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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

Robert Wilson: Influential bassist with 1980s funk group The Gap Band

In the mid-1970s the bass guitar became a pivotal instrument in the funk and electro-funk genres. While not as flamboyant or flashy a player as Larry Graham, "Bootsy" Collins or Rick James, Robert Wilson was an influential musician whose distinctive bass lines helped The Gap Band, the group formed by his older brothers Ronnie and Charlie, make some of the most infectious party anthems of the '80s.

Straight outta Titan: hip-hop star plans version of 'The Planets'

Gustav Holst has done it, Richard Strauss has touched on it. Now Dr Dre, the godfather of hip-hop plans his own foray into space with a rap homage to the planets.

Snoop Dogg, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

At last, the return of the Doggfather

Tinie Tempah - The rapper as a role model

Youngsters can do community service to earn tickets to see Tinie Tempah, who tells Charlotte Cripps why he likes the idea

On the agenda: Café a Vin; The Flavour Thesaurus; Cath Kidston; Nick Lloyd Webber

Biodynamic wines and the release of a flavour thesaurus kick off our food issue

4.3.2.1., Noel Clarke and Mark Davis, 116 mins (15)

The director of 'Kidulthood' disappoints with a girls'n'guns caper that seems to be modelled on a Snoop Dogg video

Mother of mine! It's her day, so why not serenade her?

Victoria Richards counts down the top 10 cheesy tributes to our mums – and, four decades on, catches up with the boy for whom Opportunity Knocked

Album: Snoop Dog, Mailce N Wonderland (Priority)

Recently appointed creative chairman of Priority Records, Snoop is, in his words, "tha Dogg Father" of the West Coast rap scene.

Album: Blakroc, Blakroc (V2)

If Snoop Dogg's Malice N Wonderland exemplifies the bling-encrusted dead-end of hip-hop, this eponymous debut from Blakroc illustrates how other rappers are refreshing the genre.

Album: Snoop Dogg, Malice N Wonderland (Priority)

Celebrating his recent appointment as "Creative Chairman" of Priority Records, Snoop Dogg has managed to release an album whose overall meagre level of creativity makes one wonder how he'll work out in his new position.

Album: Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash Remixed, (Compadre records)

What would the Man In Black have thought?

Album: Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash Remixed (Compadre)

No music icon is secure from the posthumous assault of the digital makeover.

Dubstep it up

Fans of dubstep are divided over attempts to merge the sound with other genres. But DJs and producers are adamant that cross-pollination is good for the scene. Rebecca Lindon talks to the pioneers

Running: How not to hit the wall

If your New Year fitness resolution is on its last legs, all is not lost, says Jimmy Lee Shreeve

Busta Rhymes to rap for peace on London's streets...

... but will he be allowed to enter Britain?
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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
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Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
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
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
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

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The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea