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 »

An Indian Rapper Turned Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" Into An Environmental Protest Anthem

  Nicki Minaj’s hit song “Anaconda” has been remixed as a catchy protest song demanding environmental justice for a city in Tamil Nadu, India.  Read more »

An Ode to Lady, My Favorite Brazenly Sexual Rapper

In her 2011 music video for “Yankin,” the rapper Lady does whatever she pleases. On September 29, the U.S. metal band Mastodon unleashed their video for “The Motherload,” a gratuitously twerk-tastic romp featuring... 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 »

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 »

Tales From The Crip: Wheelchair Sports Camp Comes Legit

Spin Magazine recently ran a comprehensive and funny piece called “The 50 Biggest White Girl Rap Moments Of All Time.” Being a white woman who vehemently loves rap music, best believe... Read more »

On Our Radar

Highlights from this week on the web. The Root recognizes 15 years of the WNBA. Here’s to tall women! Despite the endurance and growth of women’s professional sports, Feministing reports on... Read more »

B-Sides: Jay-Z's Lyrics, "Decoded"

Jay-Z is arguably the most successful hip-hop artist in the world. He owns a sports team, created a... Read more »