Its been a fortnight since our first volume and there has been some big news in the hip hop world. First up is in the insanely good Coachella announcement which this year has really pulled it out of the bag and booked Snoop Dogg and Dr.Dre to close the festival. The long time Cali hip hop originators will be completely in their element playing to their home state. The performance also marks the live return of Dr. Dre who has been hard at work on his Detox album. With a combined back catalogue that is jam packed with hits they are sure to put on a great show, so if anyone is feeling kind then we are accepting Coachella ticket donations here at Strictly…….we wont hold our breath.
The Brit Award nominations were revealed this week and it came as a big surprise to see that Wretch 32 has been completely snubbed. The North London MC has worked incredibly hard over the last few years and finally reaped some rewards in 2011 with his debut album reaching number 4 in the UK charts while his single ‘Don’t go’ hit the top spot. It’s a shock then that the Brits have decided to exclude Wretch from the nominations and understandably he was upset at the decision, talking to the Daily Star the MC said,
“It’s sad not to be nominated, but if you’re not in the running when everybody knows you should have been, then that’s cool. When you get massive love from supporters, none of the other stuff matters.”
Although the importance of award ceremonies like the Brits is minimal to established artist, I can understand it’s important to get recognition for your work, I’m sure Wretch will come back with something even better to prove the critics wrong.
Also making the news this week was US rapper Kid Cudi who took to destroying stage equipment after organisers at Heatwave festival in Melbourne, Australia cut his set short. The rapper, real name Scott Mascudi, was left angry after his set was first delayed whilst security refused entry to the stage for members of his backing band despite having full performers passes before his set was cut short.
The fans were also left angry after it was revealed that the festival had no on site ATM machines, alcohol and that views from front row seats were completely blocked by speaker stacks along with a whole host of other problems.
And finally we end on some sad news as we saw the deaths of two highly influential figures in music.
Funk legend Jimmy Castor suffered cardiac arrest passing away at the age of 71, the artist who had hits with singles including ‘Troglodyte’ and ‘Its just begun’ had a love hate relationship with hip hop. First becoming angry by the unrecognised sampling by artists including the Beastie Boys on their record ‘Hold it now, hit it’, a dispute that was settled out of court and then going on to enjoy recognition after being sampled by high profile hip hop stars like 2 Live Crew, Kanye West and Mos Def.
Secondly we say a sad goodbye to pioneering producer and reggae artist Winston Riley. Riley who sustained gun shot wounds to the head in November has not left hospital since the incident and finally succumbed to his injuries. This isn’t the first time the Jamaican artist has been a victim of violence, in the past he has been stabbed and his record store has been burnt down in an arson attack. All crimes remain unsolved. Most famous for his production on the track ‘Ring The Alarm’ which was sampled by UK artist Donaeo has also seen artists such as Busta Rhymes, Slick Rick and Nas use his work.
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