by / October 16th, 2012 /

Top Story: A Month In…Hip-Hop

Skyzoo’s New Album

In 2009, Brooklyn native Skyzoo released his debut full length album The Salvation, which has since been heralded as a classic. New project A Dream Deferred sees him team up with producers including 9th wonder, Illmind and DJ Khalil. At times sounding like a hip hop overture, majestic brass and string arrangements mesh with jazz influenced production and fluid street poetry. Collaborations with Jill Scott, Talib Kweli and DJ Prince help to create a cohesive and eclectic sound. On this album, it appears as though the dream is no longer deferred but has finally been realised.

Grandmaster Flash

As resident DJ for the Furious Five, Grandmaster Flash has become a true hip-hop icon. His unparalleled skills provided the musical back drop for classics like 1982’s ‘The Message’, which helped to solidify hip-hop as a true form of artistic expression, and gave the genre its first taste of street credibility and commercial success. His pioneering style of mixing would eventually revolutionise DJing by using the turntable as an instrument and not just a record player. Witness a master at work when he plays The Village on October 28th.

Rihanna’s unapologetic album cover

Despite the fact that Rihanna is nothing to do with hip-hop, she’s managed to worm her way into this month’s column because just when you thought she couldn’t get any more sleazy or tacky she does. The cover of her up-coming album Unapologetic shows Ri Ri topless with some strategically placed graffiti used to cover her. It’s her seventh album in eight years so there’s no denying the girl works her ass off, but don’t you wish she’d cover that ass up once in awhile…

K Koke’s new music

London born MC K Koke might not be familiar to you yet but he has been working his way up from the underground since 2010 with a mixtape trilogy called Pure Koke. His performance on 1xtra received 1.2 million You Tube hits which lead to him signing with Jay Z’s label Roc Nation. Latest single ‘Turn Back’ features Maverick Sabre and is taken from his forthcoming album I Ain’t Perfect.

Nicki Minaj live

Love her or hate her, there’s just no escaping Nicki Minaj these days. Whether she’s threatening to kill Mariah on the set of American Idol, or battling with Lady Gaga for the title of queen of outrageous fashion, Nicki is here to stay. Tracks like ‘Starships’ and ‘Moment For Life’ have seen Minaj become one of the most successful female MC’s of the last decade. She brings her multiple musical personas and those brilliantly bonkers outfits to the O2 on November 5th for her Pink Friday tour.