Kendrick Lamar

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Moss Kena: ‘I write from a very autobiographical perspective.’

Moss Kena is a disciple of Amy Winehouse. Tattooed on his left wrist is an image of the singer – a self-inflicted apparition of his blessed hero perma(...)

Lady Gaga with her Grammys. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Record of the Year This Is America – Childish Gambino Album of the Year Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves Song of the Year This Is America – Donald Glov(...)

Cardi B performing at the Grammys in 2018. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The Grammy Awards are supposed to be music’s biggest party. But in recent years the show has also become a piñata for critics, activists and even majo(...)

The latest rumour is that Lady  Gaga suggested she wouldn’t sing at the  Oscars awards ceremony if her competitors were not also allowed to perform. Photograph:  Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

The ongoing efforts to increase viewership of the Oscars are of little practical interest to most Irish people. Only maniacs, journalists and relative(...)

Sensational performer: Azealia Banks at the Academy in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Kieran Frost/Redferns/Getty

Oops, she’s done it again. Having taken a breather from taunting the entire population of Ireland at the start of the week, to make time to play her s(...)

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah: a  remarkable new voice on issues of race in America

An epigraph from Kendrick Lamar, virtual reality games for racists, genetically engineered children and a world where a white man can take a chainsaw (...)

Drake was most-streamed artist in Ireland and globally.  Photograph:  Harmony Gerber/Getty

Ireland’s love affair with rap continued in 2018 with Drake, Post Malone and Eminem the most-streamed artists of the year among Irish users of Spotify(...)

Daithí: “Take Care is an incredible collection from an artist at the height of his powers.” Photograph: Christian Tierney

The albums that are the most important to me are the ones that frame a time in my life. They play in the background of crystal-clear memories, moments(...)

Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers

What Slam poetry indie rap. Where California. Why Hearing Frank Lopes jnr for the first time is a jarring and divisive experience. The Sacramento(...)

Kendrick Lamar: naturally shy, he doesn’t bask in attention so much as soak it up and internalise it – a black hole around which the huge, clattering grooves bend and warp. Photograph: Dave Meehan

KENDRICK LAMAR: A MUSCULAR, HYPERLITERATE SUPERSTAR Main Stage Kendrick Lamar is widely acknowledged as the greatest rapper alive, but he has also tr(...)

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