Pharoahe Monch @ The Globe, Cardiff

If you holding up the wall, then you missing the point

THE force of energy that is Pharoahe Monch steps across the Globe stage to loud cheers with his DJ and small band having already built the sense of anticipation for the enigmatic Queens MC.
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On a sweaty, humid July 1 night in the Welsh capital Monch will soon discard his ceremonial, military style jacket as he get straight into his no compromising set. Continue reading

Kanye West @ Glastonbury (Live on BBC Two)

“Old folks talking bout back in my day/But homie this is my day”

AFTER three months of talking Kanye West’s Saturday night headline slot on the Glastonbury Festival’s revered (by some) Pyramid Stage finally came.
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The BBC, which is only occasionally insightful enough to see past a cheap talking point, had been lapping up the ‘hip hop shouldn’t headline Glastonbury’ so called debate from the moment its main 9.30pm coverage started. Top marks though to the researcher who’d dug out Kanye’s 2013 Radio One interview with Zane Lowe, where he firmly stated ‘Rap is the new rock and roll, we the rock stars’. Continue reading

Listing the 90s references on Blak Twang’s debut LP

“Orignal south London trooper/Blak Twang, live from the big smoke”

DETTWORK SouthEast is an undisputed classic of UK hip hop – but until last year few people had heard the 1996 long player in full.

The cover of the remastered version of Dettwork SouthEast released in September 2014

The cover of the remastered version of Dettwork SouthEast released in September 2014

Contractual disputes thwarted Tony Olabode, aka Blak Twang, from releasing his debut at the time he recorded it. A 12″ single release along with a few test pressings of the album and a handful of promo cassettes helped establish the legend of the ‘lost debut’.
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Akala @ Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

“Raises more questions than John Kerry’s entire campaign.”

IN just one sentence, referring to ‘Why?’ by Jadakiss, the Source Magazine identified the failings of the eventually unsuccessful Democratic challenge to George Bush’s presidency in the 2004 US election.

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With Britain currently going through the motions of another general election I find myself asking why does a hip hop show raise more questions than weeks of campaigning and TV debates or non debates by the various party leaders. Continue reading

SNP terror? A question for David Cameron

DAVID Cameron’s election campaign rolled into Powys this week and with it the chance for me to interview the Prime Minister.

My picture, from the back of the room, as David Cameron addresses Welsh Tories near Builth Wells

My picture, from the back of the room, as David Cameron addresses Welsh Tories near Builth Wells

When I say interview, I mean ask a question. Yes Dave finds the time to face the local press corps, six minutes to be exact. That works out as one question each for four newspaper reporters, including myself, and one radio journalist.
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