Freedom Song: A Conversation About the State of Black Liberation Music

In the lyric pamphlet to Black Messiah, D'Angelo's third album after 14 years away from the spotlight, the soul-savant explains his reasoning behind its title and sudden release: "Some will jump to the conclusion that I am calling myself a Black Messiah," he begins. "For me the title is about all of us...It's about… » 3/25/15 4:34pm Wednesday 4:34pm

Watch Run The Jewels Ask Children About a Woman President, Their Moms

Run the Jewels have had an excellent year: the powerhouse rap/production duo of Killer Mike and El-P dropped Run the Jewels 2 in October and it topped many a critic's best of 2014 list. They also appeared on Letterman, dropped a trippy video, and gave salient dating advice to teenagers. » 2/04/15 2:50pm 2/04/15 2:50pm

APC Designer: I Can Call My Clothes 'N*gga'; I'm Friends With Kanye

The Timberland work boot has never truly gone out of style, whether with the physical laborers who actually utilize its waterproof outer, steel-or-soft toe, and ankle support in their day-to-day; or with the rappers and rap-lovers who popularized them as everyday streetwear more than 20 years ago. (And often, the… » 1/30/15 12:10pm 1/30/15 12:10pm

Malia Obama Is America's Next Rap Tastemaker 

Malia Obama, Known Teen, has been up to her USUAL SHIT: a selfie of the eldest Obama daughter wearing a Pro Era tee has surfaced (Gawker has more details about the photo's origins here), and everybody is mostly like, "good for Joey Bada$$." » 1/05/15 2:20pm 1/05/15 2:20pm

Q-Tip Schools Iggy Azalea on Hip Hop History And We're All Better For It

The past week has been rough for Iggy Azalea. Not only has she been duking it out with Azealia Banks, but this weekend, she was the target of hackers threatening to supply proof of an alleged sex tape to punish her for "misappropriating black culture" and disrespecting #ICantBreathe protesters (they have since… » 12/21/14 1:30pm 12/21/14 1:30pm

Meet Riff Raff, the Hip-Hop Social Experiment I Can Support

Riff Raff's "Tip Toe Wing In My Jawwdinz" video has arrived and I… don't know how to feel as an intelligent black woman who has spent a decade as a music critic. On one hand, dude's entire package is a joke based on black culture; on the other, dude is like an In Living Color skit gone terribly right—he's hilarious. » 11/11/14 7:45pm 11/11/14 7:45pm

Missy Elliott and Sharaya J Played for Alexander Wang Last Night

Alexander Wang launched his sportswear-inspired collection for H&M last night in New York City with a runway show and a post-show party, the latter of which he is almost as renowned for as his clothing. And say what you want about the scuba-boxerness of the situation (or the WANG hat), Alexander Wang, in general,… » 10/17/14 2:30pm 10/17/14 2:30pm

Tink Remixed Dej Loaf's 'Try Me' With Birthing Metaphors

"Try Me," the lead single by Detroit rapper Dej Loaf, has enjoyed a protracted underground hit status that shows no signs of slowing—its key factor being Dej's take on tenderly explaining to a dude how she's gonna murk his ass. » 10/14/14 7:45pm 10/14/14 7:45pm

Watch Leikeli47's Power-Posse Video Because You Run This

Masked Brooklyn rapper/producer Leikeli47 got her best girls together to boss up for a video that just juiced up this dreary-ass afternoon and served as a reminder of our lifelong dream to form a girl-gang and walk around wearing semi-coordinated outfits. (Seriously, what's the point of walking around with a posse of… » 9/25/14 7:45pm 9/25/14 7:45pm

​Maya Angelou's Posthumous Hip Hop Album Drops This Fall

This November will see the release of one of Maya Angelou's final projects before her passing in May: a hip hop album featuring her words and lyrics entitled Caged Bird Songs. » 9/08/14 1:00pm 9/08/14 1:00pm

Damon Dash Is Sorry for Pouring Champagne on Women

Former Jay Z business partner and c0-founder of Roc-a-Fella Records, Damon Dash, has apologized for dispensing bottles of Cristal on the bodies of female music video models. In a video interview with Hip Hop Motivation, 43-year-old Dash shows quite a bit of self-awareness and wisdom about his past behavior. » 8/28/14 7:15pm 8/28/14 7:15pm

Nicki Minaj Doesn't Need Your Advice or Input

In response to the artwork for Nicki Minaj's upcoming single, Anaconda, Chuck Creekmur, the CEO of wrote an open letter to the rapper essentially scolding her for the sexual nature of the cover. » 7/29/14 1:00pm 7/29/14 1:00pm

What Would Rappers Look Like if They Lived in Westeros?

If you haven't already heard—and it's impossible not to have heard at this point—Game of Thrones is returning for a new season on April 6th. In order to prepare you for the inevitable bloodbath (and incest), artists have been hard at work creating every iteration of the series you could think of including a full… » 3/08/14 2:35pm 3/08/14 2:35pm

Rappers in Westeros: Hip Hop Stars Rhyme About Game of Thrones

One night someone at HBO had a fever dream: What if the next hot mixtape to hit the "streets" had a handful of the hottest hip-hop stars rapping about Game of Thrones? Today that dream has come true. Introducing Catch The Throne. » 3/07/14 2:45pm 3/07/14 2:45pm

Hey, Where Did All the Women MCs Go?

It feels as if someone started a rumor that 2014 might present a female resurgence in hip-hop. As a person with a vagina, I’d be thrilled if that happened — but I doubt the “Ladies Night” reprise is going down anytime soon. There are many reasons why women — with the exception of Nicki Minaj — are notably absent from… » 3/05/14 5:10pm 3/05/14 5:10pm

Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith Dance Every Hip Hop Move Ever

On his debut as host of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon did a lot of hilarious, memorable things. But the best one was probably this epic take on "The Evolution of Hip Hop Dancing." » 2/18/14 9:30am 2/18/14 9:30am

What the Hell Is Going On With Macklemore's Twitter History?

When rapper Macklemore stepped off the stage after his history-making performance at the Grammys on Sunday, he stepped right into a shitstorm over some questionable and mostly dumb tweets he sent back in 2009. Now, people are asking a lot of questions about what his real views are and it's raised a lot of controversy.… » 1/28/14 9:00am 1/28/14 9:00am

Why 2013 Was Hip-Hop’s “Faggot” Spring

"I'll be honest, I really wanted to win the Best Rap Video, but this Moonman right here stands for a lot more," the rapper Macklemore said earlier this year, holding the MTV Video Music Awards "Best Video With a Social Message" trophy. The honor was for the video accompanying his gay-equality anthem "Same Love," a… » 12/27/13 12:20pm 12/27/13 12:20pm

Ryan Seacrest Is Looking for White Girls Who Rap

If Iggy Azalea, Kreayshawn and this entire list aren't top of mind, Ryan Seacrest, arbiter of all things pop music and Kardashian, is reportedly producing a new show about white female rappers for VH1. If you’re thinking, "Hey, wasn’t that already a thing?" you are right. » 12/09/13 12:35pm 12/09/13 12:35pm