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Why Illmatic is One of the Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All Time

Incredibly, twenty years have passed since New York rapper Nas dropped his groundbreaking debut album, Illmatic – a record that ventured into uncharted hip-hop territory, creating an alternative angle for a genre dominated at the time by ‘gangsta rap’. Illmatic took hip-hop back to its organic roots, a storytelling record …



Lovebox 2014 Announces Second Wave of Artists

Having already announced one of the most eclectic and exciting line-ups to date, Lovebox have announced the second wave of artists that will be hitting up the iconic London music festival. Added to the bill in a UK exclusive will be seminal hip-hop extraordinaire Nas, who will join M.I.A. and …



News: A$AP Ferg @ The 100 Club with Converse

Converse are slaying it with their Converse Gigs @ 100 Club. The next performance is by rising rapper, A$AP Ferg, who will follow the likes of former Notion cover star Joey Bada$$, Nas and Ghostface Killah, who have all taken to the stage. Having first made a name …



Interview: Smiler

South London rapper, Smiler, is back. His new mixtape, ‘The Coming’, has recently been released, so we catch up with him to talk about his new 12 track package.

Planet Notion: Your new mixtape ‘The Coming’ is quite a mixed bag in terms of style, but noticeably quite retrospective



Interview: Context

It seems everything’s taking off in the world of displaced, formerly Norwich-based MC, Context. Now living in London, the last few months have seen him drop what may be his strongest track to date in the form of the acerbic ‘Small Town Lad Sentiments‘: a biting tune


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News: NASS Action Sports and Music Festival + Save Southbank Skatepark

Shattering Somerset’s reputation for being a sleepy farming county, NASS Action Sports and Music Festival will bring an action-packed long weekend to Bath and West Showground from 11-13 July. Sure to live up to the glory of past years, which have attracted annual crowds of over 15,000, the three-day festival …


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Mixtape: Eliza Doolittle

Drawing her influences from far and wide, pop princess Eliza Doolittle shares some of the tracks that inspired her brand new track, ‘Big When I Was Little‘, in the form of this exclusive mixtape for Planet Notion. Read more from Eliza in her recent Planet Notion interview.



Secret 7″: A new take on vinyl artwork

“An inspired challenge set by seven hosts; Elton John, Jessie Ware, Nas, Laura Marling, Haim, Nick Drake & Public Enemy”

In a nutshell, Secret 7″ is about bringing together emerging artists and established musicians in aid of worthwhile causes. Now in its second year, Secret 7″ is back on the …



BBC’s Sound of 2013

Each year, BBC News compiles a list of rising bands and artists.  213 UK critics, bloggers, DJs, etc. name their three new faves and BBC reveals the five winners of a longlist over the course of five days starting on New Year’s Eve.  This event is huge as it has …


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Preview: Converse Represent gigs

The fashion x music love affair continues; this time in the form Converse Represents – a series of incredible gigs taking place at the infamous 100 Club in London. There are 9 gigs taking place over 12 days, kicking off tonight with Plan B, L Marshall, Jacob Banks, Yuna, and …