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Okay, but, street slang is an increasingly valid form of expression

Iggy Azalea channels Alicia Silverstone in a Clueless homage Australian Rapper Iggy Azalea [previously] channels Alicia Silverstone in this homage to Amy Heckerling's 90s Emma remake Clueless This video (along with the cinematic BOUNCE) appears to have catapulted Iggy into the mainstream in a big way.
posted by NiteMayr on Apr 2, 2014 - 16 comments

Next time won't you sing with me

Hip hop artist Mac Lethal recites the alphabet very fast. [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Mar 8, 2014 - 13 comments

Kanye Versus Kimmel

Last week, Kanye West sat down with BBC Radio's Zane Lowe for an hour-long interview, which Jimmy Kimmel promptly spoofed. Kanye has responded angrily via Twitter, writing "JIMMY KIMMEL IS OUT OF LINE TO TRY AND SPOOF IN ANY WAY THE FIRST PIECE OF HONEST MEDIA IN YEARS", among other things. Kimmel responds on his show. More on Kanye, previously.
posted by rcraniac on Sep 28, 2013 - 447 comments

We have officially run out of pigeonholes

Formerly Hasidic black rapper Y-Love has come out of the closet and is now probably the only person who could beat Sammy Davis Jr.'s famous quip.
posted by Joe in Australia on May 17, 2012 - 26 comments

This is how to do policy consultation responses

Rap attack: six hundred clause Health and Social Care Bill 2011 eviscerated in three minutes by amateur rapper [more inside]
posted by dmt on Apr 4, 2011 - 29 comments

Well, he was smilin’ like a vulture as he rolled up the horticulture

Out on bail, fresh outta jail, California dreamin’
Soon as I stepped on the scene, I’m hearin’ hoochies screamin’

What a surprise to read that couplet on "The New Yorker's" website, in an article about Jay-Z's new book. It also discusses Adam Bradley's "Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop," an academic study that respects rap lyrics as serious poetry. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Dec 4, 2010 - 82 comments

Lyrics of Fury

Two pens for sticks, table for a drum, listen to Lyric bang out Let the Beat Ride. [via] [more inside]
posted by cashman on Aug 24, 2009 - 13 comments

The Hardest Rapper Alive

The Hardest Rapper Alive (SLYT; NSFW language)
posted by educatedslacker on Oct 28, 2008 - 35 comments

Roxanne Shanté: Who Needs a Royalty Check

Roxanne Shanté may be the only person whose Wikipedia entry lists her occupation, truthfully, as "rapper, psychologist." In the credits for the Beef 3 DVD she explains how her record contract's throwaway education clause paid for her to get her PhD. She also shares the backstory of Roxanne's Revenge. Some more classic Shanté: with a skinny Biz Markie in 1986, BDP vs. Juice Crew, an old Wack It video. [via]
posted by jessamyn on Oct 22, 2007 - 33 comments

Don't Need A Titular Line.

Don't call it hip hop. "The Rappist" by Schaffer the Darklord.
posted by stavrogin on Sep 15, 2007 - 43 comments

Average Homeboy

i'm not trying to be anyone that I'm not, i'm just a middle class white boy trying to express myself... i'm hoping to get my big record contract... It's just a demo. (mpeg)
posted by sucka_mc on Apr 24, 2006 - 62 comments

"Sieg whaaat?"

Everybody knows that gangsta rap promotes sexism, homophobia... and fascism. Take Bushido, for instance - the Berlin rapper of Tunisian descent that all the neo-Nazis love. Confused? (nyt) Well, so are the Germans. And then we're not even talking about Fler, whose "This is black-red-gold, hard and proud!" nationalist lyrics never fail to piss off the German papers (in German), and who likes to pose in his videos with a nice symbolic eagle. (Then again, Helmut Kohl didn't mind.) Still, Fler's flag-waving, eagle-loving rhymes are no match for Bushido's "Salute, stand to attention, I am the leader like 'A'". The A stands for Adolf, you know.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jan 12, 2006 - 28 comments

Thug Life Army

Thug Life Army. It's LiveJournal for gangsta' rappers. I think we can safely say that blogging has now arrived.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste on Jan 3, 2006 - 85 comments

Ice-T to promote Ice-C

Ice-T to promote ice cream I wonder if they'll have an Ice Tea flavor.
posted by Lusy P Hur on Dec 27, 2002 - 27 comments

Rapper Found with Human Remains in Stomach

Rapper Found with Human Remains in Stomach Do you think he's already been referenced in a rap song for this? Talk about street cred. Horrifying.
posted by agregoli on Aug 2, 2002 - 84 comments

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