Posts by Davy Reed (@davyreed )

Earl Sweatshirt

Some Rap Songs Tan Cressida / Columbia
Caterina Barbieri © Adriano Ferreira Borges

Semibreve 2018: A thoughtful, low-key standout in the experimental festival circuit

Braga, Portugal 26 October
Drake, Wireless Festival 2018

Despite the line-up chaos, Wireless still stands as the UK’s most essential rap festival

Finsbury Park, London 6 July

Beyoncé and Jay-Z deliver widescreen theatrics as On The Run II lands in London

London Stadium 15 June


Beyondless Matador Records
Waka Flocka Flame © Theo Cottle

Waka Flocka Flame: Rebel Yell

After the mainstream left him disenchanted, the Atlanta-based artist is happy to walk a more independent path

20 Questions: Zack Fox

Talking cornrows, hot chicken and meeting Beyoncé with the LA-based illustrator

My Life as a Mixtape: Iceage’s Elias Rønnenfelt

From sounds of bittersweet nostalgia to go-to karaoke songs, the post-punk frontman maps out the tracks that made a mark

20 Questions: Brix Smith Start

Tales of dodgy hotels? Favourite emojis? Survival tips? The former Fall guitarist steps up for our round of 20 questions

Meet Yugen Blakrok: the underground rapper featured on the Black Panther soundtrack

She’s the Johannesburg rapper with a verse on Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Black Panther’ OST – but Yugen Blakrok isn’t abandoning the underground just yet

On stage, Kendrick Lamar is rap’s new martial arts-inspired superhero

Genting Arena, Birmingham 9 February

Enter the strangely comforting soundworlds of Kayla Painter

Meet the rising star of experimental music who crafts eerily beautiful soundscapes in response to our uncertain times


Culture II Quality Control Music / Virgin / EMI

The Update: Coach K

From Gucci Mane to Migos, the veteran impresario has developed some of rap’s most vital acts – now, as he outlines his plans for his label, it seems he’s just getting started

Meet Buddy, the Compton singer-rapper making feel-good music for sunnier climes

Davy Reed meets the prodigious talent as he gears up to release his debut album, and finds him in a positive frame of mind

20 Questions: Yung Lean

Haunted hotels, acid trips and meatball recipes with the Swedish rapper

© Alex De Mora

Penny Rimbaud: Freedom Fighting

Famous for co-founding the seminal punk band Crass, Penny Rimbaud now counters rage with serenity. Davy Reed spends a day with an icon

20 Questions: DJ Seinfeld

From bad haircuts to beet soup and Liam Gallagher, the Swedish producer reveals all in Davy Reed’s round of quick-fire questions

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The Update: Hookworms

It’s been a turbulent time for the Leeds-based psych band. Davy Reed checks in with the vocalist and producer to trace the obstacles he’s overcome

Angels, Spliffs and Heavy Metal Riffs: Dean Blunt and Mica Levi’s opera 𝕴 𝖓 𝖓 𝖆 reviewed

ICA 28 October

Wu Tang

The Saga Continues eOne

Wiki: My Life as a Mixtape

With a Skepta collaboration and a debut album under his belt, the rising rapper talks first records, nostalgic tracks and Lil Wayne

A2: Easy Does It

The Croydon singer-rapper is stepping out from the shadows and into the limelight. Davy Reed meets up with him to talk grime and a change in direction

Fade To Mind’s Leonce Nelson hails from Atlanta’s thriving underground

Davy Reed caught up with the artist at Bread and Butter to talk open-minded club nights, the Fade To Mind family and Atlanta’s black and queer communities

Five Takeaways from Øya Festival 2017

Lana Del Rey, Pixies and fresh-faced teenagers going wild for Migos’ ‘Bad and Boujee’ – here’s what went down at Norway’s most renowned festival

20 Questions: Miss Red

Worst haircut? Famous encounters? How to cook aubergine? Miss Red tells all in our infamous round of quick fire questions

Tommy Genesis and Young M.A shake up Meltdown

Royal Festival Hall, London 17 June

20 years of Wu-Tang Forever

After Enter the Wu-Tang came Wu-Tang Forever. Crack Magazine editor Davy Reed traces the hip-hop collective’s demise – and continued influence

20 Questions: Aidan Moffat of Arab Strap

Favourite drunken snack? Worst job? Lines or dots? We put the questions that matter to the legendary Scotsman

(Sandy) Alex G

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