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The Antidote for 'Anaconda' and Minaj

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 08.29.2014 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I watched the Minaj twerk fest once, and tears welled up. Not for joy. But because I remembered my mother and a whole host of proud black sistahs who fought sooooo hard to be something other than their asses.

Rap Was Bloated With Champagne

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 08.28.2014 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

We have seen the decline of the record industry splinter off and find a begrudging acceptance of the same technology, which caused its monolithic empire to crumble. This has empowered the listener and given us unimaginable economic choices within the previous music industry paradigm.

The Most Important Man You've Never Heard of

Azeem Khan | Posted 08.26.2014 | Entertainment
Azeem Khan

In the 30 years, hip hop music has gone from a small genre of music that got no radio play to a cultural phenomenon that you can find traces of on every part of our planet.

Genre Trouble: How the Music Industry Classifies Iggy Azalea

Emma Joslyn | Posted 08.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Emma Joslyn

Iggy Azalea is the new Miley Cyrus. In the same way that Miley served as a point of entry to many conversations about whiteness and cultural appropriation last year, Iggy is the latest example of how white artists snatch up elements of black culture, whitewash them, and then sell them to the mainstream as their own.

Remy Ma Details Squashing Beef With Nicki Minaj

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 08.15.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Back in 2007, before Remy Ma started a six-year prison term, before Nicki Minaj became hip-hop's preeminent female rapper, the two had a small disagre...

The Next Celebs Bobby Shmurda Wants To See Do The Shmoney Dance

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 08.14.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

For Bobby Shmurda, the top was when Beyonce did his signature Shmoney Dance on stage. Countless others have joined in on his viral dance hit, includin...

It Was Hard to Top Kanye at Outside Lands

Molly Fosco | Posted 08.12.2014 | San Francisco
Molly Fosco

The artists I saw at Outside Lands this year were impressive across the board, but today all I want to do is listen to the entire Kanye West setlist on repeat.

A Shift in Hip Hop: What Kendrick's Verse Didn't Do

Mahogany Clayton | Posted 08.11.2014 | Entertainment
Mahogany Clayton

While there are still some remaining musical gems, there is too much talent out there for us to be forced to listen to garbage more often than not. The radio should be riddled with forceful rhymes, instead it's bass-filled beats to stifle the lack of skill on every track.

Please Shut Up About Iggy Azalea

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.07.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

I am not at all saying that Iggy Azalea is a saint. But I place the blame on the current state of female hip-hop, the forever growing resistance for music taste to evolve and us, the consumers.

It Was All a Dream: Why Iggy Azalea's Hip-Hop Bubble Might 'Pop'

Karen J. Francis | Posted 08.05.2014 | Black Voices
Karen J. Francis

How can a woman best-known for pop hits be the new hip-hop record holder?

Betting on Resilience: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Feel James Brown's Groove: Get On Up

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 08.05.2014 | Entertainment
Dr. Reese Halter

Universal Pictures 'Get On Up' is an inspiring, emotional and masterful biopic of James Brown, one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century.

The Oldest Rapper In Hip Hop Takes On Cam'ron

Huffington Post | Emily Kassie | Posted 08.04.2014 | New York

He was rolling along in his wheelchair on a busy East-Village street, looking for something. He paused to tell us about the time he rapped for Cam'ron...

'The Most Beautiful Drawing Ever': Pegasus (1987) by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Matthew Israel | Posted 08.05.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

Jean-Michel Basquiat's "Pegasus" (1987) has always intimidated me. It was usually one of the last works I showed students when I taught Basquiat, and I never said much about it. Its massive size, allover writing and symbols overwhelmed me.

Why Are We So Hard On Nicki Minaj?

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 08.05.2014 | Black Voices

By now, you've probably seen the cover for Nicki Minaj's upcoming single, "Anaconda," and there is nothing subtle about it. Minaj has her back to the ...

"Eff Iggy" Reformed Me: A White Girl's Take on Madd Mary's Graphic Video

Janelle Brandon | Posted 07.30.2014 | Entertainment
Janelle Brandon

Azalea has seeped into the collective unconscious by riding the coattails of other artists, adopting an accent not her own to rap, and certainly taken generously from African American and hip hop culture to her extreme advantage.

Rising Star of Rap: Meet Snow Tha Product

Steve Harmon | Posted 07.29.2014 | Entertainment
Steve Harmon

This summer is filled with action movies, super heroes running around doing, well, uh, super things. But that's just pretend. In many ways the real-life superheroes are those that overcome the odds, overcome adversity, take the raw ingredients life gives them and transcend. How's that for an intro for Snow Tha Product?

Ill Visuals

Savas Abadsidis | Posted 07.29.2014 | Arts
Savas Abadsidis

Rising stars, in their own right, Rez Ones and Boogie's lives are already on display and getting involved with someone that shares their passion and lifestyle can be a blessing and a curse. When it's good, it's great.

The Rock Steady Crew Celebrates 37 Years with M.O.P, Das EFX and Other Hip-Hop Game Changers

Karim Orange | Posted 07.28.2014 | New York
Karim Orange

Now in its 37th year, this legendary event has featured scores of famous hip-hop artists. I had a chance to have a conversation with some of the featured artists and their contributions to the hip-hop game.

Childish Gambino Calls Out Kendrick Lamar, Drake In Fierce Freestyle

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 07.28.2014 | Entertainment

During a performance in Sydney, Australia this past weekend, Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, unleashed a fierce freestyle, calling out some of hi...

Rapper Soulja Boy: New CD 'King Soulja 3' Has 'Better Beats, Bigger Collabs'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 07.24.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

"I don't get caught up in the numbers," Soulja Boy insisted during a recent telephone interview. "I just have fun and put out music. That's what got me in the position I'm in now."

Questlove: Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Is A Game-Changer

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 07.23.2014 | Black Voices

Questlove says black people have to come to terms with the changing game of hip-hop, and that includes Iggy Azalea. In an interview with Time publ...

Snoop Dogg, The Roots Express Their Love For HuffPost In This Incredible Freestyle Mashup

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 07.23.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

At HuffPost Live, we've had many rappers drop by the studio, and we usually ask them to freestyle about HuffPost. Snoop Dogg, Black Thought of The Roo...

And Access for All: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week in Daily Giving, we continue making two seed grants every day to social change visionaries around the world. Please join us as a member of ...

This Website Will Help You Find The Perfect Ja Rule Song For Your Life

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.17.2014 | Entertainment

Have you always felt like your life could, at any given moment, be summed up by a Ja Rule song, but you just couldn’t figure out which one? Well, th...