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Who is Iggy Azalea – and why should we care?

She may be number one and two in the US Billboard Hot 100, but is Iggy Azalea the world's most generic rapper, asks Neil McCormick.

The Roots: And Then You Shoot Your Cousin review jazzy hip-hoppers on top of their game

Few bands can segue from a gig as a chat show's house band to dark, prog-inspired releases, but on And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, the Roots serve up a concept album of tortured stories from a collection of downtrodden and conflicted characters (the group

Kate Tempest – Everybody Down

Frankly, it’s strange that more poets – specifically performance poets – don’t make the jump from spoken word recitals to full-blown rap.

And Then You Shoot Your Cousin - The Roots

From Philly street corner buskers to hip-hop pioneers, from perpetually touring live act to late-night television house band, legendary hip-hop group The Roots have never been one to rest on their laurels. After more than 15 years, the critically acclaime

Everybody Down - Kate Tempest

Big Dada signing Kate Tempest (Ted Hughes award-winning poet) unveils her debut album ‘Everybody Down’. The album has 12 ‘chapters’ telling one inspired story, a unique, one-off project and comes produced in its entirety by Dan Carey (Kylie Minogu

Everybody Down review urgent hip-hop from acclaimed poet Kate Tempest

(Big Dada) Long before she won the Ted Hughes award for poetry last year, south Londoner Kate Tempest was a veteran of open-mic nights. She's returned to hip-hop for her debut album; uncluttered production is courtesy of the versatile Dan "Mr Dan" Carey

And Then You Shoot Your Cousin review the Roots grow ever more challenging, and ever more brilliant

(Virgin EMI) When US talk-show host Jimmy Fallon took over The Tonight Show in February, he brought his house band of five years with him. Their TV gig secure, veteran hip-hop crew the Roots grow steadily more challenging and interesting on record

De La Soul review: partying like it's 1989

25 years after their landmark debut, hip-hop trio De La Soul are still creating joyful music, says Bernadette McNulty.

The New Classic - Iggy Azalea

This is the debut album from the Australian singer, which includes the songs 'Walk the Line' and 'Change Your Life' Guest appearances include T.I and Rita Ora. The Quietus said: "Iggy is strongest when she welds her words to a minimal yet delectable b

3 Feet High and Rising: 25th Anniversary Tour - De La Soul

25 years since the release of their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul are back in the UK to perform a number of UK dates to celebrate!