• How University Has Impacted Me As a Music Lover

    It’s no secret that one of the most exciting parts of the university experience is all the new people you get to meet. And from the perspective of a music lover, this means new music and ideas about music. When I joined Nottingham, one of the first decisions I...
  • The Rise of Meme Culture in Rap

    In April of this year, Kanye West released the track ‘Lift Yourself’. The lyrics “Poopy-di-scoop / Scoop-diddy-whoop” soon became an internet meme. Kanye, a well-established musician with well over a decade of work up his sleeve, just risked humiliating himself for the sake of a comedic throwaway track. But...
  • Why Pop Music Matters

    Pop music is often disregarded as repetitive and low-effort. Being one of the most formulaic genres and one with the greatest reach, these criticisms apply to a lot of ´artists´, who follow a pattern to produce hit upon hit. However, whether we like it or not, the genre´s popularity...
  • Album Review: Jorja Smith – Lost & Found

    Rising British artist Jorja Smith has released her first album Lost & Found, and as Impact’s very own MC, I think it’s only right that I review this album in terms of music, voice and lyrics. Signed by rapper Drake himself, Jorja Smith carries her own RnB soul music...
  • What’s up with the Charts?

    You’ve just left for lectures, walked out the door, headphones on, and you’re about to click ‘shuffle play’ on the top charts playlist, only to hear Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ come on…AGAIN. Although I think it’s safe to say that the trauma of Ed Sheeran’s Divide album occupying the entirety...
  • Death of the Record?

    Vinyl lovers, maybe it’s time to come to terms with the demise of ‘traditional ways’ to listen to music. With an increasing number of mainstream artists shirking from conventional long-plays, we may just be on the brink of the death of the record. Black Eyed Peas’ comeback single ‘Street...
  • Track Review: Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 4

    K. Dot returns to perform lyrical feats unimaginable to many other MCs, to once again prove that he has earned the title of ‘King Kendrick Lamar’. It’s been just under a week since Drake unmasked his long-awaited and hyped More Life after months of publicity and delays. After days...