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'Drop it like it's hot' rapper will feature in a television advert as part of the price comparison website's You’re So MoneySuperMarket campaign

Plan B received two nominations

Plan B, O2 Arena, London

Is it a film or a gig? Plan B’s performance at the O2 is as much a showcase for his filmography credentials as his singing ones, as clip after clip rolls past on a giant screen behind him, like a huge showreel. “Directed by Ben Drew”, “Produced by Strickland Banks,” “Written by Plan B”, “Starring Ben Drew as Strickland Banks” roll the credits.

Bryce Dessner (pictured) is best known as the guitarist with The National, but he has long been cultivating himself in other directions too

Caught in the Net: Clogs show they've got plenty of sole

While Bryce Dessner (pictured) is best known as the guitarist with The National, he has long been cultivating himself in other directions too. An accomplished composer in his own right he also has had another band on the go for the last decade or so. Clogs, a project led by Dessner and Australian musician Padma Newsome make intricate songs and instrumentals with hints of avant garde experimentalism, art-rock, folk, classical and chamber pop. Their latest release arrived this week in the form The Sundown EP. It can be download from their Bandcamp for $3 at ind.pn/XJhf5F. The three-track EP is a gorgeous, quiet affair with delicate vocals from Newsome and folk elements coming to the fore.

Rita Ora may be a hot property, having chalked up three number one singles in 2012 – two solo and one guesting on DJ Fresh anthem ‘Hot Right Now’ – but dangerous is not her shtick.

Rita Ora, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

It might be a Radioactive Tour but dangerous is not this artist's schtick

Album review: A$AP Rocky, Long.Live (Polo Grounds/RCA)

There's a fine line between "effortless" and "lazy", and A$AP Rocky walks it with nonchalant ease.

DVD & Blu-ray review: The Sweeney (15)

Forget the excellent John Thaw series. In Nick Love's joyless take on Flying Squad hard-nuts Ray Winstone and Plan B play Regan and Carter, boozing, corrupt coppers who are being investigated by internal affairs (Steven Mackintosh) for their diabolical tactics: "There's even talk of baseball bats".

Page 3 Profile: Dappy, rapper

What an unfortunate name

Wu-Block, Garage, London

In the week London’s Madame Tussauds unveils wax works of P Diddy and Snoop Dogg among other rap stars, a more underground exponent is celebrating its heritage in a more vital way.

Chip visits dream team of rappers (alive and dead)

Chart star Chip joined a dream team of rappers - alive and dead - as they flew in from the US.

Lend me your ears: Lemmy designs Motörheadphones range

First it was Dr Dre, then 50 Cent...musicians continue trend for branded ear devices

Large alligator-like reptile found guarding 34lb stash of marijuana

Suspect  reportedly told police he got the creature to commemorate rapper Tupac Shakur's 1996 death

Chief Keef

A Hip Hop Christmas Part 2: Big Boi reads How The Grinch Stole Christmas

It seems the guys over at Vice's music channel Noisey enjoy a Hip Hop Christmas as much as the next man, and certainly as much as some lady from a radio station.

Page 3 Profile: Frank Ocean, Hip-Hop artist

Frank who?

Bisexual hip hop and R&B artist Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' has been named Album of the Year

Frank Ocean records another first as Channel Orange is named album of the year

Triumph for R&B artist who stunned his peers by coming out

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

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Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

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The real-life kingdom of Westeros

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How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

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Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

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General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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