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, has… » 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

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

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

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

Stop What You're Doing And Download the 2Chainz Cookbook

2Chainz, architect of the Black Hole Sun-meets-Big Pimpin' video for Birthday which — I'm not exaggerating here — changes lives, has continued his quest to Improve America with a new cookbook. But this isn't your Grandma's flushed-cheeked Betty Crocker making olives suspended in gelatin cookbook; this is a work of… » 9/12/13 12:00pm 9/12/13 12:00pm