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How Hip-Hop Turned on Donald Trump

How Hip-Hop Turned on Donald Trump

There was a time when American rap musicians loved Donald Trump; he was regarded as the charismatic ‘billionaire’ celebrity who embodied the aspirational nature of the genre. Many famous rappers came up from a life of poverty to become world famous and rich. Trump was one of many icons who lived a life to envy.

When Trump began campaigning for President of the United States, his bigoted views were exposed before the world. Many who used to glorify his name are now staunch critics of the man in the golden wig.

We’re going to look at how rappers went from calling themselves “the black Trump” to making songs like “Fuck Donald Trump”. We’re examining this genre because many of the artists are African-American and hip-hop is very in-tune to cultural and political shifts.

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Rap Names explained

Rappers’ Names – What Do They Even Mean?

Obie Trice, real name, no gimmicks – Obie Trice

I love rap music: a genre with many colourful characters, where every song is basically an excuse to boast about how dope you are. The whole genre is basically a dick measuring contest, and that’s what we love about it.

Of course the best way to impress the world and [more importantly] other rappers is to have a great rap name. The purpose of which is to strike fear into your enemies’ hearts, while also proving you’re a badass MC.
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Craig David Young to Old

Bo Selecta: the Craig David Story – Part One

Re-Rewinding the glory days of the Garage Godfather

Welcome to Culture Hash’s Garage month. We started with a much-belated review of Years and Years’ debut album, Communion, which showed the 2015 interpretation of the UK Garage genre, creatively titled “Future Garage”.

Now is the time to look back to the original genre and its most recognisable artist, Craig Ashely David. We are going to examine the fascinating career trajectory of a man who didn’t let the fact he has three first names hold him back.

Our journey will see him as a teenage prodigy, pop star, laughing stock and wash up. David now is in the midst of an improbable comeback; remarkably he’s only 35. Join me on this journey as Culture Hash presents the unauthorised biography of Craig David, part I.
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808s & Heartbreak and the Children of Kanye West

Disclaimer: this blog contains a sickening amount of praise for Kanye West

808s and Heartbreak is one of the most and influential albums of the last 10 years. Since its 2008 release, the echoes have reverberated throughout hip-hop. Consider how many rappers currently use Auto-Tune as evidence of this.

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