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Articles by Phil Smith

Ready To Die: How The Notorious B.I.G. Gave His Life To Hip-Hop
In Depth

Ready To Die: How The Notorious B.I.G. Gave His Life To Hip-Hop

An evocative picture of life in 90s New York City, The Notorious B.I.G.’s debut album, ‘Ready To Die’, introduced a vital voice in hip-hop.

Juicy: Behind The Notorious B.I.G.’s First Taste Of Fame
In Depth

Juicy: Behind The Notorious B.I.G.’s First Taste Of Fame

A breakthrough song that established Biggie Smalls as the greatest of all time, Juicy reveals why the MC was ripe for world domination.

Dry Your Eyes: How The Streets Opened The Floodgates For Emotive Rap
In Depth

Dry Your Eyes: How The Streets Opened The Floodgates For Emotive Rap

Offering consolation when British males needed it the most, Dry Your Eyes found The Streets spearheading emotional vulnerability in hip-hop.

Digital Love: Why We Still Adore Daft Punk’s Technological Dreamscape
In Depth

Digital Love: Why We Still Adore Daft Punk’s Technological Dreamscape

As relevant now as ever, Daft Punk’s Digital Love echoed the past while pointing to the future of music – and relationships.

Best The Streets Songs: 20 Classics That Pushed Things Forward
List & Guides

Best The Streets Songs: 20 Classics That Pushed Things Forward

From pioneering grime cuts to unlikely emotive ballads, the best The Streets songs gave UK hip-hop the identity it had long been in search of.

The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living: The Streets’ Battle With Fame
In Depth

The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living: The Streets’ Battle With Fame

In the wake of huge success, ‘The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living’ found The Streets’ Mike Skinner tackling the corrosive effects of fame.

How Gorillaz’s Debut Album Reanimated The Pop Landscape
In Depth

How Gorillaz’s Debut Album Reanimated The Pop Landscape

Capturing the zeitgeist of the early 21st century, Gorillaz’s debut album introduced the endlessly adaptable ‘virtual band’ to the world.

Human After All: The Truth Behind Daft Punk’s Misunderstood Third Album
In Depth

Human After All: The Truth Behind Daft Punk’s Misunderstood Third Album

An exhilaratingly punishing look at our love/hate relationship with technology, Daft Punk’s ‘Human After All’ album remains a career high.

St Germain: “You Can Travel Everywhere” With ‘Tourist’ Travel Versions
Interviews

St Germain: “You Can Travel Everywhere” With ‘Tourist’ Travel Versions

St Germain, aka Ludovic Navarre, talks to Dig! about fashioning the remix album ‘Tourist: 20th Anniversary Travel Versions’.

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