Brandon Young “Done Fi Dem” feat. Messiah. #Hip-Hop. HBCU Alum

This video deserves replay by hip-hop heads. In the vein of greats like Brand Nubian, Brandon Young and crew skillfully find the balance of honesty and entertaining with “Done Fi Dem.” The visuals communicate the feel of the song with no gratuitous imagery. This is a modern-day throw back to a greater era of hip […]

Ashley Judd Calls Hip-Hop a ‘Rape Culture,’ ?uestlove responds

“I believe that the social construction of gender, the cultural beliefs and practices that divide the sexes and institutionalize and normalize the unequal treatment of girls and women and most nefariously, incessantly sexualize girls and women, is the root cause of poverty and suffering around the world.”

I Used to Love Her: The De-Evolution of the Female Emcee (Part 2)

Part 2: All Hail the Queens In the late 1980s, a single brazen female changed the entire game. MC Lyte, the first solo female rapper to release a full album, introduced a sound as smooth as cappuccino, with hardcore lyrics that raised the bar for every serious rapper who wanted to stay in or join […]

I Used to Love Her: The De-Evolution of the Female Emcee (Part 1)

“You just don’t like her because you’re old”, is what the 14 year-old told me as we were debating the quality of Nicki Minaj’s music. Me? Old? I can still beat-box, pop-lock and recite every line of The Message, Sucka MCs, and Paper Thin. So maybe I am old, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong. […]