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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?

Can hip-hop be middle class?

With a culture celebrating the street and stars pockmarked by bullets, where does posh rapper Asher Roth fit in? Nick Hasted does the jigsaw

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Education Quandary: 'I found my 13-year-old watching a vile rap video on the internet. Do parents have any idea what their children look at online?'

Hilary's advice

No, I don't think we do. We like to think that our web filters do their job and that unsavoury material is being screened out, but there is always some that gets through. Also, children look at the internet all over the place, not just at home – and who knows whether those outlets are screened or not.

Day in the Life: Rachel McClelland, label manager at Dirtee Stank Recordings

Rachel dedicates this article to her Dad, Gerald McClelland.

Observations: Who's the most greatest young British talent? You decide...

The Independent has teamed up with Vice magazine, Volvo and Yahoo! for Creative 30, a search for the UK's most promising young creatives. Hundreds of nominations were received from individuals, friends, colleagues and industry gurus alike. The shortlist of 30 has been announced, and now it's over to you to choose your favourite before 16 November.

Dizzee Rascal, Liquid Room, Edinburgh

East End Rascal conquers Scots

Grime music cleans up in the charts

London's Jamaican community is a crucial part of MC culture, and is making the scene bigger than ever, says Rahul Verma

1000 Songs to Change Your Life

As the introduction cheerfully admits, not all of the songs featured here will change your life, but given that there are not just 1,000 but 1,577 of them, there is a fair chance that one or two might. The book takes the form of a series of essays by Time Out contributors on various categories of song: songs about home, about travel, about food, about drugs, songs used in film soundtracks, English songs, gospel songs, comedy songs, miserabilist country songs and songs by gender-bending artists. Pop, rock, jazz, hip-hop and classical music are all represented, and the essays are intercut with reprinted TO interviews with such luminaries as Morrissey, Paul Simon, Burt Bacharach and Johnny Cash, plus various artists on their favourites. (Would you have guessed that David Byrne would opt for Missy Elliott's "Work It"? Or that one of Dizzee Rascal's faves is Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"?) And, of course, lists: the top 10 songs about London, the top 10 songs featuring the name Caroline.

Preview: Insane in the Brain, Sadler's Wells, London

Lindy hop has taken over the asylum

Dizzee Rascal, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Dizzee Rascal's struggle to stretch out and show his full creative range, without snapping the bond to his roots, will define how he is remembered. His Mercury-winning debut, Boy in Da Corner (2003), remains UK hip-hop's pinnacle, and his career already dwarfs every other British rapper's. But Dizzee's move from a Bow council estate to an English country home, and the presence of Alex Turner and Lily Allen on last year's Maths + English, shows the bigger picture he has always understood. "World Outside" opened that album, repeating the assertion of Showtime (2004) that pride in the "ghetto" background he carries inside him would not stop him rising from it.

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