Hip-Hop

Aug 10, 2018

Somali Songs Reveal Why Musical Crate Digging Is A Form Of Cultural Archaeology

Forgotten records we often find in the dingiest of places can contain alternative perspectives and social commentary on particular movements, epochs or historical events.

Aug 8, 2018

Uncle Luke Goes From Raunchy Rapper To Amazing Mentor In New Docu-Series

Uncle Luke has had an amazing career, and now he will be the subject of a new documentary series.

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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.

Aug 3, 2018

The SpotiFive: Friday August 3 – Travis Scott, YG, Bumpy Knuckles and More

Travis Scott, YG and more drop off some banging hip-hop this week.

Aug 2, 2018

Here Is How Fat Joe Learned To Fight Depression And Stay Happy

Coping with death is not easy. Fat Joe explains how he pulled himself out of depression after the death of Big Pun.

Jul 30, 2018

Cape Hip-Hop Keeps Alive Tradition Of Rapping In The Voices Of The “Less Thans”

The Cape region of South Africa is bubbling with rappers protesting Colonialism, Apartheid and inequality.

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Jul 27, 2018

The SpotiFive: Friday July 27 – Tom Morello, Vic Mensa, Denzel Curry And More

Tom Morello and Vic Mensa deliver fire, Denzel Curry links with gold link & More this week in new music.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is one of the most respected spitters in the game. But how much do you really know about him?

Rapper Litefoot And His Wife Showcase Big “Native Business”

Pioneering Native American rapper Litefoot and his wife Carmen have a new brand called native business.

World Music: A Defunct Label In A Globalized World Of Sounds

The term world music may have been a useful way to signpost non-Western music to listeners who had previously only known performers from the UK and US.

Jul 23, 2018

These Six Tips From Jay-Z Will Surely Help You Find Success

Struggling to find your path? Let one of the greatest businessmen in history give you some advice.

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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.

Jul 20, 2018

The SpotiFive: Friday July 20 – G Herbo And 21 Savage, FMB DZ And More

21 Savage & G Herbo, P.Lo and more check in with new music this week.

Jul 17, 2018

Will Alex Da Kid’s New Song Usher In The Death Of “The A&R” Department?

Alex Da Kid recently partnered with Spotify and IBM to find the artist to be on his new song.

Jul 13, 2018

Former Rapper AD The Voice Gets Into Politics And Slays The Competition

Antonio Delgado is a former rapper who is shaking up New York politics in a major way.

Jul 13, 2018

The SpotiFive: Friday July 13 – Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Chief Keef And More

Check out some of the dopest hip-hop singles that dropped today.

Jul 12, 2018

Here Are Three Reasons Why J. Prince Says You Should Find An “OG” And Ditch “IG”

Thanks to the rise of social media, and sometimes a lack of parental guidance, young people turn to social media in search of answers and guidance. J. Prince has some better ideas.

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 9, 2018

In Canada, Hip-Hop Culture Is Paving The Way Forward

It’s easy to consume hip-hop as nothing more than entertainment. However, we should strive to engage hip-hop as a living and evolving culture that rhymes across national borders.

Jul 6, 2018

The SpotiFive: Friday July 6 – Future, Meek Mill and More

It looks like this week in Hip-Hop is going to be great. Future dropped a surprise album, and there is new music from Meek Mill, Young Buck and others.

Jul 4, 2018

Stoney Dudebro Wants To Get High – On The Charts

Newcomer Stoney Dudebro wants to take his place amongst the great weed rappers.

Jul 3, 2018

This Is How Belly Is Helping To Keep Immigrant Families Together At The Border

Belly is putting his money up to help fight president Trump's immigration policies.

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 29, 2018

Marshmello Launches New Sign Language Video Of “You Can Cry” For ASL Challenge

Marshmello and Juicy J have linked up to drop a sign language version of their video "You Can Cry" for their hearing impaired fans.

Jun 29, 2018

The SpotiFive: Five Hip-Hop Songs From Drake’s “Scorpion”

Drake releases a classic hip-hop album with his 5th LP, "Scorpion."

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.

Jun 25, 2018

A Trip To The Smithsonian Helped Mobb Deep’s Havoc Connect With His African Roots

Havoc of the legendary hip-hop duo Mobb Deep discovered his roots via genealogy research and a trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Jun 20, 2018

Former Child Soldier Turned Rapper Emmanuel Jal Drops New Album For World Refugee Day

Emmanuel Jal is an award-winning rapper from Sudan who just dropped a new release with his sister to celebrate World Refugee Day.

Jun 20, 2018

African-American Music Appreciation Month: 5 Essential Reads

Check out this article with a "playlist" of features on some great black musicians you need to know.

Jun 19, 2018

New Research Project Shows The Gentrification Of Hip-Hop Through Atlanta Rap Lyrics

Two students from Georgia State University are studying how hip-hop lyrics will serve as historical references.

Jun 18, 2018

Homicide is the Leading Cause of Death For Rappers, Not So Much With Other Genres

Murder accounted for 6.0% of deaths across the sample, but was the cause of 51% of deaths in rap musicians.

Jun 18, 2018

From Big Butts To Big Houses: “Baby Got Back” Rapper Sir-Mix-Alot Flips Houses

Sir Mix-A-Lot has made over $100 million dollars from one hit single. And he's investing it wisely.

Jun 15, 2018

The SpotiFive: Friday June 15 – Jay Rock, Mike Shinoda, 2 Chainz and More

Jay Rock & J. Cole, 2 Chainz, and even Christina Aguilera check in with some banging hip-hop cuts this week.

Jun 15, 2018

Beleaf In Fatherhood: How Rapper Glen Henry Juggles His Career With Being A Stay-At-Home Dad

Glen Henry is a rapper who centers around fatherhood, we just got a big look from YouTube.

Jun 13, 2018

Do Bouncers At Clubs Enforce Dress Codes Equally Across Races?

Are venues being racist when they selectively enforce dress codes?