After listening to Ready to Die from beginning to end, I realized how much of a fool I was to have been blind to this album for so many years. To simply call it a classic and leave it at that would be an understatement.
"Ready to Die" is a multifaceted masterpiece, but its driving force is Biggie's supplication for America to recognize a young black man wrought with the fear and rage of existing in a life rooted in continuing stagnation.
Somber. Soaring. Stern. Eerily silent. Chi Modu's breathtaking portrait of the late hip-hop legend Notorious B.I.G. resonates as powerfully as ever on this Sept. 11 anniversary. Chi, the former staff photographer, tells the story behind this photo:
Her debut Thesis serves as more than an album to King Avriel -- it's an intensely personal journey that she guides listeners through.
When it comes to tech companies that have been funded by venture capital, the most recent study shows that 87 percent of the founders of tech companies that have been funded by venture capital are white; 1 percent African American; and less than 1 percent Latino.
City is an artist with a formidable resume in tow as a Brooklyn heavyweight, but, as you'll see, with no bland nostalgia for hip hop and a sharp geopolitical take on life.
It is clear that Mr. Carter takes his drinking seriously.
Han Han doesn't enjoy performing her new album. "These songs are physically and mentally exhausting," she says. The emotional intensity on her self-titled debut album is palpable even to those of us who don't understand all the lyrics.
LL Cool J has been defined as a rapper, an actor, and let's face it, an international sex symbol. Besides the occasional lip-licking and topless video...
I remember it (not like yesterday, it was a long time ago) clearly. After falling completely in love with Flash tapes and the like, I was convinced to...
One man in music who would not need an introduction is Jermaine Dupri. Whether you directly know him or not, he's played a pivotal role in various genres of music over the years.
In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...
I watched the Minaj twerk fest once, and tears welled up. Not for joy. But because I remembered my mother and a whole host of proud black sistahs who fought sooooo hard to be something other than their asses.
We have seen the decline of the record industry splinter off and find a begrudging acceptance of the same technology, which caused its monolithic empire to crumble. This has empowered the listener and given us unimaginable economic choices within the previous music industry paradigm.
In the 30 years, hip hop music has gone from a small genre of music that got no radio play to a cultural phenomenon that you can find traces of on every part of our planet.
Iggy Azalea is the new Miley Cyrus. In the same way that Miley served as a point of entry to many conversations about whiteness and cultural appropriation last year, Iggy is the latest example of how white artists snatch up elements of black culture, whitewash them, and then sell them to the mainstream as their own.