Before Instagram existed, Tyler and his crew built their own aesthetic universe, inviting fans along for the wild ride. The music industry watched closely.
"There was always crime going on and I saw friends get lost in the system, whether that was getting arrested or dying. I didn’t want to be another number, I wanted to be a rock star instead; even if the teachers probably didn’t believe it was possible!”
Cerebral horror movies like Us, Midsommar and The Witch have thrived both critically and commercially in recent years. Thomas Hobbs speaks to a selection of contemporary horror filmmakers to try to understand why intelligent horror, which goes well beyond terrifying psychos in ski masks, is succeeding in 2019...
In this new series, Thomas Hobbs speaks to different musicians about their favourite film scores. First up, Cliff Martinez discusses Ennio Morricone’s For a Few Dollars More score.
"Missy has more than earned the right to do whatever she wants, but the music here, which is primarily designed to take us on a trip down memory lane rather than innovate, feels like a missed opportunity from one of rap’s biggest risk-takers."
"For the Chicago band, the traumatic coming-of-age moments we all experience are actually among the best; they’re when we feel most alive."
"The idea of BROCKHAMPTON is sometimes a lot more radical than their actual music, which can feel like a lot of emotions, but not necessarily a lot of direction. To some, that rough around the edges, DIY pop rap sound is what gives the group their edge, but to others it can be jarring to listen to, and the group’s songs don’t always feel like fully formed ideas. There’s a nagging sense that after five albums, it’s about time they showed a much clearer evolution in their sound."
For the 31st part of my 'London on Screen' series, I looked at the murderer's apartment from Alfred Hitchcock's serial-killer-let-loose-in-Covent-Garden classic Frenzy.
Great animated movies make you get lost in their world and this take on the French countryside looks synthetic and lifeless — Asterix’s plans to infiltrate our borders still need some work.
Thomas Hobbs takes a look at 25 of the best ever rap posse cuts. The rules are simple: a track has to feature a minimum of four emcees and every artist featured must be rapping their asses off.
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...