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Dave Stelfox

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  • 8 years ago

    By the mid-'70s, almost three decades after the arrival of the Empire Windrush's migrant workers, Jamaican music had become an intrinsic part of British culture. No longer content with an imported playlist of hits from "back a Yard," a new generat...

  • 8 years ago

    Only a few short years ago, the rise of grime's angsty and artful MCs forced dubstep into the shadows. Locked away like a clubland Kaspar Hauser, this immersive, instrumental branch of London's hardcore family tree seemed destined to wither and di...

  • 8 years ago

    Since it burst out from the council estates of London's East End in the early part of the decade, grime remains the first and only authentically British MC culture. A jackknifing collision of rasping U.K. garage beats, local slang, U.S. street rap...

  • 8 years ago

    After more than a decade of regional grind, Port Arthur duo UGK's crossover moment came seven years ago with a set of verses on Jay Z's "Big Pimpin'." Signaling not only their own apparent ascension to A-list status, the lines "Now what y'all know...

  • 8 years ago

    When Jah Cure sings that "prison a nuh bed of roses," it's tough to argue. Having spent the last seven years on maximum-security lockdown in Kingston's correctional system, he knows only too well. As far as his career is concerned, though, it's no...

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