It’s never easy standing up for anything. Just look at the debacle Talib Kweli has tangled himself in just for recording a song with Gucci Mane. It seems that rappers get labeled as “conscious” depending on what they are against more so than what they are for. In our conversation with Phonte of Little Brother […]

In honor of 2Pac, who would have been 39 today, we pulled some of our favorite quotes. “I’m not saying I’m going to change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” “I’m tired of being a nice guy, i’ve been poor all my life, but don’t […]

Is the new Toyota video in which a middle-class white family raps about their “Swagger Wagon” racist or an homage to the popularity of hip-hop? You decide.

VIA CHARLOTTE OBSERVER Bill Cosby conceived and co-wrote a rap album. The CD, called “Bill Cosby Presents the Cosnarati: State of Emergency” and released in September, is the latest socially conscious salvo from the comedian, who for more than five years has been increasingly vocal about problems in the black community. Cosby brings his classic […]

VIA CLUTCH MAGAZINE The vacancy of female rap artists have made such an astounding impact on the hip-hop generation that the emergence of someone like Nicki Minaj presents a peculiar mix of unpreparedness and prediction. Minaj isn’t merely a Lil’ Kim clone, she is the 21st century inheritance of post-modern branding, technological advancement and hip-hop […]