Rap star Mase has slated Diddy over his Grammy speech.

The hip-hop mogul spoke before the ceremony, praising the power of the artist in the modern music industry.

Back when he was Puff Daddy the rap artist worked at Bad Boy Records, achieving success alongside Mase.

In an Instagram broadside Mase threw down the gauntlet, tearing apart Diddy's words.

Accusing him of manipulative and immoral business practise, Mase ended by saying: "GIVE THE ARTISTS BACK THEIR $$$"

Check out his statement below.

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Multi-disciplinary artist Vincenzo Ramaglia has shared new composition 'La parole 4'.

The producer's new album 'La parole' arrives on February 14th, the end point in a journey that goes back a number of years.

Working continuously, Vincenzo Ramaglia has drawn like minds into his orbit, allowing him to expand and develop his techniques.

Vincenzo explains: "I ended (and sent Laure) the electronic parts of La parole all in one breath, before taking a flight to the USA last summer."

"While on the road in desert areas of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, I received drafts of Laure's vocal improvisations. So, on the one hand, I was in front of deeply suggestive panoramas while listening and listening again to her tracks with the earphones, on the other I was anxious to edit her material and complete the album."

"I like to think that in the last songs of 'La parole', there is also the inspiration that gave me the magical alchemy between those metaphysical places and the kaleidoscopic voice of Laure, who always manages to find her way in my intricate electronic mazes."

Album cut 'La parole 4' is out now, with the intricate electronics winding themselves around the tender, inquisitive vocal.

Tune in now.

Vincenzo Ramaglia will release new album 'La parole' on February 14th.

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American rapper Lil Durk has been forced to cancel his UK tour.

The controversial rap artist announced five UK dates for February, including London's Troxy venue.

One by one these dates were cancelled today – January 31st – with fans left in the dark as to the reason.

Clash has reached out to label reps, who confirm that Lil Durk experienced difficulties at immigration following landing in London, and was denied entry to the country.

Lil Durk is currently facing charges relating to a shooting in Atlanta that took place in February last year.

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At 21 years old, Benny Sings recognised an unwieldily force, drawing him back to a past sentiment. He sat and listened to the voice now nestled into an old tape recorder. It was sweet; nostalgic. The voice was his own, from some 10 years prior, singing songs that only childhood naïvety could cultivate.

"I was fed up with all the extreme music. I wanted to return to the nostalgic sweet lullabies I made when I was young to make myself calm again," Benny says, cracking open a can of Heineken in his dressing room, two hours before he’s due to play Eurosonic Festival. Behind him, his supporting band of backing singers, drummers, and one trumpeteer take turns practicing their parts.

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Benny Sings is the alias of 42-year-old Tim Von Berkestijn. "That’s my Dutch name, so Benny Sings is an anagram of that. When I was a beatmaker, the anagram was Benny V Kreamtits," he laughs, just as the trumpeteer starts playing.

Since the 1980s, Benny’s life has been playing out on a musical trajectory. Delivering techno sets at illegal house parties seems like a far distant memory now – particularly when Benny’s current sound is quite the opposite. "Benny Sings started when I was 21, and it was pretty clear what I wanted. Light-hearted music with a lot of hip-hop influence. I guess that’s never really changed". 

"There was a certain period around 2008 – 2012 where I was a bit confused, it was a much darker time for music. There was that whole new-wave era and Depeche Mode was the sound, you know. My sound didn’t fit in with that at all. But in the past three or so years, it’s come in vogue again to be soulful and light with people like Chance The Rapper and Anderson .Paak."

A master of disguising sentimental lyrics through the rouse of upbeat pop, Benny’s lo-fi sound perfectly compliments the feeling of nostalgia that resonates through both his discography and music videos. When trying to muster up a word for his genre, Benny says; "I guess it’s like weird soul. I don’t know what it is, I’m trying to make soul but not succeeding. My music is the end product of that."

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His recently released single and music video titled quite self-explanatory, ‘Music’, sees Benny as a child in his hometown of Dordrecht, Netherlands. "Music, help me through this…" sings his fluffy vocals atop jazz piano. But for Benny, music isn’t all about keeping up with current fashions.

"I’m totally unaware of pop culture at the moment, I’m a father so I only really listen to Peppa Pig," he laughs. "I’m always listening to Andy Schauf, Mac Demarco…"

"It really amazes me how engaged the audiences are in other countries like France, England, America, Japan. They’re totally focused and enjoy the ride. Dutch people including myself, they tend to talk more during concerts, being with friends and making jokes," says Benny, contemplating the reception to live shows in his home country.

"When you’re on stage in France, you notice they’re like wow, ‘THE ARTS!’," he shouts, mimicking some progressive French millennial. "They’re totally in awe – and England is where pop culture started, so everyone is really involved. Holland is a tough crowd."

While there’s a proverbial saying about old dogs and new tricks, Benny’s breakthrough success is beyond the usual format of "attitude laden 20-something". At 42, he’s approached his recent recognition with the amount of thankfulness that a lot of musicians seem to lack.

"Last year was an extraordinary year for me, which I didn’t expect any more. I’m 42 and I’m like done, you know," he says nonchalantly. Now, with six albums under his belt and a signing to Stones Throw Records, Benny Sings is generating ripples via the crutch of his musical background.

While he’s set to spend 2020 writing his next record and taking a well-deserved break with his wife and kids, his fans can eagerly await a seventh studio album, soaked in nostalgia and honey-flavoured soul.

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Words: Gemma Ross

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Deanna Devore wants to move past genre definitions, and in the process embrace all forms of music.

Removing the barriers in her way, this multi-talented songwriter, producer, and vocalist fuses together wildly disparate sonic elements to construct something entirely whole.

As the Chicago based artist puts it: “I hope my music can bridge the gap for fans of all genres and be appealing to a variety of people”.

Tipped by SG Lewis, Deanna Devore returns with supple new neo-soul bumper 'Lately', with its down-tempo feel layered in beatific tones.

Deanna continues: “Lyrically I delve into the darkness and light of love and life…”

Working with M. Istri, the pair intersect seamlessly, the sensual vocal interlocked with the finely nuanced electronics.

The video uses the movement of dancers to explore the subtle shifts within the songwriting – tune in now.

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London rapper Guvna B has shared his new single 'Battle'.

The track shares a sample from Wookie's all-out UKG classic of the same name, and that garage spring packs the song with infectious energy.

It's much more than a 2-step bouncer, though, with Guvna B's lyricism taking things a little deeper.

Recently discussing aspects of mental health and identity in his podcast series The Loss Tapes, 'Battle' is about facing up to life's challenges.

Soulful and delivered with real intense, 'Battle' is a sublime blend of UKG layered production and Guvna B's potent lyricism.

He shares…

“I feel life is about constantly overcoming battles. It's a theme I noticed at a young age. From my parents coming over to England from Ghana and battling to give their kids a good life, right down to me trying to give my newborn son that too.”

“We're all battling something, and I hope this reminds people that we can overcome that.”

Tune in now.

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Shakira has reportedly been found guilty of tax fraud in Spain.

The singer moved from the Bahamas to Spain in 2015, where she currently lives with her partner – Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué – and their two sons.

Shakira was charged with allegations that she failed to pay some €14.5 million in taxes, with the case then taking time to resolve.

The pop star appeared in a Spanish court earlier today – January 31st – where she was reportedly found guilty.

Spanish press state that Shakira was found guilty of tax fraud – which stands at around £12.2 million – just two days before she is due to perform at the Super Bowl Half-Time Show.

Shakira has yet to officially comment.

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Alex Softley used to be locked into his daily commute.

It was a journey he knew well, something he did almost automatically, without thinking.

Then one morning he began to observe the people around him, and the general alienation each person was feeling.

The South London artist mused on this, and it eventually shifted into his new song, the organic pop shapes of 'People Watching'.

“I took a moment on the morning commute to look around at people's faces," he recalls. "Everyone around me had their eyes to the floor with a depressed look on their face. They all seemed unhappy about going to work and joining the rat race. And then as soon as it was their stop and the doors opened, that depressive look almost turned into anger as they tried to get off the tube as quickly as possible, pushing past others. I wondered what could be that important."

"At the end of the day, I had a quick glance at the people around me, and it was a similar scenario but this time more focused around their mobile phone, trying to get that hit of dopamine to make themselves feel good. I realised that I was also guilty of everything I'd seen to some extent and that's the effect that a big city can have on us all, without even realising it."

The single digs a little bit deeper, looking at the internal and external pressures that keep driving us relentlessly forward on that treadmill.

He finishes: "It focuses on what busy London and stressful jobs can do to people's mental health and I think more needs to be done to support people. Part of the inspiration for the song without realising it at the time was from that famous interview with Simon Sinek on millennials at work. I'd watched that video prior to writing the song."

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Alex Softley will play the the quarterfinals of the Isle Of Wight New Blood competition at the Underbelly in Hoxton on February 14th.

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Loving is a project with deep roots. No, literally: the band – formed by David Parry and brothers, Lucas and Jesse Henderson – first met while working in the forests of Western Canada.

Planting trees amid the stunning, empty landscapes, the group were afforded hours to discuss art, songwriting, and future plans.

So, Loving. The band's eponymous EP was an absolute joy, the spacious, gilded arrangements underpinning that tender lyricism.

“Most of the songs started simply, from a dream, a journal entry, or reading notes, and often they’d end up taking on a fictive element,” Jesse says, an approach that reaches full fruition on their full length album.

Out now, ‘If I Am Only My Thoughts’ drifts through hazy tapestries of sound, the opaque Americana taking on an almost heavenly hue.

The title track is absolutely gorgeous, unfolding at its own pace, this leisurely sense of grace that is also explicitly exact.

Lovelorn and yearning, it's a beautiful introduction to Loving's aural saplings.

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M.I.A. has joined Patreon, it has been confirmed.

The artist has linked with the network, which aims to bring creators and fans closer together.

M.I.A. has invited fans to join her, and in exchange for their support she'll be exploring her creativity alongside them.

The move was launched a few moments ago, with M.I.A. placing a brand new video on her Patreon site.

She comments…

“I’m doing a Patreon, because I make so much stuff and record so many things that aren’t music and don’t fit on other platforms. I’ve tried all the other platforms and it’s like: this one is too mean and hateful, this one is too fake and self-obsessed, and this one just sells all your data to Cambridge Analytica…Hopefully, this one is going to be just right.”

The London based artist will be sharing unseen footage from her MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A documentary, exclusive artwork, video diaries, and monthly live streams.

M.I.A. joins a wave of artists using Patreon, ranging from Ben Folds through to Gary Numan.

Get involved HERE.

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