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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.

The Hip-Hop Artists With The Largest Vocabulary, Revamped

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.01.2014 | Entertainment

A couple months ago, Matt Daniels wowed wordsmiths and hip-hop enthusiasts alike with his hip-hop flow chart. It ranked 85 rappers by the size of the ...

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 08.17.2014 | 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...

The Hip-Hop Artists With The Largest (Or Not) Vocabulary

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 05.06.2014 | Entertainment

When it comes to grading and comparing hip-hop artists, there are a number of attributes that need to be examined: flow, message, beat selection, popu...

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.

Revolt TV and Sean Combs: The Revolution Will Be Televised

Fueled | Posted 02.03.2014 | Entertainment
Fueled

If anyone can pull off a complex concept like this, it's Sean Combs.

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.

Rick Ross as a Mirror for the Music Industry and Culture as a Whole

Toni Nagy | Posted 06.18.2013 | Entertainment
Toni Nagy

Forcing an apology out of Ross does not address the pandemic of misogyny. This message of party culture and women as sexual objects is constantly perpetuated by the music business.

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.

Hip Hoppers & Occupy -- Are We the Music We Have Been Waiting For?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 12.11.2012 | New York
Jerry Ashton

There is something about the Occupy Movement -- and especially in its recent incarnation as "Occupy Sandy" -- that brings out the best in us. And the best in us is increasingly found in the music we call Hip Hop.

Singer Yewande Declares 'War' on Poverty and Injustice (VIDEO)

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Kristi York Wooten

Since 2006, Yewande has taken a message of hope and solidarity to college campuses and civic organizations around the world through music-based initiatives produced by her Change Rocks Foundation.

Hip Hop as a Necessary Tool in the College Classroom

Rajul Punjabi | Posted 01.14.2013 | College
Rajul Punjabi

Tupac works when we're looking at socioeconomic backgrounds in literature. Lauryn Hill? Indispensable during a lesson on imagery and narration. And don't get me started on our close-reading of the word "swagger" nee "swag" (Shakespeare vs. Soulja Boy).

Attack of the Clones: How Lack of Topical Diversity is Killing Hip Hop and Its Listeners

Homeboy Sandman | Posted 12.03.2012 | Arts
Homeboy Sandman

Who knows what would have become of me had I grown up in an era where my idols, the preeminent examples for success from communities like mine, limited their content to the four or five themes that dominate today's hip hop landscape.

The Intersection of Homophobia and Hip Hop: Where Tyler Met Frank

Brother Ali | Posted 11.07.2012 | Arts
Brother Ali

On my debut album, I displayed a few cringe-worthy slur moments of my own. I tossed it around with the reckless abandon of a young man lacking the empathetic sensitivity that only manifests through life-altering interactions and experiences.

The Story of a Jewish Violin

Shai Baitel | Posted 10.28.2012 | Arts
Shai Baitel

This Israeli-born artist was classically trained since the tender age of five. And only seven year later she would be given a violin by the legendary Isaac Stern. If Stern could foresee how far this violin, played by Ben-Ari, would go?

Music Mondays: 2012 Westword Music Showcase Playlist!

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.04.2012 | Denver

Welcome to Music Mondays -- our weekly Spotify playlist with the music we're currently obsessing over, locally and beyond. For playlist number five...

Music Mondays: Playlist For Entire UMS Lineup!

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.30.2012 | Denver

Welcome to Music Mondays (er, Wednesday?) -- our weekly Spotify playlist with the music we're currently obsessing over, locally and beyond. Okay, o...

Music Mondays: Bands Playing Locally This Week Playlist

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.22.2012 | Denver

Welcome to the third installment of "Music Mondays," a weekly Spotify playlist with the music we're currently obsessing over, locally and beyond. F...