Over a year ago, hip hop band Injury Reserve tragically lost one of its three members. Now, amid the release of their new album, the band’s remaining artists, Ritchie With A T and Parker Corey, are processing grief and finding ways to honour the late rapper’s legacy.
My rap podcast 'Exit the 36 Chambers' was included in this list of the best UK culture and music podcasts to listen to in 2021.
The underrated horror actor never ascended to Hollywood royalty, but in his local Whitstable he was venerated – his shadow still looms large.
In the latest Behind The Beat, Thomas Hobbs spoke with Ron-Ron about co-producing the serotonin booster 'Rude' by 03 Greedo and how the pair shaped a new sound for LA rap.
"Cochise’s baby-pitched raps trade the nihilism and excess of his rap peers for self-empowerment and niche Manga references. Rapping over euphoric trap instrumentals that mix the raw with the sugary sweet, the Florida rapper’s infectious merriment makes his demand of “N***a, better turn me up!” on “Tell Em” impossible to ignore."
The UK rapper digs deep for his second album to produce spoken-word therapy that taps into a generation wondering how things have got so bad.
Faux songs created from original vocals by star artists are becoming more popular (and more convincing), leading to murky questions of morality and legality.
Thomas Hobbs unpacks the songs the Godfather of pop-punk has created through his decades-spanning career.
Nick Broomfield rakes over the coals of the Biggie vs 2Pac saga but doesn’t find anything particularly new, writes Thomas Hobbs.
"Much like the conveyor belt line of remasters, books, special edition boxsets, biopics, and documentaries commissioned around formative rock music released between 1965 and 1975, record label execs are hip to the fact that for anyone between the ages of 20-40 right now, 1990s rappers are seen as the new Beatles, Doors, Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin, and that the subsequent demand for product around those kind of legacy artists rarely recedes."
Learning how to relax when you live inside a tiny box room with extortionate rent (and a likely mould problem) in a sprawling urban metropolis can be difficult, but Dublin rapper Kojaque’s hazy, nocturnal confessionals succeed in helping the city’s lost feel found. Thomas Hobbs met him.
Billy Wilder’s 1951 noir has obvious parallels with our current era of fake news and alternative facts.
The wide-ranging and often prophetic writings of The Doors’ frontman are celebrated in a new anthology. Thomas Hobbs spoke to those that knew Jim Morrison best about why he was really a poet, not a rock star.