Mainstream Rap's Gay Future Is Upon Us

Last Saturday's edition of the New York Times featured a profile of the Atlanta rapper and singer ILoveMakonnen, who has become an unlikely budding star of sorts thanks to his off-kilter club jam "Tuesday." All the way down in the 24th paragraph of the story is a revelation that could count as a landmark moment for… » 4/08/15 4:15pm 4/08/15 4:15pm

Watch Kanye & Mom Donda Rapping 'Hey Mama' in Ancient Home Video

The intimacy of a home movie is unreplicable and, viewed in retrospect, home movies are as telling as any diary entry. (This is why they are used as an easy flashback device for so many movies about dramatic familial interchange and/or horrors.) They're a microscope where the nuances of boring, day-to-day living… » 4/08/15 11:50am 4/08/15 11:50am

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

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

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

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