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On paper, Wale’s rap career has been a success. He dropped several critically acclaimed mixtapes, aligned himself with Rick Ross at the peak of Bawse’s power, scored a number of inescapable urban radio hits, and just debuted at #1 with The Album About Nothing, a project on which he collaborated with his lifelong hero Jerry… More »

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Skepta – “Shutdown (Remix)” (Feat. Idris Elba)

Did you know Idris Elba could rap? I didn’t! The ridiculously talented and handsome UK actor has shown plenty of musical ambition in the past, but I had no idea he had bars. And yet he’s now jumped on a new remix of Skepta’s UK grime banger “Shutdown.” And his verse, which leads off the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 1, 2015 - 12:12 pm

Idris Elba Preps Mandela-Inspired Album Feat. James Blake, Mumford & Sons

Last year, Idris Elba played Nelson Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. And in addition to being a ridiculously talented and handsome actor, Elba has a sideline playing goofy trance music in Ibiza hotel suites, as detailed in this GQ profile. So maybe it’s not a surprise that Elba’s experience playing Mandela… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 24, 2014 - 12:52 pm