Issue 84

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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Hailing from the Bay Area of California, the originator of the thizzle dance and one of the pioneers of the hyphy movement, Mac Dre is a legend Mac Dre, born in Oakland and raised in Vallejo, had and continue to has a major influence on hip-hop coming out of the Bay Area in the 90s. From a young age, Dre was interested in music. He got into rapping at a time when rapping wasn't a widely listened to musical genre, it was a way of expression or 'soultalking.' Dre's a hip-hop legend because his music continues to appeal to people of every ethnicity and upbringing; for Dre, it didn't matter who was listening to his music, it mattered that you could get hyphy to it. Dre released three albums by 1991, before going to prison in 1992 for conspiring a robbery and then refusing to release the names of his partners. Despite his incarceration, Dre dropped his album [Young Black Brotha] after recording it over the phone in jail. Dre's dedication proves him to be a hip-hop legend; not even the law could stop him from rapping. Ultimately, Dre is important as a representative of the Bay hip-hop culture; a culture often overshadowed by its SoCal counterpart, but one comprised of equally talented artists. Dre went on to work with many of them, including Keak da Sneak, E-40, and Too Short, and also started his own independent record label: Thizz Entertainment. Despite losing Dre in 2004, his influence is still felt within the Bay and within the rap community. PLAYLIST Castle Kevin Gates Work Rihanna Featuring Drake The Season / Carry Me Anderson .Paak 3 Wheel-Ups Kano feat. Giggs Here's the hip hop & rnb on our playlist this month: The MOBO winners are playing at Village Underground on Feb 24th It's been four years since her last LP NEWS: RIHANNA FINALLY RELEASES ANTI The South London rap group are playing at Village Underground, Shoreditch later this month in what promises to be a big night for Grime-heads. Section Boyz won a MOBO last year, winning the 'Best Newcomer' category, and they have also released a number of big tracks that brought them to mainstream attention. Section Boyz nights always go off, so make sure you get down there early. With the release of [ANTI], which she gave to fans for free, Rihanna is ready to let us into her world again. It's a mellow affair with production from heavyweights such as Timbaland and DJ Mustard, and runs along the lines of the seminal 'Fourfiveseconds' with soft piano lines and smooth guitar riffs throughout. The first single 'Work' is a straight club banger with a feature from the hook slayer himself Drake. She is clearly in a good space as the tracks are stripped back so Ri-Ri can show us that shes still the boss – and she showed us. EVENT PREVIEW: SECTION BOYZ HIP HOP LEGENDS: MAC DRE 34 ISSUE 84 / 2016 More at HIP HOP & RNB

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