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Dear Rappers: Please Stop Writing Corny Songs About Technology

Fusion | Pendarvis Harshaw | Posted 03.30.2015 | World

In 1979, when the Sugarhill Gang’s Big Bank Hank bragged, in the iconic hip-hop song “Rapper’s Delight,” that he had “a color TV, so I ...

Hip Hop Artist Earl Sweatshirt is a Voice for the Youth in America on New Album and is set to Play at Saint Andrews Hall in Detroit

Kelly Frazier | Posted 03.28.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Earl Sweatshirt came about the hip hop world through the Odd Future crew, and he's arguably the most talented emcee out of the collective along with Tyler, The Creator.

Kendrick Lamar, Lee Daniels, and Dismissing the Double Standards on Black Artistry

Ernest Owens | Posted 03.26.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Current standards set by the masses suggests that black men and women cannot artistically express anger, be imperfect, invoke rebellion, find humor in their woes, be unapologetically sexual, explore taboos, and re-appropriate the tumultuous barriers placed on us.

Detroit Rapper Red Pill Channels Everyday Life on New Album Look What This World Did To Us

Kelly Frazier | Posted 03.24.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Red Pill is not cool in your stereotypical rapper way. There's no flashy attitude or a sense that he constantly needs to be the center of attention. It's a bit of that Almost Famous/William Miller uncool mystique with him.

David Lohr

Prosecutor Used Hip-Hop As A Weapon To Convict Mac Phipps

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 03.24.2015 | Crime

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, Louisiana -- As he lies at night in his cell at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, McKinley "Mac" Phipps can hear the words of his be...

New Music Review: Klassik, Spring

Brandi Andres | Posted 03.23.2015 | Arts
Brandi Andres

From the first few rhythmic beats of the opening track, "Go Far," I was hooked. Soulful sound? Check. Appealing, familiar tonality? Check. Thought-provoking and inspiring lyrics? Check.

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.

A Thank You Note to Kendrick Lamar

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

After listening to TPAB, I feel stirred into good works. I feel compelled to apologize for all of the unedited sermons, uninspired exhortations, and unthoughtful utterances I've shared in over fifteen years of ministry with words.

Why I Teach Feminism at an Urban High School

Sarah Marcus | Posted 03.19.2015 | Women
Sarah Marcus

During one of our discussions about gender expectations, one of my senior girls says, "A master key is a key that can open any lock. That's how we treat boys having sex. But, a lock that can be opened by any key is a bad lock. That's how people look at girls." Brilliant. Devastating.

The Tech Mogul: Teja Yenamandra

Azeem Khan | Posted 03.19.2015 | Business
Azeem Khan

When you think about starting a technology company the first thing that comes to mind might not be hip-hop. To some though, they are one in the same. Teja Yenamandra is the CEO Gun.io. They are a technology company that connects high quality freelance developers to well paying projects.

Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly's Devotional Bandleader

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 03.19.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

To Pimp a Butterfly paints with colors that resemble, if I may use the C word, classic hip-hop -- the album feels more like De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and 2Pac, all of whom made records that duck and weave in their bounce.

To Pimp a Butterfly: Redefining Freedom and the American Dream

Julian Mitchell | Posted 03.18.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

Channeling the revolutionary essence of the Harlem Renaisance, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly is a gripping, soul-driven melodrama that masterfully depicts the story of a courageous young man fighting through the painful process of liberating himself.

On the 'A' w/Souleo: Emerging Artist Creates Interactive Paintings you Can Touch and Hear

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 03.19.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Most visual artists prefer that viewers do not touch their completed works on display at a museum, gallery or studio. Thomas "Detour" Evans is not of that mindset. The emerging artist has created interactive paintings meant to be tapped at designated touch points to emit music.

Interruption and Rebellion: First Thought's on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly

Michael Darer | Posted 03.16.2015 | Arts
Michael Darer

Black life, Lamar argues, is haunted by the potential for disruption. Always lurking is the notion that a life building momentum may be suddenly and randomly derailed, cut short. His latest album is a distillation of this and a rebellion against it.

Shelters to Sold Out Shows: Fred the Godson

Azeem Khan | Posted 03.13.2015 | Entertainment
Azeem Khan

The pen is mightier than the sword is a popular quote that gets thrown around a bunch. Many do not understand what it means though. Through the power of the pen, Fred The Godson went from a childhood in shelters to achieving personal and financial freedom.

9 to See at SXSW and a Wu Tang Rumor

Josh Rosenblum | Posted 03.19.2015 | Entertainment
Josh Rosenblum

On top of the thousands of must-see bands and acts for those attending South by Southwest / SXSW in 2015, I've compiled another list that attendees might find useful as we plot out our days and nights of many music genres playing across Austin next week.

Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One Bring Back the Boogie As Tuxedo

Kelly Frazier | Posted 03.12.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

"I think that there is so much Nate Dogg on this record," says Mayer Hawthorne, one half of Tuxedo with producer Jake One, about the inspiration behind the album. "He was a massive influence on the making of this record."

Method Man: Vibe Magazine Should've Gotten 'A Bullet' For East-West Feud

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 03.11.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Method Man is fed up. In a HuffPost Live interview Wednesday, the rapper expressed great frustration with the hip-hop media, excoriating the publicati...

Rising Stars of Rap: G-Eazy & A$AP Ferg slideshow

Steve Harmon | Posted 03.10.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Harmon

Fans form two lines 4 hours ahead of the box office opening. The venue box office shows cows and reads "let's get mooving." Fans would have been happy if that was the case. It took 4 hours for many just to get in.

12 Songs That Will Make You Fall In Love With Supergroups All Over Again

Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment

You know what’s better than one insanely popular band or one extremely successful artist? When they all merge together to create a beautiful, downri...

Hip-Hop and Religion With Bun B and Professor Pinn

Azeem Khan | Posted 03.06.2015 | Entertainment
Azeem Khan

Hip Hop and religion are not two things that seem to have much of a connection to each other to the average person. Professor Anthony Pinn of Rice University has based 20+ years on it though.

Moving Beyond Ignorance

Robin Hall | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Robin Hall

I never get when people say, "I have no regrets." I will continue to apologize forever for my idiocy.

No Respect For Hip-Hop's O.G.s: Why Many Legendary MCs Still Need To Hustle

The Daily Beast | Stereo Williams | Posted 02.26.2015 | Black Voices

Imagine Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Led Zeppelin embarking on a 32-city tour together. Picture the legions of aging Baby Boomers...

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

Julian Mitchell | Posted 02.25.2015 | 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.

Kanye, Kurt Cobain, and the Wish Fulfillment of a Musical Genre

Josh Stein-Sapir | Posted 02.24.2015 | Arts
Josh Stein-Sapir

Kanye West isn't a real person. He's the unfortunate manifestation of the ideals set forth in his musical genre. He joins a tragic and unique group, which includes Tupac, Sid Vicious, and Kurt Cobain.