Vince Staples Is the Present and Future of West Coast Rap—but in His Case, the Past Doesn’t Much Matter
Feb24

Vince Staples Is the Present and Future of West Coast Rap—but in His Case, the Past Doesn’t Much Matter

Vince Staples has a low tolerance for stupid. If nothing else penetrates the 22-year-old rapper’s quiet disdain for the process of answering press questions, that much he’ll make clear—especially if you bring up the minor controversy he stirred up online last year, when he dared to question the sanctity of ’90s hip-hop. His point—which he reiterates with the pointed enunciation of someone who’s sick of...

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Rap Lyrics Pop Up Around Atlanta
May29

Rap Lyrics Pop Up Around Atlanta

New, red street signs are going up around Atlanta. But they’re more about about Outkast and TI, than giving directions. WXIA’s Jeremy Campbell reports.  Source: NBC...

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AKA, The Soil up for BET Awards
May20

AKA, The Soil up for BET Awards

South African musicians AKA and The Soil have been nominated for the 2015 BET Awards. The controversial rapper and the dynamic acapella group have been nominated under the under the “Best International Act: Africa” category at this year’s event which will take place on Sunday June 28, in Los Angeles. The South Africans will compete for the coveted award alongside Congolese artist Fally Ipupa, Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie, Kenyan...

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Women In South African Hip Hop: 6 Leading Female Rappers
May05

Women In South African Hip Hop: 6 Leading Female Rappers

As topics such as sexism and the exclusion of women from hip-hop make headlines internationally, Stefanie Jason spoke to six female rappers in South Africa to get their take on the industry. Every now and then, the state of women in hip-hop is brought into question. Whether it’s the representation of women in the genre or highlighting the female rappers who have made an indelible mark on the industry, “women in rap” is a topic...

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10 Rock Albums Every Rap Fan Should Own
May04

10 Rock Albums Every Rap Fan Should Own

Hip-Hop can certainly exist as its own entity, but it is also important to remember the connection that it has to rock ‘n’ roll.  The first rap video that appeared on MTV is called “Rock Box,” one of Hip-Hop’s biggest hits ever, “Fight For Your Right (To Party),” has a guitar solo in it, and rock has continuously been sampled by rappers to help them make some of their most memorable music.  And those are just a few of many, many...

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