Issue 107

Monthly newspaper and online publication targeting 18 to 35 year olds. The ultimate guide to the hottest parties, going out and having fun. Music, fashion, film, travel, festivals, technology, comedy, and parties! London, Barcelona, Miami and Ibiza.

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15 years ago, 50 Cent told us he would become rich or die trying. He got rich. Throwback to one of the best rap albums ever… Happy birthday Get Rich Or Die Tryin. On 6th February 2003, 50 released one of the most iconic rap albums, a classic of the 2000s and an emblem of gangsta rap. 15 years later, it is almost one of the biggest rap albums of all the time. Many of Curtis James Jackson III's aka 50 cent's fans think it's his best album ever. Made just after signing to Shady Records and produced by Dre and Eminem, it marked a turning point in the career of the child from the Queens. With more than 15 million albums sold, it is the biggest success of Fiddy to date. The album has all the bangers that we still listen to and party with today, like the classics 'In Da Club', 'P.I.M.P', 'If I can't' and '21 Questions' featuring the late great Nate Dogg. Everything was perfect for Mr. Jackson thanks to the team- work and the experience that Eminem and Dre brought to the table. It felt so right after The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show. This album shows the lifestyle and the violence of the New York streets but with more melodic sounds and a West coast flavour down to the presence of Dre. 50 cent remains a great businessman who makes a fortune with spirits like Effen Vodka and in Hollywood with his TV show Power but thankfully he is always in music somewhere. 50 come back with the next hit. The music game needs you playa. PLAYLIST I'm Him Sammie Black Ken Lil B Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) Digable Planets 10 Years of Akala Akala The hip hop & rnb in our playlist this month For Rilès it all started with the project #RilèsSundays on September 2016 to September 2017. In a blistering Brits performance, Stormzy, directed his frustration of the mistreatment of Grenfell's residents towards the PM, Theresa May. GUESTLIST RECOMMENDS: RILÈS There has been vocal unease from all corners of society over the government's lack of action following the fire that took 71 lives last June. Now a figure through which that voice of protest can be channeled has emerged. Stormzy took the Brits by storm with his attack on those responsible for the torment of the survivors of the blaze. "Yo Theresa May where's that money for Grenfell? What, you thought we just forgot about Grenfell? You criminals." With that line, Stormzy brought the debate right back into the mainstream, with every news site reporting on the rapper's message. The performance was memorable for its delivery, and the rain falling on Stormzy's head acted as a painful reminder of the glaring absence of a potentially life-saving sprinkler system in the Grenfell tower. In the words of Stormzy, it is now the duty of those who seek justice for the Grenfell the survivors to "stay woke." Every Sunday the French rapper would produce his own music in his bedroom and post it on his YouTube channel - and the rest is history. Today, Rilès has amassed a total of 108 million views on his YouTube channel and his most popular music video 'Brothers' has been watched 22 million times! It is easy to see why the rapper has been gaining popularity. Rilès broaches wide-ranging and relatable topics, from ambition, ego to rivalry and on the inspirational track 'I do It', he raps about the people important to him and how they motivate him to continue doing music. Make sure you give this French rapper a chance, you won't regret it. NEWS: STORMZY SHOWS THERE'S NO REINING IN THE REVOLUTION HIP HOP LEGEND OF THE MONTH: GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN' 15 YEARS LATER 34 ISSUE 107 / 2018 HIP HOP & RNB

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