Hip-Hop – February

March 4th, 2014 by

Common chimes in on the N-word debate “At one point, my mother asked me [not to] use it, at one point Dr. Maya Angelou said she didn’t support it and you know, I love her”, Common said during a special ESPN broadcast regarding the use of the N-word in NFL. “This is the way we […]


January 3rd, 2014 by

Nas Celebrates Illmatic and talks new studio album in 2014 In celebration of the 20 year anniversary of Nas‘ legendary album Illmatic, the Queensbridge MC has confirmed that the album will be reissued with special edition goodies for his fans. He said “We’re putting together a concert. And I think we’re going to do something […]

Hip-Hop – October

October 29th, 2013 by

Jay Z’s barney over alleged racial profiling by department store Jay Z has found himself at the centre of a dispute between high end department store Barneys and two African-American customers who claim that in two separate incidents, store clerks discriminated against them by accusing them of credit card fraud. Jay is now under pressure […]

New Noise – Enemies Asian tour special

October 11th, 2013 by

Off the back of their sophomore album Embark, Embrace, Enemies embarked on a tour of Asia covering the Philippines, China and Japan. State caught up with guitarist Lewis Jackson to talk life on the road in Asia and what’s next for one of Ireland’s most prolific DIY acts. You’re just home from an incredible trip […]

Hip-Hop – September

September 27th, 2013 by

Drake aspires to be the Marvin Gaye of hip-hop While speaking with MTV News, Drake revealed that he’ll never release “a straight rap album” since he didn’t come into music solely as a hip-hop artist. He also expressed his desire to become a modern-day Marvin Gaye. “Just don’t ever be surprised like when I’m singing […]

Hip-Hop – August

September 4th, 2013 by

Rising Star: Austin Brown This month’s artist to watch out for is Austin Brown. Hailing from Los Angeles, Austin may not be a household name on this side of the world just yet but with the release of his mixtape Highway 85 in 2012 and an upcoming studio album in the works, Brown looks set […]

New Noise – Mylets Special

August 28th, 2013 by

Henry Kohen, more commonly known as Mylets, has spent the past month in Ireland with his somewhat surrogate family at Sargent House Europe and last night played a storming set at London’s Old Blue Last. When most guys around his age are preparing to hit college he’s about embark on an international tour with label […]

Hip-Hop – July

August 2nd, 2013 by

Nas On ‘Barbarians’ in America Brooklyn MC Nas has never shied away from speaking his mind particularly when it comes to his views on African American culture and his recent appearance on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show was no exception. He contributed to a discussion panel regarding differences in healthcare treatment for black and white children. […]

New Noise – July

July 11th, 2013 by

Heat waves, festival season, cans by the canal whatever an Irish summer might mean to you we’ve got a few acts here that will surely provide you with a memorable soundtrack. Morning Veils, Zorch and Eat My Noise are three thrilling acts for you to mull over. Morning Veils Morning Veils are Aisling O’Riordan on […]

Hip-Hop – June

June 19th, 2013 by

Samsung buys one million copies of Jay Z’s new album Details of Jay-Z‘s new album have just been announced. The project entitled Magna Carta Holy Grail is out on 4th July and as usual Jigga has bigger plans than a typical album release. Technology giant Samsung have agreed to purchase one million copies of the […]

New Noise – Tera Melos special

June 12th, 2013 by

“For me, our life has always been similar to a solar eclipse; it will all eventually line up but it’s really just a waiting game”… Tera Melos’ X’ed Out has swiftly become a favorite since its release in April. From tracks like ‘New Chlorine’ to ‘Tropic Lame’, its gorgeous riffs, complex rhythms and sweet harmonies […]

Hip-Hop – May

May 29th, 2013 by

Amanda Bynes vs. Rihanna Attention-seeking former child star Amanda Bynes’ meltdown continued on Twitter yesterday when she randomly lashed out at Rihanna. It started when Bynes sent tweets telling Rihanna that she almost named her dog after her and that Chris Brown beat her because she “wasn’t pretty enough”. Rihanna threw out a quick one-liner […]

New Noise – May

May 10th, 2013 by

There’s a bit of a Cork theme running through this month’s feature; music from Altar of Plagues, the Altered Hours and newcomer Mylets, who will make his Irish debut at Indiependence in August this summer. These are just a few bands to look forward to as this summer shapes up to be quite a thrilling […]

Hip-Hop – April

April 25th, 2013 by

Mary J Blige’s money troubles It appears that the queen of hip hop soul, Mary J Blige really is just like the rest of us – she’s broke! According to news sources Stateside, despite selling 50 million records, Blige can’t pay her rent and has been slapped with an eviction notice. It doesn’t look likely […]