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Ambre Anderson | Posted 11.25.2014 | Entertainment
Ambre Anderson

Revealed was a layer of understanding for why Nas is loved and respected so much. The creativity, awareness and intelligence that flowed out of him, at such a young age, while growing up in his environment with limited resources, is definitely nothing short of genius.

J. Cole Visits Morehouse Students

Timothy Tukes | Posted 11.24.2014 | College
Timothy Tukes

There on the side street juxtaposed to Chivers, Mays and Dansby Halls, a crowd of more than two hundred wide-eyed, screaming students gathered with cell phones in hand stand ready to digitally record some unforgettable moment.

Why the Intersection of Data and Cultural Intelligence Matters

Lauren DeLisa | Posted 11.20.2014 | 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.

Reflections on Ol' Dirty Bastard Ten Years Later: ODB as a Microcosm of American Inequality

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 11.20.2014 | Black Voices
Shaun Ossei-Owusu

Although rarely acknowledged, ODB's tragic life offers lessons into the complexity of black existence and the United States' turbulent history of hardwired social inequality.

How Long Can Eminem Keep It Up? (or: the Sociology of Aging Hip-Hop Artists)

Galanty Miller | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment
Galanty Miller

I think Eminem should probably stop with the misogynist lyrics. I support his right to free speech and creative expression. Rather, it just might be a good career movie to pivot in a slightly different direction.

Flying Lotus "You're Dead" Tour at The Wiltern in Los Angeles

Morena Duwe | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

My toes began to tap uncontrollably, trying to keep up with my swiveling hips. A long time fan of Mr. Oizo, a derivation of the French word oiseau meaning "bird," I was saturated with excitement. His dark lyrics and grimy house beats made me feel invincible.

J. Cole Announces New Album Coming In December

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment

Rumors began swirling on Sunday that J. Cole was planning to release a new album in December titled "2014 Forest Hills Drive" after a pre-order popped...

Beyond the Lights

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.12.2014 | 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.

Ryan Kristobak

Run The Jewels Have Started A Movement

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment

Even before Run the Jewels released the first single off their sophomore album, "Blockbuster Night Part 1," fans knew they were due for another dose o...

Ryan Kristobak

The Iranian-American Rapper You Need To Know

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment

Back in March, Akon made a passing comparison between Azad Right and Nas. Months later, Champ Sports noted the comparison in a piece that was shared b...

I am the Jackie Robinson of Hip Hop Graphic Design!

Brad Puet | Posted 11.10.2014 | Arts
Brad Puet

It was 1987. I had just gotten off work and walked across the Kitsap Mall to Sam Goody to look for this album. I heard that it had just got out and...

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

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.09.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | 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.

The King of the South Gets His CRWN

Azeem Khan | Posted 11.05.2014 | Entertainment
Azeem Khan

Anyone who's a fan of hip-hop automatically knows that when someone mentions the King of the South, it is T.I. It's hard to imagine, but T.I signed his first major record deal back in 1999 with Arista records.

Hip Hop Homage to 'Our Town' Transports Audience to the '80s

Daryl Rowland | Posted 11.03.2014 | Arts
Daryl Rowland

How do you get a theater largely full of older white people to engage with the struggles and dreams of aspiring hip-hop artists?

Ryan Kristobak

SonReal Is Setting The Tone In A Post-Macklemore Hip-Hop Scene

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.30.2014 | Entertainment

It isn’t very often that weird humor and hip-hop mix. The Beasties Boys and The Fat Boys were two of the first to embrace comedy hip-hop in the 1980...

A Reign of 90 Years, Crown Creates an Unforgettable Howard Homecoming

Rachel Hampton | Posted 10.30.2014 | College
Rachel Hampton

Each year, the Howard University Homecoming continues to reach higher heights. This year's Crown, celebrated 90 years of creating a celebrity-filled week of events to recognize and commemorate the work of the University's students and alumni.

Close Encounters of the iRAWniQ Kind

Savas Abadsidis | Posted 10.28.2014 | Entertainment
Savas Abadsidis

Rising popstar iRAWniQ and innovative director JB Ghuman Jr. (SPORK) have just made one of the most visually arresting videos ever, with ALIENPU$. ALI...

Hard Choices: Dance Theatre of San Francisco Aims High

Carla Escoda | Posted 10.28.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Dance Theatre of San Francisco is the new kid on the block -- a precocious kid on a block crammed with nimble little dance companies that turn out adventurous new work on a shoestring. Like many precocious kids, it manifests admirable talent but also exhibits immaturity.

Ryan Kristobak

Logic's Debut Is The Best Hip-Hop Album Of 2014 So Far

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.25.2014 | Entertainment

When you release a series of acclaimed mixtapes like the "Young Sinatra" series, and the time for your major debut has come, pressure tends to build. ...

Saba Talks 'ComfortZone' on 'The Interview Show'

Mark Bazer | Posted 10.22.2014 | 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.

Ryan Kristobak

The Album That's Perfect For Every Moment Of Life

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.22.2014 | Entertainment

Arms and Sleepers, the producer duo of Max Lewis and Mirza Ramic, are set to release their fifth LP, "Swim Team." Accurately described as J Dilla meet...

Play That Funky Ukulele, White Boy

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 10.22.2014 | Comedy
Rob Hiaasen

There shall be no Stones or Who or Metallica coming from my ukulele. Instead, I hope to conjure the spirit of the late Hawaiian mountain of a man, Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole, whose "Over the Rainbow" will break then mend your heart.

Rage Against The Machine's Zack De La Rocha Is Back

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.13.2014 | Entertainment

Run The Jewels is possibly the most dynamic, hard-hitting duo in hip-hop today, and Killer Mike and El-P's new "RTJ2" track, "Close Your Eyes (And Cou...

Kendrick Lamar Releases 'i' Lyric Video

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment

Following up on the debut of his new, soulful single, Kendrick Lamar has provided a lyric video for "i." Featuring quick clips of people -- of all di...