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Detroit Hip-Hop Artist Quelle Chris Tackles Our Society's Virtue on New Album Innocent Country

Kelly Frazier | Posted 09.02.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Quelle Chris has always been an oddball of Detroit hip-hop. From his early days with the group Wasted Youth along with other projects like Awesome In Outer Space or Crown Nation, he defies all aesthetics with music that is a mirror reflection of his own self.

WATCH: Rapper Teaches Kids to Work Hard for Success

HooplaHa | Posted 08.28.2015 | Teen

Drawing on his own personal experience as both a producer and rapper, Drumma Boy stresses the importance of hard work and sacrifice.

5 Reasons Lauryn Hill's Influence On Music Is Incomparable

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 08.27.2015 | Black Voices

This post is part of a weekly series celebrating #ThrowbackThursday with reflections of our favorite childhood memories, past pop culture moment...

The Movement for Black Lives is Full of Elders, But Maybe Not Old People

Derecka Purnell | Posted 08.27.2015 | Black Voices
Derecka Purnell

Elders ask questions and learn how to build intergenerational movements, even when they do not understand younger generations. Elders build. Old people? They die. They judge and die. I submit that they kill young people in the process.

DJ Soko Builds From his Detroit Hip-Hop Roots on Debut Album Domino Effect

Kelly Frazier | Posted 08.26.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

In these times when hip-hop is struggling with its own maturation, Domino Effect is one of many examples where an album can live through grown sensibilities.

67 Times Rappers Name Dropped 'Donald Trump'

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices

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20 Years After the Hip Hop Classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Raekwon's Influence Goes Far Beyond Music

Marc Cheatham | Posted 08.20.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Cheatham

It is Raekwon that has mastered unique, digital, and modern ways to celebrate the album and the classic time period of the mid-nineties. There is no doubt that the over 30 tour dates that crisscrossed the U.S. is a fitting tribute all in itself.

Afropunk Festival Takes Over the World

Lauri Lyons | Posted 08.20.2015 | Entertainment
Lauri Lyons

If you haven't noticed, there is a cultural shift taking place in America, and across the globe. The shift is loud, colorful, disruptive, and at times entertaining. Afropunk, the international music festival and community, is part of the alternative cultural shift.

Memoir in Fantasia: Defining the Indefinable With Buck 65's Wicked and Weird Tales

Jaime Lubin | Posted 08.20.2015 | Books
Jaime Lubin

The acclaimed Canadian hip-hop artist, producer, and radio host is speaking to me via Skype about his new memoir Wicked and Weird: The Amazing Tales of Buck 65, unaware that he's just made the understatement of the century.

How Mauritania's Youth Is Using Hip-Hop To Express Political Frustration

HuffPost Arabi | Abdalla Albo Ahmed Abd | Posted 08.19.2015 | World

Mauritanian melodies usually evoke a scene involving masked musicians chanting eloquent poems that speak of beautiful women and faraway places whi...

Random Thoughts on ‪#‎StraightOuttaCompton

Kevin Powell | Posted 08.19.2015 | Entertainment
Kevin Powell

A good film could have been a great film if the men involved, including Ice Cube and Dre as executive producers, would have had the vision and courage to not only tell their story, but to tell it with bold and fearless transparency, even where it would have been an indictment of themselves

Just A Couple Of Muppets Singing N.W.A's 'Express Yourself'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.19.2015 | Comedy

In the mid-1970s, a hip-hop supergroup emerged from the Sesame Streets. They called themselves M.W.A. -- short for "Muppets Wit' Attitude." Led b...

What We Forget When We Talk About Hip-Hop's Women Problem

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 08.17.2015 | Women

Consider this: there is a glaring double standard in the way that we talk about hip-hop music and misogyny.  There's been a resurgence of both in...

Straight Outta Compton: A Private Q&A From Which Everyone Can Learn

Lauren DeLisa | Posted 08.13.2015 | DC
Lauren DeLisa

Straight Outta Compton, which documents the rise and ensuing events of the legendary rap group N.W.A. is not only being lauded for the well-crafted film, but also the manner in which the promotional campaign tactics have taken a life of its own.

Daily Meditation: Reinvent Yourself

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.13.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be pa...

Dr. Dre Says He Regrets Beating Up A Female Journalist In The '90s

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 08.13.2015 | Black Voices

Dr. Dre has finally addressed his abusive past.   In 1991, hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes accused the rapper of brutally beating her in a Los Ang...

Hip Hop Is Not Just Music Anymore

Uncle Louie | Posted 08.12.2015 | Black Voices
Uncle Louie

Hip hop isn't merely music, it's a culture. Hip hop is an emotion, a state of being; a frame of mind.

I Just Can't Get Down With Hip-Hop Anymore

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.12.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

There is a sort of classism in rap now. Now rappers act like R&B divas when comparing how many units their music sales as if that has ever actually bared any legitimacy to their skills within the genre.

How the Return of BET Uncut Would Have Set Us Back

Cierra Lockett | Posted 08.12.2015 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

The uncensored music videos with women dancing to sexually-charged lyrics were welcomed back with open arms by some. What wasn't considered by that portion of the community was how BET Uncut would set African-Americans back in terms of black women's imagery and sexuality.

The Kansas City Royals Love 'Trap Queen' More Than You

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 08.12.2015 | Sports

Fetty Wap and his song "Trap Queen" have been inescapable this summer. It's a runaway hit (peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May), infecti...

Meet The Chinese Rappers Bringing Hip-Hop To The Middle Kingdom

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 08.13.2015 | World

CHENGDU, China -- Earlier this week, the Ministry of Culture banned 120 songs from Chinese websites on the grounds that they “trumpeted obs...

The Rivals: Hamilton's Surprising Rise, and the Decline of Jefferson

Rev. Stephen Kendrick | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Rev. Stephen Kendrick

The push-pull of their competing visions still fuels our politics, but we live in Hamilton's world, not Jefferson's.

Straight Outta Compton

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.07.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Straight Outta Compton isn't some chump change indie movie about the rap group NWA. Nor is it a should-have-gone-straight-to-DVD after-thought about hip-hop culture. This is an Oscar-caliber film. This movie is a monster. It's big!

The Santa Cruz Music Festival 2015 Announces Lineup

Morena Duwe | Posted 08.07.2015 | Arts
Morena Duwe

Many music festivals are located in outskirts, wildernesses and boonies with the idea of creating a relocated community away from the normalcy of city life. Even city festivals usually take place at a venue that though proximal to city life, makes festival-goers feel as if they are in a timeless and placeless dimension.

Lafa Taylor Announces First Headlining Tour: The Not One Thing Tour

Morena Duwe | Posted 08.07.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Hailing from Eugene, Oregon, but spending most of his time in Oakland and Los Angeles, singer/rapper/producer Lafa Taylor has a heart full of soul and a brain full of music.