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By Keys Open Doors | Mad Flava for ya Ears....! Magazine dedicated to the five elements of Hip Hop:BBoying, MC'ing, Graffiti, DJ'ing and Knowledge/Culture

How Coach K Guides Atlanta’s Hip-Hop Stars

With rappers like Migos and Lil Yachty, the impresario known as Coach K wants to both build a company and build up the city.<p>Seven hundred turkeys, two rappers, and an intermediate number of onlookers had assembled in the parking lot of a Kroger supermarket on Cleveland Avenue, on the scrappy south …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The woke Slim Shady – understanding Eminem in the age of Trump

Marshall Mathers became a megastar by tapping into the same disaffected white rage later mobilised by the ‘alt-right’. But the rapper has made it clear he doesn’t want to share fans with the president. With a new album out, can he prosper in an age of conscious protest?<p>October’s 2017 BET Hip-Hop …

Rap & Hip-Hop

World Newspapers

Number 1 News App in Android Market!!<br>Easy to use directory of thousands of local and international newspapers, magazines and websites.<br>More than 6000 …

Boy Better Know: ‘We should have been playing big festivals six years ago’

With Drake on their label and Corbyn in their contacts, grime collective BBK are big-time. Skepta, JME and the rest of the crew get in the Glastonbury mood, talking vegan food, politics and adventures in the healing field<p>Fast cars, faster bars, home-baked pastries: an afternoon with Boy Better Know …

Grime Music

Real wonder women take to the streets – in pictures

Artist Neequaye Dreph Dsane paints huge, beautiful pictures that celebrate black women’s stories in London<p>London-based Ghanaian artist Neequaye Dreph Dsane has been busy adorning the capital’s walls with large, beautifully painted images of women of African and Caribbean origin as part of his You …

Street Art

1979 -1984 Old School Hip Hop Block Party Mix

Check out DJ TNT‘s 1979 -1984 Old School Hip Hop Block Party Mix – 100 minutes of the best Old School Hip Hop jams.

Rap & Hip-Hop

Top 5 Tracks Titled "Hip Hop"

In the near 40 years since Hip Hop first appeared on wax, artists have represented on record their hoods, sneakers, cars, chains, guns and girls. …

Kendrick Lamar: Damn review – more mellow but just as angry

Luscious harmonies and hints of psychedelic soul – plus guest support from Bono and Rihanna – couch brilliant, sharp-edged storytelling from an artist at the top of his game<p>In the weeks before the release of Kendrick Lamar’s fourth album, rumours circulated about its contents. Sources clearly …

Kendrick Lamar

Skepta review – grime’s top boy

Islington Assembly Hall, London Ahead of his first US tour, the bling-free king of grime performs a brilliant charity set with an array of star helpers<p>Ten years ago, grime shows rarely happened at all, let alone in swanky places like Islington’s Upper Street. Not one, but three gluten-free bakeries …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The Most Perfect Rap Song Ever Written: More Than U Know

This week marked the 18th anniversary of the Prince Paul’s <i>Prince Among Thieves</i> album, which was one of the most bugged out concept albums of its era. …

How streetwear restyled the world – from hip-hop to Supreme and Palace

New ‘drops’ by streetwear brands have teens queuing around the block in New York and London. It’s no wonder high fashion has it eyes on the ‘hypebeast’ scene<p>To the casual observer, 9am on Friday 24 February was business as usual in London’s Soho. Commuters hurried on their way to work, shutters …

Kendrick Lamar

Marley Marl 'Classic Recipes' - Recreating Biz Markie's 'Make The Music With Your Mouth, Biz'

In this fourth instalment of Classic Recipes, the legendary DJ/producer Marley Marl explains and demonstrates how he produced and mixed the lead …

Rap & Hip-Hop

More Life, More Culture

The significance of ‘More Life’ is far greater than it appears. It is easy to forget that we are in a different time and era from ‘So Far Gone’ …

Death Row's Former Photographer Shares the Unreal Stories Behind Her Photos

Simone Green's book 'Time Served: My Days and Nights on Death Row Records' details the tumultuous years.<p>When HBO was looking for photos to use in <i>The Defiant Ones</i>, a four part documentary series telling the story of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine that premieres this spring, they reached out to Death Row's …

De La Soul review – storming hip-hop past, present and future

Roundhouse, London The Long Island crew stage a joyful party with fresh tunes that defy any temptation to box them as a ‘heritage’ act<p>“Where the party at? We want the party up <i>here</i>!” hollers genial MC Posdnuos, raising his hand above his head. Two songs in, the party is somewhere around waist-level …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Why doesn’t everyone rap in scouse? How British hip-hop broke free of London

Aystar, Bugzy Malone and Levelz are some of the names that have helped the UK scene flourish. The biggest regional talents explain why each city has its own voice<p>There’s a track on the most recent Giggs album called The Best. The London MC takes the first verse, setting out his credentials as a …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Classic Hip Hop: The Notorious B.I.G's Ready To Die

<i>Tracklist The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die</i><p><i>Intro</i>• <i><br>Things Done Changed</i>• <i><br>Gimme The Loot</i>• <i><br>Machine Gun Funk</i>• <i><br>Warning</i>• <i><br>Ready To Die</i>• <i><br>One More Chance</i>• <i><br>Fuck Me</i> …

Rap & Hip-Hop

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Drake disputes his Grammy category: 'Hotline Bling' is 'not a rap song'

Though he was a no-show at the 59th Grammy Awards ceremony, Drake is making his presence known to the Recording Academy — outside the category they’d …

Grammy Awards

What We Owe Yasiin Bey

Looking back at the influence and complicated legacy of the artist once known as Mos Def.<p>Morality in religion is fairly straightforward. Though the …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Honoring The Best Hip Hop LP's: Mobb Deep - The Infamous

Mobb Deep makes urgent, desperate music. Rarely do they relish the spoils of a life of crime, focusing more on the need to make money at any cost and …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Why I love… singer Ray BLK

Her voice is the sound of my youth, my city and my heart<p>Living in New York means I can’t have my mum’s cooking on tap, but I can tune into public radio to hear the BBC at least once a day. And I’ve found that the easiest way to alleviate my homesickness is music, which is where London singer Ray …

Black Culture

Ranking Kanye West's Albums

In the midst of Kardashian drama, nonsense and mental breakdowns, Kanye West is still one of the greatest artists of our time. Whether he writes all …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Wiley: the enigmatic Godfather of Grime

After more than a decade of being fetishised and then written off, grime now dominates British pop culture. To understand why, you need to understand the man who created it<p>Wiley, perhaps the most influential musician working in Britain today, has a habit of self-sabotage. In 2010, a few weeks …

Grime Music

10 Classic UK Hip Hop Songs

With this list, we pay homage to the early Hip Hop scene in the United Kingdom. This is by no means meant as a representative presentation of UK Hip …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Public Enemy "Fight The Power" (1989)

<i>“Fight the Power”</i> is one of the biggest hits by Public Enemy, released as a single in June 1989 on Motown Records.<p>It was conceived at the request of …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 2000

1. Common - Like Water For Chocolate<p><i>“I never knew a luh, luh-luh</i><i>, a love like this /</i> <i>Gotta be something for me to write this /</i> <i>Queen, I ain’t seen you</i> …

Rap & Hip-Hop

DIZZEE RASCAL 'BOY IN DA CORNER' FULL ALBUM LIVE @ THE COPPER BOX, LDN. 22.10.16

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Listen To This New J Dilla Collection Of Unreleased Beats Curated By Ma Dukes

While producer J Dilla passed away long before the wave of eerie 2016 deaths, his music has lived on in part thanks to a wealth of unreleased instrumentals curated by his mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey. This latest collection of beats, titled <i>Jay Dee’s Ma Dukes Collection</i>, even bears her …