Issue 100

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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As the Wu Tang's second LP Wu-Tang Forever celebrates its 20th anniversary we are reminded why it is and always will be the ultimate hip hop album. Following the release of her Mode EP in spring this year, the brummy-born and now London- based rapper Lady Leshurr has cemented her place as one of the most prominent vocalists in contemporary UK music. Consider a band that comes through like the Hot 8 Brass Band, but with an extra strong twist of American inspiration. Combining a battle MC's razor-sharp lyrical wit with a solid grasp of the grime sound (since 2009), Leshurr has developed a reputation as an artist with a distinctive identity of her own - not tied down to any one vibe or scene. A recent performance at London's Field Day festival, alongside the likes of Abra, Flying Lotus and Aphex Twin, demonstrates the extent to which she's managed to step outside of grime's normal milieu. In fact, she was just about the only British rapper on the line-up, besides Loyle Carner. It was her series of the 'Queen's Speech' freestyles in 2015 that initially brought her to the attention of a wider audience. However, when 'Number 4' in the series became a viral sensation (it's since racked up nearly 43M views), major labels obviously started to take note. Now, with Sony subsidiary RCA Records behind her, the 28-year-old has the opportunity to really and truly represent for all the ladies and our beloved hustle and bustle nation. If you want to catch her live you can catch her at the Fresh Island Festival this July! Then add one of New York City's finest, most conscious lyricists holding the stage with his indomitable presence. Fans of premium hip hop, along with all of those jazz, funk & soul lovers out there, will undoubtedly have a wonderful time at this one-off gig at Koko on July the 7th. This is a night that is sure to be worth every penny. ONE TO WATCH: LADY LESHURR EVENT PREVIEW: THE SOUL REBELS & TALIB KWELI ARTIST OF THE MONTH: WU-TANG CLAN 34 ISSUE 100 / 2017 HIP HOP & RNB Bone Music The Last Artful Dodgr/Neill Von Tally Josef Leimberg Astral Progressions WANDL It's All Good Tho Warmth FredFades Where Do I Begin Profusion Boulevard Tehu More Is Less Chop Juggler Mod Sun Movie Funky Divas En Vogue 2U4U Fat Albert Einstein Elaquent Worst Case Scenario Freddie Gibbs You Only Live 2wice NEW RELEASES The Wu-Tang Clan arrived on the scene in 1993 with their debut LP Enter The 36 Chambers, an album that is credited by industry boffs years later as one of the most original and groundbreaking hip hop records ever created. Very soon after, the individual members of the clan went on to release their own respective solo albums further cementing their seat at the hip hop dinner table. With many of the albums including Gza's 'Liquid Swords', Ghostface's 'Ironman', Method Man's 'Tical' and Raekwon's 'Only Build 4 Cuban Linx' becoming instant classics. Wu-Tang Forever, which was released in 1997 and went quadruple platinum, which only served to confirm the Wu's status as innovators and as guardians of the art.The album debuted at the top of the US 'Billboard Albums Chart' for 5 consecutive weeks and peaked number one in 4 countries!

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