"Osteen must be aware that, as long as Kanye is by his side, he can shake and rattle that donations box to deafening levels. On the intro of Late Registration, Kanye was famously implored to “wake up,” but Osteen will be hoping he stays in this slumber for as long as possible."
In the 2010s a prescription drugs crisis spread across America like wildfire, taking some of hip-hop’s brightest stars with it. Thomas Hobbs speaks to work out what comes next.
In this new series, Thomas Hobbs speaks to different musicians about their favourite film scores. Next up is Colin Stetson, who discusses friend and late musician Jóhann Jóhannsson’s criminally underrated Prisoners' score.
"I love that Mac Miller didn’t change the verse, it shows how brave he was. He wasn’t afraid to show weakness and that’s what made him a real man."
"His tragic death at just 21 means Juice WRLD won’t get the chance to heal young people anymore. He’s yet another artist gone far too soon, a voice of a generation that barely got a chance to lead."
For the 32nd part of my 'London on Screen' series, I looked at how Mona Lisa captured Soho at its seediest.
"It sounds like Tinashe is still trying too hard to prove herself, as if she’s making songs for particular crowds, rather than focusing on making an album with a consistent theme holding it together — it’s like owning a glitzy house, but with a weak foundation."
Live review: "By the time surprise guest Stormzy comes out to spit his verse on the energetic Keep Talking, the screams are piercing."
In this new series, Thomas Hobbs speaks to different musicians about their favourite film scores. Next up is Heather McIntosh, who discusses David Byrne's surrealist score for American musical True Stories.
"It’s ironic that the album’s scrambled nature might also be a casualty of the information overload of the always-online world that DJ Shadow set out to critique. Perhaps that’s the point, but it means this album, a whopping 91 minutes long, can be a real slog to sit through. After a while, it’s hard to resist the urge to simply log off."
Is the East End really the poorest part of London because of how the wind blows? Thomas Hobbs looks deeper into the city's wealth distribution.
"Cohen is communicating with ghosts, aware he might soon become one himself, but he sounds strangely excited rather than scared. This album is further proof that Leonard Cohen was fearlessly artistic right until the end."
We caught up with the American star as she readies her forthcoming third LP.
Ahead of his biggest UK show ever, Mac Demarco talks to Thomas Hobbs about finding the beauty in stillness, the fakeness of the internet, defying slacker expectations, his upcoming Alexandra Palace show, Mac Miller, and why the singer's next album might end up channelling the spirit of Frank Sinatra.