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Why Are We So Hard On Nicki Minaj?

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 08.01.2014 | 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.

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."

Rapper Warren G: 'Anybody Can Put Out a Rap Record Now'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 06.17.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Warren G has seen plenty of changes in the music industry -- especially as relates to rap and hip hop. While much of this evolution is unquestionably positive, the rapper says not all has been for the better.

Odd Future Defends Use Of 'Faggot' In Their Rhymes

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.15.2014 | Gay Voices

The men of the hip-hop collective Odd Future stopped by HuffPost Live this week and spoke out about their controversial use of "faggot" in their rhyme...

The Rappers Who Reference Drugs The Most Are ...

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 05.13.2014 | Entertainment

Following the report of hip-hop artists with the largest vocabularies, Project Know decided to tap into the RapGenius database and pull out the preval...

A Rhetoric of Their Experience

Hannah Berkman | Posted 07.01.2014 | College
Hannah Berkman

"Bones and hip hop have become such a big part of my experience here at Cal that I feel like our raps are just the rhetoric of that experience." Ben G...

Tongues Untied: Is Fly Young Red's Newest Track Revolutionary?

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 05.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Darnell L. Moore

"None of this removes the misogyny in this song/video where -- instead of black women -- gay femme black men are being used as tropes. But I do think much is to be praised."

5 Reasons Why You Should be Listening to International Hip-Hop

Christopher Emdin | Posted 03.15.2014 | Arts
Christopher Emdin

Despite what has become of hip-hop culture in the United States, my trip to South Africa reawakened my love for the music and the culture. That trip showed me that hip-hop's purity still exists.

Taking on Hip-Hop

Kim Lute | Posted 02.17.2014 | Entertainment
Kim Lute

Sadly, for the most part, American music has gone the way of American cuisine. That is to say quality and originality have been replaced with fast food-type mediocrity.

An Open Letter Response to 'In Defense of a Loaded Word' by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Vaughn Bryant | Posted 02.04.2014 | Black Voices
Vaughn Bryant

What if we as a collective people decided we were not going to use the word? What if we truly unified around this? Could that take away the power the word has over us?

Reminiscing With MC Sha-Rock: Beginning of Women in Hip-Hop Culture

Karim Orange | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Karim Orange

When we played superheroes and the other girls wanted to be Wonder Woman or The Bionic Woman, I always wanted to be MC Sha-Rock or Pam Grier. Sha-Rock made me feel like I had a voice, and I could and would be heard.

Blurred Lines and the Art of Catcalling

Lauren Cahn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Lauren Cahn

Schiro began talking to women about catcalling. Wanting to bring the words alive visually, she began to collect photographs of the women, along with the catcalls that haunted them. Her collection began to take shape.

Faith Journeys, Faith Collisions, and Hip-hop: A Dialogue at the Rubin Museum

Chris Fici | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Chris Fici

As an only child who by his own admittance grew up "sitting on the couch", Pandit suddenly had to share living space with over 60 other monks, sleeping on the floor, taking cold showers, and dodging malaria in one of the world's most overpowering metropolises.

Miley Cyrus: Butterfly Waiting to Be Born

Alice Grist | Posted 11.17.2013 | Media
Alice Grist

Miley may think she is a bursting out of chrysalis right about now. But I think she is wrapping herself up in silk as I type. Forming a cocoon of lies and falsehoods of youthfulness and indiscretion. And you know what, this is so cool. More power to her.

Can Feminist Women Love Eminem? Absolutely

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 11.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marcia Dawkins

A close look at Eminem's work is required for understanding our present moment and the rising war on women -- because he both preceded and prophesied it.

On Black Culture, Don Lemon's Got It All Wrong

Christopher Emdin | Posted 09.30.2013 | Black Voices
Christopher Emdin

Don Lemon's self-identification as being black, gay or from any other marginalized group does not give him license to speak disparagingly about a group's culture because he obviously experiences this culture from a standpoint of privilege that blinds him from reality.

Autism, Sensitivity and Hip-Hop Culture

Lou Melgarejo | Posted 09.15.2013 | Entertainment
Lou Melgarejo

I think that performers can stay true to their roots while being sensitive to diversity and disability. You don't need to spew misogynistic lyrics, fuel homophobia in the urban community or use a serious condition that affects 1 in 88 children as an insult or a punch line.

Hip-hop and Mediocracy

Daddy-O | Posted 08.18.2013 | Black Voices
Daddy-O

There is no political correctness in my rant. Just facts. Without diversity, there is no hip-hop, even if you choose to call it that. Hip-hop is not a reality TV show. Hip-hop is not a pair of pants sagging. Hip-hop has founders, innovation, and purpose.

High Stakes for Hip-Hop Studies

Erik Nielson | Posted 06.29.2013 | College
Erik Nielson

I see the addition of hip-hop-themed courses to college curricula as a matter of basic common sense and something to celebrate. And yet teaching it remains controversial.

Lupe Fiasco Makes One Fan's Dream Come True

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 06.05.2013 | Celebrity
Ola Ojewumi

Lupe made me feel like I wasn't this misfit sitting in a wheelchair at a hip-hop concert. For that moment, I forgot how different I was and he reminded me that in spite of everything I've been through that I was special in my own right.

WATCH: Middle Eastern And North African Rappers Talk Revolution And Music

Posted 03.06.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Music, espeially hip hop, has always been at the heart of social and political upheaval, inspiring change and speaking out against inequality and inju...

Why Music, Part 7: Beyond Genre

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 05.01.2013 | Arts
Frank Fitzpatrick

Although genres in music may be useful in helping us organize our song libraries, like any labels -- racial, cultural, artistic or spiritual -- genres can limit the potential to staying open to more encompassing visions and a greater sense of personal connection.

Mississippi, Again! Between Lil' Wayne and Nina Simone

William H. Turner | Posted 04.27.2013 | Black Voices
William H. Turner

The publicity of rapper Wayne's decidedly vulgar reference to Emmett Till -- whose scandalous murder in Mississippi in 1955 was considered by many as the impetus to the modern civil rights movement -- was, or so I thought, a teachable moment in my sociology classes at a black college.

Hip-Hop Icon Says Rappers Are Less Homophobic Than Before

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 05.20.2013 | Gay Voices

Hip-hop icon, philanthropist and all-around mogul Russell Simmons sat down with Robert Wolf to discuss his business ideals, the U.S. government and so...