Kanye West provoked criticism recently when he compared reading to eating Brussels sprouts.
Gotham via Getty Images
A hip-hop artist and scholar says that while rap stresses the oral tradition, the music is also rife with references to a rich range of literature that spans the globe.
The Cover of Swedish rapper Yasin’s second album featured his passport stamped with “convicted in advance” on it.
Byn Block Entertainment
“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…
Hip-hop education helps students from all backgrounds learn.
Alejandra Villa Loarca/Newsday RM via Getty Images
In recognition of National Hip Hop History Month, The Conversation presents four articles that deal with how educators and rappers are taking hip-hop from concerts to classrooms.
Hip-hop has always criticized America’s education system.
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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.
Zuma Press, Inc/Alamy
Davis’s ability to innovate and incorporate other genres into his jazz has left a lasting impact on music.
Graffiti artist Falko Starr finishes a mural in the Cape Flats area of Cape Town.
GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP via Getty Images
It’s been in existence since the 1500s but the Kaaps language, synonymous with Cape Town, has never had a dictionary until now.
DJ Kool Herc is considered the “sonic originator” of hip-hop.
Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images
With Congress designating Aug. 11, 2021, as Hip-Hop Celebration Day, a scholar and performer of the art form makes the case for hip-hop to become more prominent in American academe.
Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s new school will focus on teaching students about science and the music industry.
David Livingston/Getty Images
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?
Hip-hop can be used in science classes to help Black students gain interest in STEM.
fstop123/E+ via Getty Images
Science is often taught from a white or Western standpoint. Can teaching science from a hip-hop perspective make science more relatable to students of color? A hip-hop science educator weighs in.
Hip-hop has a long history in referencing space exploration.
Taylor Hill/Getty Images for The Meadows Music & Arts Festival
Rappers have been taking listeners on lyrical journeys to outer space for decades. A hip-hop scholar says their music helps inspire more students to pursue careers among the stars.
Mural by Gabriel Marques, Dublin.
Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images
It took black folk unimaginable resources of creativity, humanity, humour and generosity to detoxify the N-word for their own collective sanity.
Hip-hop professor A.D. Carson.
Can college professors rap their way into academic publishing? One professor makes an album to prove they can.
Zambia-born, Botswana-raised hip hop artist Sampa the Great.
The increased migration of Africans and the global growth of hip hop culture has seen a dynamic new generation of Pan Africanism emerge.
The coming-of-age French indie film ‘Cuties’ sparked a backlash because of a poster that went viral.
The outrage over the teen film ‘Cuties’ diverts attention from the social structures that enforce conflicting expectations on young women.
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.
Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images
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.
AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez
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.
Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter: pioneering use of synthesizers in pop music.
Kraft74 via Shutterstock
A classically trained musician, Schneider influenced a generation of musicians from David Bowie to hip hop.
Hip-hop officially became the most popular music genre in 2018 and continued its reign in 2019, according to Nielsen Music.
For the second year in a row, hip-hop music is the most popular form of music in the US. So why isn’t it in more of America’s classrooms? A hip-hop scholar weighs in.
Gospel music has always been challenged and Kanye West does so in this album, while also referencing past greats.
Jesus is King has polarised discussion. But this genuinely contemporary album will challenge the traditional concept of African American gospel while influencing its shape for years to come.
A film about Cape Town’s environmental resources features a cast as diverse as breakdancers and wetland activists - and is being used as a study aid globally.