Stormzy performs during the 56th Montreux Jazz Festival.
Stormzy’s new album contains some deeply personal reflections on faith.
Numerous rap songs criticize the Reagan administration for its complicity in the illicit drug trade.
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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.
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Flowers are laid near the scene of a mass shooting during a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Ill.
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Since rap music emerged in mainstream culture in the late 1980s, politicians have derided its lyrics and imagery as violent. Over the years, rap has become an easy target to blame for violence.
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Synik’s new album continues to shape identity and consciousness in a country with limited freedom of speech.
The Cover of Swedish rapper Yasin’s second album featured his passport stamped with “convicted in advance” on it.
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“Sweden’s most wanted”, raps the controversial artist Yasin in his track 20 Talet. The rapper’s lyrics are without filter, direct, raw, born within a marginalised and often criminal environment, depicting…
It’s been 10 years since Chief Keef became an internet famous rapper with the song ‘Bang.’
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The police, the media and politicians have long objected Chief Keef’s ties to gang violence. But the rapper wrote the playbook for using social media to make a career out of music.
Hip-hop has always criticized America’s education system.
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The world of rap music has no shortage of artists who turned their backs on formal education only to become some of education’s biggest benefactors.
Youssoupha performs at the Urban Peace concert at the Stade de France, September 2013.
Recent polemical debates over French rappers Youssoupha and Médine show that rap is still not accepted by the political mainstream.
Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s new school will focus on teaching students about science and the music industry.
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A new school proposed by music moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine seeks to provide students with practical skills they can apply in entertainment and other fields. Is this a new model for education?
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Can college professors rap their way into academic publishing? One professor makes an album to prove they can.
BTS has broken record after record but the industry still discounts K-pop as not pop.
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s song has cause an uproar for its explicit expression of female sexuality.
K-pop band BTS and their company, Big Hit, have donated money to Black Lives Matter. Most bands and companies in the industry have not made any sort of statements.
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Few of those in the K-pop industry have donated or even spoken out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Rapper YG, center in white, at a June 7 protest over the death of George Floyd.
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Rap songs from Public Enemy and Ludacris have been heard at marches over the killing of George Floyd. But the history of Black American music as a form of protest dates back to the 19th century.
You wouldn’t think Bob Marley ‘shot the sheriff,’ but rappers are held to a double standard.
When prosecutors introduce lyrics, they’re asking juries to suspend the distinction between author and narrator, reality and fiction, and to read them as literal confessions of guilt.
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If Mr Beyonce wins his argument that an arbitration clause should be struck down for lack of diversity, the barn door will be blown off the whole profession.
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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.
West London group 1011 music group have been banned from making music without police permission.
Rapper Skibkhan in the video for ‘Shob Chup,’ which condemns the culture of silence around poverty and inequality in Bangladesh.
In voicing youthful outrage over inequality and violence, Bangladeshi rappers are creating a powerful form of protest music — just as American MCs have done for 40 years.