Tag Archive for: hip hop

One To Watch: Kiddy Smile


Polari Magazine spoke to exciting newcomer Kiddy Smile about his break-up ‘Get Myself Alone’.

“It’s the expression of pure fun. It’s about letting go of everything bothering you at the moment, just during one track, and for 5 minutes it’s all about escape.”

Beyoncé • Beyoncé

66:35 min • Parkwood / Columbia • December 13, 2013
The surprise release from Beyoncé is probably the first time in her career that she can truly be seen as an artist. Not commercial but a soul opus.

“Beyoncé raps and purrs, and whilst her voice is in solid shape, there’s little of the vocal gymnastics we’ve come to expect from her. This album is not about booty shaking, getting to number one and showing off her vocal range. This album is about the music and the artistry.”

Flat 10 • Nick Brewer

Released September 15, 2013
Nick Brewer’s Flat 10 is an intense, 7 track EP, a collection of chilled-out rap with a message..

“‘Every word that Brewer says on this EP comes from his heart, and is said to make a change – whether it just be to one person or people at large, and that I have a lot of respect for.”

Yeezus • Kanye West

Released June 18, 2013
Yeezus is a brilliant example of exactly how modern music should be – it’s such a mishmash of samples and influences, it covers as many genres as it can.

“This album isn’t for everyone. The music is heavy and distorted, the lyrics are dark and at times heavily sexual, violent or even misogynistic, but to me it’s a brave and bold work that deserves the praise being thrown at it.”

Unapologetic • Rihanna

November 19, 2012

It’s not just about the music and so, says Little Bastard, the promise of this album is lost when her message supports physically violent domestic abuse.

“How well this album will do will depend on its marketing. Just as we want to watch car-crash TV, we want car-crash celebrity, so secretly most people in this media saturated culture probably want a Chris Brown and Rihanna reunion.”

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded • Nicki Minaj

Released April 3, 2012

Nicki Minaj takes her music in a new an edgy direction with Roman Reloaded.

“A lot of the music on display here is as uncommercial as it is commercial, and stars like Rihanna would kill to sound this current.”