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WATCH: Iconic MTV Show Makes Its Return | 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.

Snoop Dogg Tried To Rent Liechtenstein For Video Shoot

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Music videos have transported MTV audiences to far-off locales for years. Madonna memorably danced on a Venetian gondola in 1984, while Michael Jackso...

Working With Margaret Cho (Video)

Ben Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ben Lee

At the eleventh hour of the recording process, the comedian Margaret Cho texted me saying she had an idea for one final song on the album: it would be about Lil Wayne.

Seattle to the Bone

Peter Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Peter Schwartz

In Seattle, spirit is equal measure swagger and love, and from it blooms the city's music, which embodies the creative contradictions of rebellion and empathy.

College Students take on Negative Rap Lyrics

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ryan Mack

AAB understands if it truly takes a village to raise a child, we must demonstrate accountability for all of those issues that have a negative effect in the village.

Up Close and Personal With Ardi, World's Oldest Human Ancestor

eSarcasm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

eSarcasm managed to score an exclusive interview with Ardi. Here she talks about what it's like to be the world's first hip hop diva, and reveals the real reasons why men walk upright.

Don Blanquito: Get Down, Dirty, and Feel the Beat (VIDEO: Explicit)

Tom Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tom Gregory

Put down your guns rappers, mover over Justin, there's a new man around with a Brazilian urban sound, he's a man possessed and poised to be heard.

iTunes Dominates Music Sales; Apple Sells One Out Of Every Four Songs Sold In U.S.

MacWorld | Peter Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The iTunes Store can claim 25 percent of all music sold in the U.S., according to the NPD Group, up from 21 percent in 2008 and 14 percent in 2007. Wa...

Eminem, Misogyny, and the Sounds of Silence

Jackson Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jackson Katz

The evidence of our culture's unwillingness to address the reality and ubiquity of men's violence against women is not merely contained in the lyrics on Eminem's new album.

Heineken Is Just Our Friend (VIDEO)

Mark Blankenship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark Blankenship

Have you seen this new Heineken commercial, "Let a Stranger Drive You Home?" Last week, it shot Biz Markie's 1990 hit "Just a Friend" onto the iTunes bestsellers list.

A Letter to the President, From Hip-Hop

Matthew Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Cooper

You once said, "Hip-Hop is not just a mirror of what is, it should also be a reflection of what can be." I can work with my people to clean up our act, but you have to understand that poverty still exists in America.

Genre Bending: How Hip Hop Became Kind of hip Pop

Daniel Werman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Daniel Werman

While sampling's presence may have made hip hop into the form that many of us miss dearly, its absence could actually start to foster a broad sound that we may soon grow to know and love.

Obama Changes The Rap Game

Daniel Riggs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Daniel Riggs

Hip-hop music has always acted as a sort of watchdog for political movement. Lyrics range from anti-American to revolutionary to ideas that encourage listeners to simply stay aware.

Notorious: The Biggie Biopic is Great But it Still Doesn't Answer, "Who Shot Ya?"

Raymond Leon Roker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Raymond Leon Roker

Notorious is the first biopic of a hip-hop personality. Think about that as both an awesome milestone, as well as a sad testament for hip-hop.

A Modern Classic: Jawz of Life's First Breath, A Christian Rapper Who's a Proud Father

Alex Remington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alex Remington

The album isn't overly pious, but Jawz's faith is apparent in the absence of the macho bull and gangsta pretension of other mainstream rap.