It was a year when both men and women bared their emotions through music.
The stigma attached to HIV and AIDS, particularly in hip hop culture, is rife. The disease is represented poorly and often factually incorrect through lyrics.
The policing of black British culture has a long history.
Australia is home to a diverse range of female hip hop artists. Here's our guide to five of the best.
The n-word is a means through which hip hop reminds white listeners of the chasm of culture and experience between them and black America.
Hip hop is a vibrant cultural art form that Canadian public institutions need to embrace. Our aging institutions can get a new life by integrating hip hop with and into traditional art displays.
Music streaming services have stopped promoting R. Kelly as part of a crackdown on musician's alleged conduct. But we should separate the art from the artist.
A greater synergy between academics and practitioners is needed to progress hip hop for it to be taken seriously as a core area for study.
Hip-hop heads around the world are rejoicing over Kendrick Lamar's win. But it's been a tumultuous ride for a genre once derided as 'pornographic filth.'
The current global dominance of Canadian music on today's Billboard charts obscures the difficulties many early rap artists faced in garnering local support for this country’s hip hop music.
Eminem's Stan – how the childhood trauma of Eminem's superfan played its part in a tragic story.
The international community has failed to recognise the new political visions being articulated by young musicians and activists across Africa.
A.B. Original made waves in 2017, but Indigenous hip hop has flourished since the 1980s.
Pinching musical phrases and stylistic approaches has always been a part of art making and can be a respectful exchange. But shallow, ill-informed appropriation only perpetuates tired stereotypes.
Australian rapper Joelistics and producer James Mangohig bring their family histories to the stage through a breathtaking display of beats, raps and storytelling.
Rap has become instrumental in constructing identity and radically reshaping relations to politics in Gabon and other African states.
Bootlegs will continue to be manufactured.
The future of the bootleg might just reinvent the official release.
In 4:44, his 13th album, Jay-z gets confessional and socio-political, challenging traditional notions of Black male bravado and masculinity.
Hip hop often gets a bad rap but for therapists and teachers it can be a transformative tool.
Tupac's sensitivity, intelligence and creativity confronted the hostile forces that antagonized black youth across the country in the 1970s and 1980s.