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

Iggy Azalea Is Acting Like She Didn't Want a Grammy... Psshhh

Iggy Azalea did not win a Grammy as expected, rendering moot the irate Tumblr screed I wrote ahead of time like the Times prepares obits in advance, just in case. Iggy Azalea is now trying to convince us that she didn't even want the stupid Grammy, because "people already hate me enough." Well, true, but... we don't… » 3/05/15 6:30pm 3/05/15 6:30pm

TT The Artist, Baltimore's Finest, Toughens Up in New Video

The genre known as Baltimore club music remains one of America's greatest cultural inventions, thank you Baltimore for that, and B'more rapper TT the Artist is a key part of its freshest, most recent incarnation. In " Thug It Out," from the Art Royalty EP, she lobs bullet-powerful lyrics with the authority of a don… » 2/17/15 9:30pm 2/17/15 9:30pm

Rap and Lunchables: Fresh Off the Boat Does Asian American Kids Right

I felt an inexplicable feeling of blatant AzNxPrYdE the first time I saw the ad for Fresh Off the Boat in the Nassau Ave train station. It's like when Australian dudes literally shart after their country wins an international cricket match. It felt like a win for "us." It made me feel proud. I really wasn't sure how… » 2/05/15 11:10am 2/05/15 11:10am

Praise Your Toothy Vagina With Big Momma's New Video, 'Dentata'

Big Momma is a deeply talented firecracker of a native Floridian who raps like his life depends upon it, and ours. "Dentata," from his excellent 2014 release The Plague, is a message to all the hot boyz out there that his toothy vagine is gonna snap on dat, and it will not be one bit unpleasant. You can relate, no? » 1/09/15 4:30pm 1/09/15 4:30pm

Rick Ross Got a Cazal Face Tattoo, Discuss

Ricky Rozay decided that a good thing to do just before he turns 39 later this month was to get seven new face tattoos to add to the one already on his lower lip. That is all fine. The thing I have questions about is that, among his crown, crosses, and Maybach Music tats he has also inked the logo for Cazal, the… » 1/08/15 4:50pm 1/08/15 4:50pm

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

Actress Abbie Cornish Working on Secret Rap Career, Will Tour with Nas

Australian actress and aspiring rapper Abbie Cornish, famous for roles in the Robocop reboot and Sucker Punch, has reportedly landed a spot performing with Nas. » 12/30/14 11:30pm 12/30/14 11:30pm

Watch Dej Loaf Make Her TV Debut on Jimmy Fallon

Dej Loaf made it into the TV circuit on The Tonight Show last night, one of the few woman rappers right now to do so. Backed by the Roots, the charismatic Detroit rapper worked the stage with confidence while wearing a Coogi cardigan, although her breakout single was a bit neutered in its clean incarnation. Still,… » 11/25/14 12:10pm 11/25/14 12:10pm

A Chat with Dionne Osborne, the Vocal Coach Who Changed Drake's Style

Drake is the type of artist whose technical abilities make a noticeable jump with every release. When in late October he dropped three new tracks, a few members of Jezebel staff noted that Drake was sounding like a properly impressive R&B vocalist: comparing "Days In The East" to 2009's "Best I Ever Had," for example,… » 11/17/14 1:00pm 11/17/14 1:00pm

Remy Ma's New Mixtape is a Real Bra Burner

In the late '00s, Bronx bruiser Remy Ma was on track to be rap queen of New York, but in 2008 she was sentenced to eight years in prison for shooting her friend in the stomach. (She thought said friend had stolen $3000 from her purse. The friend survived, but it was obviously a very ugly incident.) Remy was released… » 11/02/14 4:00pm 11/02/14 4:00pm

And Here Is Daniel Radcliffe Rapping 'Alphabet Aerobics'

A bearded Daniel Radcliffe appeared on The Tonight Show Tuesday night and revealed to Jimmy Fallon that he loves rap: "I think I was the first kid in my class to learn 'The Real Slim Shady,'" he said, adding that, "I've always had kind of an obsession with memorizing complicated, lyrically intricate and fast songs, I… » 10/29/14 10:50am 10/29/14 10:50am

Drake's Still Mourning, and Outing, the Women Who Never Loved Him

Drake dropped three songs about chicks this weekend, because what else does he rap about? Wines he thinks we’ve never heard of, his “team” and women who don’t give him the attention he deserves. Ugh, it’s so hard being one of the biggest rappers in the world. » 10/27/14 4:30pm 10/27/14 4:30pm

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

Meet Mz. 007, the 'Fat Fly Chick' Who Is Very Important

Ladies, I have a message to share with you: PASS ME A DRINK, I'M IMPORTANT. Meet Mz. 007, a St. Louis, Mo. rapper with today's self-love lesson that even Iyanla Vanzant could learn from, and then say "Preach beloved!" » 9/16/14 3:40pm 9/16/14 3:40pm

Watch This Cattle Auctioneer Become An Accidental Rap God

Why has no one thought to put a dope backing track to auctions before? Is it because it just wasn't something anyone considered or because no one is running auctions like the guy in this video? How close are we to seeing "cowboy rappers" on the charts now that someone has discovered Rhett Parks of Whitewood Livestock?… » 5/12/14 12:20pm 5/12/14 12:20pm

Fantastic: Brian Williams Raps 'Gin and Juice' on The Tonight Show

Those familiar with the depth of esteemed news anchor Brian Williams' work with Jimmy Fallon are no doubt aware that Williams has quite a few hit covers under his belt: The Sugarhill Gang classic, "Rapper's Delight," Young MC's "Bust a Move," Warren G. and Nate Dogg's "Regulate," Dr. Dre's "Nuthin' But a G Thang,"… » 4/22/14 8:35am 4/22/14 8:35am

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