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Prosecuting Rap

Recent years have seen an increase in the number of UK criminal trials using rap lyrics and music videos as evidence, a trend that disproportionately...

Rap music has long been subjected to heavy policing and censorship, and not just in the United States. In the UK, Form 696 was regarded...

Legal bill preventing use of rap lyrics in court comes into effect in California

A legal bill preventing the use of rap lyrics as evidence in court has come into effect in California.


The California state legislature's Assembly Bill...

Use of drill lyrics in criminal trials to be reviewed by the crown prosecution service

The use of drill lyrics in criminal trials is to be reviewed by The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the UK. 


New research by the...

UK rap and drill Youtube video takedown requests by Met Police increased 300% in 2021

London's Metropolitan Police sent YouTube triple the number of UK rap and drill video takedown requests in 2021 than in the previous year.


A new...

The campaign responds to a rise in cases of rap lyrics used as evidence in criminal trials

Rappers including Jay-Z, Meek Mill and Big Sean among others are campaigning for a new law that would limit the use of rap lyrics as...

UK drill music videos can now be used as evidence in court, CPS rules

UK drill artists' music videos can now be submitted as evidence in court, the head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.


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@ The Roundhouse, 26th February

Downstairs in the bowels of London’s prestigious Roundhouse, history is being made before our very eyes. In direct counterpoint to the bedwetting indie drivel...

New York State passes new bill limiting use of song lyrics as evidence in court

New York's state senate has passed a new bill limiting the use of song lyrics as evidence in court.


Lawmakers voted 38-23 in favor of...

EDM, techno, trap, trance and science-fiction in Thailand... 

Dropzone Festival has confirmed Sven Vath— who is also heading to Tomorrowland in Belgium— Paul Van Dyk— this month's DJ Mag North America cover star...

Several artists associated with New York's drill scene have been removed from the Rolling Loud festival line-up at the request of the New York City...

On Cue is our flagship mix series, celebrating the pivotal DJs and producers whose influence has shaped the world of electronic music, both in their...

Galcher Lustwerk aspires to luxury. “When people say that I do ‘ghetto house’, or if they use the word ‘ghetto’ to describe my music, I...

The melodic deep house of Maya Jane Coles’ ‘What They Say’ helped put her on the map, and soon went on to be sampled by...

Even if you’ve never consciously set out to listen to ‘What They Say’ by Maya Jane Coles, you’ve almost certainly heard it before. Over the...

Acid house hero and dancehall spitter is back and firin'!

One of the most distinctive voices in UK electronic music, Feral Is Kinky is the latest persona for MC Kinky, aka Cantankerous, aka Feral, aka The Infidel — or Caron Geary to her sister.

Leslie delivered the most educated, informed and damning defense of the evening...

fabric had its licence revoked in the early hours of this morning (7th September), at the end of a licensing hearing that saw Islington Council...

Knucks is leading UK rap's new wave

A rapper, producer and head of the No Days Off brand, Knucks smashed into the UK album charts this year with his ‘Alpha Place’ project, presenting his ‘chill drill’ sound in all its evolved glory. His triumphant homecoming show at KOKO in Camden saw collaborators like Stormzy, SL, Youngs Teflon and Ragz Originale join him on stage. Here, Yemi Abiade meets the Londoner to learn how there are now no limitations on his future

It’s late May in North London. The sun is setting with a burning intensity that only a summer’s evening in this concrete jungle can provide...