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Hip Hop Weekly Newsletter

UK rap artist Giggs is embarking on his first-ever headlining tour in North America.

Known for his breakout single "Talkin the Hardest," Giggs brings his cool-headed flow and eerie anxiety to his performances.

Eric B. & Rakim react to being snubbed by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for the second time.

They congratulate the other artists on the list and express their hope of joining them soon.

We look back at the groundbreaking move, when Talib Kweli and Madlib released their album in 2023, "Liberation 2," on the Luminary streaming platform.

This defied industry norms and emphasised the importance of independence in the music industry.

The album's success without major label promotion showcases the power of their fanbase and word-of-mouth.

MC Duke, a pioneering British rapper, has sadly passed away at the age of 58.

Known for his contributions to early British hip-hop, Duke was a talented artist who made a significant impact on the genre.

Rest in Power.

Independent record shops are expected to rake in £10 million on Record Store Day 2024, despite only 12.8% of independent artists releasing vinyl due to high production costs.

De La Soul, the iconic rap group, will livestream a legendary New York concert from 1996 on YouTube.

The concert featured special guest appearances by Yasiin Bey, Common, and more.

Eminem has announced his upcoming album "The Death of Slim Shady" with a teaser trailer that takes on the form of a true crime show.

The album will be released this summer, and further details are yet to be announced.

50 Cent also makes a cameo appearance in the trailer, hinting at a possible collaboration on the album. This will be Eminem's first album since 2020's.

Dr. Dre, in an interview with Lindsey Renee, admitted that his biggest regret is selling his extensive vinyl collection.

He had over 80,000 records that he got rid of in the early 2000s.

George the Poet criticises Kendrick Lamar for "cosplaying as a revolutionary" and questions his vocal support for important causes.

He argues that more critical thinking and action are necessary to be truly revolutionary.

Mobb Deep's iconic album 'The Infamous' was released 29 years ago this month, marking a turning point for New York Hip Hop and influencing future artists with its gritty underground style and raw lyrics.

The album achieved commercial success and featured collaborations with notable artists like Nas and Ghostface Killah.

Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi has been sentenced to death by an Iranian court for his songs criticising the government.

Salehi's music denounced government corruption and suppression of dissent, and he is one of the most prominent artists arrested by the regime in recent years.

Despite the crackdown, the news of Salehi's sentence has drawn support from the Iranian music world.