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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jul 18, 2019 at 21:33.

Watch Offset and Cardi B Do Anything—Like Translate Their Lyrics—for 'Clout'

Watch Offset and Cardi B Do Anything—Like Translate Their Lyrics—for 'Clout'

Contrary to popular belief, I’m actually pretty damn old.

Sure, the gift of melanin means my black has yet to crack, but I’ve been in bed by like 8 p.m. every day this week, my sciatic nerve is well past its prime, and I have no idea what the hell “no cap” even means.

So I’d like to take the time to thank Kiari Cephus and Belcalis Almanzar, better known to you young whippersnappers as hip-hop...

Jay Connor Jay Connor Jul 17, 2019 at 21:00. 1 comments

Chance the Rapper Reveals Title, Release Date of Debut ‘Owbum’ on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

Chance the Rapper Reveals Title, Release Date of Debut ‘Owbum’ on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

Despite mounds of evidence to the contrary, Chi-Town superhero Chance the Rapper refuses to call any of his previous releases “albums.” They’re mixtapes, dammit. He said what he said.

I mean, sure. They’re all monetized, courtesy of their availability on streaming services, all have infiltrated the Billboard charts, and all feature original compositions, but were any of them albums? Of course...

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Damon Young Damon Young Jul 08, 2019.

I'm Going To Have A Daughter. I Love Rap Music. These Two Things Do Not Match

I'm Going To Have A Daughter. I Love Rap Music. These Two Things Do Not Match

They said I can't rap about being broke no more
They ain't say I can't rap about coke no more

The Wife Person and I have driven to the D.C. area four times this summer. And, with each drive comes a couple dozen or so new additions to my Spotify playlist; a trip soundtrack occasionally interrupted by Google Maps prompts and debates about glazed donuts. The additions to the playlist usually...

Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 06, 2019. 22 comments

Police: White Man Reportedly Killed Teenager Because Teen's Rap Music Made Suspect Feel 'Unsafe'

Police: White Man Reportedly Killed Teenager Because Teen's Rap Music Made Suspect Feel 'Unsafe'

Arizona law enforcement officials arrested a man who allegedly killed an innocent teenager in a brutal stabbing early Thursday morning. Although the teen didn’t know the suspect or apparently do anything to his alleged killer, authorities say the man committed the fatal act simply because he felt threatened by the music the teen was playing.

On Thursday, police in Peoria, Ariz. charged...

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Jessica Moulite Jessica Moulite Jul 05, 2019.

Grabbing Feminism by the Mic: This Is How Women in Hip-Hop Are Making a Lane of Their Own

Grabbing Feminism by the Mic: This Is How Women in Hip-Hop Are Making a Lane of Their Own

The terms “hip-hop” and “feminism” might seem like oil and water. After all, the culture of misogyny and straight disrespect of women throughout hip-hop culture could lead one to think otherwise. So can a feminist politic exist in a hyper-misogynistic space?

The answer: It’s complicated.

“Hip-hop feminism” was coined by author and scholar Joan Morgan in her groundbreaking 1999 book,

Corey Townsend Corey Townsend Apr 17, 2019. 12 comments

Hot Girl Shit: Megan Thee Stallion Lands On BillBoard Hot 100 With 'Big Ole Freak'

Hot Girl Shit: Megan Thee Stallion Lands On BillBoard Hot 100 With 'Big Ole Freak'

It’s hard not to root for Megan Thee Stallion, a bawse ass bitch whose efforts and lyricism has placed her in the minds of many a person with taste. As quipped by Essence, Megan Thee Stallion isn’t a one trick pony. Her lyrical stylings have landed her on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart with her single “Big Ole Freak.”

Houston is known for blessing the world with extremely talented people....

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Ibn Safir Ibn Safir Apr 01, 2019. 13 comments

Grammy-Nominated Rapper Nipsey Hussle Shot and Killed Outside Store

Grammy-Nominated Rapper Nipsey Hussle Shot and Killed Outside Store

Grammy-Nominated Rapper Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, has died after being shot multiple times while standing outside of his Marathon Clothing Company store in the Hyde Park section of Los Angeles.

Asghedom’s shooting was initially reported by TMZ.

Asghedom was 33. He was known for a run of mixtapes that began in 2005 with “Slauson Boy Volume 1,” culminating in his first official...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Feb 16, 2019. 13 comments

21 Savage Turns Himself In for Felony Theft Warrant

21 Savage Turns Himself In for Felony Theft Warrant

You would think that after all the hell rapper 21 Savage went through to finally win his freedom after facing deportation from ICE, that he’d be able to lay low and plot out his next moves.

But apparently that’s not the case, as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the “A Lot” spitter surrendered to authorities on Friday, following his pre-taped Good Morning America appearance , for a...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 26, 2018. 10 comments

If You Don't Know the Words to Jingle Bells Don't Feel Bad, Because 21 Savage Doesn't Know Them Either

If You Don't Know the Words to Jingle Bells Don't Feel Bad, Because 21 Savage Doesn't Know Them Either

On Christmas Eve, rapper 21 Savage and his crimson turtleneck took it upon themselves to spread a little holiday cheer on Instagram. Because nothing says Christmas like rappers belting out Christmas carols.

However, the Atlanta spitter’s execution could use a little work. As it’s painfully obvious he could use a teleprompter or something to help him remember the words.

My first thought watching...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 03, 2018. 3 comments

Hell-Bent on Playing With Our Emotions, Kid Cudi Teases New 'Asterisk Collective' Project

Hell-Bent on Playing With Our Emotions, Kid Cudi Teases New 'Asterisk Collective' Project

On Sunday, the skies parted and unspeakable joy descended from the heavens as rapper Kid Cudi took to Twitter to tease a new project.

“This is not the world we want. We’re rewriting the script because these rules don’t apply,” he says in the mysterious video. “We’ll be showing up with real people, in real places, in real ways. To inspire positive change. Bravery, courage, and action, uniting...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 02, 2018. 22 comments

After Posting a Sex Tape Featuring an Underage Girl, Tekashi 6ix9ine to be Re-Sentenced

After Posting a Sex Tape Featuring an Underage Girl, Tekashi 6ix9ine to be Re-Sentenced

According to Page Six, it looks like rainbow-haired rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine will possibly be re-sentenced to time served next week for posting a video online that features a 13-year-old girl engaged in a sexual act.

The rapper, born Daniel Hernandez, was not in attendance during the closed-door conference Friday in which Justice Felicia Mennin, his defense lawyer, and prosecutors made the...

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Ericka Blount Danois Ericka Blount Danois Nov 30, 2018. 7 comments

New Documentary to Shed Light on Why Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta F' Wit

New Documentary to Shed Light on Why Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta F' Wit

Cinematographer Hans Charles wanted to visually frame the Wu-Tang Clan and all of their personas in a way that celebrated each of them as thriving black men in America. Likewise, director Sacha Jenkins understood that the real story in their four-hour documentary on Wu-Tang’s music and legacy is really about “black men who knew each other as boys coming together and using their creativity to...

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Dustin J. Seibert Dustin J. Seibert Aug 14, 2018. 24 comments

Hip-Hop’s Best Year Ever Can Almost Buy You A Drink

Hip-Hop’s Best Year Ever Can Almost Buy You A Drink

It should come as no surprise to most of you that I wasn’t the most popular kid in high school.

During my 1995 – 1996 freshman year, I endured an awkward post-pubescent, pre-growth-spurt phase that had me looking like the love child of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and Associate Bob from Demolition Man. Making matters worse, I didn’t get along with the majority of my callow, clique-y...

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Danielle Young Danielle Young Jul 13, 2018. 4 comments

YouTube Originals' G Funk Documentary Proves Warren G Saved Snoop Dogg's Career, He's Not Afraid of Suge Knight and Drake Should Thank Him

YouTube Originals' G Funk Documentary Proves Warren G Saved Snoop Dogg's Career, He's Not Afraid of Suge Knight and Drake Should Thank Him

The G Funk era of hip-hop was ushered in by three hip-hop giants, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and Warren G. The genre represented everything west coast hip hop was and is, but focused more on having fun than gangbanging.

The powers that be at YouTube decided to gift the world with an original documentary, G Funk that reveals everything you ever wanted to know about the west coast style of hip...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Apr 25, 2018. 18 comments

My Son, A Future Morehouse Man, Will Be A Rapper. At Least For A While.

My Son, A Future Morehouse Man, Will Be A Rapper. At Least For A While.

Be that as it may, I appreciate all of the emails, texts, comments on both VSB and social media. As Tupac said to his mother - it was hard hugging on her from a jail cell - you are appreciated. My beautiful son and his mommy are doing just fine and swell. Young Homey (another of his nicknames) has already grown out of some of his newborn clothes. In less than two weeks. I'm gon' make...

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Gilles Walters Gilles Walters Apr 19, 2018. 24 comments

I'm 29, And I'm An Aspiring Rapper (I'm Also A Lawyer, But Don't Let That Stop You From Judging)

I'm 29, And I'm An Aspiring Rapper (I'm Also A Lawyer, But Don't Let That Stop You From Judging)

There's a duality in a lot of the shit that we millenials are. I say "that" rather than "who" because, in the circles we run in, so much focus is on the action rather than the person. Five minutes into a conversation with my fellow urban professionals  — you know, my brunch party goin', #travelnoire hashtag usin', go to the museum but still Juicy J lovin', "what's the last good book you...

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Zack Linly Zack Linly Feb 02, 2018. 22 comments

Is Today’s Hip-Hop Trash or Are We Just Getting Old? Spoiler Alert: The Answer Is ‘Yes’

Is Today’s Hip-Hop Trash or Are We Just Getting Old? Spoiler Alert: The Answer Is ‘Yes’

I’ll start with a disclaimer: I’m an old hip-hop head. I am 30-*coughs and crumples paper while driving under a bridge* years old and I am set in my taste, similar to how white people describe their racist parents as being “set in their ways.”

I know what I fuck wit.

If you know me, you know I’m no fan of about 75-80 percent of new hip-hop ... but this isn’t a big issue for me. I have Google...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Sep 10, 2017. 20 comments

‘Bodak Yellow’ Is Trash, and if You Like It, Your Taste in Music Is Trash

‘Bodak Yellow’ Is Trash, and if You Like It, Your Taste in Music Is Trash

I love Cardi B. I love everything about her. I love that she is aggressively real. I love that she is aggressively beautiful. I love that she is aggressively Cardi.

I had a sister who was killed a few years ago. She was Cardi B before Cardi B was Cardi B. Her name was Robin, but everyone called her “Big Shirley” after the unseen ghetto girl from the sitcom Martin. She was my best friend and...

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Damon Young Damon Young Sep 07, 2017. 20 comments

10 Signs You’re One of Those Wack-Ass People Who Don’t Like ‘Bodak Yellow’

10 Signs You’re One of Those Wack-Ass People Who Don’t Like ‘Bodak Yellow’

Because I’m a weird and curmudgeonly fuck who doesn’t go to clubs and while driving listens only to Waze and Spotify playlists mostly consisting of Kanye and the Inception soundtrack, before last weekend, I’d heard about Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” more times than I had actually heard it. By a pretty significant margin, too. While I’d read countless tweets and status messages about it, I’d...

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Dustin J. Seibert Dustin J. Seibert Sep 02, 2017. 24 comments

8 Hip-Hop 1-Hit Wonders You Flat-Out Forgot About 

8 Hip-Hop 1-Hit Wonders You
Flat-Out Forgot About 

I’m calling it right now: “Bodak Yellow” will make Cardi B a one-hit wonder (Editor’s note: I disagree with this wholeheartedly—P.J.).

I’ve tried to bump “Bodak Yellow” more than once, and I’ve determined that dragging a metal rake across a chalkboard in a classroom full of preschoolers who are all simultaneously screaming about a “boo-boo” is likely a more appealing listen. I’m sure it bangs...

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