Controversial South African band Die Antwoord illustrates the power relations that make cultural appropriation and blackface so damaging.
A scholar of race and media discusses the importance of analyzing media through a critical lens.
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 got its start as a political artistic force in the streets of Bronx. In the age of coronavirus, that same force has taken to the internet.
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s song has cause an uproar for its explicit expression of female sexuality.
Clyde Stubblefield’s drumming has been sampled or imitated more than 1,000 times since it was recorded in 1970.
Global hip-hop takes many cues from Kung Fu. Contrary to what denouncers might think, there is a rhyme and reason to using ‘words as weapons’.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster portrayal of Alexander Hamilton, one of the most colourful founding fathers, opens this month in Toronto.
Music is an underutilised tool when it comes to steering curricula away from strictly Western and colonial models.
For a musician anywhere, surviving and prospering within the genre called jazz has never been easy, and it still isn’t.
A crate digger essentially builds a personal library of sonic texts that often can’t be found on the internet or in official archives.
One of South Africa’s finest hip-hop crews message was that you couldn’t box identities forged through multilingual living in the ghettos.
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.
Teeming with references to African culture and experience, the couple’s latest work places ‘blackness'at the heart of the Western canon.
Glover and hip-hop are reaching their apex at the same time, giving Glover an avenue to enter the ranks of creative geniuses. But does his race matter?
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.
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.
“The Magnificent Seven” was a slice of daily life, a class struggle song framed by the sound of funk and the emergent hip-hop in New York.
Hip-hop may benefit from a return to the crew and collective mentality, where the DJ once again is valued and plays a central creative role.
At one of his shows, rapper Kendrick Lamar asked a white fan to refrain from rapping the n-word. A video of the incident has reignited a controversy: can white people ever rap the n-word?