hip hop

Macklemore Becomes a Casualty of Snoop Dogg's Grammy Diss

He’s taking shots on Instagram.

Here is the Okinawan Rapper Who Was Inspired by 2pac

Awich is a 27-year-old rapper with a story to tell.

Mystic's 13-Year Journey Toward 'Beautiful Resistance'

The Oakland-based rapper explains what drove her away from the music industry, and what ultimately brought her back.

Los Rakas Pays Tribute to Families Torn Apart by Deportation

The video is the second part of a cinematic series that focuses on the push-and-pull factors of immigration.

Azealia Banks Quotes 'The Color Purple' After Being Dropped From Label

Let’s hope that she’ll finally be able to let her music do the talking.

Poet Saul Williams to Star in Broadway Musical Inspired by 2pac

“Holler If You Hear Me” opens this summer.

Jay Electronica Taps Nation of Islam, Wizard of Oz in New Song

No full-length album yet.

Openly Gay Rapper Le1f Makes Network TV Debut on Letterman

He was fabulously gay in a way that network television probably hasn’t seen before.

NBC's Brian Williams Raps 'Rapper's Delight' and It's Awesome


You Can Stream Del The Funky Homosapien's New Album For Free

Hip-hop heads, rejoice!

Why We Need More Songs Like Lupe Fiasco's 'B@#ch Bad'

Lupe Fiasco’s sonic and visual exploration of the bad b@#ch phenomenon has sparked lots of critique. I’m too busy celebrating it to split ideological hairs.

Wyclef Jean to Headline Vets' Fundraiser at Republican Convention

Wyclef Jean will not be gone till November because he’ll be performing at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida on August 29th.

Rapper Murs Kisses Another Man to Call Out Homophobia in Hip Hop

California rapper Murs wearing a “Legalize Gay” shirt and kisses another man in new video.

How Will Frank Ocean Change Our Conversation About Coming Out? [Reader Forum]

Last week, R&B star Frank Ocean went public about his sexuality, marking a watershed moment in popular culture. The Colorlines community brings its support and discusses the risk of political exploitation.

How Can We Help Kids Define What Is and Isn't Healthy Sexuality?

In an age of free porn, rape-promoting video games and stupid advice videos from grown men, childhood sexual exploration is trickier than ever. There are no easy answers. Herewith, a few starting points.

Happy J-Dilla Day!

James Dewitt Yancey, known in rap circles as Jay Dee or J Dilla, passed away at the age of 32 six years ago.

Get Ready for Big Freedia To Shake the U.S. with New Orleans Bounce [Video]

On Wednesday night Big Freedia brought bounce to national television with a performance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live late-night talk show. Freedia performed two recent songs, “Excuse” (above) and “Na Who Mad” (below). You can watch the full episode on JimmyKimmelLive.com.

At a performance in Los Angeles Thursday night, Big Freedia said her phone has not stopped ringing since her television debut.

Rapper Bambu Tackles Domestic Violence--as a Man's Problem

The Filipino artist narrates in first person about being the abuser.

On Brooke-Lynn Pinklady and the Importance of Self-Definition

Brooke-Lynn Pinklady–the young man (yes, man) arrested with DJ Mister Cee–speaks out. Watch and listen.

50 Cent's New Pocketbook Values: Anti-Gay Won't Pay, Even for Hip Hop

Iconic DJ Mister Cee’s arrest for allegedly having commercial sex with a transgender woman is stirring an unexpected conversation in the hip-hop industry.