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.
Young Thug performs onstage on March 17, 2022, in Austin, Texas.
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Since rap music emerged in mainstream culture in the late 1980s, conservatives have derided its lyrics and imagery as violent. But hip-hop artists argue those images reflect urban realities.
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.
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.
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.
Recent space flights by multi-billionaires highlight the extreme economic inequality in America.
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In 1970, Gil Scott-Heron penned a spoken word song called ‘Whitey on the Moon’ that criticized the 1969 Moon landing. A hip-hop scholar explains why the song still reverberates today.
Hip-hop professor A.D. Carson.
Can college professors rap their way into academic publishing? One professor makes an album to prove they can.
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.
The choice of sneaker often expresses its wearer’s desires, dreams and aspirations.
The meeting of canvas and rubber that began in the 1830s still inspires crowds to queue for the latest pair. Sneakers are now big business and high fashion.
Jamal Knox, the rapper known as ‘Mayhem Mal.’
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Rapper Jamal Knox was convicted of making terroristic threats against two Pittsburgh police officers in a rap song. Now his case is before the Supreme Court, with serious implications for free speech.
The Beastie Boys in the music video for Sure Shot.
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The Beastie Boys’ Ill Communication closed out hip-hop’s Golden Age with a kaleidoscope of jazz-infused beats, bratty punk interludes and a deeper appreciation for storytelling.
J Cole at Etihad Stadium in 2014. Cole (aka ‘Therapist’) runs non-profit organisation Dreamville Foundation, and houses single mothers rent-free in his childhood home.
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Hip hop often gets a bad rap but for therapists and teachers it can be a transformative tool.
Michael Jackson sings during the opening performance of a 13-city U.S. tour in 1988.
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The story of African-American music is a story of eclipsing expectations and subverting norms.
In the work of many rappers today, the legacy of Tupac Shakur lives on.
Tupac’s sensitivity, intelligence and creativity confronted the hostile forces that antagonized black youth across the country in the 1970s and 1980s.
The Earth as seen from space – looks curved from up there.
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It might seem crazy to believe the world is flat. But for some people it reinforces a narrative that gives their lives meaning.
Jockeying for power in the rap world: earlier this summer Drake and Meek Mill traded barbs.
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Taking a lyrical swing at another rapper is part and parcel of the genre. So why the profound backlash when Meek Mill accused Drake of not writing his own lyrics?
Hip-hop artists such as American rapper Method Man are often accused of creating music than incites anti-social behaviour.
Often we form opinions of music because of how aggressive, depressing or joyful we perceive it to be. But studies into the effects of different music genres on listeners’ moods throw up some surprises.
The biopic Straight Outta Compton tells the story of rise and fall of Los Angeles rap group NWA.
Though they presented themselves as hardened gangsters, the only rap sheets NWA had were notebooks full of song lyrics.