Posts tagged "hip hop"

8 Rad Pieces From My Brand Soul Mate, Fly Art For Rad

Fly Art is the Tumblr brainchild of two women, Gisella and Toni, who have the art history background and pop cultural investment to be able to humorously pair classic artworks with classic hip-hop lyrics to tremendous humorous effect. Internet boutique Rad has teamed up with Fly Art to create Fly Art for Rad, a line…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 12, 2014

An Open Letter To Iggy Azalea Regarding Her Appropriation Of Black Culture While Ignoring The Issues Faced By The Black Community

Dear Iggy Azalea,

I was a Black child of the ’90s who grew up on hip-hop and R&B. Some of my favorite adolescent memories were set to the soundtrack of the likes of Toni Braxton, Tupac, Sade, Lauryn Hill and Nas. I may have only been seven-years-old when DJ Kool announced, “Let Me…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / December 4, 2014

Rapper/Model Yes Liv Can Releases Song About Not Hooking Up With Jay Z

Where to start with this one? Remember about a year ago, there were rumors that Jay Z had been flirting with a rapper/model who calls herself LIV (she also goes by Yes Liv Can)? Well, yesterday, Yes Liv Can released a low budget, hella cheesy music video called “Sorry Mrs. Carter.” The song i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 5, 2014

Life Dream Status: Watch My Interview With “This Is Hot 97″‘s Old Man Ebro & Laura Stylez

There are two things that get me out of bed in the morning: a cup of coffee and Hot 97, New York City’s biggest and best hip hop station. For the last, oh, four years, the “Hot 97 Morning Show” has not only been rousing my tired ass out of bed, but making me sing/ra…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 14, 2014

Watch Jimmy Fallon And Will Smith’s Evolution Of Hip Hop Dancing!

Jimmy Fallon made his “Tonight Show” debut last night in spectacular fashion. With the help of Will Smith, Jimmy lead us through the evolution of hip hop dancing and reminded us how to dougie, twerk and do the robot. (Not to be confused with the evolution of Mom Dancing, which Jimmy did when Michelle Obama…

By: Claire Hannum / February 18, 2014

Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Hip Hop” Version Of “Achy Breaky Heart” Is Literally The Most Terrible Noise To Be Recorded In History

Everything about “Achy Breaky 2″ — the “hip hop” version of “Achy Breaky Heart” by the rapper Buck 22 and Billy Ray Cyrus — is an embarrassment to vibrations we call “sound.” I don’t think anyone would call this monstrosity “hip hop.” Or country music. Or a song, really. From the sexy alien ladies twerking,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 12, 2014

This Busta Rhymes/Azealia Banks Remix Of Beyonce’s “Partition” Is Grimy Good

I’m not saying Beyonce’s original needed to be fucked with, but this remix, featuring Busta and Azealia’s even more explicit rhymes on top of “Partition”‘s sparse beat, is a fine addition to your mega Yonce playlist. Hot. [Fader]…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 10, 2014

Dolly Parton Raps Awkwardly On “The Queen Latifah Show”

Dolly Parton is a goddess who can do no wrong. But, um, this clip of her rapping on “The Queen Latifah Show” wearing a blonde Afro wig is cringe-inducingly awkward. Just stick to country — OK, Dolly? I hope voicing this opinion won’t halt invitations to special Dolly/Latifah girly brunches. [Entertainment Weekly]
“Master…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 18, 2013

Nicole Richie Enters The Rap Game, World Sighs

Nicole Richie loves rap, but she wants rappers to rap about things she cares about. For her new occasional AOL video series “Candidly Nicole,” Richie visited rapper/producer Ebone Hoodrich, who is tasked with helping her create a rap so she can “get her street cred back” (which is a thing she never had, and i…

By: Julie Gerstein / September 5, 2013

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Ebony Oshunrinde, 16-Year-Old Hip-Hop Producer

Here are some typical 16-year-old activities: Riding in cars with boys. Sneaking sips from your parents’ liquor cabinet behind the garage. Cutting class. Buying prom dresses. Dutifully making SAT vocab flash cards in your room with the door closed. Standard stuff, really. Here’s something not so typical for a 16-year-old: producing a song on Jay-Z’…

By: Megan Reynolds / July 9, 2013

Talib Kweli Talks About White Male Privilege In Hip Hop

Even Talib Kweli is, like, damn, that’s a cold-ass honky

Appearing this week on Vlad TV (aka “the TMZ of hip hop”), the Brooklyn-born rapper was asked about white privilege in hip hop. Specifically, how being Caucasian can help some artists, like Mac Miller, make it to #1 on the charts. Kweli…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 6, 2013

Watch ’90s Will Smith, Ice-T & Queen Latifah Rap About Earth Day

Guys, the ’90s! The best! Here’s a clip from a 1990 Earth Day special, featuring, oh, basically everyone who was famous in the ’90s. While the entire special is about an hour long and features everyone from Neil Patrick Harris (NPH 4 LYFE) to Danny Devito, the Cosbys and the stars of “Thirtysomething,” we thought…

By: Julie Gerstein / April 22, 2013

T-Pain Thinks Everybody Needs To Chill With The Homophobia

— Despite what Snoop Dogg might say, rapper T-Pain thinks people need to get over their homophobia. Hopefully the “Buy You A Drink” rapper is right: maybe attitudes about homosexuality are changing in the hip hop world. [Advocate]…

By: Julie Gerstein / April 22, 2013

Drake Releases New Track, “Girls Love Beyonce,” Desperately Wants A Girlfriend

It’s hard times for Wheelchair Jimmy, you guys. The rapper Drake — also famous for his role on the Canadian teen show “Degrassi” — may be at the top of the rap game, but he’s having a hard time with the ladies. In his newly released track, “Girls Love Beyonce,” Drake, with help from singer-songwriter…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 16, 2013

Rick Ross Issues Sincere Apology For Drugging, Raping Lyrics

Rapper Rick Ross has issued a more thorough and this time sincere apology for his lyrics about drugging a woman and raping her. Hmm, perhaps it had something to do with Reebok dropping him as a sponsor? “[F]or me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 12, 2013

Reebok Drops Rick Ross Over Drugging & Raping Lyrics

Reebok finally dropped Rick Ross after he rapped about drugging and date raping a woman. Ross didn’t really apologize, prompting feminist activists to pressure Reebok to drop the rapper. In a statement, Reebok said, “While we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 12, 2013

Jay-Z Drops New Track, “Open Letter,” Addressing Critics Of Cuba Trip

Last night, Jay-Z went into the studio with Timbaland and Swizz Beatz and recorded a new song that he released a few hours later. “Open Letter” has a relatively simple, but completely hot beat and features Hov rapping about his ownership of the Brooklyn Nets and he and Beyonce’s recent controversial trip to Cuba.
“Boy…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 11, 2013

Harvard Students Protest Tyga’s Concert Over Sexist Lyrics

Rapper Tyga is booked for the Yardfest concert this month on Harvard’s campus — but not if over 1,000 students, who have signed a petition requesting him not to perform for the school on the basis of his sexist and violent lyrics, get their way. In particular, the song “Rack City” is problematic for…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 3, 2013

Rick Ross Raps About Drugging Woman So He Can Rape Her

“Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it,” are some charming new Rick Ross lyrics from a song by Rocko called “You Don’t Even Know It.” ‘Molly’ is a slang term for the drug MDMA. See, what the girl…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 26, 2013

Hump Day Hottie: Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar was a Hump Day Hottie contender before I’d even seen his face. See, I’ve been crushing on his voice for months and months, ever since his songs “Swimming Pools (Drank),” “Poetic Justice” (featuring Drake), and “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” started getting regular airplay on my beloved Hot 97 morning show. Kendrick — who ha…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 6, 2013
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