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"I don’t want to be a 40-year-old rapper."

André 3000 Is Moving On in Film, Music and Life [New York Times]
posted by Fizz on Aug 28, 2014 - 37 comments

C:\DONT

The butt-shakingly over the top video for Nicki Minaj's Anaconda (Previously) was released recently and while there's been discussion if it re-claims the twerk or refuses the male gaze, video artist Jeff Osborne has put the song into its 90s "Baby's Got Back" pop culture context with appearances by Jessica Rabbit, Beavis And Butthead, and more. (all videos quite NSFW) [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Aug 21, 2014 - 129 comments

How dope was the Arsenio Hall Show? This dope.

Massive East Coast All-Star Freestyle on Arsenio - 1994 (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by honestcoyote on Aug 11, 2014 - 19 comments

Oops, you got your music in my katamari!

Team Teamwork has released Katamari Da-Emcee, a mashup album of the wonderful soundtrack from the 2004 Playstation 2 cult hit Katamari Damacy with various hip-hop songs from artists including Kanye West, 50 Cent, and Big Freedia, the New Orleanian queen of bounce music. [more inside]
posted by Corinth on Jul 11, 2014 - 36 comments

"Gotta keep the chickens fed,"

Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire's Music Biz Misadventures
posted by valkane on Jun 23, 2014 - 7 comments

Rap Shirts for White People

"DISCLAIMER: Rap Shirts for White People can be worn by people of all colors, but in some cases, it may not be appropriate to wear them at all. Use your best judgment." [NSFTwerk]
posted by Rykey on May 31, 2014 - 102 comments

Either Way, You Might Get Famous!

Ever wonder if you could take down a famous rapper in a fight? Grantland offers a thoughtful analysis. "You’d likely win this fight if it managed to come off, but I’d sidestep it because let’s say you trip over Puff’s teeny-tiny teeth and fall and hit your head on the concrete and knock yourself out or whatever, he is absolutely going to celebrate by doing that Diddy Bop dance he’s done for the last 60 years. You can’t risk that. There’s no recovering from that. There’s no recovering from being the guy in the WSHH knockout Puff Daddy Diddy Bop dance video."
posted by scaryblackdeath on May 25, 2014 - 27 comments

The Largest Vocabulary in Hip Hop

Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever (average people have a vocab of 5,000 words). I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop. I used each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics. That way, prolific artists, such as Jay-Z, could be compared to newer artists, such as Drake.

posted by cthuljew on May 3, 2014 - 79 comments

Point, counter point, point, even more point

Six ways to stop your child from being brainswashed by mainstream rap. Why the 6 ways...got it all wrong. Why hipsters need to stop writing about hip hop culture. Hipsters can't ruin hip hop.
posted by josher71 on Apr 25, 2014 - 85 comments

"I'm on my feet like Tough Actin'® Tinactin®."

How many rappers have name-checked Tough Actin' Tinactin brand anti-fungal skin products? More than you would think.
posted by not_on_display on Apr 17, 2014 - 25 comments

King of the Ludicrous Lucrative

An Oral History of 8 Mile's Rap Battles
posted by Sebmojo on Apr 16, 2014 - 27 comments

You Create Your World

Murder Dog Magazine has served as the voice of underground hip hop for over twenty years, printing unfiltered interviews with up-and-coming artists from regional scenes on their way to national prominence. The magazine's founder and editor, the Sri Lankan immigrant Black Dog Bone, shares the improbable story of how a boy from the jungle championed the voice of inner city youth in the U.S.
posted by chrchr on Apr 14, 2014 - 1 comment

On Doing an Evil Deed Blues

Lil Ugly Mane. What do we know about this person? Take a trip on through to the other side... [more inside]
posted by gucci mane on Apr 13, 2014 - 9 comments

Fire up that loud

In case you haven't hert / Lil Jon is back / with a new track / about getting turnt / and a video so cray / it may make you lose your shirt // [& needless to say / its NSFW].
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 11, 2014 - 45 comments

Call me Ishmael/ I got that mass appeal

Mental Floss makes couplets from literary first lines and hip hop hits using the "generate line" feature from rappad.co.
posted by klangklangston on Mar 25, 2014 - 60 comments

Witty Unpredictable Talent And Natural Game...20 years later

So, what has been the greatest legacy of the Wu-Tang Clan over these last 20 years?
posted by Renoroc on Mar 19, 2014 - 20 comments

in the 7 kingdoms ain't nobody righteous

Catch the Throne (soundcloud) is a Game of Thrones-inspired mixtape featuring Big Boi, Common, Wale, and others. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis on Mar 7, 2014 - 29 comments

Raags To Riches

But if Urdu is the refined language of power and privilege, Punjabi is the powerful words of the streets. And the streets are where lyrics overwhelmingly situate rap. Pakistani rap positions Punjabi as Ebonics is positioned in the U.S.
posted by reenum on Feb 25, 2014 - 12 comments

Mentally, physically, and spiritually

Director Steve McQueen interviews Kanye West
posted by Artw on Jan 20, 2014 - 17 comments

What's the nastiest shade you've ever thrown? "Existing in the world."

You may have heard the music of House of Ladosha, but that's just the beginning. This family of artists applies their fashion school and NYC nightlife roots to everything from printing t-shirts and performing spoken word to mocking Mapplethorpe.

When Dosha Devastation  and Cunty Crawford LaDosha aren't performing as a hip hop duo, they like to do each other's hair and ki.

Juliana Huxtable is a Tumblr queen, DJ, model, legal assistant by day, cyborg, priestess, and witch.
[more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jan 16, 2014 - 14 comments

Straitjackets, trailer parks, country music, golf carts

It is a fact universally acknowledged that White People Crazy. (SLYT)
posted by escape from the potato planet on Jan 15, 2014 - 25 comments

Chiraq, Drillinois

WorldStar HipHop has released a 40 minute mini-documentary on violence in Chicago and the young rappers who are a part of the scene surrounding it. The Field: Chicago features appearances from up-and-coming rappers such as Lil Durk, Lil Reese, King Louie, Lil Bibby, Katie Got Bandz, and more. [more inside]
posted by gucci mane on Jan 9, 2014 - 15 comments

Reykjavíkurdætur

Reykjavíkurdætur (SLYT)
posted by CitoyenK on Dec 26, 2013 - 22 comments

"I've known Tip for about 26 years..."

On November 21, Busta Rhymes announced that he and Q-Tip would be releasing a joint mixtape. On November 25, the two released Thank You, a single from the tape featuring Kanye West and Li'l Wayne. In a December 6 interview with RapFix Live, Rhymes explained that the tape would consist of old material that has been reworked or gone unreleased, mixtape-specific material, and songs that will be on future releases from the artists. This tape would be about their legacy, as embodied in the artwork. The day has arrived, and you can now download The Abstract and the Dragon.
posted by Going To Maine on Dec 12, 2013 - 16 comments

We all big brother now

The imminent Childish Gambino album 'Because the Internet" (as rumored, recorded at Chris Bosh's house) leaked over the weekend so the rapper/actor provided a streaming link to an iTunes site so that his fans could hear it while supporting him. The record features songs about: Oakland, World Star Hip Hop (in reaction to being shot at in Atlanta), being The Worst, and Death (so much death).
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 5, 2013 - 22 comments

The next Shakira, strong female Latin musicians to take the mantle

"Shakira aside, the female presence is a little light. Why are there no more big female acts in Latin music right now? I look at my charts, and there's very few female names.... you have a lot of these pretty, sexy young women, who women now are identifying less and less with. I really wish that were different." That's a quote from Leila Cobo, executive director of Latin Content & Programming for Billboard, that opened an NPR piece that countered with a few names to watch, featuring input from Latin Alternative co-host Ernesto Lechner. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 30, 2013 - 10 comments

Canine phallic music

It's easy to dismiss DJ Dog Dick as a juvenile joke. Anyone with that name for a project can't be doing anything worthy of my time, right? But dig deeper, and what emerges is a man eloquently, urgently capturing the details of his life on the fringes of America. After years operating in the outsider noise scene, combining modular drones and off-kilter raps into a singular live show, 2013 saw a move toward something different. The Identity EP earlier this year was his statement of intent, a miniature coming of age narrative (stream full EP here.) His debut full-length on Hoss Records, The Life Stains was released last week. It's an ambitious, often deeply personal pop album. A modern song cycle about the way we live now. It also happens to be slathered in weirdo diarrhea death production. Watch the video for "Dried Old Leaves" and listen to "The Grease I Got", one of the best songs I've heard this year. And read a great little interview with Noisey that sheds light on where Eisenberg came from and where he's going with this unusual project.
posted by naju on Nov 30, 2013 - 10 comments

Atlanta to Atlantis: an OutKast retrospective

"Ten years on from Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Pitchfork traces Big Boi and Andre 3000's path from Southern vanguards to the most universally beloved rappers in the world."
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Nov 18, 2013 - 32 comments

Flipping the Other

"Choruses of children evoking a crowded slum, humid jungles where Sri Lankan women bathe and wash their clothes, old Bimmers drifting in a Moroccan desert, the multiple limbs of a Hindu goddess stretching behind her, the austerity of areas long occupied by military, a digital print burqa [...] Welcome to Worldtown." -- Ayesha A. Siddiqi on the shamefully misrepresented "Pop Diaspora of M.I.A.", whose latest single from her new record Matangi is YALA (Flashing Lights Warning) [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Nov 18, 2013 - 25 comments

Nic On Dud

In the tradition of the 1939 novel Gadsby, Toronto rapper Andrew Huang (previously) recorded a hip hop track entirely devoid of the letter E.
posted by mannequito on Nov 15, 2013 - 22 comments

We infiltrate, we duplicate like cells, we multiply!

"Puerto Rican rappers/rockers Calle 13 continue their fierce criticism of government systems and oppression in their latest track Multi_Viral... [more inside]
posted by jammy on Nov 14, 2013 - 6 comments

Death Grips: Government Plates, third aggro/weirdo rap album for free

May 2011: Death Grips appears out of nowhere, releases Ex Military, a free mixtape of noisy, distorted aggro-rap (full album stream on YouTube).
April 2012: Death Grips signs with Epic, releases The Money Store, their first proper album of art-rap/ tech-beat/ psycho-rap/ whatever (YT album stream).
October 2012: Death Grips leak their second album, No Love Deep Web, defying Epic, and sever ties to the label.
July 2013: Death Grips signs to Capitol/Harvest under their own Thirdworlds imprint.
November 2013: Death Grips suddenly drops their 3rd album, Government Plates, for free to download and stream from various sources.
(It's best to consider all audio NSFW) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 14, 2013 - 28 comments

Well, I got $5.45 and it's 5:45

From Brad Neely comes a brand-new character and a brand-new rap: Queeblo, starring in Whopper and a Forty.
posted by Rory Marinich on Nov 11, 2013 - 34 comments

Legato Gelato = Smooth and Cool

Have some slang you want to insert into the popular consciousness? Rappedian (Comapper?) Zach Sherwin shows you how to do it in his pukka new music video, Legato Gelato.
posted by carsonb on Oct 31, 2013 - 5 comments

THEESatisfaction: psychedelic space-soul jazz-rap from Seattle

THEESatisfaction is Catherine Harris-White (Cat) and Stasia Irons (Stasi), the spacey future-rap duo from Seattle who (kind of) got their break from the like-minded Shabazz Palaces, a collective lead by Ishmael Butler, aka Palaceer Lazaro. Shabazz Palaces was signed to the Seattle label Sup Pop in 2010, and they released Black Up (YT, official album stream), with THEESatisfaction featured as guest vocalists. From that appearance, Sub Pop signed the duo, and released their album, awE naturalE (YT, official album stream) last year. If that's not enough psychedelic space-soul jazz-rap, then check out their Bandcamp page, which is the source of their rambling collection of genres, and contains their releases from 2008 through the present. And if that's not enough ... [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 16, 2013 - 10 comments

Colossal sized Picassos

the notorious xx is a tremendously good mashup by producer wait what of The xx's debut album and assorted Biggie Smalls verses, mostly from Ready to Die. infinite victory and it's all about the crystalizabeths are my favourites, but the whole thing is perfect: ethereal guitar, sparse percussion, and Biggie's relentless rhymes.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Oct 12, 2013 - 7 comments

Lauryn is the New Back

Hip Hop legend Lauryn Hill is set to be released from federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut today. It is the prison Piper Kerman was also in, depicted in the netflix series Orange is the New Black. Lauryn's team has released a new track as part of a new material called Letters from Exile. Consumerism.
posted by cashman on Oct 4, 2013 - 18 comments

Acceptance for Dummies

Why Macklemore's "Same Love" Doesn’t Speak for the LGBT Community
posted by SkylitDrawl on Sep 5, 2013 - 212 comments

Sozin's Comet EP

Adam [previously, previously] WarRock, he of The Browncoats Mixtape, the Slytherin Mixtape, Waka Flocka Swanson, and a lot more, finally watched Avatar: The Last Airbender. The result is the free-to-download Sozin's Comet EP. [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first on Aug 21, 2013 - 16 comments

...you're a jerk; shoulda got a Nobel for my work...

Rosalind Franklin vs. Watson & Crick - Science History Rap Battle [more inside]
posted by latkes on Aug 20, 2013 - 12 comments

yo2MTVRapstalgia

GangStarr - Manifest
Heavy D. & The Boyz - We Got Our Own Thang
Queen Latifah - Dance for Me
Kid 'N Play - 2 Hype
Slick Rick - Hey Young World
Salt-N-Pepa - Let's Talk About Sex
De La Soul - Me, Myself And I
Kwamé - The Man We All Know And Love
Pete Rock & C. L. Smooth - They Reminisce Over You
posted by y2karl on Aug 19, 2013 - 41 comments

Kendrick Lamar's Verse on Control

Earlier this week, Big Sean released Control (7:32), a song that features a second verse from Kendrick Lamar and a third verse from Jay Electronica. Kendrick's two and a half minute verse was pretty standard fare in hip hop - bragging, saying he's the best, displaying talent on the mic. But in just 3 days, the rap world's response to Kendrick's verse has been almost unprecedented. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Aug 15, 2013 - 473 comments

If I Could Just Teach This to You

"Women in hip hop are more important than men in hip hop". KRS-1 recently gave a lecture at Fresno State detailing the very beginnings of hip hop in the early 1970's. Even if you've been following hip hop your whole life, you will likely still learn something incredible about the history of this art form.
posted by cashman on Aug 12, 2013 - 12 comments

Fantastic Popular World

Into Brazilian hip-hop? Then check out Fantástico Mundo Popular, MC Sombra's new album — available for free download. (preview tracks Rap do Brasil, O Homem sem Face). From the same guys that brought you Criolo.
posted by Tom-B on Aug 1, 2013 - 5 comments

'让我介绍一个哥们儿'

Xiaoou is a Norwegian artist who raps in Mandarin Chinese about income inequality in China, his love for Beijing, and going through a breakup.
posted by klue on Jul 26, 2013 - 8 comments

cloud rap is sort of the chillest of raps

Depending on who you ask, Cloud Rap either is "the best shit happening right now" or it doesn't exist. If you ask Killscreen, the genre owes a lot to Japanese Role Playing Games. But according to Philly cloud-rapper Lushlife, "All Rap Is Cloud Rap." [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 25, 2013 - 45 comments

:( sad boys :(

The concept of 'Sad Rap' has recently been explored by two rappers: Little Pain (Soundcloud, YouTube video for "High Cry") in the United States, and Yung Lean (Soundcloud, personal site, and video of "Hurt" (the video is... amazing?)) of Sweden. Pain and Lean have been compared to Lil B for their similar outsider art perspective on the genre, with the distinction that sad rap tends to focus singularly on the emotion of depression. For further reading, Vice's Noisey music blog has been chronicling both Pain and Lean in these articles: Meet Little Pain..., Meet Yung Lean Doer.... The Strangest New Thing in Music or a Logical Next Step for Hip-Hop from Pigeons and Planes. Hip-hop blog Refined Hype has a reaction piece which questions the very concept of 'Sad Rap' as a genre: Stopping Little Pain & Sad Rap Before It Starts. Producer Suicideyear provides the low key, somber beats for both artists.
posted by codacorolla on Jul 22, 2013 - 40 comments

OFWGK†Δ

The story behind Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Jul 21, 2013 - 39 comments

"Embarrassed" rap about breastfeeding.

Hollie McNish, Poet Shamed By Breastfeeding In Public, Has The Last Word on breastfeeding in public. [Warning! very uh... colourful language]
posted by AnTilgangs on Jul 7, 2013 - 86 comments

Got a style from the guts of the most irrational beast in the district

El-P (also known as El-Producto, formerly of Company Flow), founder of Definitive Jux and producer and rapper of note, and often political rapper (don't call him one), "mayor of Atlanta underground rap" Killer Mike have teamed up to release a free mixtape. It has already gotten some good reviews. (El-P Killer Mike, and R.A.P. Music previously, previouslier.)
posted by Going To Maine on Jul 1, 2013 - 13 comments

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