• “Name One Genius That Ain’t Crazy”: How Kanye West became one of the most influential and controversial artists of all time

    Many artists are known for their passionate and loyal fanbase. However, the group that immediately springs into the forefront of my mind is always the Kanye West fanbase. Kanye West is inescapable....
  • 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 Beautiful Confessions of Loyle Carner

    Ben Coyle-Larner, from Lambeth, adopts the name Loyle Carner when he serenades us with his eloquent flow. His stage name is some sort of intentional double-barrel spoonerism that reflects how he has struggled with ADHD from a young age. This perfectly summarises him as a person. Carner is paving...
  • 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...
  • 5 Albums for Summer

    Looking for those grooves to keep you cool all summer? From punk to pop and everything in between, Impact recommends five of the best albums to kick-start your summer listening. Stay Sick! by The Cramps When thinking about quintessential summer albums, I immediately thought of The Beach Boys and...
  • Rapture: Netflix’s Newest Hip-Hop Series

    MC Tasha returns, with some new bars, Revealing the light back on the old stars, New artists, true artists who’ve all got the beat, and Netflix is showing us their victorious defeat. With Hip-Hop and Rap weaving its way into the charts music of today, Netflix launches a series...
  • Drug Ballad: An Analysis of Narcotics in Rap

    “I like lean, I like drugs”. These are the opening lyrics to ‘Slingshot’, a song which served as my introduction to the upcoming underground rapper, Lil Xan. Given these lyrics (lean referring to a syrup-based recreational drug), along with his name itself (an abbreviation for the drug Xanax), I...