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 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.
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?
On standout track “Darkness”, Eminem takes aim at gun control in the US, adopting the perspective of the 2017 Las Vegas shooter to highlight the darkness in these perpetrators’ minds, and the absurd frequency at which these events occur.