Tough Love: A Black Woman’s Open Letter To Hip-Hop

This past Monday Vh1 aired a special called “Out in Hip-Hop” which basically was an open forum on what it means to be gay in today’s Hip-Hop culture. During this special DMC of Run DMC stated, “In Hip-Hop we disrespect the hell out of our women, so what do you think they’ll do to a […]

Admit it, You Hate Iggy Azalea

Now that the Grammys are over and she didn’t win everyone can now breathe a sigh of relief. We can all go back to our regularly scheduled lives because there’s a good chance that by this time next year Iggy Azalea will be as relevant as Macklemore is right now. Let the cheering begin. However, […]

[INTERVIEW] Charlamagne Tha God on His Journey From Prison to Radio

  Defy Ventures invited Charlamagne Tha God, a New York City celebrity DJ, to speak to 50 men and women who were applying for admission to Defy Ventures’ nationally recognized entrepreneurship training program. These 50 men and women had served prison time and looked to Defy to help turn their street hustle into legal entrepreneurship. […]

Time Is Illmatic: Tribeca Film Festival Review

In 1994, a young emcee from Queensbridge named Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones released an album which would years later be heralded as a classic. Illmatic was a ten track biography of the hip-hop culture in the early 90’s, and the struggles of blacks in the inner city from a firsthand perspective. To encompass the effect of […]

10 Posse Cuts That Make You Miss 90’s Hip-Hop

Earlier this week, I decided to do something I almost never do – let my music shuffle on my smartphone as I made my way to work. As I’m shuffling, not one, not two, but three classic, 90’s ‘posse cuts’ happened to play. This got me to thinking, whatever happened to the posse cut? Some […]

This Is It: Has Jay-Z Become Fat Elvis?

  In Part 1 of a three-part podcast involving myself and seveneighteen contributors McFly and Cousin D (along McFly’s brother Mack Mittens and Young Elvis), we started talking about Drake’s success, then somehow got to if Wu-Tang Clan was ever that good, if Jay-Z is now Fat Elvis, and comparing Reasonable Doubt to Illmatic. Unfortunately the Drake […]

It Ain’t All That Deep: Kanye West, New Slaves, And Race Matters In Cultural Criticism

So I came across this blog post today – and started to read it because a few high-minded folks I know were talking about it. It took me a long time to get through it, not just because of it’s length, but also because I got hung up thinking about the below except for a […]

The 20 Best Drake Memes (Dada Supreme Edition)

So sometime last week, the pic above was released. It looks like Drake, DJ Khaled, and Rick Ross on a random video shoot. Drake is rocking a Dada Supreme (!!) short set and random money is on the floor. Rick Ross has a bewildered look on his face. Khaled is oblivious, and the women in […]

10 Jay-Z Quotes Applicable On The Street Or In The Boardroom

For a certain generation of young, professional folks of color, Jay-Z’s lyrics have provided more than just entertainment. Many of us, born on blocks our friends never made it off of, raised in an era where our older brothers, uncles, and sometimes our fathers were hustlers, but reared to understand the value of educating ourselves […]

LL Cool J and Brad Paisley Spark Controversy with ‘Accidental Racist’

LL Cool J high again, y’all. All jokes aside, LL Cool J has made news lately because his song with Country music singer, Brad Paisley has sparked controversy. The song, “Accidental Racist” features some very “odd lyrics.” Although LL Cool J and Brad Paisley still support the song and its lyrics, they appear to welcome […]