LAURYN HILL-BEYOND BEING WOKE

LAURYN HILL-BEYOND BEING WOKE

In the pantheon of albums Lauryn Hill’s seminal album, The Mis-Education of Lauryn Hill (1998) can be rightly classed as a classic.  It’s a word we are all too ready to attribute to numerous albums/tracks. In many ways it’s damn irritating particularly when said...
GANGSTER RAP-HEGEMONY CIRCA 1980 PART 3

GANGSTER RAP-HEGEMONY CIRCA 1980 PART 3

In the last of his three part exploration of gangster rap, #itchysilk writer Malik Crumpler delves further into the wormhole that is gangsta rap and brings us up to the times with names like, Cardi B. Indeed as she rises through the ranks to rap royalty we have to ask...
FIRST LOVE-A SLAUGHTERHOUSE ANALOGY

FIRST LOVE-A SLAUGHTERHOUSE ANALOGY

In her first piece for #itchysilk, Semtex takes us back to that all-important first love and the subsequent ‘break-up’. Creating a painful skewed type of nostalgia, Semtex forces us to experience a gamut of emotions; rejection, confusion and pain. On the backdrop of a...
GANGSTER RAP-HEGEMONY CIRCA 1980

GANGSTER RAP-HEGEMONY CIRCA 1980

In the first of a three-part feature, #itchysilk writer Malik Crumpler discusses gangster rap hegemony. In many respects as a genre it should be vilified. After all, it glorifies violence, degrades women and revels in the taking and selling of drugs. Contrary to logic...