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BackRoad Gee – ‘Reporting Live (From The Back Of The Roads)’ review: a rising star in the UK's rap scene

London-born, Congolese rapper BackRoad Gee has broken major ground in the UK rap scene. From dropping his breakout track ‘Party Popper’ at the start of 2020 to collaborating with hip hop figureheads Jay-Z and Kid Cudi for Netflix’s upcoming Western The Harder They Fall, it’s fair to say that BackRoad Gee’s ascension through the rap solar system has been enthralling to watch. It’s no surprise an equally outstanding body of work should match the lofty heights set by BRG’s own accomplishments – and

Brett Gray: “The Young Black Male Doesn’t Just Look One Way”

Philadelphia. A city famous for being the Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s stomping ground, sizzling cheesesteaks, roaring dirtbikes and some of the best rappers the side of the western hemisphere. It’s no surprise Pennsylvania’s largest city has forged some generational talent. Enter Brett Gray. A Philly native well-versed in both movie sets and the recording booth, churning out stellar performances and wind-swept R&B tunes. Gray sharpened his tools, graduating from The Philadelphia High School for Cr

Ego Ella May Gifts Us With New Four-Track Package “FIELDNOTES”

Ego Ella May is one of the finest R&B newcomers to flower out of South London. Her breakthrough single, ‘Table For One’, was a breath of fresh air for the UK R&B scene. The track in question married the static, vinyl-bound template of retro neo-soul but framed it with fresh, woozy jazz-centric quirks. Last Friday, the vocal powerhouse blessed us with her latest EP, FIELDNOTES. Comprised of four tracks, the project revels in classic R&B conventions – ominous weighty basslines, airy synth chords

Evening The Score: Preparing for The Fugees' Return 25 Years After the Release of their Seminal Sophomore Album

To celebrate 25 years of the Fugees’ seminal album, The Score, Frontline’s Niall Smith chronicles their story from start to finish and reflects on their unwavering influence on hip-hop and pop culture. As far as experiments go, the Fugees wasn’t supposed to work. If you were to ask your average music fan about them in 1994, they would either scratch their head in confusion or vaguely cite their flash-in-the-pan remix singles Vocab or Nappy Heads, and that’s about as far as the conversation woul

Channel 4 To Showcase 24 Hours Of Black Talent With ‘Black To Front’ Initiative

This Friday (September 10), Channel 4 will dedicate 24 hours of programming to Black talent as part of their “ongoing commitment to improve Black representation both on and off screen.” The initiative—titled Black To Front—will feature a re-run of cherished ‘90s classic Desmond’s, as well as Black-fronted specials of Come Dine With Me, Countdown, Googlebox, Big Breakfast and more. There will also be a Black To Front special of soap opera Hollyoaks, a drama written by the famed author Bolu Babal

Essential Viewing: DJ Target’s ‘Tonight With Target’ On BBC Three

He’s a famed grime producer, a music exec, an author and a BBC Radio 1Xtra host, but now—after co-hosting The Rap Game UK with Krept & Konan—DJ Target is fully stepping into the world of TV with his brand new show, Tonight With Target. Making its big debut on BBC Three on September 3, Tonight With Target is a six-part series that aims to celebrate Black British music in all its glory, including exclusive cyphers and interviews with the best of the best in the scene. So far, the show has feature

Brazilian Football Icon Pelé Undergoes Surgery To Remove Colon Tumour

Following last week’s hospitalisation rumours, Brazilian football legend Pelé, born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, has shared on his Instagram that he underwent surgery to remove a “suspicious lesion” last Saturday. The 80-year-old former offensive midfielder and forward spoke about his operation via Instagram, saying: “Fortunately, I’m used to celebrating great victories alongside you... I will face this match with a smile on my face, a lot of optimism and joy for living. Thank God for feeling v

New Data Reveals Over 8,700 UK High Street Stores Have Closed This Year

The coronavirus pandemic and heavier reliance on internet shopping have caused many beloved brick and mortar stores to fold in the UK, with more than 8,700 shutting up shop in the first half of 2021. While high street stores have been on the decline for the better part of a decade, COVID-19 has accelerated the damage to retail shopping exponentially. The total number of store closures outweighed the number of new stores, according to research from the Local Data Company. Their data also shows

Little Simz’s ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ LP Has Arrived

The wait is over! After months of anticipation and lead-up tracks—such as the vibrant “Introvert”, soul-rap gem “Woman” with Cleo Sol, and the delicate paternal case study of “I Love You, I Hate You”—Lil Simz’s fourth studio album, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, is finally here. With 19 tracks on the LP, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert features just two guest spots from the aforementioned R&B-soul singer Cleo Sol, and rising Afroswing artist Obongjayar on “Point And Kill”. On the production sid

The Donda Saga: Unpacking Kanye West's Latest Artistic Endeavour

Frontline’s Niall Smith reflects on Kanye West’s discography and the Donda album saga, and unpacks the latest instalment from one of this generation’s most prolific artists. In some ways, Donda feels like the spiritual successor to both My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and The Life of Pablo. Both albums featured monumental roll-outs, with Mr. West recruiting a rotating wheel of talent in a hidden base of operations, almost as if he was Marvel’s Nick Fury himself. Donda, however, and its numero

UK Report Finds Police Are More Likely To Taser Black People For Longer

A recent Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) report has found that, compared to other ethnicities, Black people in the UK were more likely to be Tasered for longer. The study also revealed evidence that many police officers used derogatory and inappropriate comments in an analysis of over 100 investigations involving Tasers from 2015 to 2020. The director-general of the IOPC, Michael Lockwood, demanded reforms, saying: “Ultimately, policing has to change and be more responsive to comm

Sneaker Guardians Crep Protect Unveil New Sneaker Duffle Bag

Guardians of the Kicks, Crep Protect are expanding their arsenal with a new duffle bag. Boasting a tactile design, the four-sneaker bag features waterproof pockets, increased padding, and velcro dividers. The dividers will enable customers to customise the bag to their specific sneaker rotation, ensuring their kicks don’t get squashed or misshaped on their travels. The bag is finished off with a wide-weaved shoulder strap and a gunmetal grey zipper, furthering its sleek presentation. It’s not

Priti Patel Reportedly Used False Data On Illegal Raves For Police Crackdown

In a new investigative report by Mixmag, the dance music publication has concluded that The Met Police, on behalf of Home Secretary Priti Patel, used flawed and misleading information to inflate and exaggerate the number of raves occurring during last year’s COVID-19 lockdown. In an article for The Telegraph on August 28, 2020, Priti Patel claimed: “In London alone, the Metropolitan Police has responded to more than 1,000 unlicensed events—such as big raves and parties—since the end of June, re
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