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Gwyneth Paltrow is a rap fan

Gwyneth Paltrow knows every word to classic rap track 'F**k Tha Police'.

What can a landmark rap anthology tell us about the links between the poetry of the street and the poetry of the page?

The notorious reputation of American rap as synonymous with the music of crotch-grabbing, booty-shaking, gangsta-glorifying, blinged-out machismo is both endorsed and challenged by a groundbreaking anthology. Featuring over three hundred rap lyrics written between 1978 and 2010, The Anthology of Rap (edited by Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois; Yale, £19.99, 867pp) makes the history, development and variety of the genre plain to see in vivid detail. But the editors invite us to consider their anthology as something more than a collection of lyrics, spoken word or slam poetry. They write that this is rather "a collection of rap's best poetry".

50 Cent album '80 per cent' complete

50 Cent has completed "80 per cent" of his new album.

Lauryn Hill confuses fans

Lauryn Hill has left fans "confused" and "underwhelmed" on her present US tour.

Singer's presidential hopes dashed

Singer Wyclef Jean's bid for Haiti's presidency ended on Friday when election officials disqualified him.

Wu-Tang Clan, 02 Academy, Glasgow

There was some consternation on Wu-Tang-affiliated message boards last week when it was announced that this latest tour – the rap supergroup's first in the UK for three years and supposedly an opportunity to see all of its surviving founding members onstage at once – would be without the services of Method Man, the rapper-turned-actor having been recalled to the US to work on one of CSI's many offshoots. Whether he would have added much to the overpopulated free-for-all going on here is another matter.

Must watch: Newport state of mind

Straight from the Goldie Lookin Chain school of performing arts, it’s a new take on a Jay Z classic for today’s Must watch video.

Nas and Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley, Hammersmith Apollo, London

There is a point well into this two-hour concert when Nas and Damian "Jr Gong" Marley, arms crossed, stand back-to-back and take in the applause. It is a triumphant moment and one that shows the chemistry that has developed between these two stars of their respective genres.

Jay-Z, Wireless Festival, Hyde Park, London

Jay-Z is not a humble man, nor should he be. A colossus of modern urban music, he has achieved a level of popularity in the industry and with all walks of the public unrivalled by his contemporaries. What was clear from his performance at London's Wireless festival was that he didn't scale these heights through charm alone.

Dom Joly: Skis or board? Let the Wu-Tang decide

Four skiers line up in a small cabin while members of their Olympic team shout at them

Jamie T, Rock City, Nottingham<br/>DMC, Jazz Café, London

While the word on the street shows signs of growing up, Old Skool never dies

Rock/rap revivalists

The rock/rap album has had mixed results. Since Run-DMC's reworking of Aerosmith's 1975 single "Walk This Way", there's been the likes of nu-metallers Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park.

The Word On... 50 Cent, Before I Self Destruct

"50 has said all this before, often better, and while this probably won't put off his legion of fans, at best 'Before I Self Destruct' is merely familiar, and at worst it's difficult to shake the sensation of diminishing returns." - Louis Pattison, bbc.co.uk/music

Jay-Z, Roundhouse, London

For Jay-Z, 2008's Glastonbury stunt was just the prelude, a cocky act of clout intended to broaden the rapper's clientele in the way it seemed only white rockers could.

Album: Age of Chance, 1000 Years of Trouble / The EPs (EMI)

Age of Chance arrived like a well-aimed grenade amid the lily-livered cuties of the C86 scene.

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