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.
For a company that has only been in existence about two years Beats, Rhymes and Relief is making a huge mark on this world.
Revealed was a layer of understanding for why Nas is loved and respected so much. The creativity, awareness and intelligence that flowed out of him, at such a young age, while growing up in his environment with limited resources, is definitely nothing short of genius.
There on the side street juxtaposed to Chivers, Mays and Dansby Halls, a crowd of more than two hundred wide-eyed, screaming students gathered with cell phones in hand stand ready to digitally record some unforgettable moment.
In an era ripe with trust deficit coupled with glorification of the self(ie), successful professionals must become better experts at deciphering trends in digital behavior, leveraging lifestyle, and linking into public sentiment in a more consistent and organic manner.
Although rarely acknowledged, ODB's tragic life offers lessons into the complexity of black existence and the United States' turbulent history of hardwired social inequality.
I think Eminem should probably stop with the misogynist lyrics. I support his right to free speech and creative expression. Rather, it just might be a good career movie to pivot in a slightly different direction.
My toes began to tap uncontrollably, trying to keep up with my swiveling hips. A long time fan of Mr. Oizo, a derivation of the French word oiseau meaning "bird," I was saturated with excitement. His dark lyrics and grimy house beats made me feel invincible.
Quick Rihanna, check to see if someone stole your diary. This ode to young black chanteuses fighting personal demons feels like the story of her life.
The talented, charismatic, popular Iraqi-Canadian rapper named The Narcicyst first appeared on my cultural radar in 2009 when I watched City of Life. In his latest short film, a senses-overload experience titled Rise, Alsalman explores his roots and his ability to step away to comment on them.
Over the last few months, corporations have found a new way to gain attention on Twitter: tweeting rap lyrics and other allusions to hip-hop culture. The culprit that has most popularly surfaced across Twitter timelines is IHOP, which tweets edited versions of lyrics from songs by artists such as Drake, Trinidad James, and Bobby Shmurda.
Anyone who's a fan of hip-hop automatically knows that when someone mentions the King of the South, it is T.I. It's hard to imagine, but T.I signed his first major record deal back in 1999 with Arista records.