Music

Ciaran Thapar on the music of Cut Short

The writer and youth worker discusses the social significance of the UK drill, Afroswing and rap tracks referenced in his lauded book about serious youth violence.

Pa Salieu is African, stubborn and proud

Digital cover story: The Coventry rapper has proudly tapped into his Gambian roots for new EP Afrikan Rebel. Although he’s recognised as one of Britain’s brightest stars, his struggles are far from over – and his mission has just begun.

Bella Poarch: how to build a popstar

Bella Poarch is already a survivor, and a Navy veteran, at just 24. Now the tiny but tough TikTok star is ready to step off the app and head, eyes narrowed, for pop stardom, plushie alpaca in tow.

Welcome the return to proper pop star choreography

A new cohort of stars are hitting the dance rehearsals to deliver stealthy performances and music videos, continuing the legacies of Y2K award show greats like Britney Spears and Janet Jackson. Normani, we salute you.

In photos: Kanye West’s DONDA event in Chicago

A marriage, bible references and a house that went up in flames. Alongside previewing new versions of the album's songs, Kanye was joined by artists such as Shenseea, Westside Gunn, DaBaby and Marilyn Manson.

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