not vain: Tinie Tempah

Music review: Tinie Tempah, iTunes Festival

“When I was a kid I wished that I could be in Narnia,” Tinie Tempah raps on “Wonderman”. It’s a rare moment of introspection during one of his biggest hits, a hint at his life growing up in south London’s giant, now condemned Aylesbury Estate, and later in Plumstead, not so far from another huge landmark, the O2 Arena, which he’ll headline for the second time later this year.

The Events

Edinburgh 2013: The Events - David Greig's play drawn on Anders Breivik's Norway killings

David Greig caused a flurry earlier this year when it was reported that in between rehearsals for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the West End he had written a new play about Anders Breivik and the Utoya shootings.

Jessie J in concert at the Tate Modern in June

Gig review: Jessie J- 'Her music was pleasant but rarely exceptional'

Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh

The Nike Air Max resurgence is well on its way

Nike Air Max trainers: The return of Nineties sole hits

Not long ago, the only people in a pair of Nike Air Max trainers were sneaker geeks and those rave babies who couldn’t quite get over the fact that acid house was dead and the Nineties were, like, totally over, man.

David Rodigan to perform at Parklife Weekender in Manchester this year

David Rodigan confirmed for Parklife Weekender festival in Manchester

Manchester music festival Parklife Weekender has kicked off a fortnight of line-up announcements with the news that reggae specialist DJ David Rodigan will both perform and curate his own stage.

Olympics soundtrack races into British charts

London's 2012 Olympics opening ceremony raced into the British charts on Sunday with a collection of music from the kaleidoscopic extravaganza becoming the week's fifth-best selling compilation album after just 24 hours on sale.

Katy B was a flash of quality on a night when sponsors seemed to dominate

Olympic Torch Relay Finale, Hyde Park London; Public Service Broadcasting, Bul & Gate, London

Only Dizzee Rascal can save us from this mess

The Olympic Torch at Wembley

Spectators' experience at London 2012 Olympics to be improved with music and special lighting

Olympics organisers have revealed how they intend to enhance the spectator experience at London 2012 with music and other visual presentations.

The Chemical Brothers release Olympic track

The Chemical Brothers are following in the tracks of electro pioneers Kraftwerk and releasing a cycling-inspired song for the Olympic Games.

Dizzee Rascal records updated England song for Euro 2012

With expectations of England’s footballers suddenly on the rise, the nation needs a new anthem to unite behind.

The award that isn't always a sales success

You don't have to be a Mercury prize winner to drift into obscurity – but it helps. The 2009 winner, the rapper Speech Debelle, and Ms Dynamite (2002) are examples of winners whose commercial prospects dived after their moment of triumph.

Dizzee Rascal focuses on something new

To the untrained eye it looks like a picture of an empty Jacuzzi, taken on a phone camera that went off accidentally. It is, in fact, one of a series of shots taken by the award-winning rapper Dizzee Rascal as part of his new creative impulse.

Mike Skinner: How I stopped doubting and became streetwise

Chancer or genius? As Mike Skinner releases Computers and Blues, his final album as The Streets, John Walsh explains how rap's own Cole Porter finally got under his skin

Album: Chase and Status, No More Idols (Vertigo)

I've no idea who's responsible for the African rap on "No Problem, which opens Chase and Status's album, but he deserves the kind of star billing given here to the likes of Plan B and Dizzee Rascal.

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