Issue 55

Wow! Franklins is back. What made the bear wake up from its pit? Well, truth be told, it’s no new young artist, crazy revelation about a new genre or similar. It’s because of two topics: Kanye West and Future’s Monster

Issue 54

This newsletter is a tribute to Mats Nileskär. Some of you’ve stumbled across his name when Kendrick Lamar used his interview with Tupac on his album, To Pimp A Butterfly. The interview became the epicenter of the whole album. Mats is a journalist in Sweden. He’s hosted a radio show called P3 Soul since 1978. He’s done over 6,000 inteviews with famous hip hop, rap and R&B stars since then. Tupac, Jay Z, Aretha Franklin, Sly Stone, Questlove, Aaliyah, Beyonce, James Brown, and many more.

Issue 52

Issue 52 From the known to the rather unknown, this newsletter will bring nostalgia with Chance The Rappers big hit mixtape Acid Rap, that after years are available on Spotify and other streaming services. We also have Serious Klein, who my friend Lucas recommended me. He’s reaching about 100k listeners a month which isn’t much …

Issue 51

Issue 51 Summer is coming along well and I’m off on vacation. There’s usually a “summer album” being released that have a lot of feel good vibes but can’t say I’ve found that one this year. What I’ve found though, is one of my new favourite up and coming artist: Octavian. This british MC has …

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 …