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$ilkMoney exceeds expectations on newest album: an in depth review

Five Stars. $ilkmoney is an exceptionally talented rapper, whose lyrics both attack authorities and the powerful, and examine the artist’s own psyche. Given the quality of his former two albums, with production and features from generational treasure Tyler, the Creator on the most recent (I Hate My Life and Really Wish People Would Stop Telling […]

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Music

Madlib and Oh No collab on new album ‘The Professionals’

Four stars. Legendary Hip Hop producer Madlib collaborates with his brother Oh No for The Professionals, an album where Oh No raps over familial beats, crafted from a diverse range of jazz, funk and soul samples. Madlib’s ability to tailor his instrumentals to the rapper he is working with is apparent here more than ever […]

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TV

The Wire: humanising the marginalised

It is, confessedly, unforgivably unoriginal to say that The Wire is objectively one of the best pieces of art produced by mankind. But, often overlooked is the way that The Wire succeeds in making us see marginalised members of society as human. The series is a more powerful political statement than any article, statistic, or […]

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Cult Column Film

Cult Column: The Virgin Suicides

To her credit, Sophia Coppola has proven herself a talented artist, more than the offspring of an illustrious director. But it is difficult to identify any redeeming feature in her breakthrough directorial piece The Virgin Suicides. There’s the motif of Rock ‘n’ Roll music, deftly interwoven throughout. Songs such as ‘Crazy on You’ (the backdrop […]

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Cult Column Film

Cult Column: Toni Erdmann

Maren Ade’s 162-minute film Toni Erdmann refuses to be boxed into a genre. An ironic suffusion of the belly-achingly funny and the intolerably serious; the prudishly proper and the rebelliously mischievous; the tragically plaintive and the delightfully uplifting. It’s easy to do depressing-funny. Toni Erdmann was moving, but I left the Teviot Debating Hall screening with […]