hip hop

Beyond Expectations: Lil Nas X Forges a Freer, More Fluid Hip Hop

Lil Nas X is as interested in complicating genre as he is in complicating expectations of men in the music industry.

“Cuz I Love You” Invites Women to a Self-Love that Runs Deeper than Hashtags

Cuz I Love You’s self-love anthems aren’t cheesy, forced, or performative, thanks to Lizzo’s evolution as an artist. Read more »

Hell Hath No Fury: The Importance of Black Women’s Rage in Music

Black women’s screams are often purposefully ignored, but channeling that anger in music forces people to pay attention. Read more »

Rapped Up: Why Can’t the Mainstream Media Address Female MCs One at a Time?

As soon as the spotlight expands to allow another woman in, critics trip over themselves, cranking out long articles stuffed with several different female artists. Read more »

BitchTapes: Tunes For The Perfect Summer Pool Party

Summer’s in full swing, and so too are pool parties. Read more »

Rewarding Violence: Hip Hop Turns Abusers Into Martyrs

Black women are often asked to explain away the sins of Black men. Read more »

BitchTapes: 17 Artists You Should Listen to this Summer

Celebrating musicians who are making excellent art on their own terms. Read more »

Raw, Real, and Uncut: Cupcakke is Rap’s Sex-Positive Superstar

It’s possible to be Christian, sexually freaky, emotionally intelligent, moody, and political at the same time. Read more »

Cardi B. is Free: The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Rocks the Mic

To cluck about the timing of a pregnancy in a woman’s career is surely to project one’s own antipathy about the visibility of motherhood for working women. Read more »

The Impermissible Arrogance of Nicki Minaj

To be colored and a woman is to be perpetually ruled. Read more »

BitchTapes: The Forgotten Women of Hip Hop

The mix features female hip-hop artists “from big names to virtual unknowns from the Golden Era to the mid-’90s.” Read more »

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