Dan Hancox

Features

The Drill and Knife Crime Story Is a Classic Chicken-and-Egg Dilemma

When it comes to the London-based offshoot of the genre, unpicking the links between violent music and real world violence is harder than ever.
Dan Hancox
5.31.18
Op-Ed

Stormzy Has Cemented His Position as the New King of Grime

On his debut album 'Gang Signs & Prayer', the MC is reclining comfortably between mainstream success and underground credibility.
Dan Hancox
2.26.17
Op-Eds

Grime is Approaching the Breakthrough Moment Hip-Hop Reached in the 90s

We are about to hit a golden age.
Dan Hancox
12.21.16
News

UK Government Money to Tackle Rogue Landlords Is Being Used to Arrest Tenants

In trying to clamp down on "beds in sheds", the UK government just made things harder for the people living in them.
Dan Hancox
9.22.16
News

These North London Activists Are a Rare Source of Hope in London's Housing Catastrophe

They're trying to turn a former hospital into an affordable housing utopia.
Dan Hancox
8.30.16
Op-Eds

Skepta's 'Konnichiwa' Is the Sound of the UK Underground Finally Standing Proud at Street Level

Skepta's career has slalomed everywhere—from gun shot instrumentals to Ibiza pool party glitz—so it's all the more poignant that he's arrived back in this very special place.
Dan Hancox
5.9.16
News

The Shocking Data That Shows How Struggling Families Are Being Forced Out of London

Data released exclusively to VICE shows how many "poverty exiles" London has.
Dan Hancox
3.31.15
News

The Sad and Shocking Truth About London's Poverty Exiles

A growing underclass are being forced to leave their homes and live in temporary accommodation miles away—their kids flea-bitten, their debts piling up.
Dan Hancox
12.22.14
News

A 'Regeneration Supernova' Is About to Destroy East London

A "Regeneration Supernova" is heading for the London borough of Newham, thanks to China and Mayor Boris Johnson. The plan is not about "modernizing" or "improving" a run-down area—it's about wiping it out in a "supernova" and rebuilding it into a...
Dan Hancox
4.22.14
Words

It's Called Afrobeats And It's Taking Over London

Afrobeats (with an "s") is bringing the sounds of Ghana and Nigeria to British dancefloors.
Dan Hancox
9.9.13