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WATCH: 50 Cent Speaks Out On Hip Hop And Violence

Posted 05.16.2013 | Black Voices

A lot has been said about the connection between popular culture and gun violence, and while film has been brought up in the conversation, hip-hop mus...

The New "Sexy," Macklemore as the New Prince Charming, and It Ain't That Cool to Be a Gangster

Amanda Slavin | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
Amanda Slavin

I have always been one to pay attention to lyrics. I have always gushed over a good song, which changes your perspective of your world and of yourself. But this is more than just gushing.

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.

Azealia Banks, Intersectionality And How Her Word Reclaiming Isn't Possible

Glennisha Morgan | Posted 04.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Glennisha Morgan

I'm well aware of the misogyny and homophobia of hip-hop as a whole and the fact that Azealia's male counterparts say similar things on wax and outside the studio, but I'm specifically irritated and baffled by Azealia's ignorance, behavior and theories because she's a black bisexual woman.

RAP: Rhythm and Poetry Lyrical Content

Hasan Khan | Posted 04.03.2013 | Teen
Hasan Khan

In this installment of my series on rap, will be examining the lyrical content: the metaphors, imagery, controversy, story-telling, etc. tells its own story about the genre.

10 Songs I Never, Ever, Ever Need to Hear Again

DJ Louie XIV | Posted 03.31.2013 | Entertainment
DJ Louie XIV

No offense to any of these artists (besides Flo-Rida, I fully mean to offend you), but these songs definitely need to be punished and shown to the gates of Hades, where they will have ample time to think about what they've done.

Glennisha Morgan

Salt-N-Pepa Star Hits NYC For HIV/AIDS Awareness

HuffingtonPost.com | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 01.19.2013 | Gay Voices

“Howard Stern Show” producer Gary Dell’Abate unveiled “The Arches Of Hope,” an interactive art installation and social media campaign to rai...

Eminem's Three Commandments

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 03.08.2013 | Media
Marcia Dawkins

Paying attention to the guilt-redemption, love-hate and God-Devil themes found in Mathers's music is an important part of understanding how the perception of spirituality is active in today's popular culture.

Rapper Azealia Banks Calls Rap 'Tacky'

Posted 12.29.2012 | Entertainment

Rapper Azealia Banks has some harsh words for the music that made her famous. In an interview with Hypetrak, Banks called rap "unladylike" and "tacky"...

Earl Sweatshirt - "Chum" (Review)

SF Critic | Posted 01.05.2013 | Entertainment
SF Critic

When sixteen year-old prodigy rapper Earl Sweatshirt became a music sensation amidst his mysterious disappearance from the world in 2010, hip hop gained itself a new icon to replace his presence.

Nicki Minaj Learned Her British Accent From A Spice Girl?

The Huffington Post | Treye Green | Posted 11.02.2012 | Entertainment

If you were wondering where Nicki Minaj gets her English accent from, you can look no further than Scary Spice and Hermione Granger. Speaking to Th...

RAP: Rhythm and Poetry

Hasan Khan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen
Hasan Khan

Is rap music really a threat to society? Are these lyrics laced with venom? Are they corrupting young minds? In my opinion, rap is actually just as relevant a music genre as rock or reggae.

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.

Hip-Hop's Gay Pioneers: Details Magazine

Posted 09.24.2012 | Gay Voices

"Oh, this fag can rap?' Yeah, they saying that, they listening." The lyrics are from the Harlem-based MC Mykki Blanco. But the sentiment expressed ...

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.

WATCH: Rapper Murs Kisses A Man, Supports Gay Youth In 'Animal Style' Video

The Huffington Post | Kevin Burra & Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.16.2012 | Gay Voices

R&B star Frank Ocean's coming out might have shaken up the hip-hop world, but now, Los Angeles-based rapper Murs is hoping to take the conversation on...

Music Can Change the World

Brian Benton | Posted 08.20.2012 | Teen
Brian Benton

Political statements in music are at an all-time low. Artists like Lady Gaga and Robyn's promotion of equal rights is a start, but so much more can be done.

On Blackness, Humanity, and The Art of Rap

Gaye Theresa Johnson | Posted 08.12.2012 | Black Voices
Gaye Theresa Johnson

In its revelation of the artistry and humanity that hip hop is at its best, The Art of Rap places rap music in its rightful place: as one of the most powerful art forms in the history of cultural production.

Teacher Under Fire For Playing Explicit Rap Song In Class

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 05.11.2012 | Education

Heather Michelle New, a teacher at Crooms Academy of Information Technology in Sanford, Fla., has been placed on five-day unpaid suspension after play...

WATCH: Texas Rapper Releases 'Gay Is Okay' Single

Posted 05.01.2012 | Gay Voices

"It doesn't just get better, it gets awesome, homie -- what I mean is I just wanna see you blossom, homie." That's the pro-equality message of "Ga...

'T.I. And Tiny: The Family Hustle': T.I. Argues With Security

Posted 03.13.2012 | TV

On the season finale of "T.I. And Tiny: The Family Hustle" (Mon., 9 p.m. ET on VH1), T.I. was preparing for his upcoming AKOO fashion show, and the st...

'T.I. And Tiny: The Family Hustle': T.I. Records A Song With Usher

Posted 02.28.2012 | TV

On Monday night's episode of "T.I. And Tiny: The Family Hustle" (Mon., 9 p.m. EST on VH1) long-time friends T.I. and Usher finally found a song big en...

Music Makes Us Who We Are

Antara Afrin | Posted 03.28.2012 | Home
Antara Afrin

Everyone should be allowed to seek their story through their music, be it rap or country -- it is still a way of expressing ourselves.

Do The Grammy Awards Not Understand Rap Music?

AP | By MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 02.12.2012 | Home

NEW YORK -- Since its beginnings in the 1970s, rap music has transformed from an underground, street-based sound to a definitive part of pop culture, ...

What To Watch On New Year's Eve

The Huffington Post | Laura Prudom | Posted 12.30.2011 | TV

"The Walking Dead" Marathon (11 a.m. to 12 midnight EST on AMC) If you've missed out on the critically-acclaimed zombie drama or are just trying to a...