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Nick Wing

If The Criminal Justice System Treated Other Music The Way It Treats Rap

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 04.03.2015 | Black Voices

Around the nation, police and prosecutors are using lyrics from rap songs to incriminate suspects and obtain convictions, often in the absence of trad...

Dear Rappers: Please Stop Writing Corny Songs About Technology

Fusion | Pendarvis Harshaw | Posted 03.30.2015 | World

In 1979, when the Sugarhill Gang’s Big Bank Hank bragged, in the iconic hip-hop song “Rapper’s Delight,” that he had “a color TV, so I can s...

Indian Women Take Down Their Country's Rape Culture In 3-Minute Rap

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact

Two Indian women busted rhymes to make a point, and they got the world's attention. Uppekha Jain and Pankhuri Awasthi uploaded a video to YouTube o...

David Lohr

Rapper Killer Mike Deplores Prosecution Of McKinley Phipps: 'We Must Stand With Artists Like Mac'

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 03.26.2015 | Crime

NEW ORLEANS -- Rap musician Michael Render, better known as Killer Mike, stood up for jailed recording artist McKinley "Mac" Phipps on Wednesday, tell...

David Lohr

Prosecutor Used Hip-Hop As A Weapon To Convict Mac Phipps

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 08.18.2015 | Crime

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, Louisiana -- As he lies at night in his cell at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, McKinley "Mac" Phipps can hear the words of his be...

New Music Review: Klassik, Spring

Brandi Andres | Posted 05.23.2015 | Arts
Brandi Andres

From the first few rhythmic beats of the opening track, "Go Far," I was hooked. Soulful sound? Check. Appealing, familiar tonality? Check. Thought-provoking and inspiring lyrics? Check.

To Pimp a Butterfly: Redefining Freedom and the American Dream

Julian Mitchell | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

Channeling the revolutionary essence of the Harlem Renaisance, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly is a gripping, soul-driven melodrama that masterfully depicts the story of a courageous young man fighting through the painful process of liberating himself.

The Muslim Women's Rap Duo The World Needs Right Now

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion

Poetic Pilgrimage isn't just a rap group -- it's a statement about Islam, women and what it means to belong. Muneera Williams and Sukina Owen-Dougl...

Rising Stars of Rap: G-Eazy & A$AP Ferg slideshow

Steve Harmon | Posted 05.10.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Harmon

Fans form two lines 4 hours ahead of the box office opening. The venue box office shows cows and reads "let's get mooving." Fans would have been happy if that was the case. It took 4 hours for many just to get in.

Katherine Brooks

This Is Lizzo, The Grrrl Rapper Who's Making No-Genre Music Just For You

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.10.2015 | Arts

(Illustration by artist Meryl Rowin) Hordes of riot grrrl disciples stood before the bright lights of New York's Terminal 5 last month, wai...

New Artist Reviews: 832

Morena Duwe | Posted 04.25.2015 | 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 04.11.2015 | 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 04.10.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 04.08.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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 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.

New Artist Reviews: Klassik

Morena Duwe | Posted 03.14.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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 03.07.2015 | 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.