JAY-Z Is Jay-Z the best rapper ever? This was the topic of conversation between my friends and I on the way to the LG Arena Wednesday night. You see people always mention names like Eminem, Tupac and Biggie but people seem to sleep on the man born Shawn Corey Carter. Jay-Z is critically acclaimed within the whole of the rap industry, with 10 Grammy awards (and many more nominations) to his name whilst selling around 40 million albums worldwide. His latest album and 11th studio release “Blueprint 3” went straight to number one on the Billboard 200 last year (like each album before it), which was a record for a solo act in the history of the album charts, surpassing the late, great Elvis Presley who had 10. With the album sales, awards and even historical records piling up, surely Jay deserves to be mentioned as one of the greatest solo artists of our generation, never mind just the rap game?


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Mr Hudson Despite his throat being “technically f****ed” as he put it, Mr Hudson’s performance in Derby on Friday the 13th was a confident and relaxed one. It was a thing of wonder witnessing one guy flirt with so many women in one go. I say women… The average age of the girls packed along the barrier couldn’t have been more than 17.


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Calvin Harris When last we reviewed Calvin Harris, it was back in May at The Kasbah in Coventry. He literally blew us away on the night and we came away from the evening with bloody big grins on our faces. I commented at the time that I sensed a quantum shift taking place that would be felt upon release of the next album. So I approached this gig with wonderment at what we would get. Oh and did I mention I bloody love it when I’m right?! Calvin in May wore a tracksuit top/jeans/trainers combo and thoroughly entertained us with great tunes and good old electro beats. It was synthesiser city and he didn’t have much to say. He let his music do the talking.


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