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The Music of Our Struggle: Celebrating the Hip-hop of 2012

Rev. Lennox Yearwood | Posted 03.10.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Lennox Yearwood

It is the intersection between art and activism that defines the work of Hip Hop Caucus and the culture of hip-hop as a whole. So today we celebrate the best music inspired the efforts of our members.

MC Lyte on Her Past, Present and Future

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 03.09.2013 | Entertainment
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Hip-hop is still here, and it is still relevant. MC Lyte is a reminder of the music genre's relevance. Recently, I had the pleasure of conversing with the woman of hip-hop.

Eminem's Three Commandments

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 03.08.2013 | Media
Marcia Dawkins

Paying attention to the guilt-redemption, love-hate and God-Devil themes found in Mathers's music is an important part of understanding how the perception of spirituality is active in today's popular culture.

LISTEN: New Music From Nelly

The Huffington Post | Madeline Boardman | Posted 01.06.2013 | Entertainment

Good news for Nelly fans! The prolific artist has just released another song. Called "Hey Porsche," the song is a modern sound for Nelly, with...

A Conversation With the Abbot: RZA on Kung-Fu, Directing and Music

Gideon Resnick | Posted 03.05.2013 | Entertainment
Gideon Resnick

At 43, RZA has crafted a unique spot in the world of hip-hop, a prolific producer with an idiosyncratic worldview influenced by the disparate cultures of rap and Kung fu.

An Outkast Reunion?

The Huffington Post | Treye Green | Posted 01.03.2013 | Entertainment

Hip-hop fans have been waiting for an Outkast reunion for some time -- and now they have Frank Ocean to thank. Though it's not a reunion in the tr...

Nas Brings in 2013 in Grand Fashion at Radio City

Salvatore Bono | Posted 03.05.2013 | New York
Salvatore Bono

Watching a career-spanning set, the crowd at Radio City was simply in awe of what the hometown hero was doing. It was a night of raw emotion, a fond farewell to a very memorable year and a massive embrace of the new year to come.

The Last Show: Capital Steez

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 02.27.2013 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

From the crowd's perspective, Capital Steez was on top of the world. So it's hard to make sense of what happened just 34 days after that night in November at SOB's. How could a 19-year-old promising star suddenly die?

LISTEN: Not Your Traditional Holiday Album

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.26.2012 | Detroit

Not everyone gets into the Christmas spirit with Bing Crosby or Nat King Cole. Some people prefer their seasonal music with an edgier twist -- and we'...

Breaking Down the Worst Christmas Video of All Time

Tim Young | Posted 02.20.2013 | Comedy
Tim Young

Upon realizing it wasn't a joke... I had to post my response in Terrible Moments in White People History, Christmas Edition... for the sake of all mankind. Here is my video:

Power 106's Cali Christmas 2012

Wendy Carrillo | Posted 02.18.2013 | Los Angeles
Wendy Carrillo

A sold out Gibson Amphitheater played host to the hottest end-of-year hip hop concerts in the country last Friday.

Whirled Peas: The Shrinking Globe Examined Through Music and Side Dishes

Modiba | Posted 02.17.2013 | World

Two things became immediately clear after arriving at the University of Oxford for my semester abroad this fall. First was the British gastronomical preference for peas.

Odd Future Fan Files Police Report

The Huffington Post | Treye Green | Posted 12.17.2012 | Entertainment

A brawl at an Odd Future show has drawn the attention of authorities in San Antonio, Texas. The fight occurred during the rap collective's Dec. 8 s...

Hip Hoppers & Occupy -- Are We the Music We Have Been Waiting For?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 12.11.2012 | New York
Jerry Ashton

There is something about the Occupy Movement -- and especially in its recent incarnation as "Occupy Sandy" -- that brings out the best in us. And the best in us is increasingly found in the music we call Hip Hop.

The 'Greatest Hip-Hop Song Of All Time' Is ...

rollingstonelogo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

The following article is provided by Rolling Stone, which recently named Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five's "The Message" the Greatest Hip-Hop S...

T.I. Talks Will Smith, Obama, And 'Trouble Man'

| Posted 12.06.2012 | Miami

By Peter Bailey Most stars crumble amid turmoil, and then are those who rise in spite of, impervious to fame's casualties. Enter T.I. For him...

WATCH: 50 Cent, Eminem & Adam Levine Run From The Law

The Huffington Post | Treye Green | Posted 11.27.2012 | Entertainment

50 Cent showcases his expert driving skills and classic flow in his new video for "My Life," the lead single off of his upcoming album "Street King Im...

Why I Care About Hip Hop

Saigon | Posted 01.21.2013 | Black Voices

I wonder when and how did the art form stop reflecting the realities of the place where it was born? It's become the opposite of what is taking place in its birthplace. We are in some of the worst economic times in modern history but you wouldn't believe this if you listened to a rap song.

Le1f and Boody, 'Soda' (VIDEO)

VFILES | Posted 02.27.2013 | Style


"Trapped in the Closet" Stars Rolando & LeShay Boyce Speak

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 01.19.2013 | Entertainment
Bryan Cain-Jackson

I recently had the pleasure of chatting over the phone with "Trapped" stars Rolando and LeShay T. Boyce. They are best known for their roles in the series as Cathy and Rufus -- the couple whose relationship drama seems insurmountable.

A Skater's Guide to the Best Roller Rinks in Chicago

Anne Sobel | Posted 01.19.2013 | Chicago
Anne Sobel

Chicago, along with Atlanta and Detroit, houses the most prolific urban roller skate dance scene in the country. While this form of skating is largely influenced by hip-hop music and dance, Chicago's style of skating is known as "JB."

WATCH: Wanna Smell Like Nicki Minaj?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 11.19.2012 | Black Voices

Just in time for Black Friday, rapper Nicki Minaj is singing the praises of Pink Friday. The perfume, not the hit album of the same name. Minaj's ...

Jason Linkins

Marco Rubio's Hip-Hop BBQ Didn't Create Jobs | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics

I think it's pretty great that Marco Rubio took the opportunity to talk about hip-hop in his interview with GQ. He doesn't come off as a dilettante, e...

How Hip Hop Makes You Hate Yourself

Homeboy Sandman | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
Homeboy Sandman

"My daughter came up to me after listening to Nicki Minaj and asked me what a menage was. She's three years old." Wow. Words are powerful, aren't they?

Hip Hop as a Necessary Tool in the College Classroom

Rajul Punjabi | Posted 01.14.2013 | College
Rajul Punjabi

Tupac works when we're looking at socioeconomic backgrounds in literature. Lauryn Hill? Indispensable during a lesson on imagery and narration. And don't get me started on our close-reading of the word "swagger" nee "swag" (Shakespeare vs. Soulja Boy).