Takeoff performs onstage in Atlanta on Oct. 8, 2022. He was killed less than a month later.
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The death of popular rapper Takeoff underscores a uniquely American problem – gun violence.
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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Kanye West provoked criticism recently when he compared reading to eating Brussels sprouts.
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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.
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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…
Hip-hop education helps students from all backgrounds learn.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
Hip-hop can be used in science classes to help Black students gain interest in STEM.
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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.
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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.
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It took black folk unimaginable resources of creativity, humanity, humour and generosity to detoxify the N-word for their own collective sanity.
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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.
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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.
Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter: pioneering use of synthesizers in pop music.
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A classically trained musician, Schneider influenced a generation of musicians from David Bowie to hip hop.