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Getting Down And Dirty (UGH, Pun Intended) With POTUS' Playlist

Serge Leshchuk | Posted 08.17.2016 | Entertainment
Serge Leshchuk

I listened to it, and I didn't throw up. I need a medal. But since breaking down summer playlists is a thing , let's break it down.

Chance the Rapper's Coloring Book: A Coming to Age Story of a Young Black Chicagoan

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 05.18.2016 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

In one of Chicago's most violent times in recent years due to gun violence, Chance the Rapper's recently released mixtape, Coloring Book, gives many C...

5 Reasons Erykah Badu Is Everyone's Kindred Spirit

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices

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

Did Jesus Leave Us a Mixtape?

Eric Elnes | Posted 11.10.2016 | Religion
Eric Elnes

If Jesus could record a mixtape to share with the world, what do you suppose would be on it? Actually, some scholars believe Jesus already made one.

Why Can't We Drop the Mic? 5 Black Stars Who Have No Business Making Rap Music, But Are Doing It Anyway

Ira Hobbs II | Posted 09.25.2016 | Black Voices
Ira Hobbs II

An overwhelming amount of Black professional athletes, movie stars, comedians, and countless others have gone as far as releasing singles, music videos, and full albums littered with trash bars, terrible beats, and ridiculous visuals. Here are 5 people who left us all dazed and confused

Aural Fixation: RIP Mixtape

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 04.29.2015 | Media
Sheila Moeschen

Once upon a time, the mixtape was the audio valentine of choice. It was the preferred method of telling a guy or girl you wanted to hold their sweaty palm in yours and pretend to watch a movie.

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

J.L. Sirisuk | Posted 03.31.2015 | 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.

Yung Gleesh (Video) | Posted 02.07.2015 | Arts

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.

Listen To Kurt Cobain's Pre-Nirvana 'Mixtape'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.10.2014 | Entertainment

Before Nirvana released its debut album, "Bleach," in 1989, Kurt Cobain released a "mixtape" in 1988, titled, as one would expect coming from the grun...

Homoground Is Throwing the First Queer CMJ Showcase Ever

Brett Gleason | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brett Gleason

I approached Homoground founder Lynn Casper over the summer to help fill the gap in what I saw was a lack of LGBTQ representation in what's always been such a great week to check out new artists.

How to Make a Mixtape for the Road

Fathom | Posted 12.01.2014 | Travel

The best kind of mix celebrates the destination and the travel companion.

Awol Erizku's Eight-Track

Hilary Harkness | Posted 09.20.2014 | Arts
Hilary Harkness

Erizku is a photographer and a self-reflective curator. He tells me that he envisioned his show as a mixtape - he's got some hits mixed in with some tracks that he might need to convince you are worth a listen.

A Rhetoric of Their Experience

Hannah Berkman | Posted 07.01.2014 | College
Hannah Berkman

"Bones and hip hop have become such a big part of my experience here at Cal that I feel like our raps are just the rhetoric of that experience." Ben G...

The Best of All Offices

Jerell Tongson | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Jerell Tongson

I can at least tell you about one guy, posted up in the back corners of the club, who still does it for the love of the game. Immanuel Smith is his name, and he plays for the Best of Both Offices team.

Move Over Diddy, Deon Young Is Taking R&B to a Whole New Level

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 11.23.2013 | Entertainment
Marjoriet T. Matute

With his eyes to the sky, Deon Young sat in front of me spitting his strategically intertwined rhymes solely by memory.

Pete Rock's New Free Mixtape '80 Blocks From Tiffany's Part II' Bridges True School to New School

Karim Orange | Posted 10.01.2013 | Black Voices
Karim Orange

Pete Rock has always stayed true to his raw boom bap roots but remains amazingly current even amongst the most blinged out bottle popping crowd. His new mixtape and group is a perfect collaboration featuring lyrics delivered by the Bronx duo Camp Lo.

The Healing Role of Music During Times of Change

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

The power of choosing a song to demarcate a liminal period lies in the truth that in-between times are uncomfortable and music helps tether us to collective meaning and memory while empowering us to move forward into the future.

Dead Prez Return With New Album at SXSW

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.15.2013 | Black Voices
Shira Lazar

Even though it's been a while since the duo released a full album, M1 assures us that they've been hard at work, putting out mixtapes, working on their "Turn Off the Radio" series and Stic dropping his workout album.

YouTube Stars Take To MTV To Premiere Music Videos (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.27.2013 | Media
Shira Lazar

As a bonafide YouTube star, DeStorm is still cranking out roughly nine videos a week, including his daily vlogs, video on his second channel, and a big music video on his main channel.

Babes & Lemonade Create Soundtrack to Your Next Museum Visit

Xavier Aaronson | Posted 03.06.2013 | Arts
Xavier Aaronson

For all you solo museum excursionists needing some tunes for this weekend's art fix, we've got you covered. 2013-01-04-babespull.jpg

The Great Comic Creator Mixtape

Dave Scheidt | Posted 05.12.2012 | Chicago
Dave Scheidt

I had a simple question for a few of my favorite comic creators. What kind of music inspires you and helps your creative process when creating comics?

If Jane Eyre Made A Mixtape

Flavorwire | Posted 03.06.2012 | Women

If you've ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble,...

What You Should Be Listening To Right Now: Upper West, Our Favorite New Frat Boys

The Huffington Post | Caitlin Brown | Posted 03.05.2012 | College

No, "West Side Stories" is not a musical. It's the new mixtape by Upper West, an emerging hip hop duo that includes college freshman Doug Gleicher,...

The Mixtape Epidemic

Sharief Easterling | Posted 01.17.2012 | Black Voices
Sharief Easterling

I heard your mom is dropping a mixtape. Kidding, of course -- but in this oversaturated climate, it doesn't seem too far-fetched. The drastic decline in record sales has led a phenomenon I refer to as "The Mixtape Epidemic."

The Art of the Mixtape

Joseph Vella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Joseph Vella

I recently interviewed the immensely talented singer-songwriter Tift Merritt for a boomitude podcast.