Some music fans -- even hip hop fans -- dismiss drill music as not worth listening to. However, with a little understanding of its origins, it soon becomes obvious that drill music is not influencing the violence in Chicago. It's actually helping to reduce it.
Right now, Kendrick is king. His innovation runs deep, and I hope it runs deep enough to avoid the shallowness of an industry that too often neglects freshness and comfortably embraces the modus operandi.
As the methods used to oppress our people become more sophisticated, so must we. It's imperative that we adapt to the times so the message can resonate throughout every demographic. The social media age makes a music video the perfect vehicle to deliver such a message.
Lupe made me feel like I wasn't this misfit sitting in a wheelchair at a hip-hop concert. For that moment, I forgot how different I was and he reminded me that in spite of everything I've been through that I was special in my own right.
"Bitch Bad" is a complicated grappling with misogyny in popular music and culture, and its effect on children of both genders. But what is not complicated is how Lupe feels about songs he hears on the radio.
These songs embody the freedom, good vibes, and adventure that go along with summer. With a wide range of musical styles and tempos, this playlist is perfect for every occasion this summer. Listen to it at a pool party, on the way to the beach, or while hanging out with friends!
Where most of Hip Hop seemed to descend into a clatter of techno-fused beats and hooks about either partying in the club or partying in the strip club, there stood out a surprisingly positive groove that seems to best put a face on this year of the Occupy genesis.