The rap music impresario Sean Combs has gone on a charm offensive to woo the world's biggest advertisers as he gears up for the launch of his new television channel, called Revolt TV, aimed at what he calls "millennials" – people in their teens and early twenties who were born just before the new millennium.
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Saturday 16 June 2012
If you thought you knew your own record collection, there's a new app that will make you think again.
Tuesday 17 April 2012
Crowds at the Coachella music festival gasped at an appearance by the late Tupac Shakur. How did that happen? It's all thanks to stunning holograms created in the UK. Gillian Orr reports
Sunday 01 April 2012
Their music may be the vile splurge of a disturbed brain, but in the wreckage of a chaotic show, there are signs of hip-hop greatness
Friday 02 September 2011
Resolute in their rejection of Hollywood happy endings, the songs Willy Vlautin writes for Richmond Fontaine are downbeat narratives, related against the tints of a subtle Americana-rock which yaws between country, indie and ambient, as the action demands.
Wednesday 31 August 2011
Tupac Shakur's group, The Outlawz, smoked his ashes.
Friday 12 August 2011
HTC prides itself on being "quietly brilliant" but things may get a bit louder after the mobile phone company secured a deal with rapper Dr Dre.
Friday 22 July 2011
Legendary Weapons, it's claimed, is not a "proper" Wu-Tang Clan album, but rather a "compilation" album featuring members of the Clan alongside various old-school fellow-travellers like Sean Price. But then, weren't all the Clan's albums to some degree compilations, patchworks of the nine principals' differing styles and infatuations?
Friday 20 May 2011
Even the Snoop faithful were impatient at his late arrival, around 10.20pm, whistling and booing at the empty stage. When he did stroll on in his customary casual manner, the "King of the West Coast" was instantly forgiven.
Friday 15 April 2011
It's many a year since the pigtailed rapper spat an inspired or original line, but he does at least recognise what some more articulate verbalists fail to grasp, which is that character and delivery counts as much as meaning – and few of his peers have as instantly recognisable a style as Snoop's laidback, lascivious drawl.
Wednesday 13 April 2011
Gwyneth Paltrow knows every word to classic rap track 'F**k Tha Police'.
Friday 18 March 2011
Over the last two decades, the demarcation lines between hip-hop and R&B have become blurred as the two genres have cross-pollinated through the use of samples, the proliferation of remixes and the ubiquity of guest appearances by vocalists and rappers on each other's records. Nate Dogg, the singer whose signature baritone gave dozens of "G-funk" and gangsta rap tracks a soulful dimension, played a pivotal role in that development.
Wednesday 16 March 2011
Nate Dogg has died aged 41.
Friday 11 March 2011
P Diddy has been crowned the wealthiest artist in hip-hop, with a fortune of $475 million.
Monday 31 January 2011
Diddy is being sued for $1 trillion.
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms
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