Features

Aug 6, 2018

The Problem With Blackface – It’s “Representational Violence”

It is clear that in both the past and present, blackface engages in representational violence by drawing on antiblack stereotypes.

Jul 20, 2018

Five Women To Watch (And Listen To) In Australian Hip-Hop

Australia home to a diverse and successful range of women in hip hop. Here are five artists at the peak of their craft.

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Jul 11, 2018

Rostrum Records Has Something Special With Taliwhoah

Taliwhoah talks about her musical influences, afro-caribbean roots and how she got her name.

Jul 3, 2018

Was June The Best Month In Hip-Hop History?

It's safe to say June 2018 should be one of the more memorable months in hip-hop history.

Jul 2, 2018

Making Music Videos Is Not A Criminal Activity – No Matter What Genre

All around the world, police are cracking down on rap videos, but are they stifling free speech and expression?

Jun 27, 2018

XXXTentacion’s Life, Influence, & Impact Celebrated At Public Viewing And Fan Memorial

Florida rapper XXXTentacion was not around long, but he leaves a lasting impact.

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Kim Jong-Un Is Living Larger Than Any Rapper, Even Diddy

Even though there are worldwide sanctions on North Korea, and half the population is starving, The Supreme Leader and his family are known for their lust for luxury goods.

Could Kanye West’s “Ye” Album Be Causing A New Drug Epidemic?

Kanye West's new album contains references to an obscure drug, that is now exploding in popularity.

The Top Lil Rappers Are Making Big Impact On Spotify But Its The Unknowns You Want To Hear

Lil Wayne, Lil Wop Lil Dicky, Lil Pump.... the list of "Lil" rappers is huge. Here are the ones making the biggest difference.

May 14, 2018

Rap And Gown: Hip-Hop Artists As Commencement Speakers

In recent years, colleges and universities have begun to see commencement as an opportunity to book rappers!

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May 2, 2018

Rap Music’s Path From Pariah To Pulitzer

The story of hip-hop is one of rebellion, attempts at censorship and, finally, artistic acceptance.

Mar 26, 2018

Why Public Enemy’s Song About TV Addiction Is More Relevant Today Than Ever

Public Enemy's classic 1988 song "Channel Zero" has more meaning today than when it first came out.

Mar 15, 2018

From A Symbol Of “Broken Britain” Grime Has Become A Voice For The Voiceless

Grime continues to provide a prominent voice of hope to those who feel that the political classes have forgotten about them.

Mar 6, 2018

New Play Brings Homer’s Odyssey To Chiraq

Two internationally-known brothers who specialize in reinterpreting Shakespeare, are putting a Twist on Homer's "Odyssey."

Feb 19, 2018

Black Panther Roars. Are We Listening?

Marvel’s had big hits before. But this feels like something different.

Feb 15, 2018

Meet The Swedish Producer Who Went To Africa To Score “Black Panther” Movie

Director Ryan Coogler tapped his go-to composer Ludwig Göransson to come up With "Black Panther" music.

Jan 16, 2018

HBCU STEM Students Prepare For High Stakes Battle For Cash During SXSW

The National Black MBA Association – Austin Chapter announces the 2nd Annual HBCU Battle of the Brains competition.

Nov 30, 2017

Columbia College Chicago Offers New Hip-Hop Studies Minor – Here Are The Details

Columbia College Chicago is offering up an interesting new minor in hip-hop studies. Check out all the details.

Nov 22, 2017

How The Death Of The Hip-Hop DJ Spawned The Superstar Rapper

There’s now a huge, awkward elephant in hip-hop culture’s room: the ghost of the DJ.

Nov 13, 2017

English Course Is Using Jay-Z Lyrics To Breakdown Stereotypes

Jay-Z's lyrics are being decoded by students at SVSU to shatter stereotypes about Hip-Hop.

Nov 2, 2017

It’s Not Just Grime – Council Estates Produce All Sorts Of Art

The roots of the U.K.'s “hood” aesthetic can be traced back to the hip hop culture that emerged from marginalized communities in America.

Oct 30, 2017

These Six “Banned” Artists Say F Trump To Work With Top Rappers

Spotify is launching its first-ever documentary short, which showcases the power of music to unite against social and political injustice.

Oct 30, 2017

Mumble Rap: Cultural Laziness Or A True Reflection Of Contemporary Times?

Mumble rap - the most recent art form of rapping - or arguably the art of not rapping.

Oct 26, 2017

Harvey Weinstein Bullied Everyone – Except Hip-Hop Mogul Damon Dash

Damon Dash breaks down his interactions with the infamous Harvey Weinstein.

Oct 25, 2017

White People Should Never Rap The N-Word: A Linguist Breaks It Down

Black youth appear to strengthen their solidarity and identity by using the n-word as an in-group term.

Oct 17, 2017

Grime Is The New Punk – Here’s Why

Those familiar with the genre will know this success is hard-won and reflects the efforts of an underground, black British music community.

Sep 27, 2017

Not Funny: New Book Explores Dark, Racist Side Of Comedy

A new book explores the dark, racist side of being a comedian.

Sep 21, 2017

Here Are 20 Ways To Stay Financially Healthy

When it comes to being healthy, we usually think of our physical well-being. But what about your "financial health?"

Sep 19, 2017

Dee1 Is Giving Away Scholarships On “Knowledge for College Tour”

Rapper Dee-1!is on the road and he's giving away scholarships while he's on tour.

Sep 14, 2017

Tips To Be Successful, Courtesy Of French Montana

According to French Montana, you shouldn't follow trends if you want to be successful.

Sep 5, 2017

Words To Live By From A$AP Rocky

A$AP Rocky is a modern day renaissance man. Check out some tips from the rapper to remain confident throughout your day!

Aug 29, 2017

The Many Layers Of Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa is and of many sides, and this is a dive into each of them.

Aug 14, 2017

Charlottesville Attack Shows Homegrown Terror On The Right Is On The Rise

The attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a man named James Alex Fields Jr. used his Dodge Challenger as a weapon against a crowd of protesters, underscores the growing violence of America’s far-right wing.

Aug 5, 2017

Why Detroit Exploded In The Summer Of 1967

While Detroit grew geographically to accommodate newcomers, most blacks were confined to four districts in the city until about 1960. Venturing into other neighborhoods came at a considerable risk.

Aug 2, 2017

Scott Storch Explains Why He Passed On College

Super producer Scott Storch explains why college just was not for him...