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Why You Need To Start Listening to Niykee Heaton Right Now

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.01.2014 | Entertainment

"So, your 'Bad Intentions' EP dropped today and it has been absolutely killing it," I say to 19-year-old rising singer-songwriter Niykee Heaton in the...

Art, Beats and Lyrics: An Art Show for the Creatively Curious

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

What began as a small art show in Atlanta has grown into the nation's largest traveling art show. City after city - from Atlanta, to LA, to St. Louis and Miami - AB+L continues to attract the creatively curious, pulling audiences of up to 3,000 people.

How One Christian Rapper Mixed Hip Hop And Theology With Huge Success

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) He’s been crowned the “new hip-hop king” and his newest album, “Anomaly,” topped iTunes and Amazon charts the day of its Sept...

Jimi Hendrix: A Musical Icon

Chris Williams | Posted 09.26.2014 | Entertainment
Chris Williams

As the biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side is set to be released to movie theaters nationwide today, it's time to reflect on the life of one of popular culture's largest iconic figures.

Wu-Tang's Inspectah Deck on Tech, Race and Politics

Lauren DeLisa | Posted 09.25.2014 | Technology
Lauren DeLisa

It's been a particularly abundant whirlwind several days as one thinks about recent events within pop culture as they intersect with tech.

Here Are The World's Highest Paid Hip-Hop Acts

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 09.23.2014 | Entertainment

In 2013, Diddy topped Forbes' list of highest paid hip-hop acts with $50 million, leading Dr. Dre, who landed in third, by $10 million. But after Appl...

Jay-Z on the Run and Redefining Age in Hip Hop

Tony Delerme | Posted 09.23.2014 | Black Voices
Tony Delerme

Jay-Z has mastered the art of remaining relevant for 16 years strong and doesn't appear to be letting up anytime soon. While this is a great personal accomplishment for Jay, this is also an amazing accomplishment for hip hop.

Sonic Dreams: Exclusive Interview With PELL

J.L. Sirisuk | Posted 09.23.2014 | Entertainment
J.L. Sirisuk

There is a space where existential nuance and personal confession all exist in the rhythms of a dreamscape universe. This is the world of Pell, and with his recent album Floating While Dreaming, he transports us to a universe of varied influences manifested in ambient sounds and serious hip-hop grooves.

Listen To Kendrick Lamar's New Song Right Now

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 09.23.2014 | Entertainment

As rumored, Kendrick Lamar released the first single off of his sophomore album on Tuesday. The track is simply titled "i." An extremely uplifting...

Snoop Dogg Loves 'This Sh-t Right Here'

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 09.16.2014 | Comedy

If you thought Snoop Dogg went hard on some of his songs, just wait until you hear him talk about crocodiles. In previous episodes of "Plizzanet Ea...

King Avriel: Bearing Witness

Savas Abadsidis | Posted 09.15.2014 | Entertainment
Savas Abadsidis

Her debut Thesis serves as more than an album to King Avriel -- it's an intensely personal journey that she guides listeners through.

20th Anniversary Review of the Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready to Die,' by a 2Pac Fan

Tony Delerme | Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices
Tony Delerme

After listening to Ready to Die from beginning to end, I realized how much of a fool I was to have been blind to this album for so many years. To simply call it a classic and leave it at that would be an understatement.

How The Notorious B.I.G. Turned Fear and Rage Into Genius

Timothy Cooper | Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices
Timothy Cooper

"Ready to Die" is a multifaceted masterpiece, but its driving force is Biggie's supplication for America to recognize a young black man wrought with the fear and rage of existing in a life rooted in continuing stagnation.

Remembering 9/11: The Story Behind Chi Modu's Towering Tribute

Rock Paper Photo | Posted 09.11.2014 | Arts
Rock Paper Photo

Somber. Soaring. Stern. Eerily silent. Chi Modu's breathtaking portrait of the late hip-hop legend Notorious B.I.G. resonates as powerfully as ever on this Sept. 11 anniversary. Chi, the former staff photographer, tells the story behind this photo:

Hustle & Code: Why We're Building FLYCLIQUE

Jamal Simmons | Posted 09.10.2014 | Small Business
Jamal Simmons

When it comes to tech companies that have been funded by venture capital, the most recent study shows that 87 percent of the founders of tech companies that have been funded by venture capital are white; 1 percent African American; and less than 1 percent Latino.

Childish Gambino Unleashes Furious Freestyle, Talks Drake And Race

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment

Sitting down with Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg, Childish Gambino freestyled over Hit-Boy and HS87's "Grindin' My Whole Life," and, as one has come to expe...

On The Threadcount of the American Flag

Eric J. Henderson | Posted 09.09.2014 | Arts
Eric J. Henderson

City is an artist with a formidable resume in tow as a Brooklyn heavyweight, but, as you'll see, with no bland nostalgia for hip hop and a sharp geopolitical take on life.

Eight Ways to Knit A Community: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.08.2014 | 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...

All The Drinks Jay Z Has Name-Dropped

Liquor.com | Posted 09.08.2014 | Taste
Liquor.com

It is clear that Mr. Carter takes his drinking seriously.

Labor Day Is My Hip-Hop Anniversary

Daddy-O | Posted 09.03.2014 | Black Voices
Daddy-O

I remember it (not like yesterday, it was a long time ago) clearly. After falling completely in love with Flash tapes and the like, I was convinced to...

Conversation With A Legend: What Has Jermaine Dupri Been Doing?

Azeem Khan | Posted 09.02.2014 | Entertainment
Azeem Khan

One man in music who would not need an introduction is Jermaine Dupri. Whether you directly know him or not, he's played a pivotal role in various genres of music over the years.

LL Cool J Reclaims Mic With G.O.A.T. 2

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 09.02.2014 | Entertainment
Marjoriet T. Matute

LL Cool J has been defined as a rapper, an actor, and let's face it, an international sex symbol. Besides the occasional lip-licking and topless video...

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.