hip hop

New Music Monday: Tkay Maidza

Australian rapper Tkay Maidza’s music hearkens to MIA and Icona Pop, has features from Killer Mike, and claims Nicki Minaj and Santigold as influences. The result is a high-energy hodgepodge, and it’s pop hip-hop gold.  Read more »

New Music Monday: Chhoti Maa

She’s a powerful hip-hop artist with bruja swag.  Read more »

New Music Monday: Trishes

Producer and singer Trishes incorporates her West Indian roots into what she calls “indie pop with a hip-hop influence.” Read more »

Turning the Tables: An Interview with author and scholar Tricia Rose

The Hip Hop Wars author Tricia Rose discusses corporate music, hypermasculinity, and scratching out misogyny in music.   Read more »

Remembering Afeni Shakur, Racial Justice Activist and Mother

While Shakur may be most popularly known as Tupac’s mother, she was an activist in her own right.  Read more »

Enter the Trippy World of Queer Indigenous Rapper Dio

Her song “Pussy Vortex” pairs unapologetic, witty lyrics with a catchy sound.  Read more »

Musician Imani Coppola Talks Frankly About Race, Gender, and Experimental Music

The eclectic artist describes herself as “part witch” and her musical inspiration as the Spice Girls.  Read more »

Meet the First Ladies of Canadian Indigenous Hip-Hop

Vancouver's First Ladies Crew raps about indigenous identity and history.  Read more »

Dr. Dre's Assault on Dee Barnes Was Originally In "Straight Outta Compton"—But Got Cut

Now, the film avoids any discussion of how Dr. Dre attacked and beat up Dee Barnes in a club—then worked to blacklist her from the industry.  Read more »

Straight Outta Compton: On Culture, Rage, and Contradiction

The new film illustrates the vibrancy and pain mid-80s hip hop, and for the most part, doesn't leave out the contradictions. Read more »

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