Sally Denning explores the significance of politics in hip hop songs.
It’s easy to focus on the big things of the year. Top 10s, best actors, blockbuster box-offices – these are the things that dominate the headlines. But what of the little things? We’ve gathered together a couple of Exeposé Screen writers to talk about their favourite smaller moments of the year. Margo Hanson in The Magicians […]
For anyone wondering what ‘stanning’ is, it’s a term used to describe someone who is a super-fan of a certain artist, combining the word ‘stalker’ and ‘fan’, originating from the self-obsessed fan described in the Eminem song ‘Stan’. Even though there should be some immediate red flags regarding how healthy this sort of approach to […]
I have problems with Eminem. I’m disappointed by many of his releases since 2004, by the way he has often misdirected so much of his lyrical venom, by his reliance on artless shock value. Yet I remain fascinated by him, because anyone with a passion for the putting-together of words can appreciate that Marshall Mathers […]
After the phenomenal chart success of Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, you could be forgiven for thinking women were equal in the music industry. But while album sales may be up for those at the top, few can reach these heights and hang onto their integrity, following Mrs Carter’s mantra dominant themes of sexual power, self-love, confidence […]
Veteran Eminem listeners may recall a certain skit from his Marshall Mathers LP album (the first one), in which an exasperated Steve Berman “explains” Dr. Dre’s album successes: “he’s rapping about big-screen TVs, blunts, 40s (40 oz. beer bottles) and bitches”. Such is the foundation of the genre known as gangsta rap, the topic of […]
In the fourth instalment of Josh Rotchelle’s Music Lesson, the genre on the chalkboard is horrorcore. What do you get when you mix wearing your heart on your sleeve, a self-exaggerated sense of one’s own edginess, and a life on the streets? The correct answer is horrorcore, a fringe hip-hop genre unique for its fixation on […]