The 26th part of my 'London on Screen' series for Time Out and a look at the guinea pig-themed cafe from Fleabag and the various makeovers it has endured over the last few years...
"Juice WRLD closes the album with ‘Make Believe’, which samples 1990s group Pharcyde’s legendary ‘Runnin’, but rather than honour the song’s sardonic lyrics, he pours his heart out about a doomed romance. The track shows how young rappers can honour tradition without losing sense of their own individuality."
"Dave’s “Black,” built around inspiring lyrics such as “Black ain’t just a single fuckin’ color/ man there’s shades to it,” hammers home the idea that black people are not a monolith, and their art is not something that can easily fit inside a box."
"Sure, in terms of quality, ‘Rap Or Go To The League’ isn’t the classic album that 2 Chainz craves, but – on this evidence – he’s not far from delivering one."
The 25th part of my 'London on Screen' series for Time Out and a look at the wolf enclosure seen at the end of British cult classic Withnail And I, and how it's changed over the years...
"On Harverd Dropout, Lil Pump, who sounds more like a meme than an actual person, relies on the fast food approach, pumping out an addictive, simple product that goes down easily. But just like that Big Mac meal, you’re gonna get a stomach ache 10 minutes after finishing and wonder to yourself; was it really worth it?"
"The Hole in the Ground is about the terrifying uncertainties of parenthood, drawing tension from relatable, everyday anxieties. Like ‘The Babadook’, it’s a horror film built around the idea that raising a child can sometimes be a literal nightmare."
"Sadly, we’ll probably never get a Watch The Throne 2. Yet for just one perfect evening, London was fortunate enough to see a peak Jay-Z and Kanye West stand together as one, reinventing what live music could be."
"One thing about Amy is that she was very shy. She really hated having her photo taken. If it wasn’t a completely necessary thing to do then she would tell you to fuck off!"
The Fab Four’s farewell, the Rolling Stones’ airlift out of Altamont, the Who’s infamous toilet stop, taking a limo with Janis Joplin… the great rock photographer Ethan Russell relives his legendary moments.
"Even if black art is recognized more substantially this Sunday, it still won’t change the unshakeable feeling that the Grammys are a relic of the past that needs replacing."