No man should consider women as disposable, irrelevant or only as sexual playthings, even if he can sell a million copies of the track by doing so. I guess all I'm saying is let's drop some feminism into hip-hop.
Tonight, I'm joined by Michael Render, a.k.a. "Killer Mike." The prolific rapper and influential activist is one half of the popular hip-hop duo, Run the Jewels, whose critically acclaimed album, Run the Jewels 2, was hailed by Rolling Stone as the "best rap album of 2014."
Black music is celebrated all June for Black Music Month. However the celebration is back this fall, earlier this month ONE Musicfest announced its 2015 lineup. Grammy-award winning Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Roots, A$AP Rocky, and Janelle Monae are some of the big headliners at the Southeast's largest urban alternative music festival.
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase "party talk"? If you take it literally, you may think it's what you do when you are at a party and talking...that would be too easy. I want to educate the masses, enlighten them to what party talk is and hopefully, eliminate it entirely.
Whenever I'm heading off to Mongolia for research, colleagues and friends react with a mix of bewilderment and concern -- as if I'm flying away to a faraway planet.
I'm not necessarily optimistic. I have a degree of hope that is related to my faith. Now, that doesn't mean that we're not supposed to speak out and fight injustice.
Do you remember where you were in the fall of 2002? How about this, do you remember the movie "Brown Sugar" with Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs? What about that famous line "When did you fall in love with hip hop?"
Last year, the artist also known as Garrett Dutton released a record with the original members of his famed trio G. Love and Special Sauce for the first time in a decade. And this month, he begins a summer tour including both solo and full band shows.
Throughout the past 20 years or so, Juicy J has been able to move swimmingly through the rollercoaster that is the music industry to still be a relevant figure as a solo artist doing the music that he pioneered back in the 1990s.
And all four claim they are acting on behalf of the middle class. Here, in two minutes, is everything you need to know to understand why things have ground to a halt in Springfield.
In a time when rap luminaries Kendrick Lamar and Wiz Khalifa are injecting energy into the American rap scene, other heavy hitters such as Kanye West and Rick Ross are helping to raise the profile of the urban, gritty sound of the indigenous British music genre known as grime.
On the occasion of Tri Angle Records 5th Anniversary as part of Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York, I got the chance to interview the charming Tri Angle Records founder Robin Carolan at my local neighborhood diner.
"The choices you make determine your future," Messiah Harris, 15, calmly attested. Sitting in a white-metal lawn chair, the son of Grammy-award winning Atlanta rapper T.I. reflected on the message of his first film Sons 2 The Grave.
It happened here: the first major appearances of Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding and more. No we're not talking about Woodstock. Before Woodstock. In a quiet seaside town known more for sardines than kissing the sky.
Every time I thought back to that fateful night, I found myself asking the question, "Why didn't I just walk away?"
When you're a kid, the pressure to fit in can feel insurmountable. The situation is made worse when a they witness an episode of peer bullying and feel confused about how to handle it.