When pop stars co-opt black culture only to turn their backs on it.
It's long past time to stop caring about the irrelevant institution.
A diversion from the divisiveness, with three great new mixtapes.
Hip-hop isn't responsible for society's ills, and definitely not responsible for Donald Trump.
This month I’m keeping this intro short. The past few weeks has seen a lot of turmoil, both in the U.S. and abroad. While I feel ill equipped to address these recent events, I would still like to advocate that Black Lives Matter. As someone who listens to a lot of music made by Black […]
I tend to be pretty selective about my rap reading material. I try to concentrate on publications that are well versed in hip-hop and are interested in a wide swath of the scenes that populate the genre. I like my hip-hop coverage like I like my presidents: more knowledgeable than me. Every once in awhile […]
A few days before I sat down to write this month’s column, my partner and I were in New York on a work trip. While we were there we had noticed the ubiquity of certain songs or artists: Beyonce’s Lemonade and Drake’s VIEWS ruled car stereos and radios the whole time we were there. (Save […]
I wouldn’t shock anyone if I said that rap is a largely male-dominated genre. Not that it’s alone on that front: Go to any noise, drone, rock or metal show, on and on—the crowd at these shows lean heavily on XY chromosomes. Rap and hip-hop have long been much maligned for being misogynistic; lyrics that […]
The beats and rhymes of 2015.