Asian martial arts and films functioned as mythic models which inspired Black and brown youth in the making of ‘urban warriors,’ and later the Wu-Tang Clan.
Canadian R&B artists, including Drake, have built lifestyle brands that simultaneously reinforce and challenge dominant beliefs about R&B music as Black and American, and Canadian identity as white.
Created as an art of resistance by Black artists in the U.S., hip-hop culture has inspired global struggles and youth culture across the world, including in Canada.
A critical race theory scholar explains why it’s problematic to use rap lyrics as evidence of a crime, and what some lawmakers are doing to protect artistic expression.
Modern music education is giving students more and more opportunities to create their own tracks.
The lyrics illustrate what it means to grow up young, black and deprived on the fortress like council estates of London.
Afrofuturism, a mix of science fiction, magic realism and liberation politics, has shaped some hip-hop artists’ work for decades.
Dip hop artists move across the stage, hands flying through the air, as audiences pulse to the rhythm of a blasting bass beat.
Hip-hop traveled far after being birthed by Black Americans in US cities. The journey hasn’t always been smooth.
Greater representation in rap from LGBTQ artists comes as mainstream artists atone for past lyrics.
Latino artists have been forging their own paths in hip-hop for decades, giving voice to young peoples’ pain, faith and demands for change.
Composer Nicholas Britell festoons earnest Romantic music with sounds that gleefully desecrate it, underscoring the show’s emotional core: a lust for power joined by immense self-loathing.
Hip hop’s swaggering braggadocio acts as a counterpoint to the Roy family’s rarefied worlds of high finance and plutocratic untouchability.
Harry Belafonte spent much of his life supporting youth-led movements that fought against racial injustice. A historian explains how.
From Tupac to Jay-Z, many a rap artist has set pen to paper to pay homage to the women who gave them birth.
Once considered a novelty in school, hip-hop has spawned an array of educational programs and initiatives that are reshaping the way educators teach and how students learn.
As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip-hop, a scholar of the culture and its musical genres explores the meaning of the word ‘dope.’
50 Cent possessed the authenticity so important to hip-hop. He wasn’t just posturing about the ‘gangsta’ lifestyle – he had lived it.
The death of popular rapper Takeoff underscores a uniquely American problem – gun violence.
Ronald Reagan may have been known as ‘The Great Communicator,’ but rap artists don’t view his legacy through such rose-colored glasses. A professor of Black studies and history takes a closer look.