BPI yearbook highlights growth for British rap artists
British music body the BPI releases its annual All About the Music yearbook today, and to promote the launch it’s talking about some of the findings around rap / hip-hop in the UK. The genre accounted for 21.5% of...
April 20, 2020
Rappers take centre stage in the livestreaming video battle
There’s something of a talent war going on in the livestreaming video space, with several gaming stars (Ninja, most prominently) being tempted away from Twitch by big-money offers from Microsoft’s rival, Mixer. Another...
February 12, 2020
Clouty wants fans to place bets on rap predictions
Startup Clouty says it’s the world’s “first music betting platform”, offering music fans the chance to gamble in “contests about the latest releases and predictions in the rap game”. According to its website,...
January 16, 2020
Soundcharts algorithm aims to predict breakout stars of 2020
Which rap artists are going to break through in the UK next year? Take a bow Aitch, Jay1, DigDat and 17 others featured in a list published by analytics firm Soundcharts. But this list isn’t the usual ‘experts making...
December 12, 2019
SoundCloud-Rap deaths spark renewed debate about wellbeing
The death of artist Juice WRLD earlier this week is still raw in the minds of his fans, friends and the teams that worked with him. It’s important, as in any case like this, to avoid jumping to conclusions and assigning...
December 11, 2019
Apple rebrands its flagship hip-hop playlist as Rap Life
However deliberate it was when they were originally created, Spotify’s playlists have got one thing very right in the current streaming age: RapCaviar, Viva Latino and others have become strong brands in their own right....
July 22, 2019
British DJ Charlie Sloth confirms he’s joining Apple Music
Hip-hop DJ Charlie Sloth left the BBC’s Radio 1 under a cloud last year, having invaded the stage at an industry-awards ceremony when another broadcaster won the category he was nominated in. At the time, Sloth had already...
January 15, 2019
Aloe Blacc thinks songwriters need more dollars from streaming services
Musician Aloe Blacc is the latest to speak out about streaming royalties, in an op-ed piece for Wired that trains its sights squarely on Pandora. “The abhorrently low rates songwriters are paid by streaming services –...
November 8, 2014
Tinie Tempah gets new app to let any fan rap along to his new album
British agency We Make Awesome Sh. is the company responsible for Rap Demonstration, an innovative iPhone app released yesterday for Tinie Tempah
February 6, 2014
Rap Genius founder attacks criticism over rap translations
With nearly 10m monthly visitors and a $15m funding round last October, annotated lyrics site Rap Genius is on a roll, and recently added rock, poetry and news verticals. It has faced criticism too, with suggestions that...
July 24, 2013
Detroit startup Rapt.fm wants to teach the world to rap
Rapt.fm, the Detroit-based startup, wants to get people rap-battling against one another via their webcams, with plans to let others watch in the near future.
September 14, 2012