The fifth instalment of Grand Theft Auto’s main game series took some notable steps towards further establishing the franchise’s relationship with the hip hop community. Reputable producers The Alchemist and Oh No were signed on as composers for the game, tastemakers such as Big Boy and Flying Lotus were given roles as in-game radio hosts and its commercial soundtrack featured original contributions from the likes of A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown and BJ The Chicago Kid. But perhaps one of the most intriguing connections to the genre comes not from anyone with a direct hand in producing rap music, but rather the game’s player base as a result of their reaction to one of its newer, more recreational features.
Whilst June offered some fleeting moments of respite for those whose faith in humanity had been all but shredded to pieces, it still resulted in everybody who isn’t an austerity-loving prick sinking into despair as our beloved prime minister assumedly discovered the ‘infinite bells’ glitch from Animal Crossing and bought her way back into power. But hey, there were still bangers, so let’s end it on a high with some of those.
The UTM Podcast returns… and this time, stocks are up.
In this episode, we discuss Future’s back-to-back album releases – is he being too extra? Continue reading “UTM Podcast #2: FLUTURE HNDRXX (Stocks Are Up)”
Some rappers are awe inspiring (#TYBG), some rappers are complete trash and some rappers are RiFF RAFF. But in the internet age, does the quality of a rapper really matter? Drake comparing his swimming pool to Kanye’s is far more tweetable and notable than discussion about rap virtuosos. The UTM editors got together to figure out if a rapper’s tone, flow and lyricism have to be high quality for music to be worthwhile and, in the process, we discussed autotune, political lyrics and Stitches.
We remember the ‘Harlem Shake’ don’t we? Maybe not the entire thing, but 30 seconds or so of it.
As a meme, the video was replicated by many people and went viral in early February 2013, with thousands of “Harlem Shake” videos being made and uploaded to YouTube every day at the height of its popularity. Continue reading “Is Baauer More Than The Harlem Shake?”
Here’s our top banger from this year, it’s lit! Continue reading “2015: Year of the Banger”