Behind The Scenes of Hip-Hop – An Interview with Safiya Mae Lewis

Behind The Scenes of Hip-Hop – An Interview with Safiya Mae Lewis

Safiya Mae Lewis is a veteran of the music industry. During her time, she has organised tours and held events for some of the most well-known names in the industry, from Puff and Jay-Z to Method Man and Ghostface. We sat down with her to explore what it’s like to manage such big names and [...]

D SMOKE – INGLEWOOD HIGH (WOODWORKS RECORDS)

D SMOKE – INGLEWOOD HIGH (WOODWORKS RECORDS)

As someone who is generally loathed to watch any sort of reality TV, I was nonetheless suckered in by Netflix’s new Rhythm + Flow, where Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and T.I. look for the latest hip-hop superstar. Partly this was because R&F largely avoided the corny sentimentality and needless confrontation that other reality shows [...]

MURS, 9TH WONDER & THE SOUL COUNCIL – THE ILIAD IS DEAD AND THE ODYSSEY IS OVER (JAMLA/EMPIRE)

MURS, 9TH WONDER & THE SOUL COUNCIL – THE ILIAD IS DEAD AND THE ODYSSEY IS OVER (JAMLA/EMPIRE)

Musical collaborations tend to go one of two ways – either they become stale over time or they evolve to become richer and deeper than before. Happily for Murs and 9th Wonder, the latter is decidedly the case. It has now been fifteen years since the two first collaborated together on Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition [...]

B. Dolan Interview

B. Dolan Interview

Earlier this year we caught up with Sage Francis about Epic Beard Men’s latest album, This Was Supposed To Be Fun. Now EBM are about to go on their European tour and we sat down with B. Dolan to get the other half of the story on how the album was created. Having reviewed the album [...]

EPIC BEARD MEN – THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN (STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS)

EPIC BEARD MEN – THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN (STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS)

Sage and B. Dolan are back for their second official outing as the super-duo Epic Beard Men and this time, with their debut LP, they’re looking to kick back and have fun. Both Sage and Dolan have been in the game for several decades and have earned a hard-core cadre of fans thanks to their [...]

P.O.S – Never Better [Tenth Anniversary Edition] (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

P.O.S – Never Better [Tenth Anniversary Edition] (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

Disclaimer. At the time of writing, June 27th 2020, due to the numerous allegations that have surfaced against Rhymesayers Entertainment, Doomtree Records and their extended family, we here at SOUTHSIDERS will no longer promote these individuals or those who are complicit in their silence. We have decided not to take down articles which we have [...]

Atmosphere Madness – Results and Reflections

Atmosphere Madness – Results and Reflections

Disclaimer. At the time of writing, June 27th 2020, due to the numerous allegations that have surfaced against Rhymesayers Entertainment, Doomtree Records and their extended family, we here at SOUTHSIDERS will no longer promote these individuals or those who are complicit in their silence.  We have decided not to take down articles which we have [...]

Shad – A Short Story About A War (Secret City Records)

Shad – A Short Story About A War   (Secret City Records)

It’s been five years since Shad released his last proper hip-hop album, Adult Contempt (2016) being more in the pop-rock genre, but the time away from the mic hasn’t been wasted. A Short Story About A War stays focused the socio-political issues Shad has covered since When This Is Over but unlike a large proportion [...]