The Politics Of French Rap

Mr. R's album cover.

This is a small section of a far longer text about music, called "Some Musical Notes" which was originally published on the old endangered phoenix site. It was published at the beginning of 2006.

Le Donk and Scor-Zay-Zee, directed by Shane Meadows

Tom Jennings chuckles along with the pointed proletarian poignancy of Meadows’ latest chamber-piece.

Class struggle and hip-hop: interview with Comrade Malone, 2009

Hip-hop has seen artists with social and political awareness. Rarely, however, has there been hip-hop fused with unashamedly class struggle, libertarian politics. 22-year-old Comrade Malone attempts to buck that trend with his album The Spontaneous Revolt LP.

Small Axe by Verbal Terrorists

Geordie hip-hop crew the Verbal Terrorists’ Small Axe brings forthright radical messages to agitate, educate and entertain. Tom Jennings goes with the flow.

The 3rd World, by Immortal Technique and DJ Green Lantern (Viper Records 2008)

The new release from Immortal Technique, hip-hop’s most implacable class warrior, thoroughly links local and global struggles. Tom Jennings nods his head enthusiastically

Saul Williams, The Fader Label, 2005. Music review

Review which finds that Saul Williams fails to translate potent political polemics into poetic musical magic...

Ms Dynamite, Judgement Days, Polydor, 2005. Music review – Tom Jennings

Tom Jennings judges Ms Dynamite’s second album a mismatch of unremarkable smooth music and remarkably self-indulgent rant.

Dancehall Dreams by Tom Jennings (2004). Music review – Tom Jennings

Tom Jennings’ essay on contemporary urban music, gender and class.

8 Mile, dir. Curtis Hanson (2003), Eminem and hip-hop. Film review – Tom Jennings

Tom Jennings’ essay on the Eminem phenomenon and its cultural context.