Reading this on a mobile? Click here to watch video Who knew that South Korean dance would make international news? With the video of hip-hop artist Psy going viral on the web, the song has not only topped the music charts but along with its chirpily surreal dance routines, has inspired a slew of imitations, parodies and homages. In Seoul itself, a recent festival showcased a whole gamut of different dance acts performing Gangnam Style. In New Zealand, ballet director Ethan Steifel and dancer-choreographer Johan Kobbog have just posted a home video of themselves improvising a mime scene from their new production of Giselle with Psy instead of Adolphe Adam playing in the background. And in the Philippines, a thousand prisoners have perfected their own homage to the video – apparently drilled by the authorities in Cebu jail, who have adopted the heartwarming policy of using dance as form of personal rehabilitation as well as physical fitness. (A policy that would have been much … [Read more...] about MoveTube: Gangnam Style and the changing face of South Korean hip-hop
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Tyler Okonma, better known as Tyler the Creator, 20-year-old frontman of Odd Future, the world's most notorious rap group, is having a fit. He was sitting cross-legged on the table of a boardroom in the London office of his new record company, XL – home to Adele, the xx and Dizzee Rascal – but now he's on all fours, and in raptures. "Oh, my gosh!" he explodes as a bowl of bacon and syrup is placed in front of him. As he smells the food he emits a raspy gasp that sounds vaguely satanic. "Suck my dick," he says to no one in particular, before tucking into his hearty American breakfast. It is 4pm. "Oooh, this is so fuckin' good," he moans in an impossibly deep voice, the one that has earned him a grievous reputation for rapping about murder, rape and all manner of depraved, disgusting acts. He resents being teased about going vegetarian. "Fuck, no," he says, lifting his head from the plate to fix the Guardian with an "are you mad?" stare. "That shit's gay." You can't really … [Read more...] about Tyler the Creator in the UK: forget hip-hop, we’re the new Sex Pistols!
Kanye West teased a sequel to his critically panned gospel record Jesus Is King on Monday afternoon – only three weeks after the album’s release. “Ye and Dre Jesus is King Part II coming soon,” the rapper posted on Twitter, sharing a photo of himself in the studio with the legendary rapper and producer Dr Dre. This will be West’s first time working on an album with Dr Dre, who shaped the sounds and careers of various rappers including Snoop Dogg, Eminem and 50 Cent and sold his streaming and headphones business Beats to Apple for $3bn). West has frequently expressed his admiration for Dr Dre, who crafted the emerging sound of west coast rap in the 90s with his group NWA, immortalized in the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton. In an emotional tribute to Dr Dre, West wrote for Rolling Stone: “Dre feels like God placed him here to make music.” Scant details are known about the album. What will West’s swearword-free, God-loving lyrics sound … [Read more...] about Still Ye: Kanye West and Dr Dre team up for Jesus Is King follow-up
The Killers and the Cure have been announced as the final headliners of the 2019 Glastonbury festival. Brandon Flowers’ Vegas band will headline on the Saturday, and Robert Smith and co on the Sunday. They join the previously announced headliner Stormzy, who will close the Pyramid stage on Friday night. It is the Cure’s fourth time headlining Glastonbury, following slots in 1986, 1990 and 1995. They join Coldplay as the only groups to have headlined the festival four times. Down the bill, there are first-time Glastonbury appearances from Janet Jackson, Lauryn Hill and Miley Cyrus, among others. Liam Gallagher will follow his packed Other stage show at Glastonbury 2017, and Christine and the Queens returns for her second Glastonbury, having provided a flash of European optimism with her debut at the 2016 festival, the day after the UK voted to leave the EU. Bands including Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Two Door Cinema Club and Hot Chip are likely to debut material from their … [Read more...] about Glastonbury 2019: Killers and the Cure announced as final headliners
Four years ago, Little Simz released her first album, A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons. In the opening track, Persons, she mused on the pressures of being a breakout female rapper. “They told her women cannot call themselves kings / They told her fame is not made for everyone,” she snarled. “They told her stop while you’re ahead, Simbi/The industry will break you, Simbi.” But it wasn’t until last year that it almost did. “For the last four years I’ve spent so much time touring,” says the MC when we meet, a stone’s throw from Islington, London, where she grew up. “It was taking its toll on my physical and mental health, and I was burnt out. When you’re living in hotels and not eating and monitoring your health properly, you don’t realise, because every day feels like a weekend … it’s not normal to live like that. After years on end it becomes a bit tedious. At least it did for me. Loneliness … [Read more...] about Little Simz: ‘My friend going to prison tore my community apart’