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 10:00am 1/28/14 10:00am

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 song that… » 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 art. … » 9/12/13 12:00pm 9/12/13 12:00pm

Mayor Bloomberg Can't Take Margz Away From Rapper Awkwafina

The rapper who dried up everyone's vagina and ripped a new tear in NYC hipsters' New Religion pants is back at it. Rapper Awkwafina just released a new song called "Mayor Bloomberg (Giant Margaritas)," an endearing song to the Mayor. Nah, it's just a giant middle finger to his proposed soda ban with a really hot beat.… » 5/02/13 3:20pm 5/02/13 3:20pm

Five Things You Should Know About the Little White Girl Ruining Hip Hop

When we first saw Kitty Pryde, she was mumble-rapping about snorting pills, drunk dials and Bud Light Lime on "Okay Cupid." When we last saw Kitty Pryde, she was hanging out with Riff Raff in a motel room and we were feeling kind of worried about that. Now 19-year-old Kitty is back — she's dropped the "Pryde"— and calling … » 1/31/13 6:15pm 1/31/13 6:15pm

Azealia Banks Called Perez Hilton a "Faggot," But That Doesn't Make Her a …

For the better part of the past 48 hours, 21-year-old New York rapper Azealia Banks (best known for her 2011 viral hit "212") has been holding the attention of her Twitter followers hostage. First it was a Twitter beef with fellow 21-year-old hip-hop up-and-comer Angel Haze, which resulted in a swapping of dis tracks.… » 1/05/13 2:45pm 1/05/13 2:45pm

Rapper Lupe Fiasco Weighs In on the B-Word: 'Bitch Bad, Woman Good,…

Lupe Fiasco's new track (and video), "Bitch Bad," attempts to examine the complications of the word "bitch," specifically in hip-hop. The lyrics tell the tale of two kids — one a little boy and one a little girl — who interpret and internalize the word in different ways. » 8/23/12 12:20pm 8/23/12 12:20pm

Nas Has a New ‘Dad-Rap’ Music Video About How Much It Would Suck to…

Nas's new video to go along with his poor-overwrought-parent song "Daughters," ruminates on, among other things, the strong possibility that having a daughter is some sort of metaphysical punishment for a former womanizer. Take the following line: "They say the coolest playas and foulest heart breakers in the world / God … » 5/28/12 1:45pm 5/28/12 1:45pm

Meet Mykki Blanco, the New (Drag) Queen of Hip Hop

Perhaps you've heard of Mykki Blanco (né Michael David Quattlebaum), the cross-dressing rapper who is by all accounts The Shit right now, in which case, congratulations, you are much cooler than I was until this today. For the rest of you who, like me, are newbies to the ways of Blanco, prepare yourself — this isn't » 5/16/12 5:15pm 5/16/12 5:15pm