Check Out Uganda’s “Rap-orters” Who Rap the News

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In a bid to get African youth interested in politics and current affairs, Newz Beat, a Ugandan original news program, features ‘rap-orters’ who rap news stories to hip hop beats. The show is presented by Sharon Bwogi, Uganda's "queen of hip hop" known as Lady Slyke, Daniel ... See the Rest

Missy Elliot’s Got A Nu Playthaaang Sharaya…and She’s “Banji”


We've been following Missy Elliot's new pop/hip hop protégé Sharaya J for a couple of years now. Back in 2013 she put out club banger Banji (an acronym for "Be Authentic Never Jeopardize Individuality), produced by Elliot, with cheeky lyrics like "If he gotta girl, bet I can make ... See the Rest

#Empire: Lee Daniels On How The Gay Content Of His Hit Show Is Changing Hearts & Minds


Spoiler Alert: In last night’s episode Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) finally came out (in song) and met a new man too! Since Empire's January premiere, much has been made of having a gay male character of color having such visibility on TV, living and working in the notoriously ... See the Rest

Lip Dub of the Day: The Muppets Sing “Hip Hop Hooray”

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Fozzy, Kermit, and a multitude of muppets sing the Naughty By Nature classic “Hip Hop Hooray” in a video edited by Mylo the Cat. Pretty spot on. (It's weird that I feel like they're actually making the proper lip shapes for the words. That's the power of the Muppets, though). ... Watch Now

3D-Printed Grillz Created Using Hip-Hop Algorithms

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Art meets hip-hop meets new technology meets faaaaaaabulous fashion in Roopa Vasudevan's new exhibit "Grillz." From I can gather, these gold grillz were printed using an algorithm from rap songs. The shapes were determined by the references to extreme poverty and extreme wealth, ... See the Rest

Picture This: Janette Beckman Shot Gangs, Punks & Rappers


My old pal Janette Beckman just opened her exhibit Rebel Cultures: Punks, Rap and Gangs last week at HVW8 in LA. (I know I use that phrase "my old pal" a lot. If I know someone for 20+ years and we are still friends, I feel I can legally use it.) Before we met, in the summer of ... See the Rest

Stream: Mykki Blanco “Wish You Would” feat. Princess Nokia

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NYC's queen of hip hop Mykki Blanco duets with uptown friend, female rapper Princess Nokia, on brand new dance floor friendly track. For those of you familiar with Blanco, she's know to terrorize a song in an Armageddon kind of way...not exactly unicorns and lollipops. But this ... See the Rest

Stream and Free Download: Chapman & Saint “AMP’D” EP


NYC gay rapper/writer/artist Alex Chapman first caught our ears and eyes a few months ago when he dropped the socially conscious Gay Rap Song. His latest release AMP'D produced by club banger Saint, still features all of the ex-choirboy's precise, fun lyric skills at the ... See the Rest