As ever-present as grills may seem today, mouth bling isn't new. Actually, grills have been appearing, disappearing, and reappearing throughout human history in fits and spurts as civilizations have risen and fallen around the world.
In Jones's own words, this new track embodies "the idea of growth and taking power in your own hands. There are people who complain about things. And then there are people who sit back, observe, and change what they don't like."
Nas's vignettes about day-to-day life in the Queensbridge projects are not just paeans to New York City. The songs on his 1994 debut Illmatic give us a sense of the tastes and smells that defined a generation of urban youth.
Even after Burma's 2011 democratic reforms, the government is still pretty much controlled by the military, and speaking out against the state can land you in prison, as local rapper Zayar Thaw found out.
"We have to keep making noise, we have to keep putting shit out on the internet—we have to stay relevant, or we'll go away. We work every fucking day, except the weekends; the weekends we go home and spend with our families."
"Genres of music cannot be owned, so there is no legal mechanism to protect rap artists from cultural appropriation. The best 'protection' is to have a diversity of critical voices opining on the artistic merit of the music."
It's easy to forget that before Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj, there were a host of pioneering female MCs. I spoke with two of those founding females, Lisa Lee and Sha-Rock, to get their thoughts on the role of gender in rap and the impact of "white-washing…
On Monday, a unanimous Supreme Court decided Skinner's "highly prejudicial" rap lyrics should have been inadmissible in court because they "bore a high likelihood of poisoning the jury against the defendant" and ordered a retrial for Skinner. Maybe we had…
MediaTakeOut has become notorious for its coverage of black celebrities, dick-pic leaks, and salacious headlines, but its founder is a former Wall Street lawyer who used to claim to clean Mariah Carey's laundry.