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Jenessa Williams

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Jenessa is a freelance music journalist, fandom academic and the writer of Subtweets, our weekly column that dissects the trending topics setting Music Twitter alight. She likes millennial hip-hop, noughties emo and advocating for a new era of diversity and representation in both.
Yungblud podcast

How Yungblud made podcasting a Gen Z hit

It’s difficult to put your finger on why, but there’s something about the boom of podcast-listening that has often felt like a very ‘older...
Arctic Monkeys

Why was 2006 such a good year for music?

If you’re old enough to have been a music fan in the early noughties, there was likely a record that you’ll remember feverishly refreshing...
Marilyn Manson

Abusers hiding in plain sight are still abusers

Trigger warning: domestic & sexual abuse, violence, self-harm Raised to mainstream prominence in 2017, the #MeToo movement is one that has brought all manner of...
Sea shanty nathan

Can sea shanty postie, Nathan Evans, break the curse of the meme musician?

What do Danielle Bregoli, Alex From Glastonbury and Michael Dapaah all have in common? Besides a penchant for questionable fashion choices, they’re all examples...
Enny 'I Want' - Tracks of the Week

ENNY: “It’s a ruthless industry and being nice is underrated”

Real recognises real, and in a year where nobody has time for artifice, South Londoner Enny stands out as artist whose biggest drive is...
Olivia Rodrigo

A License For Success – How Olivia Rodrigo’s candour made her a record-breaking fan...

In 2020 Olivia Rodrigo was just another Disney star on the rise – this week, she’s an out-and-out superstar. If you’re online, there is...
Rap lyrics court case

If lyrics can be used as court evidence, what space is there for musical...

Where you’re a hip-hop head or a heartfelt emo kid, wordplay is an essential factor in how we immerse ourselves in scenes. Speak to...
Nandi Bushell

All hail Nandi Bushell, the tiny hero of 2020

Maybe it’s the remnants of my untapped ‘Gifted & Talented’ scheme potential talking, but I’ve always had a lot of time for precociously talented...
Tayla Parks

Tayla Parx: “If we take care of our creatives and their mental health, it...

You may not have met Tayla Parx yet, but you’ll certainly know plenty of tracks that have been #taylamade. An outrageously accomplished singer, songwriter...
2020 in review

2020: The year where music’s fourth wall fell

When I started my year by pressing play on Bombay Bicycle Club’s ‘Everything Else Has Gone Wrong’, I didn’t necessarily expect to be listening...