Reading this on mobile? Click here to viewTen years ago, I interviewed Missy Elliott just after the Madonna, Christina and Britney faux lezfest at the 2003 MTV VMA Awards. I asked her why she hadn't joined in with the snogging. She looked at me aghast and nearly choked on an M&M. "No, no, no," she gasped, "Hip-hop would never do that. Never, never, never in a million years." A decade later and, sometimes, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Missy was right and nothing had changed.
Bugzy Malone's quest to grime greatness began long before i-D first featured him in 2014: the one time amateur boxer has been trying to making a name for himself since 2011. "As a boxer, you experience ups and downs, so I just applied that discipline and bouncing back mentality, to music. You've got to be cool with the fact that there are going to be losses, it's a lot of hard work and belief."
Beginning life as a speechwriter for Labour MP Sharon Hodgson, Joel Baker decided to quit the high life of politics a year ago in favour of the even headier climes of music. Now managed by Archie Lamb (the son of a Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb) it seems to be a decision that's paying off; the newcomer's debut mixtape features Kojo Funds, while Abra Cadabra features on Story, with a video directed by Vicky Grout, making her directorial debut.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".