Sara Al Mahdy

Sara Al Mahdy

I'm Sara, a girl with a passion for music, art, politics and science. I write a weekly column where I review and promote artists that I think are doing something great. 

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  • Sara Al Mahdy
    Published 8 days ago
    Drill: The Truth Behind the Mask

    Drill: The Truth Behind the Mask

    After the Columbine tragedy, the media latched onto rock musician Marilyn Manson as the scapegoat for the whole shooting. This is exactly what we are seeing in the demonisation of the entire genre of London Drill rap, after the London metropolitan police commissioner had various music videos, some by the Drill crew 67, taken off YouTube for “inciting violence." The music, saturated with references to giant knives and gang related crime, is the soundtrack to music videos featuring young men brandishing large guns and standing in menacing mobs on their 'ends.' While the media and the Met police have the country believing Drillers are to blame for the rise in violent gang related crime in London, many believe that in reality, this is a classic example of using musicians as scapegoats for larger issues. What the Met police and all the right wing journalists are missing is what the music really means, and why young people in London are making it and turning to it as an escape from their realities. Drill music doesn’t aim to encourage young people to commit acts of violence, but rather is the outlet for young people to express the things they have experienced on the streets creatively. The music doesn’t aim to romanticise gang violence, but rather to show the negative effects that it has on young people in the community. Member of the group 67, Dimzy, has said that before the birth of his daughter, making music was the only thing keeping him alive.
  • Sara Al Mahdy
    Published 10 days ago
    Lana, You're All Grown Up

    Lana, You're All Grown Up

    There are a few artists and bands that I have the privilege of saying that I grew up alongside. One of these artists is undoubtedly Lana Del Rey.
  • Sara Al Mahdy
    Published about a month ago
    This Is the New Shit

    This Is the New Shit

    In recent years, music has almost experienced a paradigm shift. From the 50s to 2016, rock was the zeitgeist of music, from the Beatles to rock infused pop music (ie. Elton John and others). It was in 2016 that it was officially announced that tastes have shifted from rock to hip hop, a departure that was, while a necessary one, a surprise all the same. Kurt Cobain himself said in a 90s interview that he believed besides punk rock, the most important genre of music was hip hop and rap. This was the first time in music we had seen a genre born of a racial minority gain a status such as this. Radio waves became saturated with rap music, especially with artists such as Drake infusing pop and rap, exploding to super stardom, idolized in the same way the rockers of the 70s were. This departure is a cultural marvel, as well as a musical one.
  • Sara Al Mahdy
    Published 4 months ago
    Igor Igor Igor

    Igor Igor Igor

    My favorite tracks of the album (right now): "A BOY IS A GUN" and "WHAT'S GOOD."
  • Sara Al Mahdy
    Published 11 months ago
    The Progression of Childish Gambino

    The Progression of Childish Gambino

    From the moment I began listening to Childish Gambino, I loved him. The first time I heard his music was when me and my best friend were up to something illegal and he played me Redbone. This was when my taste in rap was just beginning to grow, and I didn't know much about the scene. This song took me places I'd never been inside my head. We proceeded to listen to the whole Awaken my Love! album and since then, everything changed.
  • Sara Al Mahdy
    Published 12 months ago
    Your Playlist for Next Week

    Your Playlist for Next Week

    Today I thought I'd post something a bit different. Over the past couple of weeks I've been discovering and dipping into a lot of new and different music, so I thought I'd make a quick playlist of songs that I've been loving and write a bit about why I love them so much.