50!

50th Newsletter This is the 50th newsletter I’m sending out! Feels kind of crazy. While my passion for hip hop is as big as when I started out, the time spent on this newsletter might not be at the same level. But… I feel I’ve set it all up now with website, newsletter and blog …

Acting

Rappers turned actors It’s Sunday – what is a better start to this day than some new hip hop…? This week, the topic isn’t as serious as it might be otherwise. Today, I’d like to pay my regards to all the rappers out there who have endeavoured into movie acting. I came to think of …

R.I.P

Welcome back It’s been a long time since I posted. Sad! There’s been a lot going on: I’ve moved to a new place that needed a lot of work. I’ve also spent a lot of energy writing articles about design (if you fancy, have a read here). But here we are, back at it. There’s …

Influential

One can’t deny that other genres has been greatly influenced by hip hop. The trap beats are to be found in a lot of major pop songs today. The background instrumentals, the sampling, the rapping(!) even – all of this has moved into almost all other genres that are popular on radio today. One can …

Trends

I try to keep a lookout for new trends on the horizon. We had a period where every new beat had a flute in it (Mask Off, Big Amount, Portland, Tunnel Vision, Broccoli). I believe the high-point of that era has passed. I believe we’re moving into a new era where there’s a repeated electric guitar loop playing. We …

The Drama Show

Following hip hop is like following a super eventful drama / action tv show. There’s just so much happening — and most of the happenings are absolutely crazy. What I love about hip hop is that it’s so personal. As a comparison: when you watch and follow football, you get some interviews and hear comments from …

Banger Era

I remember 2013-2014 when there was a release each week that had a new track that was 100% made to be a “banger” and nothing else. Like the tracks stated in the subtitle, all of these (and more), were dropped in a period where everyone wanted to take the #1 radio spot. I believe this …

That ONE Album

It got a bit critical in the previous newsletter. Rightfully so, I would like to add. When I collected all albums of 2018 to create a list of the top ones, I can’t really say there’s that one album that really stood out. Not like previous years, where we’ve received classics like To Pimp A Butterfly, etc. There’s …