Larry Smith

Larry Smith:
Unsung Legend of Hip-Hop Gets His Props

by Chris Williams

Over the past four decades, hip-hop music has transformed popular culture and touched every inch of the globe. Its origins have been… Read More

Rap Catches Up to Big Gipp? [INTERVIEW]

Rap Catches Up to Big Gipp? [INTERVIEW]

by Alexandra Phanor-Faury

It may be something of a surprise to learn that on Big Gipp’s new solo album ZAGGA (which he says means… Read More

On the “A” with Souleo: Jamaican dancehall culture gets the visual treatment

Jamaican Dancehall Culture Gets the Visual Treatment

by Souleo

“Wi lickle but wi tallawah.” It is a common expression in Jamaica that means despite its small physical size… Read More

TLC Marks 20 Years of ‘CrazySexyCool’<br />

TLC Marks 20 Years of ‘CrazySexyCool’

by Michael A. Gonzales

“A lot of people thought we were going to be one-hit wonders,” Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, one-third of TLC… Read More

protoje

INTRODUCING Protoje [NEW MUSIC]

The chillyish November weather and this new video—by Jamaican roots reggae artist Protoje and his singer comrade, Chronixx—may… Read More

Rebel Diaz Run

BATTLE HYMNS:
Tef Poe and Rebel Diaz Drop Powerful Ferguson Anthems

by Jamilah Lemieux

Music has always been at the center of Black resistance, from the stirring spirituals sung by enslaved Africans on the plantation… Read More

‘Rapper’s Delight’ MC Big Bank Hank Passes at 58<br />

‘Rapper’s Delight’ MC Big Bank Hank Passes at 58

by Michael A. Gonzales

Big Bank Hank, the pioneering rapper who was once part of hip-hop trio the Sugarhill Gang, died yesterday from cancer at the age… Read More

Teyana Taylor album

Teyana Taylor hits her mark with "VII"

by Cory Townes

Since we saw her on MTV seven years ago, it seems like Teyana Taylor has been in the limelight for quite awhile. The G.O.O.D. Music and Def Jam Records… Read More

‘Sesame Street’ Meets Beat Street<br />

‘Sesame Street’ Meets Beat Street

by John Kennedy

For three generations, we’ve all wondered at those mysterious coordinates. “Can you tell me how to get, how to get to… Read More

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