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Rap Research Lab Launches New Website to Visualize, Research Hip-Hop's Lyrical Data

The Bronx-based Rap Research Lab launched a new website today (June 1) that provides a visual analysis of hip-hop lyrics. The project, called Actual …

'straight outta compton' podcast dives deep into hip-hop culture

The first episode is an interview with early N.W.A. mentor Alonzo "Lonzo" Williams.<p>Last year's N.W.A. flick <i>Straight Outta Compton</i> has been back in the headlines lately, mostly due to being snubbed by this year's whitewashed Oscar nominations. Now hip-hop fans have been given some significantly more …

Hip Hop’s Presence In The 2016 Democratic Primaries Is More Than Politics As Usual

The 2008 United States presidential elections not only served as the moment the country represented by fifty stars and thirteen stripes voted for its …

Kendrick Lamar and the Grammys’ hip-hop problem — twice as good still isn’t enough

Ken Ehrlich, producer of the Grammy Awards, has been putting on the show since 1980, and he’s seen the face of the show change dramatically. In an interview in <i>Variety</i> this week, he’s quick to acknowledge the influence of black music, but insinuated the Grammys don’t have the same issues with …

Outkast – 10 of the best

From an impromptu audition over an Atlanta car stereo to production that coalesced from an aural mist, the questing duo redefined music as we knew it<p>Though they would reach the mainstream of global pop culture as fully formed psychedelic futurists, OutKast’s recorded life began with a sense of them …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Germany’s young Muslims are turning to hip-hop to express their feelings

In the mid 1990s, after bouncing in and out of prison, Killa Hakan joined the German rap group Islamic Force, a pioneer of Turkish immigrant hip-hop in Germany. The group only made one album before one of its founding members died and it disbanded, but it succeeded in <b></b>channeling the frustration that …

How 'Jock Jams' inspired 'Cold Chilling,' a reimagining of classic West Coast gangsta rap

Twenty years ago, before compilation albums such as "Now That's What I Call Music!" and "Kidz Bop" topped the charts, a series of sports-themed compilations called "Jock Jams" became the unlikeliest of hits.<p>The premise of the compilations paired "the hottest crowd-pumping grooves of all time" with …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Iggy Azalea and Talib Kweli Argue Over Her Response to Macklemore's

It's been a busy day on social media for Iggy Azalea. The Aussie MC and former <i>XXL</i> Freshman has been making headlines today (Jan. 22) after responding …

Iggy Azalea Responds to Mackelmore's 'White Privilege' Criticism

Macklemore‘s tackling white privilege, and he’s got a lot of targets in his crosshairs.<p>The rapper released his newest song with Ryan Lewis, “White …

Macklemore raps about White Privilege – while reaping its rewards

Macklemore, who in a memorable, achingly awkward display of white privilege publicly patronised Kendrick Lamar after his 2014 Grammy win for Best Album, has released a new song. It’s called White Privilege II. In the nine-minute number, Macklemore raps: “Want people to like you, want to be …

WATCH: Kamasi Washington Talks 'To Pimp A Butterfly' and the Juncture of Jazz And Hip-Hop

Kamasi Washington’s three-disc saga “The Epic” was one of 2015’s most acclaimed releases. In fact, several people cited it in our year-end culture …

The Most Important Mixtapes Of 2015

One of the biggest discussions taking place in contemporary Hip Hop is the blurred line between an album and a mixtape. Is one or the other …

How the Illuminati Stole the Mind, Soul, and Body of Hip-Hop

The true story of how an 18th-century secret society came to dominate today’s music industry (allegedly).<p>Have you noticed how a lot of musicians have …