After a legendary debut at Hip Hop Kemp 2013, Kendrick Lamar has become an unlikely household name in the Czech rap scene. Almost a decade later, a capacity O2 Arena was more than ready to step big with the king from Compton. With Mr Morale being a narrative-focused album with ebbs and flows of emotionContinue reading “Photo Report: Kendrick Lamar, Prague 10/10/22”
After three years locked out of the country, I was able to travel back into Australia and catch a show at Sydney’s beloved Enmore Theatre. It was a wet June evening, and I managed to sneak in the back just as JPEG took to the stage, without even a DJ to accompany him. I wasContinue reading “Photo Report: JPEGMAFIA Live in Sydney 30/6/22”
After a steaming hot spring day, the evening changed to an overcast mood to welcome alternative rap’s prince of the moment Denzel Curry. After an unexplained venue change from the sweaty Malá Sportovní Hala to the open-air festival vibe of Žluté Lázně, the mood was decidedly upbeat to match the ‘My Kind of Summer’ titleContinue reading “Photo Report: Denzel Curry ft. PlayThatBoiZay & Opak Dissu, Live in Prague 16/5/22.”
On “The Heart Part 5”, Kendrick uses the street level experience of community trauma, betrayal and in-fighting as an indictment of a culture at war with itself.
More than 2 billion people celebrate the Lunar New Year. This month marks the beginning of the new Chinese Zodiac, the year of the tiger. The timing is impeccable. Tigers are synonymous with strength, grace, and ferocity all at once. The animal also became something of a symbol of the rapid growth of certain countriesContinue reading “Year of the Tiger”
The poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks, the academic work of Dr Donda West, and how Kanye was inspired by his late mother’s literal voice on ‘DONDA’.
While Joe Biden has played into the ‘lovable uncle’ branding, and Kamala Harris has experience as a woman of colour, the inauguration playlist they released…just doesn’t quite sit right.
As we look back on 2020, here is a list of my picks for MVPs of the year from a variety of media, but primarily related to music.
Gil Scott-Heron may not be a familiar name to many, but you can feel the impact of his poetry and music from the work of Kanye West to the protest cries of Black Lives Matter. If you see yourself as a citizen of conscience, he is an artist you need to know. Born in ChicagoContinue reading ““Who Will Survive in America?” // A Jazz Prophet’s Story”
Which artists are singing or rapping about coronavirus? Are artists expressing their loneliness and isolation in relatable ways? Is anyone singing about Tiger King?