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Category: Opinion Pieces

Is Fame & Money Counter-Intuitive To Grime?

For decades, grime has prided itself in being the fast-paced lyrical narrative of the black working class, with rappers like Hackney born and bred JME professing how ‘the music originated and will always remain in the streets’. But with the recent success of grime artists such as Stormzy resulting in a move from the urban hubbub of Croydon to the gold-lined streets of Chelsea, are rappers becoming disconnected from the streets they came from?

Scrubs: The Importance of a Good Soundtrack

For those of you living under a rock, Scrubs was a comedy surrounding the humorous yet complex daily lives of its eccentric staff and patients. It ran for 8 wonderful seasons and then attempted a spin-off-esque travesty that I will not be discussing or even acknowledging the existence of. Whilst many people would applaud Scrubs for its novel storylines, its complex and intricate characterisation and its continuous off-beat humour throughout its long lifespan, I personally think it is the soundtrack of the show that causes it to stand out.

How Britney Stole the VMAs

Yes, her string of relationships is still publicly documented but, whilst that is happening, Spears has been silently but surely re-building her career. Even though she currently is in the 3rd year of her Las Vegas residency and has released many well-received chart-topping songs, her comeback, if I may call it that, wasn’t well established until August 28th 2016.

The Rise and Fall of Taylor Swift

If you ask anyone who knew me when I was 12 years old they will tell you that if there was one song I was obsessed with it was ‘Love Story’ by Taylor Swift. Then, I heard about the girl behind the song. She had convinced her parents to move her to Nashville in order to pursue a singing career and, once there, she had worked so hard that she managed to sign to a major label by the age of 14. She was the personification of hard work, perseverance and proof that age did not matter.

Boot the Reboots!

They say that imitation is the best form of flattery but it’s really not in this case. Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is quickly becoming one of the most popular genres of music and dominates the UK music charts. However there is one trend in EDM which is pretty annoying; song reboots.

Is Indie Rock Dead?

Having grown up listening to the likes of Razorlight, the Kooks, and just about every major indie band in the early noughties, I have developed a certain soft spot for that marriage of mellowed out guitars and angsty song writing. Hell, that’s why I started my own music blog in the first place. But now in the age of electronica and leanings to more digitally influenced sound, I can’t help but wondering if the age of guitar-based indie is dead, and it is in fact becoming (dare I say it) classic rock?!