Marvin Gaye – 10 of the best
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Marvin Gaye – 10 of the best

Photograph: Jim Britt/Getty Images 1. Hitch Hike Marvin Pentz Gay Jr’s earliest experiences of singing in public came when he was three, performing as a part of his father’s church choir in Washington DC. With a passion for music that continued into his teenage years sand saw him performing with various groups in DC and … Continue reading

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Album Review: R Kelly – The Buffet
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Album Review: R Kelly – The Buffet

It’s no secret that R Kelly is one of music’s least respected men. A shame, considering that during his prime he produced some of the finest R&B/pop crossover hits of the ’90s – songs that are, 20 years on, still remarkably popular. It is, however, difficult to write about the artist’s new album without allowing personal preconceptions of … Continue reading

Snoop Dogg – 10 of the Best
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Snoop Dogg – 10 of the Best

1. Dr Dre feat Snoop Dogg – Deep Cover Although his debut single wasn’t released until October 1993, Snoop Doggy Dogg’s first recorded effort featured on the soundtrack for the 1992 crime thriller Deep Cover. Dr Dre, working on his first single since NWA’s split, used the opportunity to introduce Snoop to the hip-hop mainstream. Dre’s vocal … Continue reading

These are the coolest Christmas songs you’ll hear this winter
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These are the coolest Christmas songs you’ll hear this winter

The festive season brings the inevitable resurgence of contemporary Christmas singles filling out the radio playlists. Everybody loves The Pogues and Kirsty Maccol’s “Fairytale Of New York”, but GQ’s Christmas playlist for 2014 has a slightly different flavour. Instead of including every X Factor winner of the past ten years, here’s a selection of some … Continue reading

Spotlight: The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die
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Spotlight: The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die

Rap’s early 1990s exodus from its home turf of the south Bronx, where hip-hop was founded in the mid-1970s, to the West Coast and its summertime G-funk sounds, pioneered by Dr. Dre and his associated acolytes, might have marked a significant sea change for the evolving genre and its culture. And while it’s true that albums by N.W.A and … Continue reading

Know The Score: The Music Of Grand Theft Auto V
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Know The Score: The Music Of Grand Theft Auto V

“Rockstar gives the composer full creative freedom to make pure timeless music,” divulges Woody Jackson, one of the composers involved in producing the stem-based score for the video game giants’ latest record-breaking masterpiece, Grand Theft Auto V. From the start of arcade history, music has been a crucial concept. And Rockstar’s relationship with soundtracks has been crucial … Continue reading