What's Going on With Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill? A Timeline

Over the last week, fans, tabloids and this very website inferred from a series of cryptic Instagram posts that Her Minajesty, Onika Maraj, may have dumped recent manfriend Meek Mill right on his ass. Those posts included two May 31 photographs of Minaj quoting lyrics from Beyoncé’s “Best I Never Had” (“Thank God ya… » 6/05/15 11:10am 6/05/15 11:10am

Talking With Phillipa Soo: Lead in Hamilton, Soon to Be Superstar

On paper, Hamilton is unlikely: a nearly three-hour-long musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton based on an 800-page historical biography and, for the most part, rapped the entire way through. But after runaway success at New York’s Public Theater and almost unanimous critical acclaim, it’s now headed to… » 5/21/15 2:45pm 5/21/15 2:45pm

This Clip from the Cool Nerd Movie Dope Already Has Me Hooked

A movie about a wannabe cool black nerd obsessed with ’90s hip-hop and Game of Thrones sounds like a movie I’m very interested in seeing. Following up its buzzy trailer and major Sundance reception, here’s the first clip from Dope, which looks to be a worthwhile watch in the tradition of all my fav addictive… » 5/19/15 7:20pm 5/19/15 7:20pm

Would You Vote for Waka Flocka for Prez? Cause He's Running (Kinda)

In case you missed the 13 million tweets (and probably texts) reminding you, yesterday was 420. For the occasion of the holiday of our lord (Lord von Weedman), one of the world’s most dedicated herbalists announced his candidacy for president. That man is Waka Flocka Flame. » 4/21/15 2:10pm 4/21/15 2:10pm

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 3/25/15 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

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

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