He photographed the biggest stars on Earth but Bowie was his favourite. He recalls the star’s irresistible charm, his most outlandish outfits – and his druggiest shoot
"Male artists who have experienced trauma are often expected to have a stiff upper lip, but Cordae isn’t afraid to show vulnerability, and this makes him feel more like one of us."
A look at how Ed ‘Tenderlonious’ Cawthorne created one of Britain's most potent jazz labels and why he's now looking to move into other genres such as electronic and hip hop.
Writer Thomas Hobbs on why Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, which just turned 15, is the Citizen Kane of stoner movies...
Ex-Crystal Palace player and boxer Leon McKenzie hung up his boots to pick up the fight against suicide. This is his London story
"For the most part, this album just sounds dated and like something Nas didn’t need to release. The original ‘Lost Tapes’ sounded more cohesive, but maybe that’s because its sequel covers a longer time period in which Nas changed so much musically; the tracks here just don’t sit as well together."
YBN Cordae is one of the most exciting new rappers. For Highsnobiety, Thomas Hobbs spoke to him about his chaotic upbringing, why rappers should have more fun, and why it's rap duty to provide escapism from the current dark political discourse in America.
"As the day progressed, there was an unshakeable feeling this was another London festival happy to spend big on artists, but hesitant when it comes to getting the basics — good sound and empathetic security — right."
"His already released EPs – ‘Some Place Else’ and 2018’s ‘Heaven’s Only Wishful’ – are filled with invention, basically sounding like a ‘House of Balloons’-era The Weeknd, had his drug of choice been mushrooms instead of cocaine."
Whether it’s Tupac performing duets with artists he never met or utterly bizarre remixes of Johnny Cash’s most famous work, there’s no shortage of posthumous albums that should have stayed locked away; these are ten of the worst.
"Wireless has a lot of work to do if it’s to turn into a must-see experience, and it would be wise to add more stages and breakout areas so people don’t feel squashed like sardines. Booking a few more female rappers wouldn't hurt either: the energy here still feels far too male-centric."
"Wearing dresses on album covers, fusing trap with country way before Old Town Road existed, and delivering nutty puns in a half-rapped, half-sung flow, Atlanta’s Young Thug has taught a new generation of rappers how to blow up without sacrificing their individuality. But his set at the Brixton Academy last night felt rushed."
For the 30th part of my 'London on Screen' series, I looked at how Danny Boyle was able to make Westminster Bridge look so eerily empty for his zombie classic 28 Days Later.
"If Daniel Caesar starts to offer more by album number three, he could yet consolidate his obvious talent into something enduring, but if it’s another record created just for the sake of it, then many of the people who once believed in him might feel like it’s time to move on."
The gangster rapper and legendary hip hop producer sit down to discuss their unmissable new album Bandana with music writer Thomas Hobbs...