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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...

Diamond District steps up with 'March on Washington'

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 10.09.2014 | 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.

The Hip-hop Historian: Combat Jack

Azeem Khan | Posted 10.08.2014 | Entertainment
Azeem Khan

As hip-hop's popularity rose, the need for that documentation became more evident. For whatever reason, no one stepped up to the plate, until the foremost hip-hop historian today, Reggie Osse, more commonly known by the name Combat Jack.

Chiraq, Drillinois: Guns, Murder, Music, and Understanding

Tony Delerme | Posted 10.08.2014 | Black Voices
Tony Delerme

Some music fans -- even hip hop fans -- dismiss drill music as not worth listening to. However, with a little understanding of its origins, it soon becomes obvious that drill music is not influencing the violence in Chicago. It's actually helping to reduce it.

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...

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.

How AP2P Plans To Revolutionize Music

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 10.03.2014 | Black Voices

As one half of Dead Prez, rapper M-1 helped shape public opinion through music, becoming one of the foremost voices in hip-hop in the '90s. M-1 st...

Afro-Textured Hair: Beautiful and Magical or Nappy Heads in Need of Perminators?

Ama Yawson | Posted 10.02.2014 | Style
Ama Yawson

This type of hair-bullying is not just present in the media. It is present in our homes as learned self-hatred manifests in comments to little girls with looser textures that they have "pretty hair," while little girls with kinkier hair textures are told that they have "bad hair."

The Transformation of Justin Bieber From a White Youth to a Black Man

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 10.03.2014 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Because many whites feel that US society is now "post racial," enabling them to "get their black on" without a physical presence in the black community, white label executives package black culture and style through white artists without the burdens of racial disadvantage.

Ryan Kristobak

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.