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."
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…
Promotional materials for the Broadway musical Holler if Ya Hear Me declare that it is "inspired by the work of Tupac Shakur." This is not accurate. Holler is not Tupac's work come to life; it is his work stuffed in a museum. It is TUPAC: TH…
Vin Los is a 24-year-old Montreal model who has covered his face and body in tattoos that look like they're written in Sharpie. We talked to him about whether or not he realizes those face tattoos are forever.
In Harlem, surrounded by the sweet summery May breeze and overlooking an ice cream truck down the block, it was the perfect time and place to talk about smoking lots and lots of weed with the self-proclaimed kush god, Smoke DZA.
I don't know why it's still so surprising for people to learn that deaf kids are into music too. I recently attended a spring formal at Gallaudet University and saw Prinz-D, an Alabama rapper who's profoundly deaf in both ears. His "disability" hasn't sto…
This weekend, Kim Kardashian will marry Kanye West at the most important wedding ceremony since Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn's nuptials in 1533. Who received coveted invitations to the event? We examine the odds.