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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.

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.