hip hop

A Brief List of Emcees To Know and Love

Angel Haze onstage in Norway — photo by Jørund Føreland Pedersen It’s popular to hate on women in hip hop. Nicki... Read more »

Hip-Hop Duo THEESatisfaction Talk Beats, Queerness, and Cosmos

Stasia “Stas” Irons and singer Catherine “Cat” Harris-White make up the futuristic and Afrocentric band THEESatisfaction. Read more »

Go Listen To The Brilliance That Is THEEsatisfaction

A few years ago I was walking down a street in Austin, Texas with a friend during SXSW. We passed a huge outdoor concert that Fuse or VH1 or one of those large corporate entertainment companies was putting on.  Read more »

Chilean Rapper Ana Tijoux's New Album Hits on Identity and Politics with Expert Flow

“Vengo, en busca de respuestas con el manojo lleno y las venas abiertas/ Vengo, como un libro abierto, ansiosa de aprender la historia no contada de nuestros ancestros.” (“I come for answers, with a bundle of full and open veins/ I come as an open book eager to learn the untold story of... Read more »

All-Women Hip-Hop Crews Shake Up the Twin Cities

Before their set on the second night of a residency at Minneapolis music venue Icehouse rap trio GRRRL PRTY invited nearly a dozen female friends, each in matching GRRRL snapbacks, to dance and take over the stage. This was after a... Read more »

TLC's "No Scrubs" Helped Make Me a Feminist

Many feminists recall a number of moments that served as their political awakening. Those formative experiences stick out in our memory as times when we said, in more or less words, “I’m over it.“ For me, one of those light bulb moments struck while hearing TLC’s “No Scrubs” on a... Read more »

Beat Makers with Boobs: Hip Hop, Race, and Feminism

You may not have heard of hip hop producer Ebony Oshunrinde. Stop! Don’t rush to Wikipedia because you feel out of touch.  We often don’t know the government names of many artists to whom we regularly listen and there’s nothing wrong with that. What’s surprising to me... Read more »

My Emcee Battle Against the Disney Princesses

Before I became a mom at the age of 41, I was many things, including a hip-hop artist.  Mostly, I did hip-hop theater, a solo show about fighting sexism in music.  But I also rocked many a mic in the club.  Little did I know that these skills would come in handy in my new battle... Read more »

The Senator Who Led the Charge Against VAWA Says He's the "Only Member of the Hip Hop Caucus"

While I was watching regrettable late-night TV recently, an interview caught my attention: Ultra-conservative Florida Senator Marco Rubio discussing his admiration of the music of Tupac Shakur and NWA. This isn’t breaking news; Rubio has been openly discussing his love of hip-hop since a... Read more »

Best and Worst Moments from the 2013 Oscars: Seth MacFarlane, Domestic Violence is an Awful Punchline!

  Last night was the Academy Awards, which means my Facebook feed was awash in comments from high school acquaintances along the lines of, “WTF was up with Kristen Stewart!?!? She was totally frowning ... Read more »