Dissertation: European hip-hop: an in-depth analysis of the development of hip-hop in France, Italy and Germany during the 1980s and 1990s

Abstract:

This dissertation will provide an in-depth analysis into the development of hip-hop in three European countries: France, Italy and Germany, during the 1980s and 1990s. Drawing from the ideas of important theorists such as Andre Prevos, Tony Mitchell, Mark Pennay, and Dietmar Elflein, and a variety of relevant online articles, documentaries and films, it will show how each country adapted the musical idioms and styles of American hip-hop to create unique offshoots. Discussing the key artists within each country, and how hip-hop impacted on society. The key theories of Globalisation and Americanisation will be used to show how hip-hop arrived into Europe from America, and an overall background of the birth and growth of hip-hop from the depravity of the New York projects will also be given.

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First published: May 9, 2016

Where?: For academic purposes BA (Hons) Popular Music Journalsim 2015/16 – Southampton Solent University

Magazine: Audio Addict #24 –

I wrote a feature on wave music for the latest edition of Audio Addict, which is out now. If you don’t know about it then have a peek at my scene insight, pages 18/19.

First published: March 26, 2016

Album Review: Faze Miyake – Faze Miyake

Faze Miyake steps into the spotlight on his self-titled debut album, bringing everything we love about his weekly Rinse FM shows and previous productions into one beautifully crafted body of work. Its woozy bass driven style of beats, twisting and turning from dubstep to grime, make for a chilling and sharp listen. Winter is coming and Faze Miyake will be your soundtrack.

Little Simz is one of the few rappers in the UK who currently could handle the beat on opener ‘The Nest’, its switch up in styles and wonky beat patterns displays Faze Miyake at his very best. Little Simz moves and adapts to the beat, as she impeccably varies her boisterous flow, boasting and flaunting her highly impressive rapping abilities. When second track ‘Burciaga’ kicks in with an equal amount of swirling body shuddering bass lines it’s clear a journey will commence. ‘Ice Cold’ and ‘Below Me’ show the versatility that Miyake offers; on the one hand you’ve got the frosty vocals of Inga Copeland layered over a truly chilling instrumental on ‘Ice Cold’, and then you’ve got the frenetic trap inspired ‘Below Me’, with Chicago rapper Sasha Go Hard featuring on the track. Instrumental song ‘Ocean Drive’ is placed in between the two contrasting styles and provides the perfect transition between the two.

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Single Review: Disclosure (feat. Lorde) – Magnets

Disclosure have gradually curated an iconic sound, a sound that when you hear it you immediately know that it’s them. On their new single ‘Magnets’ it’s no different with R&B infused house, the little subtle synths etching in and out and to top it off a perfectly chosen featuring artist, in this case the New Zealander Lorde.

Her voice accompanies the production beautifully and it is one of the stand out tracks on their new album Caracal. Do not listen if you’re prone to having songs stuck in your head as it’s extremely catchy.

7/10

First published: September 28, 2015

Where?: https://audioaddictmag.co.uk/2015/09/28/now-playing-2892015/

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