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Angus Batey

Angus Batey

Angus Batey has been writing professionally since 1988, sometimes as a member of staff, but since 2000 as a full-time freelance. He has written for a wide range of magazines, including NME. His writing about music is extensive, with a particular focus on hip hop.

www.angusbatey.com

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50 Cent: From The Firing Line To The Firing Range

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, October 2008

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is in a strangely revealing mood as he discusses working with De Niro and Pacino, how getting shot harmed his record ...

A Tribe Called Quest: 20 Years On: A Tribe Called Quest's The Low End Theory Revisited

Retrospective by Angus Batey, Quietus, The, October 2011

20 years after it was released and a month before the UK premiere of the Tribe Called Quest documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life, Angus Batey ...

Age of Chance's Bangers and Mash-ups

Retrospective and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, October 2009

Sampling, dance-rock, cross-genre cover versions ... Age of Chance did it all 20 years ago, but no one was listening. As their back catalogue goes ...

All Saints: They Know Where It's At

Interview by Angus Batey, Vox, March 1998

And finally we have lift-off. Yes, 'Never Ever' may have taken its time getting there, but Britain's finest all-girl band have hit Number One, and ...

A Tribe Called Quest

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, September 1998

SO, JUST WHAT do you do when love breaks down? When the fabric that holds the fundamentals of your life together finally unravels? You probably ...

Badly Drawn Boy

Profile and Interview by Angus Batey, CMJ New Music Monthly, October 2000

YOU'RE LISTENING to The Hour Of Bewilderbeast, the acerbic, eclectic and often quite magical debut album by English eccentric Damon "Badly Drawn Boy" Gough. ...

Black Eyed Peas: Will.i.am: Peas In Our Time

Interview by Angus Batey, Times, The, August 2007

The Black Eyed Peas' frontman Will.i.am tells our correspondent how "happy" music took him from the ghetto to the Top Ten ...

Mary J. Blige: Mary J Blige: Material World

Interview by Angus Batey, Vox, June 1997

WHAT'S THE most embarrassing item of clothing you've ever bought? ...

Busta Rhymes

Interview by Angus Batey, Hip-Hop Connection, 2002

BUSTA RHYMES has a heavy cold and a brutal schedule, and he's already running three hours late. ...

Busta Rhymes: Bump'N'Grundies!

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, December 1997

Pants! Lewdness! Spinal Tap-esque shenanigans! Yes indeedy, it's rap megastar BUSTA RHYMES giving it his inimitable 'Woo hah!' on a Stateside hip-hop extravaganza. On the ...

Terry Callier: An Interview

Interview by Angus Batey, Times, The, April 2002

IT'S JUST another rainy night in April, and the Green Mill, a bar on Chicago's north side, is hosting its regular Monday resident. Opening with ...

Terry Callier: The Jazz Cafe, London

Live Review by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, March 2008

ABOUT 40 MINUTES into this riveting performance, Terry Callier cuts to the chase. "We've talked about so much stuff now," he says with a shrug, ...

Canibus, LL Cool J, Wyclef Jean: LL Cool J, Canibus and Wyclef Jean: The '4,3,2,1' Beef

Interview by Angus Batey, Hip-Hop Connection, 2000

WHEN CANIBUS recorded a verse for LL Cool J's '4,3,2,1' in 1997, he can hardly have realised what was about to unfold. ...

CeeLo Green: Cee Lo Green: "I'd do a lot more damage if I could"

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, September 2010

There aren't many musicians who would consider releasing an expletive-laden viral hit to be selling out in some way. Angus Batey meets the remarkable pop-soulster ...

Coldplay

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, CMJ New Music Monthly, November 2000

"MY EYE'S REALLY hurting. I'm really stressed. I worry because my hair's falling out, and I don't know if that's important. Will people still buy ...

Bootsy Collins, Outkast: Funk: Bootsy Collins & OutKast

Interview by Angus Batey, Dazed & Confused, December 2001

What is funk anyway? A type of music? A sound? An attitude, a style, a feeling? ...

Coolio: Natural Born Chiller

Interview by Angus Batey, Vox, March 1995

Ice-T, Ice Cube, LL Cool J... The West Coast of America is famous for its frozen rappers. Now cometh the latest million-selling iceman: Coolio ...

Cymande

Retrospective and Interview by Angus Batey, Mojo Collections, 2002

STEVE SCIPIO pauses. The bass player and songwriter with Cymande is trying to recall what exactly his band's biggest hit, the reggae-funk masterpiece 'The Message', ...

Dr. Dre, N.W.A.: Jerry Heller

Interview by Angus Batey, Hip-Hop Connection, January 2007

JERRY HELLER may just have the most undeservedly bad rep in the history of hip hop. ...

Bob Dylan, Wyclef Jean: Last Night A Record Changed My Life: Wyclef Jean on Bob Dylan's Infidels

Interview by Angus Batey, MOJO, April 2003

I FIRST HEARD Infidels when I was about 15 years old. My brother was away, me and him were in different schools. I was more ...

Faith Evans: Time To Try Again

Interview by Angus Batey, Times, The, April 2005

Two UK No 1s have not made the former Mrs BIG a household name in this country. Faith Evan's new album might just do it ...

The Fall: Totale's Turns/Slates/A Part Of America Therein, 1981 (Essential/Castle)

Review by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, May 1998

"I DON'T PARTICULARLY like the person singing on this LP," opines Roman Totale XVIII in his sleevenotes to Totale's Turns. "That said, I marvel at ...

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones: Live Art

Review by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, July 1997

PERIPATETIC FOOTBALL manager and TV raconteur Ron Atkinson once memorably berated an errant striker's inability in front of goal by claiming that "he couldn't hit ...

The Fugees: Emigration Terrorists

Profile and Interview by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, February 1994

Fact: like it or lump it in with the nastier things in life, hip-hop is still growing like the tumour from hell. Fittingly, as the ...

Ghostface Killah: Coronet, London ***

Live Review by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, October 2006

"IF YOU listen to my lyrics, you'll know I'm a soul baby," confesses Dennis Coles midway through a typically eccentric set. "And you've got to ...

Gnarls Barkley

Interview by Angus Batey, unpublished, January 2008

N.B. This piece was going to run in the Mail on Sunday's Live section, but due to problems with photos — or, perhaps, a fear ...

DJ Kool Herc, Grand Wizard Theodore: DJ Kool Herc and Grand Wizard Theodore

Interview by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, May 1997

DJS KOOL HERC and Grand Wizard Theodore, who recently played in London as support to the Chemical Brothers, may not be up there with yer ...

The Hybirds: The Hybirds

Review by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, March 1998

SOMETIMES THE simplest words are the most powerful. Plain statements. Single syllables. Don't pull your punches – hit 'em hard. ...

Ice-T: 'Bring Me The Head of Charlton Heston'

Interview by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, March 1993

America's most wanted... public enemy one... ICE-T's reputation is just about as real as he wants it to get right now. Ever since the 'Cop ...

The Incredible Bongo Band: Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band

Interview by Angus Batey, MOJO, November 2000

THE AVUNCULAR 56-year-old American sat in a suite in London's Dorchester Hotel doesn't immediately strike you as a rock'n'roll type, but Michael Viner has quite ...

Janet Jackson: The Jackson Fave: Janet Jackson: Ahoy, Rotterdam

Live Review by Angus Batey, Vox, June 1998

"When I was 17 I did what people told me Did what my father said and let my mother mould me But that was ...

Tom Jones, Wyclef Jean: Tom Jones and Wyclef Jean

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, Touch, November 2002

SO YOU'RE sitting there, in the London Metropole hotel, chatting to Wyclef Jean about his new LP, Maqsquerade. ...

The Jimmy Castor Bunch: Remembering The Everything Man: A Jimmy Castor Interview

Retrospective and Interview by Angus Batey, Quietus, The, January 2012

Angus Batey pays tribute to the late Jimmy Castor, and we publish an extract from an extensive interview the journalist conducted with Castor over a ...

Kanye West: The College Dropout (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) ****

Review by Angus Batey, MOJO, May 2004

Super-producer takes up the mike for his "solo" debut. ...

Alicia Keys: The Girl's On Fire: Why Alicia Keys Is Such Hot Poperty

Interview by Angus Batey, Mail On Sunday, June 2008

Alicia Keys is red hot right now: Prince wants to be her towel roadie, Dylan wrote a song about her, and Halle Berry head-hunted her ...

Kool G Rap

Profile and Interview by Angus Batey, Hip-Hop Connection, 2001

FROM THE drivers' seat of his black GMC jeep, Kool G Rap stares intently at the police car. Despite the air conditioning being turned up ...

John Legend, The Roots: John Legend and the Roots: Hearts, Minds and Soul

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, October 2010

John Legend and the Roots' album of '60s and '70s protest songs is no mere history lesson – it's an open letter to a divided ...

Lucy Pearl

Profile and Interview by Angus Batey, Hip-Hop Connection, 2000

"I ALWAYS like the idea of people getting together, like The Power Station, the Travelling Wilburys, groups like that," says Raphael Saadiq in all earnestness. ...

Madonna: Immaculate Projection: Madonna: Ray Of Light (Maverick/WEA) *****

Review by Angus Batey, Vox, April 1998

Music, motherhood and much, much more: real revelation from the world's most famous single parent ...

Maroon 5: The Band They Hate To Love

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, November 2007

They've sold 2m albums in the UK, 10m in the US. But they can't get a good review. Angus Batey goes backstage with Maroon 5, ...

John Mayer: 'You can't make music as a famous person'

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, November 2009

"I BASICALLY VISUALISED a record called Battle Studies as a way to sum up the last two years of my life: what I've learned and ...

John Mayer: Famous Girlfriend Blues

Interview by Angus Batey, Daily Telegraph, June 2008

John Mayer would prefer to talk about his guitar-playing, but what everyone really wants to know is how he's treating his woman, Jennifer Aniston. "I've ...

Minor Threat: Straight Edge

Report by Angus Batey, Dazed & Confused, March 2001

"I'm a person just like youBut I've got better things to doThan sit around and fuck my headHang out with the living deadSnort white shit ...

Missy Elliott, Timbaland: Missy Elliott: This Is Not A Test! (Elektra) ***/Timbaland & Magoo: Under Construction Part II (Unique Corp) ***

Review by Angus Batey, MOJO, January 2004

Virginia's avant-garde hip hop twosome are still on the right track on their respective new LPs, but have they started to run out of steam? ...

N*E*R*D: Fly Or Die (Virgin) ****

Review by Angus Batey, MOJO, May 2004

The Neptunes party like it's 1973 ...

Naughty By Nature: Naughty But Nice

Interview by Angus Batey, Vox, August 1995

Born in the ghetto, Naughty By Nature intend to stay there, despite the band's success ...

Ne-Yo: 'Do I Have To Sell My Soul?'

Profile and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, July 2008

He's an R&B singer, and songwriter to the stars. But when the music stops, Ne-Yo vanishes from the spotlight. He tells Angus Batey why that's ...

The Notorious B.I.G. (1972-97)

Obituary by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, March 1997

NOTORIOUS BIG, born Christopher Wallace, had risen from poverty to become one of the most influential figures in the hip-hop world in an incredibly short ...

The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur: Tupac Shakur: War Of The Words

Report by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, September 1996

TUPAC SHAKUR's death has once again highlighted the feud between the East Coast and West Coast rap communities. ANGUS BATEY takes a look at hip-hop's ...

Primal Scream: 'Star'

Interview by Angus Batey, Vox, June 1997

The songTHE SECOND single to be taked from Primal Scream's forthcoming Vanishing Point LP, 'Star' finds Bobby Gillespie drawing on his personal vocabulary of revolutionary ...

Puff Daddy: Smalls Wonder: Puff Daddy & The Family: No Way Out (Bad Boy Records)

Review by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, July 1997

IN LIFE, only death is certain. For the religious, the prospect of paradise beyond the great divide provides an energising, vital motivation. For the cynics, ...

Rakim

Interview by Angus Batey, Hip-Hop Connection, April 2009

I GUESS you could say he's been away. But he's never strayed far. ...

Rakim

Profile and Interview by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, November 1997

THERE'S A shadow across Rakim's face, but his brown eyes are shining. The man who is for many the greatest rapper ever to have picked ...

Rakim: Ladbroke Grove Subterania, London

Live Review by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, June 1998

HE CALLS himself "God". ...

Rhymefest

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, Hip-Hop Connection, 2006

ONE OF the most unexpected meetings in English Parliamentary history took place in late October, when Rhymefest sat down with Conservative Party leader David Cameron. ...

Sylvia Robinson, The Sugarhill Gang: Sugar Hill Records: Here's To You, Mrs Robinson

Retrospective by Angus Batey, Mojo Collections, Winter 2001

She took Motown as her blueprint and signed the first all-female rap group. But, as Angus Batey discovers, Sylvia Robinson and the Sugarhill mob spent ...

The Roots: Hip Hop Erudition And Wit

Profile and Interview by Angus Batey, MOJO, January 2003

"I'M ALIVE NOW!" BARKS AHMIR ?uestlove Thompson, drummer and de facto leader of Philadelphia hip hop band The Roots, and music press consumer of impeccable ...

The Roots: It's Like A Jungle Sometimes...

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, April 2008

They are a hip-hop purist's dream, constantly touring and constantly praised. But behind the scenes, the Roots have a fight on their hands. Angus Batey ...

Earl Scruggs: Rich Pickings

Profile and Interview by Angus Batey, MOJO, November 2001

Lightning banjo picker Earl Scruggs was there at the birth of bluegrass. Over half a century later he's back with a new album and a ...

Shut Up And Dance

Interview by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, December 1998

IN A SPARTAN East London front room, two of the '90s most innovative dance music pioneers are attempting to explain where they've been these past ...

Snoop Doggy Dogg: Snoop Dogg: Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told (No Limit)

Review by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, August 1998

IT'S ONE OF THE most depressing stories in pop music. ...

Snoop Doggy Dogg: Now Is Not The Time To Talk To Snoop Doggy Dogg.

Interview by Angus Batey, unpublished, May 1994

Originally written for the NME, this article was not published ...

So Solid Crew: 'What We're Doing Is Bigger Than Music'

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, January 2010

After a dramatic rise and a messy, destructive fall, So Solid are back. This time they intend to keep the tunes – and the money ...

Starsailor

Interview by Angus Batey, Arena, November 2001

BARELY 18 months ago they were an indie covers band, nervously dropping their own songs into a set comprised of other people's hits. But this ...

Joss Stone

Interview by Angus Batey, Daily Express, March 2005

WHEN YOU'RE a pop star, life rushes by at a furious pace. And things are so hectic for Joss Stone right now that the only ...

Terry Callier: TimePeace (Talkin' Loud) ****

Review and Interview by Angus Batey, Vox, March 1998

Long-lost singer-songwriter's classy comeback ...

The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur: Biggie & Tupac: Fear Of A Black Messiah

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, MOJO, July 2002

Nick Broomfield's new film may well have solved the murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. Angus Batey went to seek out the facts. ...

Timbaland: "I'm up here. Everyone else is down there."

Profile and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, August 2006

TIM "TIMBALAND" Mosley, the most in-demand music producer in the world, is tired. But the task of staying awake is made easier because, right now, ...

Ultramagnetic MCs: Critical Beatdown (Roadrunner/Next Plateau)

Review by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, September 1997

KOOL KEITH is Liam Howlett's favourite rapper. And this relic from an age before 'Diesel Power' and Dr. Octagon shows why. ...

Midge Ure

Interview by Angus Batey, Daily Express, May 2005

"LIFE'S GREAT," says Jim "Midge" Ure, smiling as he sips a soft drink at a corner table in a tiny upstairs cafe in Bath. "If ...

Usher: "The fans want my soul"

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, April 2010

Baring his soul is second nature to R&B superstar Usher, but although he has documented his recent divorce on a new album, he's got to ...

Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella) ****

Review by Angus Batey, MOJO, November 2008

NB This record wasn't made available to reviewers properly, due partly to Kanye still working on it at the time MOJO went to press. As ...

Saul Williams

Interview by Angus Batey, Dazed & Confused, August 2001

SAUL WILLIAMS runs his hand through his dreadlocked mane and grins. Fighting off a heavy cold a few hours before his first UK headline show, ...

Wu-Tang Clan

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, Hip-Hop Connection, September 1994

THURSDAY 1st September, Backstage stairwell, The Forum, Kentish Town, London. ...

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Russell Simmons: The Hustler

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, September 2008

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons helped Run DMC, Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys make it big. But is his greatest talent self-promotion? Angus Batey meets ...

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