Writing

NME:

Cover: Megan thee Stallion on being a modern Renaissance woman, breaking the internet and “part two of the civil rights movement”

“In a world that is often especially harsh and dismissive towards black womxn – even within the world of hip-hop – it’s almost historic for the next generation to witness Megan build a world and brand so authentic to her experience, and for her to live it with unadulterated confidence, beauty and success.

Her modern-day mantras are recited globally, out loud at her shows, online and in headphones. In the three years she’s been releasing music, Megan Thee Stallion has already been able to instil her – mostly black, femme-identifying and young – fanbase with a vitality often more readily associated with her more veteran counterparts. And she’s done it through genuine visibility and representation. “I try to put confidence in my fans when I’m rapping, because when you repeat after me, you need to really believe in what you’re saying!” she says.”

Crack Magazine:

Cover: Unknown T wants to be seen

Unknown T is having a hell of a week.

“It’s early August and the east London drill artist is in the thick of the promotional phase of his debut mixtape Rise Above Hate. Whether it’s starring in comedy sketches with fitness beast Armz Korleone or hosting listening parties on No Signal Radio, not to mention his long-overdue link up with internet persona Unknown P, he’s impossible to miss across social media. On the day of the interview, he’s busy filming YouTube reaction videos but breaks from the session to jump on Zoom. I mention that it’s clear he’s having a lot of fun with his return back to music over the last few months. He beams and coyly asks in his bassy, rumbling voice: “Have you noticed?”

Born Daniel Lena and raised in Homerton in the borough of Hackney, Unknown T crashed onto the UK rap scene in early 2018. An incendiary Mad About Bars freestyle served as introduction to his distinctive style, a blaze of UK slang over hard drill beats, before his debut smash Homerton B cemented him as one of the most exciting voices to come out of the capital, establishing his name, his area and his ability to bring drill to the clubs too – the addictive catchphrase “bend your back and just dig it” lit up every party for months. In seemingly no time at all, Lena had put drill music on the radar of the broadsheets, the fashion press and in the charts (Homerton B peaked at No. 48). Harnessing that momentum, collaborating with the likes of Crazy Cousinz, WSTRN and AJ Tracey by the summer of 2019.”

Huck Magazine:

Aminé – ‘I’ve never been to therapy – but music helps’

“The 26-year-old rapper talks pressure, pain and what it was like growing up as a first-generation African immigrant in the ‘whitest city in America’.
In today’s climate of algorithmic releases and access-all-areas approaches to social media, it’s rare for an artist to constantly keep people guessing. But Aminé seems to actively enjoy it.
With his 2017 pop-rap debut Good For You, to the angular hip hop of 2018 mixtape ONEPOINTFIVE and the reflective lyricism of his new album Limbo, the 26-year-old remains a refreshing enigma: an artist constantly striving to express his most authentic self, while continuing to grow and push boundaries in the process.

The Portland artist, née Adam Aminé Daniel, first catapulted into the public consciousness in 2016 when his viral banger ‘Caroline’ captured hearts globally. In the endearing homemade video – directed by Daniel himself – we watch as he rides around his hometown with a squad of friends, hanging out of a moving car, rapping about the mystery titular woman.

Fast-forward four years, the dreads are longer, the cars are faster and the video budgets have grown ostensibly (see here: the accompanying visuals for recent single ‘Riri’). But the heart of what makes Aminé so idiosyncratic remains intact: his charisma and wit; his ability to take a decent hook, an infectious beat and pair them with a wildly distinctive approach to rap visuals that takes heed from the golden era of MTV.”

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Dazed
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Huck
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The photographer who shot Britain’s Black Panther movement

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Opinion:

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The people living at Grenfell Tower predicted this tragedy

The Line of Best Fit
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Crack
Top 50 Albums of 2017

Interview:

Complex UK
Roses Gabor is striving to be the water, not the wave

Dazed
Beautiful images of what being Black, British & Muslim means

How to take up space in a man’s working world

Blues & Soul
Khalid: The A Teen – A Cover Story

gal-dem
Introducing Vagabon: ‘This is who I am. My music is what I’m offering.’ – Taken from print issue no.2

Introducing Rai-Elle – the refreshing new voice of UK R&B

Reviews:

The Guardian
Live: Ravyn Lenae – neo-soul star still finding her way to the top

Live: Lovebox Festival – Childish Gambino leads diversive corrective to Trump

Album: Ella Mai – Boo’d Up singer’s statement of intent

Album: Nao – Cosmopolitan R&B auteur evades the mainstream

Complex UK
Album: Dave’s ‘Psychodrama’ is a brutally impressive examination of society

NME
Album: Lizzo – Cuz I Love You

Crack Mag

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