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On Hip-Hop and Philosophy: Interview With Joey Bada$$

J.L. Sirisuk | Posted 01.29.2015 | Entertainment
J.L. Sirisuk

During a time when so much of hip-hop is saturated with blatant sexual references, we have Joey whose album dropped on what is hard to believe is only his 20th birthday. The album permeates with an introspection and lyricism found in someone much older than Joey's 20 years.

'Fresh Dressed' Documentary Schools Us On Hip-Hop And Style

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 01.28.2015 | Black Voices

Fashion has always had a place in the hip-hop world -- from Kanye West waxing poetic on the importance of style to Run DMC revolutionizing the Adidas ...

Let the World Speak!

Norman MacAfee | Posted 01.27.2015 | Arts
Norman MacAfee

There are 6,000 languages in the world, and half are endangered. Those 3,000 will be gone by the end of this century if we don't do something. What are we going to do? That is the situation outlined in a new PBS documentary.

Run The Jewels Preview Cat-Remix Album

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment

Run The Jewels' remix of their critically acclaimed "Run The Jewels 2" is the most anticipated (and probably only) hip-hop album to be entirely compri...

Eminem's New Music Video Is All About Detroit

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 01.23.2015 | Entertainment

Featured on his "Shady XV" compilation, Eminem recruited some of Detroit's finest emcees -- Big Sean, Danny Brown, Dej Loaf, Royce da 5'9" and Trick T...

Listen to the New Emotional EP Learning To Punch from Detroit Hip-Hop Artist Red Pill

Kelly Frazier | Posted 01.20.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Detroit hip-hop artist has garnered underground buzz in recent years as a member of the group Ugly Heroes with Apollo Brown and Verbal Kent, along with other collaborative projects, but now he's ready to take his own leap as a solo artist.

The Real Best Rapper Alive: Hopsin

Azeem Khan | Posted 01.20.2015 | Entertainment
Azeem Khan

The undisputed king of underground hip-hop is a man by the name of Marcus Hopson, better known as Hopsin. As an independent artist with his label My Funk Volume, Hopsin has been selling out world tours for years, signed successful artists, and amassed a huge following.

J*Labs Releases Her Debut EP Titled #TRUNK!

Morena Duwe | Posted 01.14.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Currently residing in Los Angeles, Jackie is a part of the EDM Renaissance that is emerging from the West Coast. She draws from an infinite well of inspiration by surrounding herself with otherworldly muses.

New Artist Reviews: Klassik

Morena Duwe | Posted 01.13.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

The art of hip hop has always been a powerful way to convey the duality of human existence. From gangster rap to rhythmic flow-etry and everything in between, hip hop is meant to carry a strong message, whatever that message may be. Emerging from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, comes a fresh breath of hip hop in R&B soulster, Klassik.

Detroit Hip Hop's Black Milk Says If There's A Hell Below May Be His Last Rap Album for a While

Kelly Frazier | Posted 01.09.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Recently, Black Milk released If There's A Hell Below, his latest project that might be his last album as a rapper for a while as he looks to shift to the production side of things. I chatted with Black Milk on the phone recently about the new album and about the balance he's trying to find between being a rapper and a producer.

Rising Stars of Rap: Pearls Negras

Crane.tv | Posted 01.23.2015 | Arts
Crane.tv

Long gone are the days where women were merely background accessories to rap videos. "Women can handle rap too, we're standing up for women's power."

Rebel Music: Youth Led Social Movements and Their Sounds

Kumera Genet | Posted 01.08.2015 | 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".

Watch Lil Jon Take Shots At This Year's Coachella Lineup In The Best Way

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 01.07.2015 | Comedy

Lil Jon just took shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots at everybody! The 2015 Coachella Lineup has been getting some backlash online over the q...

14 for '14: Favorite Music of the Year

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

It's like eating at a place where you think the menu is pretty understandable, but every dish hits you with some crazy ingredient that actually turns out to be a relative of arugula or a specific varietal of bourbon infusion.

Your Boyfriend's Favorite New Band

Melissa Henderson | Posted 12.22.2014 | Style
Melissa Henderson

ASTR, a duo that lives, works and makes music in New York City, may be one of those bands, mixing genres to create a fun new sound for anyone who appreciates a sick beat and a good dance tune.

Iggy Azalea and the Perils of Reinventing Oneself

Sujatha Fernandes | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices
Sujatha Fernandes

How can we expect public figures such as Iggy Azalea to take a stance on black issues when their only connection to black communities is in profiting from appropriating their music? Azealia Banks' "Igloo Australia" tweet revealed the hollowness of music-industry creations like Azalea. Yet it also raises the greater question of who we are without the histories that make us.

Who Has the Answers?

Bianca Hayes | Posted 12.12.2014 | Teen
Bianca Hayes

Whether you want to be a singer, inventor, mathematician or a carpenter, you have to be "able to recognize opportunity and maximize it."

Ryan Kristobak

Alex Wiley Gets Dark & Beautiful On 'Top Of The World'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment

Alex Wiley caught the attention of the hip-hop world after the summer release of his "Village Party" album, proving himself to be one of Chicago's mos...

Yung Gleesh (Video)

Crane.tv | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
Crane.tv

Success is something the rapper from Washington, D.C., is quickly becoming accustomed to, following a series of wildly popular mixtapes and collaborations with Chief Keef, A$AP Rocky and Gucci Mane.

A Very High Brow Take On The History Of Hip Hop

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.05.2014 | Arts

In his investigative performance "The Conductor," artist Rashaad Newsome explores the visual language of hip hop, from hand signals to scowls to count...

Top Five

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Andre Allen (Rock) is a hip New York-based stand-up comedian who has stretched his talents thin. He's in a plethora of movies; none are particularly good, though they have brought him fame and fortune.

Beats, Rhymes and Relief

Tammara Fort | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Tammara Fort

For a company that has only been in existence about two years Beats, Rhymes and Relief is making a huge mark on this world.

Film Review: Time Is IllMatic Directed by One9

Ambre Anderson | Posted 01.24.2015 | Entertainment
Ambre Anderson

Revealed was a layer of understanding for why Nas is loved and respected so much. The creativity, awareness and intelligence that flowed out of him, at such a young age, while growing up in his environment with limited resources, is definitely nothing short of genius.

J. Cole Visits Morehouse Students

Timothy Tukes | Posted 01.24.2015 | College
Timothy Tukes

There on the side street juxtaposed to Chivers, Mays and Dansby Halls, a crowd of more than two hundred wide-eyed, screaming students gathered with cell phones in hand stand ready to digitally record some unforgettable moment.

Why the Intersection of Data and Cultural Intelligence Matters

Lauren DeLisa | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Lauren DeLisa

In an era ripe with trust deficit coupled with glorification of the self(ie), successful professionals must become better experts at deciphering trends in digital behavior, leveraging lifestyle, and linking into public sentiment in a more consistent and organic manner.