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Hip Hop Homage to 'Our Town' Transports Audience to the '80s

Daryl Rowland | Posted 11.03.2014 | Arts
Daryl Rowland

How do you get a theater largely full of older white people to engage with the struggles and dreams of aspiring hip-hop artists?

17-Year-Old Rapper Freestyles About Random Things To Prove Haters Wrong

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 10.03.2014 | Teen

At 17 years old, budding rapper A-F-R-O can spit rhymes on the fly so well that some question whether he actually freestyles or rehearses then perform...

Metal Music, First Amendment Under Attack: Man Jailed for Posting Exodus Lyrics

Clay Calvert | Posted 11.08.2014 | Crime
Clay Calvert

A man from Kentucky was arrested and tossed in jail late last month for allegedly making terroristic threats and supposedly threatening to kill students at a school when he posted lyrics by a metal band on his Facebook page.

Vh1's 'ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta's Rise in the Rap Game'

Nsenga Burton | Posted 11.03.2014 | Black Voices
Nsenga Burton

Despite a strong introduction, the film quickly falls into a narrative that is hyper focused on rap music, yet fails to include in a meaningful way, other musical movements that were taking place simultaneously and contributed significantly to the rise of Atlanta rap.

The Oldest Rapper In Hip Hop Takes On Cam'ron

Huffington Post | Emily Kassie | Posted 08.04.2014 | New York

He was rolling along in his wheelchair on a busy East-Village street, looking for something. He paused to tell us about the time he rapped for Cam'ron...

Teens Fight Back Against Ronald And The Burger King With Catchy Rap Song

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.04.2014 | Teen

There are a number of reasons not to say "I'm lovin' it" to fast food in America, but these Oakland, California-based kids say it in a powerful, catch...

Rapper Soulja Boy: New CD 'King Soulja 3' Has 'Better Beats, Bigger Collabs'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 09.23.2014 | 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."

How Hip Hop Is 'Screwing' the Urban Black Community

Torri Stuckey | Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

Embrace your maturation and all that it entails. As you feel yourself starting to grow out of your youth, don't fight to hold on. Let it go! The best is yet to come...

Iggy Azalea Mistakes Appropriation For Artistry

Salon | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices

Recently, my nine year-old nephew came running into the room, eager to find a seat to watch a performance by Iggy Azalea on an awards show. He sat, en...

Tupac Takes on Broadway

Lauri Lyons | Posted 09.13.2014 | Entertainment
Lauri Lyons

Breaking new ground as being the first Broadway musical based on a hip-hop artist's work, Holler is exploring uncharted territory that may set the stage for a new Broadway genre, Hip- Hop Theater.

This 'Party' Anthem Has A Message No One's Hearing

Jessica Chassin | Posted 09.10.2014 | Teen
Jessica Chassin

He relates to teenagers, expressing that he's been there and gave into peer pressure. He also uses his own life experience to explain not only that excessive drinking isn't cool, but also that it can lead you to a perilous and poisoning path. So why don't young people respect that?

Threats of Violence, Rap Lyrics and 'I Was Only Joking': The Supreme Court Weighs In

Clay Calvert | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Clay Calvert

It's a federal crime to communicate a true threat of violence in the United States. Such speech is not protected by the First Amendment's guarantee of free expression. But what exactly constitutes a true threat of violence in the age of Twitter, YouTube and Facebook?

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.

A Lesbian Rapper's Adorable Tribute to Her Gay Uncle (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-05-07-20140507MoniqueContrerassmall.jpgWhat is it about gay uncles that makes them almost universally awesome? For Monique Contreras it was the fact that her gay uncle was someone she could confide in.

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...

Sarah Barness

WATCH: Dogs Shaking It Off To Gangsta Rap

HuffingtonPost.com | Sarah Barness | Posted 07.02.2014 | 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?"