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Sign me up

Meet Holly Maniatty, the sign language interpreter who has brought the words of Wu-Tang Clan, Marilyn Manson, Killer Mike, Bruce Springsteen and the Beastie Boys to the deaf.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jun 22, 2013 - 13 comments

a long tradition of black artists for whom self-love is a political act

In Defense Of Kanye’s Vanity: The Politics Of Black Self-Love
"Kanye West has become a pop-culture punch line, but those who have dismissed him as aimlessly arrogant have missed the point. He is part of a long tradition of black artists who have fashioned a deeply political articulation of what it means to love yourself."

Previously on Metafilter: Complete awesomeness at all times
posted by andoatnp on Jun 22, 2013 - 284 comments

Hiero vs. Hobo

In 1994, after a perceived slight, Saafir the Saucee Nomad battled Casual of the Hieroglyphics crew at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. This confrontation led to one of the better (recorded) rap battles when Saafir's Hobo Junction crew battled Casual and the Hieroglyphics on Sway and Tech's radio show on KMEL in San Francisco.
posted by reenum on Jun 13, 2013 - 10 comments

Complete awesomeness at all times

Promotion is ramping up for the sixth studio album by Kanye West, the modestly titled "Yeezus", due for release June 18. The 36 year-old rapper and producer debuted the songs "Black Skinhead" and "New Slaves" on SNL, following up by projecting videos for the songs on buildings across the country. In a new interview, Kanye shares his grandiose artistic ambitions and frustrations.
posted by chrchr on Jun 11, 2013 - 234 comments

Musical theatre used to be the last refuge of perfect rhyme.

Broadway musicals can’t bust a rhyme
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 11, 2013 - 37 comments

FLOCK-aww.

"How a Waka Flocka Flame Concert Ended My Marriage and Saved My Life": Where a woman goes to a concert headlined by the artist called "the most attention-starved character in hip-hop" known for making "brute, no-nuance bangers" [(previously)] and comes out with a new perspective on life and her failing marriage. [more inside]
posted by raihan_ on Jun 4, 2013 - 73 comments

2cool4school

Last spring, Chance the Rapper got suspended from High School for 10 days. Faced with an ultimatum from his Dad to make real progress as an artist or drop it and get serious about his studies, Chance spent his suspension making the mixtape #10Day, a critical hit. Now, Chance has released another mixtape, Acid Rap, that delves even deeper (and with even more complex wordplay) into his favorite subjects: hallucinogens, nicotine addiction, the 90s, his mom, and the current dire situation of the south side of Chicago. Many critics are calling it a masterpiece. Download for free here, or listen here.
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 31, 2013 - 60 comments

Adorable children rap about school uniforms

Khaki Dance by The NSJ Crew. SLYT
posted by catch as catch can on May 24, 2013 - 14 comments

CALL 1-800-HELLO NASTY

If you were watching late-night television in July 1998 you may have seen the half-hour informercial parody that the Beastie Boys produced to promote their upcoming album, Hello Nasty. The ad features Mike D, MCA , and Ad-Rock taking on roles to shill everything from the services of phone psychics to get-rich-quick scams to a food processor that plays songs from the upcoming LP. (Warning: video auto-loads.) [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on May 22, 2013 - 8 comments

What It’s Like When A Label Won’t Release Your Album

What It’s Like When A Label Won’t Release Your Album
posted by reenum on May 19, 2013 - 41 comments

Rap Game Soap Opera?

Watch controversial rapper RiFF RAFF on today's One Life to Live! [more inside]
posted by flyinghamster on May 7, 2013 - 16 comments

Dan Bull captures what many autistics feel in lyrical form

Many autistics have trouble putting what they feel into words: Not Dan Bull. He puts it into words, sets it to music and raps it. [more inside]
posted by Canageek on May 3, 2013 - 21 comments

RIP Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly

Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly, one half of the rap duo Kriss Kross was found dead today at age 34 of what is being investigated as a possible drug overdose. [more inside]
posted by The Gooch on May 1, 2013 - 67 comments

I'm glad my boyfriend is based

FanBased: Inside Lil B's Ecstatic Cult A look at hip-hop oddball Lil B's sprawling BasedWorld community, home to some of contemporary music's most fiercely loyal, spirited, interconnected fans.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Apr 16, 2013 - 37 comments

Ils Sont Cools/They Are Cool

Ils Sont Cools/They Are Cool. French rap Power Rangers at the Acropolis. And doner. (SLYT)
posted by eddydamascene on Apr 11, 2013 - 5 comments

I ate one roach and made a lot of money

Tyler the Creator's new album "Wolf" streaming on Soundcloud. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Mar 30, 2013 - 13 comments

Meet me at Hoyt & Schermerhorn at 3 on the dot

Street signs at NYC intersections featuring rap lyrics about them.
posted by dry white toast on Mar 25, 2013 - 27 comments

Life Imitates Rap Perhaps

First they did the crimes. Then they made a rap video of the crime. Then they went down for the crimes with the video used as evidence to convict them. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Mar 23, 2013 - 25 comments

The Long and Storied Career of Sole, The Sweaty Volcano

Rapper Sole, originally from the Northeast, but now more associated with the West Coast, has had an interesting career in hip hop. [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Mar 20, 2013 - 13 comments

In memory of Wan Joon Kim, the unlikely Korean godfather of gangsta rap

1985 marked a few beginnings for gangsta rap, with Schooly D releasing the influential P.S.K. What Does It Mean? (YT), and a few Korean swap-meet vendors opening the Compton Fashion Center, the first indoor swap meet. It was there and then that Wan Joon Kim got his start as an unlikely godfather of gangsta rap. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 15, 2013 - 6 comments

Where no bird can fly no fish can swim til The King is born in Tupelo!

Rock’n'roll as spontaneous Paganism: Mick Farren on Nick Cave, Elvis and the Devil is an essay by the author of Gathering Of The Tribe: A look at the role of the occult in music through key albums. Another excerpt is Punk-Esotericism: The Occult Roots of the Wu-Tang Clan
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Feb 24, 2013 - 7 comments

You know I rock the mic so democratically

RapBot is a freestyle 80s battle rap generator by Darius Kazemi. How it works, and the source
posted by barnacles on Feb 23, 2013 - 41 comments

Let his love pop a cap in your butt

Rappin for Budda! (100x more realness than Rappin For Jesus) [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 12, 2013 - 17 comments

Arms are heavy, mom's spagetti

A fascinating breakdown of Eminem's rhymes. Is Eminem one of the most impressive lyricists ever? (SLYT)
posted by greenhornet on Feb 1, 2013 - 118 comments

Humor is coming

Arya, Sansa and Bran Stark rap and beatbox to the opening credits of Game of Thrones.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jan 20, 2013 - 19 comments

I'mma take your grandpa's style.

MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS - THRIFT SHOP FEAT. WANZ (SLYTN SFW)
posted by cmoj on Jan 18, 2013 - 72 comments

Lil B loves you

Lil B' plays with cute animals and raps about why it's okay to cry.
posted by femmegrrr on Jan 15, 2013 - 19 comments

Perfection Is Perfected

Dec 15th, 1992 : The Chronic, Dr. Dre's first solo album, is released. [more inside]
posted by dubold on Dec 14, 2012 - 36 comments

EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY! ...RHAOMI! ...VERSUS... RHYTHM! ...BEGIN!!!

Since it debuted on the blue in '11 // Epic Rap Battles of History preppin' // to score itself more than a billion views // and become TopDog of the pack YouTube
Made by NicePeter and EpicLloyd // (two improv comics by Maker employed) // The series pits icons of legend renowned // in a slick-wit freestyle rap throwdown
With snappier writing, and better FX // online celebs (and Google Ad checks) // The Epic Rap crew's halfway done with the brew // that is Epic Rap Battles of History Part Deux
The midseason's close? It comes out today. // In one corner: Santa Claus, fresh from his sleigh
And his prophet o' doom? "He ain't Mayan," ERBoH sez.
It's Snoop Dogg -- Snoop Lion -- as mothafuckin' Moses
[WHO WON?][WHO'S NEXT?][more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Dec 10, 2012 - 27 comments

Nicholas MinJay-Z

Do you know what Nicki Minaj slowed down is? Nicki Minaj slowed down is Jay-Z, that's what (SLYT, lyrics are NSFW). [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Nov 30, 2012 - 68 comments

HTTP Status Rappers

HTTP $tatu$ Rapper$
posted by shoesfullofdust on Nov 28, 2012 - 17 comments

Put That In Your Scorpion Bowl & Suck On It

I f*ckin love girly drinks! / Don't give a f*ck what what you think! / I f*ckin love girly drinks! / I f*ckin wanted that pink!! / I F*CKIN LOVE GIRLY DRINKS! (Generally NSFW-ish, unless you work in a bar)
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Nov 20, 2012 - 88 comments

Chum

Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt (previously) has released his first solo single since returning from Samoa. The confessional song by the 18 year-old rapper details the troubled period in his life that lead to his stay at boarding school. [more inside]
posted by chrchr on Nov 2, 2012 - 19 comments

Angel Haze Cleans Out Her Closet

[trigger warning//NSFW-audio] In a year where Frank Ocean makes headlines by being forthcoming about his sexuality and Community star Donald Glover delivers a celebrated performance (warning: autoplay) on the BET Hip-Hop Awards, it may seem that honesty is a prevailing trend in a genre consumed by braggadocio. New York rapper Angel Haze continues this with a heart-wrenching rap that transforms Eminem's "Cleaning Out My Closet" from an adolescent boy's angry confessional to a young woman's crushing autobiography.
posted by raihan_ on Oct 23, 2012 - 35 comments

Obama and Romney battle it out, rap style

President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will have the final debate of the US Presidential race tonight. Yawning at the thought of a formulaic back and forth, while secretly hoping for a rap battle? Then look beneath the fold for examples of explicit lyrical parodies. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Oct 22, 2012 - 4475 comments

FATTY BOOM BOOM

Die Antwoord's new video FATTY BOOM BOOM is a bright and colourful African adventure, complete with wild animals, zef savages singing and dancing in the streets, and a special guest appearance by a sneaky little prawn star. (warning: contains ironic blackface)
posted by Tom-B on Oct 17, 2012 - 160 comments

In the Clizzoud

Microsoft is pushing hard to win adoption and support for Windows Azure Cloud services. How hard? Nerdcore hard. When you think "cloud", do you think rap? Someone at Microsoft does, apparently.
posted by ElDiabloConQueso on Oct 12, 2012 - 55 comments

Copyright Criminals

Copyright Criminals, the 2009 PBS Documentary, discusses the complex artistic and legal history of sampling in music, featuring interviews with both the samplers (Chuck D, De La Soul, Shock G, El-P, DJ Qbert) and the sampled (George Clinton and Clyde Stubblefield). via egotrip
posted by chrchr on Oct 1, 2012 - 15 comments

Zebra Fucking Katz

Zebra Katz (previously) has a new video.
posted by outlandishmarxist on Sep 2, 2012 - 5 comments

Pepsi Buh?

Pier 1 hasn't come to my country yet, but with fine and funky service like this, let's hope it does soon!
posted by mippy on Aug 31, 2012 - 42 comments

When it comes to hateful words, I got skin like a rhinoceros!

Orion's Belt is a rap duet between the insouciant twentysomething Kitty Pryde and the cartoonishly vivid RiFF RaFF. The two styles contrast each other hilariously.
posted by Rory Marinich on Aug 28, 2012 - 87 comments

Straight outta Chapel Hill, N.C.!!!!11!!!

These kids from Chapel Hill, N.C. rap against bullying. They give and want RESPECT in return. They advise kids to BREATHE and take a break before resorting to violence.
posted by snsranch on Aug 26, 2012 - 5 comments

Rappin' Ukes

Edgy Rap Tune transformed into Jingly Uke Tune
posted by Confess, Fletch on Aug 22, 2012 - 30 comments

You Always Wanted More Than I Could Give

A tale of science gone mad, global conspiracies, and the dangers of hubris. Drake, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kanye, Weezy, Birdman, Noah Shebib, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj in: Hottest Chick in the Game, a comic by Sean T. Collins, and Andrew White.
posted by codacorolla on Aug 22, 2012 - 7 comments

Hands Stained Red Like Elmo

Snack! Snack! Snack! Munch! Music from the Minneapolis Y.M.C.A. related North Community Beats and Rhymes Program just released the video of the summer: kids rapping about Hot Cheetos & Takis, their favorite snack. If you can't get enough, their website has eight whole albums to listen to and download for free (the North Community link).
posted by Corduroy on Aug 17, 2012 - 16 comments

FAST food

Kansas City rapper and budding internet sensation Mac Lethal raps a recipe for homemade Chick-Fil-A.Quickly. (NSFW audio, SLYT)
posted by broadway bill on Aug 14, 2012 - 27 comments

Like a cargo cult to 50 Cent

A recent trend in the ultra-fashion-conscious world of Tokyo teen girls: B-Style, or "black lifestyle", that is, emulating the black women in rap videos. In the video you will see Japanese girls with weaves and incredibly dark tans to mimic black skin. Rebellious rejection of convention, or weird sideways racism (one girl says: "when we do it it looks vulgar, but not on the black women")?
posted by DecemberBoy on Aug 1, 2012 - 132 comments

'Listen to the bass go Boom!': creating the Mama Said Knock You Out instrumental

great short video: Marley Marl, the producer of LL Cool J's 'Mama Said Knock You Out', recreates the beat, explaining its component elements and releasing a never-heard-before snippet of alternate LL vocals: "he says, 'hey, I got a sample that is so dope.' He pulls out Sly and the Family Stone..."
posted by the mad poster! on Jul 22, 2012 - 36 comments

Agri-culture

Rapping farmers: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight....
posted by twoleftfeet on Jul 6, 2012 - 19 comments

Invade All of The Humans!

The Giant Robot Invasion has begun! You were warned this was coming and given tips to survive. But one tip you didn't get - don't go near the bench!
posted by cashman on Jul 2, 2012 - 7 comments

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