We spoke with rising 24-year-old Bay Area rap star Kamaiyah about her ambition, her influences, and the inspiration behind her Rugrats tattoo.
Country rap, also known as hick-hop, has been dismissed as cultural appropriation and musical abomination. One group of rappers is trying to change that.
From Jenny Hval's latest album, Blood Bitch, to alto saxophonist Steve Lehman's avant-garde jazz and hip-hop inspired Sélébéyone, we took a listen to this month's best new albums.
The traveling "user-generated concert experience" offers only the most energetic and well-versed hip-hop fans a chance to rock the mic with their favorite songs.
With the planet's gaze having moved on from the Olympics, Rio's neighborhood rap circles remain a vital venue for protesting police violence.
No, you can't pay me in blow.
Atlanta has become a caricature in our collective consciousness. But Donald Glover's new show breaks down those tired tropes by reflecting the city's ragged humanity.
Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah has busted into the California weed industry with Wu Goo, a 70 percent THC oil made to be smoked out of a vaporizer.
Souped-up cars are so central to 'Ridin Dirty' that Bun and Pimp actually appear in a whip on the cover. In celebration of the record's 20th anniversary, we hopped on the phone with some of Houston's most influential slab artists to talk about the classic…
I decided to ask Republican delegates from all over the country if they needed Yeezus the way Kathy Lee needed Regis.
When Desmond Metcalf, a.k.a. Yung Real, was in prison for burglary, he helped make a video that earned over a million views.
The first trailer for All Eyez on Me features fairly unknown Demetrius Shipp Jr. as a practical carbon copy of the late West Coast rapper.
By being big, bold, beautiful, and black, Muhammad Ali charted a path for hip-hop's pioneers to follow, and taught us how to be men.
The hip-hop superstar has turned his back on the very tool that gave him his namesake.
We caught up with Scottish photographer Ivan Wigan, whose series The Gods celebrates the culture and community around hip-hop in the American South.
Strippers and strip club DJs have an influential taste-making ability in hip-hop. In our new series, Striptique, we test out some new music (and some old tunes) at the club and ask the exotic dancers which ones make them want to move.
Jazz artist Jaimeo Brown breaks down the power of work songs, which have an influence that extends from the plantation to the trap.
The new documentary Bad Rap explores the complicated struggles of the Asian American rap scene.
We spoke to a few hip-hop artists to get their perspectives on depression, suicide, and the music they've dedicated their lives to.
The sound of DC is changing, and hip-hop, long overshadowed by go-go, is becoming more prominent.
Drake became the first musical act since Nickelback to earn the honor.
There's more to lyrics like "dur dur dur dur dur" than you'd think.
The rapper B.o.B. has announced he's convinced the world is flat. But questioning everything you've been told is part of the very fabric of hip-hop itself.
The paucity of successful Asian-American rappers converts into a scarcity of fans. But to one man, a white man from Staten Island, Asian-American rap is the world. His devotion is rare and real enough to make an impact on the artists themselves.