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Since 2010, Canadian based crew The Lytics have been providing some serious rhyme power with track after track proving their quintet’s lyrical diversity, complexity and originality. Formed in a Winnipeg basement, and driven B-Flat’s super tight production, The Lytics are …
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J Dilla – The Diary – Listening party @ The ACE Hotel, London & album reflections

On a personal level, J Dilla has been one of my biggest musical influences. Ask the Wordplay family and they’ll confirm that I regularly harp on about dilla-esque topics! So to be invited to a listening party for Dilla’s long …
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Who Sampled Prince?

It goes without saying that Prince was a huge inspiration the world over. Without his music, many genres would miss an undeniably recognisable sound and would be considerably weaker for it. Any musician can look to Prince and learn. From production to …
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Akua Naru – Live At The HiFi Club – Leeds – 08/04/16

Akua Naru’s stock is growing and growing, deservedly so; the New Haven, Connecticut hip-hop artist prides herself on soulful, poetic material, but the raw sound of the golden era is still very much a part of her package. Tonight she …
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Charles Bradley – Live at Colston Hall – Bristol – 15/04/16

As a music lover there are certain labels that you just cop new releases from without hesitation. One of those is most certainly Daptone Records, the N.Y based label home to the likes of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, the Budos …
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10 Questions: DJ Tones (Broken Authors)

Yes yes people! So, we’re reloaded, with another round of 10 Questions in the chamber. As ever we’re keeping it loose and allowing the artists to expand on the questions. So, this week we have the second member of the Broken …
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Makala Cheung 張 Interview

Makala Cheung is a long standing member of Bristol’s local music scene. Known for her powerful and creative performances, alongside her Oriental associations and endeavours, Makala’s fast becoming an artist to look out for in 2016 and beyond. So, Makala, …
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Philthy Rich – Real Niggas Back In $tyle

Oakland MC Philthy Rich is one of the most well-known and respected artists operating in the eclectic bay area independent rap scene; he’s notched some very high profile collaborations over the past few years, and has released a steady string …
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Wordplay x Record Store Day 2016 #rsd2016

It’s that time again people! Record Store Day is a day of celebration amongst music fans, digital lovers, and hard core diggers alike. YES, it can be argued that prices maybe a little higher than usual, and YES it seems …
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Kirk Knight – Live At Headrow House – Leeds – 21/03/16

Brooklyn rapper and producer Kirk Knight is a member of the deservedly respected Pro Era crew, who are one of the cliques representing for the real hip-hop sound, whilst maintaining a modern, diverse sound. Knight’s debut LP release Late Knight …
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10 Questions – Invokal (Broken Authors / UGHH)

 Yes yes people! So, we’re back with another chunk of 10 Questions. As ever we’re keeping it loose and allowing the artists to expand on the questions. So, this week we have Brighton based lyricist, artist and journalist… Invokal 1) …
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WORDPLAY EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Ill Move Sporadic & Tenchoo – Chess Pieces

Good Friday to you people! Wordplay are rather excited about our next Exclusive Premiere. We have one of the UK’s most respected battle rhymers, Tenchoo, teaming up with the jugganaut production team that are Ill Move Sporadic! The lyrical beast …
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Killa Kyleon – Blessed To Raise Hell

Killa Kyleon first gained attention as part of fellow Houston MC Slim Thug’s Boss Hogg Outlawz collective. The group disbanded back in 2011, and since then Kyleon has dropped a couple of mixtapes and some noteworthy guest appearances; he’s appeared …
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Horseshoe Gang Interview – Album focus – Anti Trap Music

Ethan Everton spoke to Julius & Demetrius from Horseshoe Gang to uncover details regarding their upcoming album Anti-Trap Music. In America, hip-hop culture faces turmoil as kids readily embrace a newfound millennial trend known as trap music, a genre which …
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Natty – Live At The Belgrave Music Hall – Leeds – 15/03/16

Natty, an insanely talented musician hailing from Finsbury Park in North London, has gained a significant reputation with his uplifting, positive musical output, which matches a reggae influence with mainstream appeal effortlessly, and he does it whilst completely maintaining his …
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