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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...

Brennan Williams

WATCH: Iconic MTV Show Makes Its Return

HuffingtonPost.com | Brennan Williams | Posted 12.02.2011 | Black Voices

Following a 16-year hiatus, MTV's iconic show "Yo! MTV Raps" will make its return to the airwaves during a special dubbed, "Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts....

LISTEN: Lil B's Controversially Named HIV Awareness Anthem

Posted 11.15.2011 | Gay Voices

Rapper Lil B received death threats and experienced a backlash among many of his hard-earned fans after his decision to name his recent album "I'm Gay...

WATCH: Fat Joe On Hip-Hop's 'Gay Mafia'

Posted 01.09.2012 | Gay Voices

Hip-hop isn't generally known for being the genre of preference for most LGBT performers or audiences, but now, one star is speaking up on behalf of t...

Are You Trying Too Hard to Make Your Kids Think You're Cool?

John Blumenthal | Posted 01.09.2012 | Parents
John Blumenthal

If you're a parent and you're over 50, your kids will not be duped into thinking you're cool if you imitate their clothing style, adopt their slang and embrace their culture.

The Evolution of Music: What's The Next Step?

Charissa Newkirk | Posted 12.18.2011 | Home
Charissa Newkirk

Bach made up all the chords on the piano, and Beethoven made songs that have lasted for hundreds of years. So who's the new revolutionary musician today?

Rapper Atop Pole Stops Traffic In Times Square

AP | Posted 11.15.2011 | Weird News

NEW YORK -- A rapper awaited word Tuesday on whether he would face charges after stopping traffic in Times Square by staging a performance – fro...

Chet Haze, Tom Hanks' Rapper Son "Not Particularly Off The Hook" Live

Posted 08.27.2011 | Chicago

Known best for his Northwestern University-inspired rendition of a Wiz Khalifa song, Chet Haze, a 20-year-old theater major and son of Hollywood A-Lis...

Common at the White House: What's All the Fuss About?

Danny Groner | Posted 07.15.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

Jon Stewart will debate Bill O'Reilly tomorrow night about the Obama administration's decision to invite rapper Common to participate in a poetry reading at the White House last week.

Hip-Hop Music and Culture, From the Beginning

Marlynn Snyder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Marlynn Snyder

To research and report on the history of hip-hop is a huge undertaking. In Dan Charnas' exhaustively researched The Big Payback, he does exactly that.

Does Obama Love Lil Wayne Or What?

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Danny Groner

During a much-discussed Rolling Stone interview, President Obama was asked what's on his iPod. He named artists and bands that reflect an eclectic mix...

2.1 Million Dollar Cars, Black People and Bleak Futures

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Morris W. O'Kelly

Hip hop artist and CEO Birdman has been criticized in recent days for what some see as promulgating the negative stereotypes commonly associated with the Hip Hop genre.