During a time when so much of hip-hop is saturated with blatant sexual references, we have Joey whose album dropped on what is hard to believe is only his 20th birthday. The album permeates with an introspection and lyricism found in someone much older than Joey's 20 years.
There are 6,000 languages in the world, and half are endangered. Those 3,000 will be gone by the end of this century if we don't do something. What are we going to do? That is the situation outlined in a new PBS documentary.
Detroit hip-hop artist has garnered underground buzz in recent years as a member of the group Ugly Heroes with Apollo Brown and Verbal Kent, along with other collaborative projects, but now he's ready to take his own leap as a solo artist.
The undisputed king of underground hip-hop is a man by the name of Marcus Hopson, better known as Hopsin. As an independent artist with his label My Funk Volume, Hopsin has been selling out world tours for years, signed successful artists, and amassed a huge following.
Currently residing in Los Angeles, Jackie is a part of the EDM Renaissance that is emerging from the West Coast. She draws from an infinite well of inspiration by surrounding herself with otherworldly muses.
The art of hip hop has always been a powerful way to convey the duality of human existence. From gangster rap to rhythmic flow-etry and everything in between, hip hop is meant to carry a strong message, whatever that message may be. Emerging from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, comes a fresh breath of hip hop in R&B soulster, Klassik.
Long gone are the days where women were merely background accessories to rap videos. "Women can handle rap too, we're standing up for women's power."
Recently, Black Milk released If There's A Hell Below, his latest project that might be his last album as a rapper for a while as he looks to shift to the production side of things. I chatted with Black Milk on the phone recently about the new album and about the balance he's trying to find between being a rapper and a producer.
Hisham Aidi's book, Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture, newly released on paperback, is an exploration of the diverse ways that Muslim youth around the world search for what he terms a "non-racist utopia".
There should be no mistake, it's more embarrassing for an adult to not know Kanye at this point in time than it is for a teen to not know McCartney. White dominance of cultural norms is the only reason click-bait articles decrying the masses of 50-somethings who don't know who Kanye West is aren't being published.
It's like eating at a place where you think the menu is pretty understandable, but every dish hits you with some crazy ingredient that actually turns out to be a relative of arugula or a specific varietal of bourbon infusion.
ASTR, a duo that lives, works and makes music in New York City, may be one of those bands, mixing genres to create a fun new sound for anyone who appreciates a sick beat and a good dance tune.
How can we expect public figures such as Iggy Azalea to take a stance on black issues when their only connection to black communities is in profiting from appropriating their music? Azealia Banks' "Igloo Australia" tweet revealed the hollowness of music-industry creations like Azalea. Yet it also raises the greater question of who we are without the histories that make us.
Whether you want to be a singer, inventor, mathematician or a carpenter, you have to be "able to recognize opportunity and maximize it."
Success is something the rapper from Washington, D.C., is quickly becoming accustomed to, following a series of wildly popular mixtapes and collaborations with Chief Keef, A$AP Rocky and Gucci Mane.
Andre Allen (Rock) is a hip New York-based stand-up comedian who has stretched his talents thin. He's in a plethora of movies; none are particularly good, though they have brought him fame and fortune.