Arts and Entertainment Macklemore performing at the Brixton Academy

As the first show on their European tour, Seattle-based duo Macklemore, (real name Ben Haggerty) and producer Ryan Lewis were always going to draw a crowd with their latest album The Heist being one the most anticipated rap albums of 2013.

Lil' Wayne's crude name-check in ‘Karate Chop’ has caused controversy US, but who is Emmett Till?

Rapper Lil' Wayne is not exactly known for his sensitivity, but his latest lyrical effort plumbs new depths with a line that's not only misogynistic, but also dismissive of the civil rights movement. 

Album: Betty Wright & The Roots, Betty Wright: The Movie (S-Curve)

It's not one of the great voices, but Betty can lay greater claim to being the voice of "every woman" than, say, Chaka or Aretha.

Album: Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday Roman Reloaded (Island)

The early American reaction to Nicki Minaj's follow-up to Pink Friday has been "mixed" – which is entirely appropriate, given that the album itself has an almost schizophrenic character.

The loudest, meanest audience in America

Jamie Foxx is set to revive Showtime at the Apollo, television's original, and most gladiatorial, talent show

In the pink: First lady of hip-hop Nicki Minaj is a bewigged global phenomenon

But as the singer tells Nick Haramis, she is still a determinedly private person

Ja Rule to be jailed in June

Ja Rule will be jailed for two years in June.

Something From The Weekend: Shane Warne; Gary Speed and Brett Favre

The Good, the Bad and the Odd

Album: Lil Wayne, I Am Not A Human Being (Island)

Originally planned as an EP, I Am Not A Human Being has been bulked up to album length presumably to compensate for the extended wait occasioned by Lil Wayne's current incarceration before the promised Tha Carter IV arrives.

Hip-hop's Lady Gaga leads a new generation

The rising stars of rap are consigning bling, booty and drive-bys to the history books. Gillian Orr finds new reason in the rhymes.

Album: Eminem, Recovery (Interscope/Shady)

What'd be nice, after the umpteenth Eminem album about Eminem, would be a record that stands on its own legs and addresses the world beyond.

How British R'n'B finally came of age in America

Urban star Taio Cruz has just topped the Billboard 100

Jason Derülo - R&B's new No 1 nice guy

Jason Derülo beat both Dizzee Rascal and Florence to the top spot on the singles chart. Matilda Egere-Cooper is on the end of his charm offensive

Rapper Lil Wayne begins one year jail term

Rapper Lil Wayne, his lawyer Stacey Richman by his side, listened to the judge in a Manhattan criminal court sentence him yesterday to a year in jail for having a loaded gun on his tour bus.

Caught in the Net - Badu's bonus bodes well

People have been frothing over Erykah Badu's recently leaked track "Jump Up in the Air Stay There", featuring Lil Wayne and Bilal.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee