On Pluto queens and Saturn macks. My interview with Shabazz Palaces is out in this week’s NME Magazine. Three page spread on New Black Wave, that lese majesty ish [legal speak: an offense against the dignity of a reigning sovereign or against the state] and the Black Constellation collective.
From hip-house pioneers through the urban nightmarists to the rappers inspired by literature, here are some of UK hip-hop’s finest moments
10 of the best UK hip hop tracks, compiled by yrs truly. Couldn’t include everything/body I wanted to – partly ‘cos to qualify, tracks have to be on Spotify and gems like Domestic Science aren’t there yet – but still. Some titans right here. Enjoy!
"The function, the very serious function, of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language, so you spend twenty years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly, so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Somebody says you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up. None of that is necessary. There will always be one more thing."
For all its supposed celebration of diversity and inclusivity, punk doesn’t allow women the visibility they merit, writes Charlotte Richardson Andrews
I wrote a thing about Warped Tour, Rebellion Festival and female [in]visibility in punk. In a nutshell: hey industry bros! We exist! Also, stop ghettoizing us please. [CW for rape and victim smearing]