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20 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Cut-throat rhythms in Antwerp, solitary bliss in Leuven, and our very own bank holiday jazz jam. Go do the right thing.
“If we dig it, we’re going to spit over it.” Brussels-based rap phenomenon Le 77 on the past, the present and the future
In the whirlwind that was their second release Bawlers, we managed to catch Dr. Peet and manager Rayan of Le 77 in the comfort of their home to talk houseparties, influential aesthetics and repping area codes.
Out The Frame lays down 10 Belgian bangers
All Eyes On Hip Hop's Willem Vandesande and Vooruit's Wouter Vanhaelemeesch have handpicked 10 of their standout Belgian releases ahead of Out The Frame, a brand new indoor hip-hop festival taking place this Saturday.
On tour with Le 77
With their new album Bawlerz out since Friday, we run a series of photographs Le 77 took exclusively for us.
On rolling with the punches, by Eigen Makelij’s Pepe
From his humble beginnings, to finally finding his way with Eigen Makelij by his side; Antwerp's Pepe recounts on his past, future, and everything in between.
Where my heart is: Dreaming of hometowns and childhoods
Taking a walk down memory lane with two Belgian rappers and a writer.
Senz Beats handpicks his 15 favourite Belgian rap classics
Montreal-based Senz Beats cooked up a largely Brussels-based hip-hop playlist made up of tracks that inspired him growing up, and even became a sort of template for his own current beats.
Five reasons to go to YO! Brussels Hip Hop Generation at Bozar this summer
Five essential reasons why this summer's Bozar exhibition dedicated to Brussels' burgeoning hip hop culture is a must for your cultural calendar
Thrill-seeking with Brussels’ lyricist Lord Gasmique.
Brussels' young, promising lyricist Lord Gasmique reveals his beginnings and inspirations, with some great highlights of his budding career.
Exclusive mix 93: UNOS
This week's Exclusive Mix, courtesy of Sint-Niklaas' versatile DJ and producer UNOS, will get your blood pumping and feet pounding.
The Perrier Playlist: 25 essential Belgian rap tracks
We team up with Perrier for a four-part series of essential Belgian cuts. In part 1, we zoom in on the country's rap legacy.
Exclusive mix 85: Beats, grooves and good vibes with Freddy Bracker
A compilation of solely unreleased tracks, gathered in studios and jam sessions around the country.
Exclusive mix 82: Ancestral healing with Dove Cake
An hour-long emotive and spiritual exclusive by US exile Dove Cake. Best enjoyed in a sensory deprivation tank during a full moon.
Exclusive mix 79: Trappy bass lines and too much reverb with Beatsforbeaches
The beat smith delivers an hour-long mix of wavy synths, high vocals and trappy bass lines.
Exclusive mix 71: Belgian beats with Champion Sound
Stictly Belgian sounds, and no less than 10 exclusive tracks.
Best Belgian releases of 2016 so far (Part 2)
Part 2 of our roll-call of first-term, notable Belgian releases.
Best Belgian releases of 2016 so far (Part 1)
15 standup Belgian releases of 2016 we salute. Watch out for part 2 coming end of week.
Exclusive mix 53: Richie Santos
Hip hop, afro-beat, some local rap love and an exclusive Damso track. Shit's about to get real.
The 25 best Belgian releases of 2015
Our top music picks of the year's most deserving Belgian releases.
Faded Weekender’s co-founder Benjamin Beutels
Benjamin Beutels, co-founder of the upcoming Faded Weekender, picks 10 of his favourite Belgian releases.
The fuzzy-haired local trap princeling delivers an exclusive mix heavy on the weird, wobble and wonderful.
Eighteen year old brusseler. Wulfy Benzo want people to listen to this mix while they are dying. Please, don't.
First things first: rapper K1D (with free download)
With his debut EP now out, rapper K1D opens up about hometown heroes, mistakes made and hiding tracks from mum.
From rap, jazz, samba and beat music, record label head and local promoter Alex Deforce reveals his favourite Belgian releases.
DJ, promoter, record collector and author Bart Siebiel picks his favourite Belgian releases for us.
Beats in Belgium outtake #4: DYNOOO
Beat veteran DYNOOO on the Belgium Beat scene, stopping to listen music and having an Instagram account to see beautiful women.
Grab your bathrobe and get ready to snap your fingers at this new Word-exclusive mix courtesy of Faisal.
Beats In Belgium outtake #2: Thin Consolation
The "granddaddy" of Belgian labels releasing beats on making it without a strategy and keeping it as their Thin Consolation.
Beats in Belgium outtake #1: Le Motel
Get a glimpse of the Beat Music in Belgium with our series of interviews, starting with one of our favourite young gun: Le Motel.
LDBK head honcho Julien Mourlon reveals his favourite Belgian releases. And they're street-savvy.
As one of the producers featured in our upcoming edition, we asked Le Motel to record an exclusive mix for us.
Exclusive mix 25 comes courtesy of Trime, a Leuven-based hip hop head who'll be opening for Oneman tomorrow in Brussels.
Our picks of Belgian beat acts at this year’s summer festivals
We select some of the Belgian beat acts making the rounds at this year's summer festivals.
Leuven-based Moodprint take the helm for the 20th instalment in our series of exclusive DJ sets.
Best of les Belges: festival season’s homegrown must-sees
Here’s our hand-picked selection of native musos to check out during this summer's festival season.
APE founder Jurgen Maelfeyt on The Molem Collective
A limited-run record, a sneaker fiend talking about his obsession and classic hip hop productions. Comes pretty close to nirvana.
The year’s top 10 hip hop albums
From Doom's new collaborative project to the return of West Coast Gangsta Rap, we handpick our 10 top rap albums of the year.
Five discoveries that made 2012 better
Five welcome discoveries - from Discogs stores to badman magazines - that for better or for worse, left their mark on 2012.
Hip hop from Angel Haze, sad pop from Mikky Ekko and Solange goes indie
Beyonce's sis joins Mikki Ekko's sad pop and some much-needed poetry from hip-hop's Angel Haze in this week's New Kids roster.
Stubborn Heart’s post-dubstep and Imaginary Family’s pretty storytelling
Tune in to the 90s hip-hop hammerings of New York's Ratking and more new music, as always selected for us by Disco Naiveté.
Queer rap, filling in for Burial and the next big voice to hit the charts
Another day, another gay NYC rapper: Mikki Blanco welcomes us to hell in his breakthrough "Wavvy", plus bedroom producing Brolin and Laura Mvula on the radar.
Ryan Hemsworth, Dan Bodan, Southern Shores
From bloopy hip-hop beatmakers to smoochy slow-dancers, here's a guide to what's hot for your end of summer stereo.
An interview with Berlin rap outfit Puppetmastaz at Dour
We tried to interview Berlin's Puppetmastaz in Dour's press tent last weekend but all our grown-up questions got drowned out in expletives and absurdity. But that's what you get when you interview soft toys.
Brussels-based record label UNREzT deliver a dark and deadly exclusive mix of hip-hop-tilting electronica, a perfect travel companion for those late-night underground missions on the subway.
We asked Brussels DJ duo, radio hosts and party promoters Onda Sonora to whip up a lip-smacking mix of Belgium and Holland's freshest musical meat. Another Word exclusive.
C2C and Ghostpoet
Tonight at Botanique: Turntableism veterans C2C and Ghostpoet, British hip hop newcomer and critics’ darling.
Music: Mark Boombastik and Eduardo Delgado Lopez’ Adios Berlin
You could say Mark Boombastik is something of a general ordering his troupes to get in line and march to the beat. A Berlin-based beatboxer, lyricist and singer with an intense, commandeering and hypnotic vocal presence, his recent collaboration with Eduardo Delgado Lopez (also the bass player in Caspar Brötzmann Massaker) on their joint effort Adiós Berlin […]
Temple of Bling
Up-and-coming director Arnaud Uyttenhove and writer Adrien de Liedekerke, whom you’ll soon hear more of on these pages, recently came back from three weeks spent in the Land of the Rising Sun. Beyond the obvious “bright light big city” effect, they came back with a couple of gems for us which we’ll be feeding you […]
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