Hip Hop

Watch Angel Haze's 'Echelon (It's My Way)' And Hop on the Bandwagon

She’s arguably one of the best new rappers out these days.

Watch Rebel Diaz's New Immigration Anthem

The Bronx trio is owning their ‘Alien’ roots.

Rap Legend DMC: 'Lil' Wayne, Jay Z Ain't Hot,' Fans 'Brainwashed'

The war of words continues.

Pete Rock and CL Smooth Reunite for Rock Steady's Anniversary

It’s summertime in the city and good music is in rotation.

Harvard University Establishes a Nas Fellowship

Yes, you read that correctly.

Watch Yassin Bey's (aka Mos Def) New Video on Stop-and-Frisk

The outspoken rapper takes his hometown police department to task for its controversial policies in the city’s communities of color.

It's Bigger Than Rick Ross: How to Organize Against Sexism in Hip-Hop

Dani McClain writes that when it comes to organizing against misogyny, we need to organize against those who benefit from it financially.

Hip-Hop Artists Are Becoming Colleges' Most Sought After Lecturers

From Afrika Bambaataa to 9th Wonder, some of hip-hop’s biggest names are taking their art into the classroom.

Hip-Hop Legend Afrika Bambaataa Begins Lecturing at Cornell

Bambaataa joins a list of other Hip-hop pioneers who have recently become visiting scholars at Ivy League institutions.

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.

"Baracka Flocka Flames" Creator Reacts to Jeers--and Laughs

The comedian behind one of this election season’s most talked about parodies insists Obama isn’t so holy we can’t laugh at him.