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Rap Music Scores Big Legal Win in New Jersey: Now on to the Supreme Court

Clay Calvert | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
Clay Calvert

If the Supreme Court of New Jersey's August 4 decision is any indication, 2014 could prove to be the year when courts finally recognize rap as an artistic form of expression and social commentary.

Ice Cube Opens Up On N.W.A Biopic Casting Drama

Posted 08.01.2014 | Black Voices

N.W.A’s highly anticipated forthcoming biopic, “Straight Outta Compton” has received a lot of attention in recent weeks from the film’s contro...

The 'Straight Outta Compton' Casting Call Is So Offensive It Will Make Your Jaw Drop

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices

The folks over at Universal Pictures have made a great deal of progress with the upcoming film "Straight Outta Compton," which will tell the story of ...

First Photo From 'Straight Outta Compton' Looks Awesome

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 06.20.2014 | Entertainment

"Straight Outta Compton," the N.W.A. biopic set in Compton in the mid-'80s, finally has a release date. Universal announced in a statement that the fi...

Forever 21 Seemingly Pulls Compton, NWA Shirts

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 09.25.2013 | Business

Forever 21's controversial Compton line of t-shirts are now straight outta sight on its website after causing a fury on Twitter. Sparks began ...

Pioneering Rap Album Turns 25

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 08.08.2013 | Entertainment

A new genre of hip-hop pushed its way to the forefront of mainstream culture 25 years ago on Aug. 8, 1988, when N.W.A's influential debut album "Strai...

Which Song Had The Most Impact On Black Culture?

Posted 06.06.2013 | Black Voices

There's no doubt that music is a form of self-expression. And many artists not only use the recording booth as a hit-making platform, but also as a me...

Rush, Public Enemy Among Rock Hall Of Fame Noms

AP | CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 09.30.2013 | Entertainment

-- Rush, Deep Purple, Public Enemy and N.W.A. are among the group of first-time nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They join returnees Hea...

The Politics and Provocation of N.W.A

Juan Vidal | Posted 10.06.2012 | Entertainment
Juan Vidal

Today, with so much to be pissed about, so much to rally for and against, we need an N.W.A more than ever. We need a group to fear, a post 9/11 rap conglomerate with no filter or concern for what radio may or may not allow. Really, we need to be provoked.

NSFW: 10 Pop Culture References From The LA Riots

The Huffington Post | Lucy Blodgett | Posted 04.26.2012 | Los Angeles

The death of Latasha Harlins and the beating of Rodney King not only prompted the cataclysmic Los Angeles Riots, but they also influenced artists to s...

Ice Cube On '21 Jump Street' And The Fight Between George Clooney and David O. Russell

The Huffington Post | Mike Ryan | Posted 05.06.2012 | Entertainment

When I was a freshman in high school, I begged my parents to buy me N.W.A's "Straight Outta Compton." At the time, the only other rap album I owned wa...

"Who Got the Camera?": Hip-Hop's Quest for Social Justice

Mark Anthony Neal | Posted 02.19.2012 | Black Voices
Mark Anthony Neal

In an era marked by the increased presence of law enforcement in Black communities, young Black men were particularly susceptible to blatant forms of police brutality. As such, so-called "gangsta rap "was likely the most organic documentation of police brutality in Black communities.

Rapper Is Playing His Dad In The N.W.A. Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton'

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 11.29.2011 | Home

Ever since Ice Cube's announcement back in 2009 that he'd be producing an NWA biopic, "Straight Outta Compton," there's been little to go on save an i...

For Your Viewing And Listening Pleasure: 10 Inspired Book And Album Pairings

flavorwire.com | Posted 06.01.2011 | Books

Combining your appreciation of different media can be tricky: You probably shouldn’t be watching a movie on your iPhone as you stroll through an art...

WATCH: The Shock Poetry Of OFWGKTA LA's Newest Hip-Hop Spectacle

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Poetry Foundation: Odd Futurism The shock poetry of LA's newest hip-hop spectacle. BY BETHLEHEM SHOALS Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFW...

WATCH: Ireland Bailout Gets Skewered By Taiwanese Animators

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It was inevitable, but the massive bailout of Ireland has finally got the Taiwainese animation treatment. Ireland, once heralded as a model of grow...

'Cracked Actor': An Angry Yet Forgiving Playlist for Mel Gibson

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

In the spirit of brotherhood, here's my angry but forgiving playlist for a cracked actor who apparently has some passions in this life that aren't particularly Christ-like. Please know that I'm praying for you, Mel -- in Yiddish.

Tribeca Interview: Ice Cube's Straight Outta LA

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cynthia Ellis

Ice Cube's new documentary is about the how having the Raiders in LA unified the city, and the genesis of Ice Cube's rap group N.W.A.

It's Time for a DJ Intervention (VIDEO)

Ali MacLean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ali MacLean

In today's club scene a dilettante hipster can get paid four or five thousand dollars and show up with their iTunes play list. That's fine and all, but there are these people who used to do this for a living. Called DJs.

Tanya Morgan: Sons Of the Native Tongue

Timothy Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Timothy Cooper

The hip-hop trio Tanya Morgan, which consist of Brooklyn emcee/producer Von Pea and Cincinnati emcees Donwill and Ilyas, have set out to craft a signature sound of music that stands apart from industry standards.

New Reissues Prove Kraftwerk Is the Most Important Band Ever

Tim Mohr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tim Mohr

The birthplace of all that's cool and modern in music wasn't Memphis, Liverpool or the South Bronx. It was Dusseldorf, Germany, where Kraftwerk invented the future we are now living.

Dog Days of Summer Playlist: Volume 2

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's column features music by the B-52's, The Smashing Pumpkins, Nina Simone, Jeff Buckley, The Wallflowers and Pink Floyd.