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New Artist Reviews: 832

Morena Duwe | Posted 02.23.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Music has the power to reach far and wide, speak every language, and even control our pulse. Of the many genres of music that exist, hip hop has always been at the root of urban culture. It has undergone evolutions of change, but certain sensibilities have stuck with hip hop from the days of its origins to now.

Thought and Vision: A Conversation with Roots Vocalist Tariq Trotter

Karen J. Francis | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices
Karen J. Francis

While it isn't surprising that such an inventive and innovative lyricist would so multi-faceted, up until now Tariq Trotter has always been very private. With his recent foray into the fashion world, however, he is opening up and allowing us a rare glimpse inside.

I.G.G.Y: She Is Who She Is

Holley Perry | Posted 02.09.2015 | Entertainment
Holley Perry

The established rappers who have a beef with I.G.G.Y. should probably get off of Twitter and get back into the studio. Let's see if you can outshine or outsell Ms. Azalea. If you sound off about another rapper, you should be able to back it up with a gold record.

10 Essential Entrepreneurial Lessons From the Notorious B.I.G.'s 10 Crack Commandments

Ciara Pressler | Posted 02.09.2015 | Small Business
Ciara Pressler

Of the many great insights gleaned from rap lyrics, few are as applicable to startup success as The Notorious B.I.G.'s 10 Crack Commandments.

What Rap Music Has Taught Me About Entrepreneurship

Grigoria Kritsotelis | Posted 02.06.2015 | Business
Grigoria Kritsotelis

Don't let anyone tell you your dreams are too big. Some people do not have the vision, they cannot see how your dreams are capable of moving mountains. If your dreams don't scare you they aren't big enough.

This Man Faces Life in Prison for ... Rapping

David Loy | Posted 02.03.2015 | Crime
David Loy

I've heard free speech isn't free, and Brandon Duncan, who raps as Tiny Doo, has learned that the hard way.

Artist Spotlight: Raplords ft. Dana Coppafeel, SPEAK Easy & DJ Mammyth

Morena Duwe | Posted 02.11.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Hip hop can evoke any number of feelings from its listeners. It can enrage, engage, soothe and inspire; it can make you laugh, cry, and question everything. It reforms the standard musical structure by taking the emphasis off of melody and focusing on rhythm, cadence and lyrics.

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.

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.

Listen: Eric Garner's Family Releases Tribute Song In His Memory

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.12.2015 | Black Voices

Eric Garner’s last words were captured on tape, echoed through chants and are now incorporated in a new song his family has released in his memory. ...

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."

How Kanye's "Only One" Makes Paul McCartney Relevant Again

Andy Hoglund | Posted 01.05.2015 | Entertainment
Andy Hoglund

Mere hours after the ball dropped in Times Square, it was clear 2015 was bound to be another fascinating period for the ever-evolving artist known as Yeezy.

Local News Reporter Warms Up By Rapping 'Alphabet Aerobics'

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.29.2014 | Media

Local news reporter Kim Powell may have missed her true calling. Before a live shot in Odessa, Texas, the NewsWest9 reporter decided to do a very...

Iggy Azalea and the Perils of Reinventing Oneself

Sujatha Fernandes | Posted 02.11.2015 | 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.

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.

Beyond the Lights

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.12.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Quick Rihanna, check to see if someone stole your diary. This ode to young black chanteuses fighting personal demons feels like the story of her life.

Best of Abu Dhabi: Learning the Games People Play Through The Narcicyst's Rise

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.08.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

The talented, charismatic, popular Iraqi-Canadian rapper named The Narcicyst first appeared on my cultural radar in 2009 when I watched City of Life. In his latest short film, a senses-overload experience titled Rise, Alsalman explores his roots and his ability to step away to comment on them.

All Appropriation Everything: IHOP Joins List of Cultural-Appropriation Offenders

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 01.05.2015 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Over the last few months, corporations have found a new way to gain attention on Twitter: tweeting rap lyrics and other allusions to hip-hop culture. The culprit that has most popularly surfaced across Twitter timelines is IHOP, which tweets edited versions of lyrics from songs by artists such as Drake, Trinidad James, and Bobby Shmurda.

Rosa G's "King-Size Candy" Is the Halloween Anthem We Have All Been Waiting for

Vana Dabney | Posted 12.30.2014 | Comedy
Vana Dabney

You may remember Rosa G (aka comedian Karla Solarte) from her viral "Fourth of July" and "Labor Day" music videos. She's back with another essential holiday tune.

Daniel Radcliffe Rapping Is Proof That Magic Really Does Exist

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 10.29.2014 | Entertainment

Harry Potter's flow is officially riddikulus! On Tuesday, Daniel Radcliffe stopped by "The Tonight Show" to talk about his new movie "Horns" and re...

Saba Talks 'ComfortZone' on 'The Interview Show'

Mark Bazer | Posted 12.22.2014 | Chicago
Mark Bazer

Saba's new mixtape, "ComfortZone," is one of the year's best. Lot of fun to have him on The Interview Show.

Diamond District steps up with 'March on Washington'

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
John Wellington Ennis

A striking return to form, March on Washington puts Diamond District back on the map as one of the most vital voices in hip hop today. Their 2010 debut In The Ruff garnered fans worldwide as well as caught critics's attention, leading to the shortlist for a Grammy.

America's New Hip-Hop King Lecrae claims: My Music Is Not Christian, But I Am

The Atlantic | EMMA GREEN | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion

At the end of September, Lecrae became the first-ever artist to land an album at the top of both the Billboard 200 and the gospel charts simultaneousl...

(R)evolution from Berlin: BONAPARTE Aims to Conquer the World

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 12.06.2014 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

The heart of Bonaparte's neo-modernist spirit of quantum entanglement is Tobias Jundt, a multimedia phenomenon birthed in a reunited Berlin, which has originated both the zeitgeist and the mythology of a 21st century modernism.

Exclusive Video Premiere and Interview: Mick Jenkins' "Treat Me (Caucasian)"

J.L. Sirisuk | Posted 10.07.2014 | Entertainment
J.L. Sirisuk

As evidenced by his recent mixtape The Water(s) -- which includes appearances by Joey Bada$$ and Jean Deaux -- Jenkins is an artist who truly uses lyricism to paint the multiple dimensions of his outlook.