Yearly Archives: 2015



Once upon a time hip hop was a battlefield. Any degree of success or claim to be the best opened an MC up for attack. If you wanted to sit on the throne you had to deal with challengers. From the early days of the now legendary “bridge wars” between […]

The lost art of hip hop beef


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The North East of England has for decades been associated with decline. Once a great production engine driving Britain’s growth, the region has seen it’s traditional industries from shipbuilding to mining stripped down to a few remnants. Locals may object to the “grim up north” narrative and point to the […]

The sorry state of North East football



It’s been a decade since Arctic Monkeys dramatically burst into the UK charts with the single “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor.” Then a much hyped but relatively unknown band, the first single from the Sheffield four piece’s debut album Whatever People Say I am That’s What I’m […]

Top 5 early Arctic Monkeys songs





Dr. Dre’s third album may not reach the legendary status of his first two efforts, but his swansong may just be the most interesting and daring record of his career. When it comes to hip hop, few rappers can have as daunting a legacy to live up to as Dr. Dre. As […]

The Compton review


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The debut studio album from Baltimore rapper King Los showcases its creator’s potential but loses its way after a spectacular start.  The first issue in reviewing King Los’ album God, Money, War is figuring out what exactly it is. It appears to be a studio debut but Los himself has […]

The God, Money, War Review