February 13, 2016

Clash Magazine: The World Is His – Nas *Cover Story*.

Words by Lily Mercer

Ex-husband, father, rap legend. Step into Nas’ world.

It’s the last days of the London Olympics and Nas is in town. Tomorrow he’ll witness the USA men’s basketball team win a gold medal. But today he’s in Hackney, Dalston, to be exact, explaining why 2012 was the right year for him to release an album.

“It’s an interesting time,” he begins. “[Music] comes out the way it comes out, you know? I never plan it to get it ready; music speaks to me in a way that tells me, ‘It’s time to do it again’. I never know when it’s time.”

After eighteen years of recording, these days he feels less pressure when it comes to the reception of an album. “Nervousness left a long time ago, except for the good butterflies you feel about to do something exciting. It’s just a good feeling and it’s cool to think that every time I put out a record, the sounds are more seasoned.”

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Clash Magazine: Mac Miller: Hip-Hop’s New Heavyweight Cleans Up *Cover Story*.

Words: Lily Mercer Photography: Liam MF Warwick Mac Miller is one of the most likeable rappers on the planet. Unless you’re a rap purist, in which case you probably frown at his back catalogue of happy-go-lucky hip-hop. But Mac’s grown up. The last year has seen him move city, overcome a drug addition and indulge […]

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VIPER MAGAZINE: THE SOUND OF CHIRAQ

THE MID-WESTERN CITY OF CHICAGO HAS BEEN HIGHLIGHTED AS A CITY BLIGHTED BY VIOLENCE. AND IT IS VIOLENT, BUT BENEATH THE SURFACE THERE’S A SOULFUL SCENE PEACEFULLY CO-EXISTING WITH THE ROWDY DRILL SCENE. Words by Lily Mercer Christened “Chiraq” by locals, Barack Obama’s hometown bears more than a passing resemblance to the Middle Eastern country […]

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RWD Mag: With the unbeatable success of rappers like Drake, has rap gone soft?

Words by Lily Mercer Remember when rap was overtly masculine? In comparison to previous generations, today’s chart topping MCs are more like RnB singers. Drake is the pioneer of this Lenor scented scene but he’s not alone. The rising popularity of rappers like Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper also suggests a less rugged overall sound in the Hip Hop […]

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