President Obama surfed to power on a hip-hop wave. Should British politics try the same thing to engage the youth vote?
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Tuesday 01 October 2013
Pre-publicity for Joly's new show reveals a man who will always speak his mind
Friday 27 September 2013
“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.
Tuesday 06 August 2013
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.
Thursday 18 July 2013
Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh
Tuesday 18 June 2013
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.
Sunday 03 February 2013
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.
Monday 30 July 2012
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.
Sunday 29 July 2012
Only Dizzee Rascal can save us from this mess
Wednesday 25 July 2012
Olympics organisers have revealed how they intend to enhance the spectator experience at London 2012 with music and other visual presentations.
Wednesday 18 July 2012
The Chemical Brothers are following in the tracks of electro pioneers Kraftwerk and releasing a cycling-inspired song for the Olympic Games.
Friday 22 June 2012
With expectations of England’s footballers suddenly on the rise, the nation needs a new anthem to unite behind.
Wednesday 20 July 2011
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.
Monday 16 May 2011
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.
Friday 04 February 2011
Friday 28 January 2011
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.
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
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