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Artist Who Decorates City Streets With Famous Rap Quotes Has Struck Again

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 12.31.2013 | Arts

Get excited, California. Because artist Jay Shells has taken to Los Angeles with his clever guerrilla street sign installation, "Rap Quotes." New ...

Kanye and Miley, Last Minute Thoughts

Hellin Kay | Posted 03.01.2014 | Celebrity
Hellin Kay

"I'm not trying to sell my body. But, it's my body to sell if I did want to!" Touché.

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.

In Ethiopia, the Beat Goes on, in Music and Health

David J. Olson | Posted 02.10.2014 | Impact
David J. Olson

Two teachers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill created the Beat Making Lab to reach communities around the world. They travel with an electronic music studio that fits into a backpack and train burgeoning beat makers.

'Hard Out Here': Lily Allen Skewers the Music Industry

Lisa Wade | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Lisa Wade

Lily Allen's single, with the sarcastic refrain "It's hard out here for a bitch," satirizes all of it and takes some ugly missteps along the way. In doing so, she reinvigorates an important conversation about satire, race politics, and feminism.

Miley And Joan Of Arc Together?

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion

Miley Cyrus and Joan of Arc? Well, there's a pair you probably never expected to see together, let alone rap battle each other. It's pretty c...

Should Eminem's Talent Cover Up His Homophobia?

Jack Rattenbury | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jack Rattenbury

When I thought hip hop was becoming a more accepting place with Frank Ocean coming out as bi-sexual, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis releasing 'Same Love' and both becoming commercially successful. 'Rap God' was just a gunshot taking us back in time making us realise that we've got a long way to go.

Rap Video Sends Powerful Message About Stop And Frisk

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.16.2013 | New York

Controversial New York City laws permitting the use of stop-and-frisks have ignited controversy, raising concerns over racial profiling and privacy v...

WATCH: Dogs Shaking It Off To Gangsta Rap

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.09.2013 | Green

You know that moment when your dog walks in from a long day of playing in mud or water, and decides to shake off... everywhere. While you're busy ...

Coolio Lifebombs College Kids, Sings His Biggest Hit

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.09.2013 | Comedy

What even is this video? Okay, let us explain: According to Blog Preston, Coolio (AKA Artis Leon Ivey Jr) began his world tour at Ships and Giggle...

Interview with Immortal Technique

Carl Gibson | Posted 11.26.2013 | Black Voices
Carl Gibson

"I'm not trying to sell pipe dreams to people. I'm not giving them some fake utopia. I'm not telling them it's easy. If it was easy, everyone would do it. But you don't fight the fights you can win, you fight the fights that need fighting, you know?"

You Know You'll Love ALF Singing Eminem

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.18.2013 | Comedy

We never knew that ALF had so much rage towards anything that isn't a cat, until we saw this mash-up of the '80s sitcom star singing Eminem. Via my...

Hip-Hop Debate Institute -- Remixing Literacies For The 21st Century Classroom

Jen Johnson | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Jen Johnson

Youth of color are using hip-hop to demand that they see their culture and issues reflected in competitive academic policy debate, in education and in the larger society around them.

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.

The Best Pizza Place Purchase Ever

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 08.29.2013 | Comedy

If you went to a pizza place and saw your dream animatronic band, would you have any choice but to buy said animatronic band, and make it play "Pop, L...

My Name Is... 'Veginem'

Abby Heugel | Posted 10.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Abby Heugel

This is to be read in the same rhythm -- minus a middle stanza -- as Eminem's "Lose Yourself."

Flavor Flav Rips Jay-Z, Drake, Nicki Minaj

Posted 08.02.2013 | Entertainment

Flavor Flav has long established himself as a rapper, reality-TV star and restaurateur, but now he's taken it upon himself to be a music critic, too. ...

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.

Rap(e) Music

Fire | Posted 07.17.2013 | Entertainment
Fire

The first step to overcoming an addiction is admitting that you have one. In order to rid oneself of addiction, one must declare it. My name is Fire Burgess and I am a diehard fan of misogynistic rap music.

The Unfortunate Celebration of Jason Collins' Coming Out

Ernest Owens | Posted 07.01.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

For one, the "coming out" dog and pony show that the media puts on now is getting tired. It should not be breaking news in 2013 for anyone to announce their sexuality. I understand how "momentous" and "unprecedented" all of this is, but I do find it exploitative and repetitive as well.

Rihanna, the N-word and Black Social Media Hypocrisy

Ernest Owens | Posted 06.28.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

The n-word is overused, misused and socially abused on sites like Facebook and Twitter all the time. And while we act as if Rihanna has done something extraordinarily taboo, I challenge you to check the Instagram accounts and tweets of many other hip-hop artists and friends.

Snoop Lion Alters Opinion On Gay Rappers

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 05.16.2013 | Gay Voices

The former "D-O-Double-G" has been very vocal lately about his support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. During an inter...

Rapper Eve Returns With New Album 11 Years Later

Shira Lazar | Posted 06.15.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Grammy Award-winning rapper Eve is making her big comeback on the music scene with Lip Lock, her first new album since 2002's Eve-Olution. She stopped by to chat about working on the new tracks, major collaborations, and what on Earth she's been up to for the past decade!

Where Would Hip Hop Be Without Colleges and Universities?

Erik Nielson | Posted 06.12.2013 | College
Erik Nielson

Hip hop has always been highly diverse, with roots that extend beyond the streets and into the lecture halls, radio stations, and dormitories of college campuses.

Prosecuting Rap Music

Erik Nielson | Posted 05.26.2013 | Crime
Erik Nielson

Earlier this month, the 5th District Illinois appellate court reversed the conviction of Olutosin Oduwole, an aspiring hip hop artist and Southern Illinois University student who was found guilty of attempting to make a terrorist threat during his 2011 trial.