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For Daniel Holt, Honesty Is More Than a Virtue -- It's a Lifestyle

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 03.20.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

The music stopped. Hearts stopped. Holt paused but didn't stop because he had to bow and prove that it was only a performance, that he would wake up tomorrow and rehearse the same solo for his next gig. But really that's a lie, because it wasn't only a performance.

Mic Check: Here's Why Hip Hop Hasn't Grown up Yet

Julian Mitchell | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

In the midst of these projected possibilities, one thing is certain: the power of Hip Hop is immense and unwavering. But, how the art form is used from this point forward will determine the type of power we truly want to have.

Geraldo Rivera: Hip-Hop Has Damaged Black People More Than Racism In Last 10 Years

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices

Geraldo Rivera doesn't exactly seem like a pre-eminent authority on rap culture, but he has some very interesting thoughts about hip-hop, which he sha...

Rebel Music: Youth Led Social Movements and Their Sounds

Kumera Genet | Posted 03.10.2015 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

Hisham Aidi's book, Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture, newly released on paperback, is an exploration of the diverse ways that Muslim youth around the world search for what he terms a "non-racist utopia".

These Hip-Hop Dancers Are Remixing A Classic Ballet

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 12.04.2014 | Black Voices

This December, New York City's United Palace of Cultural Arts is adding some urban flair to Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet in “The Hip Hop Nutcracke...

How Long Can Eminem Keep It Up? (or: the Sociology of Aging Hip-Hop Artists)

Galanty Miller | Posted 01.18.2015 | Entertainment
Galanty Miller

I think Eminem should probably stop with the misogynist lyrics. I support his right to free speech and creative expression. Rather, it just might be a good career movie to pivot in a slightly different direction.

I am the Jackie Robinson of Hip Hop Graphic Design!

Brad Puet | Posted 01.10.2015 | Arts
Brad Puet

It was 1987. I had just gotten off work and walked across the Kitsap Mall to Sam Goody to look for this album. I heard that it had just got out and...

How AP2P Plans To Revolutionize Music

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 10.03.2014 | Black Voices

As one half of Dead Prez, rapper M-1 helped shape public opinion through music, becoming one of the foremost voices in hip-hop in the '90s. M-1 st...

Vh1's 'ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta's Rise in the Rap Game'

Nsenga Burton | Posted 11.03.2014 | Black Voices
Nsenga Burton

Despite a strong introduction, the film quickly falls into a narrative that is hyper focused on rap music, yet fails to include in a meaningful way, other musical movements that were taking place simultaneously and contributed significantly to the rise of Atlanta rap.

LL Cool J Reclaims Mic With G.O.A.T. 2

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 09.02.2014 | Entertainment
Marjoriet T. Matute

LL Cool J has been defined as a rapper, an actor, and let's face it, an international sex symbol. Besides the occasional lip-licking and topless video...

The Most Important Man You've Never Heard of

Azeem Khan | Posted 10.26.2014 | Entertainment
Azeem Khan

In the 30 years, hip hop music has gone from a small genre of music that got no radio play to a cultural phenomenon that you can find traces of on every part of our planet.

A Shift in Hip Hop: What Kendrick's Verse Didn't Do

Mahogany Clayton | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
Mahogany Clayton

While there are still some remaining musical gems, there is too much talent out there for us to be forced to listen to garbage more often than not. The radio should be riddled with forceful rhymes, instead it's bass-filled beats to stifle the lack of skill on every track.

Why Are We So Hard On Nicki Minaj?

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 08.05.2014 | Black Voices

By now, you've probably seen the cover for Nicki Minaj's upcoming single, "Anaconda," and there is nothing subtle about it. Minaj has her back to the ...

"Eff Iggy" Reformed Me: A White Girl's Take on Madd Mary's Graphic Video

Janelle Brandon | Posted 09.29.2014 | Entertainment
Janelle Brandon

Azalea has seeped into the collective unconscious by riding the coattails of other artists, adopting an accent not her own to rap, and certainly taken generously from African American and hip hop culture to her extreme advantage.

Rapper Soulja Boy: New CD 'King Soulja 3' Has 'Better Beats, Bigger Collabs'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 09.23.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

"I don't get caught up in the numbers," Soulja Boy insisted during a recent telephone interview. "I just have fun and put out music. That's what got me in the position I'm in now."

Rapper Warren G: 'Anybody Can Put Out a Rap Record Now'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 08.17.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Warren G has seen plenty of changes in the music industry -- especially as relates to rap and hip hop. While much of this evolution is unquestionably positive, the rapper says not all has been for the better.

Odd Future Defends Use Of 'Faggot' In Their Rhymes

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.15.2014 | Gay Voices

The men of the hip-hop collective Odd Future stopped by HuffPost Live this week and spoke out about their controversial use of "faggot" in their rhyme...

The Rappers Who Reference Drugs The Most Are ...

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 05.13.2014 | Entertainment

Following the report of hip-hop artists with the largest vocabularies, Project Know decided to tap into the RapGenius database and pull out the preval...

A Rhetoric of Their Experience

Hannah Berkman | Posted 07.01.2014 | College
Hannah Berkman

"Bones and hip hop have become such a big part of my experience here at Cal that I feel like our raps are just the rhetoric of that experience." Ben G...

Tongues Untied: Is Fly Young Red's Newest Track Revolutionary?

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 05.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Darnell L. Moore

"None of this removes the misogyny in this song/video where -- instead of black women -- gay femme black men are being used as tropes. But I do think much is to be praised."

5 Reasons Why You Should be Listening to International Hip-Hop

Christopher Emdin | Posted 03.15.2014 | Arts
Christopher Emdin

Despite what has become of hip-hop culture in the United States, my trip to South Africa reawakened my love for the music and the culture. That trip showed me that hip-hop's purity still exists.

Taking on Hip-Hop

Kim Lute | Posted 02.17.2014 | Entertainment
Kim Lute

Sadly, for the most part, American music has gone the way of American cuisine. That is to say quality and originality have been replaced with fast food-type mediocrity.

An Open Letter Response to 'In Defense of a Loaded Word' by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Vaughn Bryant | Posted 02.04.2014 | Black Voices
Vaughn Bryant

What if we as a collective people decided we were not going to use the word? What if we truly unified around this? Could that take away the power the word has over us?

Reminiscing With MC Sha-Rock: Beginning of Women in Hip-Hop Culture

Karim Orange | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Karim Orange

When we played superheroes and the other girls wanted to be Wonder Woman or The Bionic Woman, I always wanted to be MC Sha-Rock or Pam Grier. Sha-Rock made me feel like I had a voice, and I could and would be heard.

Blurred Lines and the Art of Catcalling

Lauren Cahn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Lauren Cahn

Schiro began talking to women about catcalling. Wanting to bring the words alive visually, she began to collect photographs of the women, along with the catcalls that haunted them. Her collection began to take shape.