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Why Chuck D was right about Hot 97

By now the Chuck D/Hot 97 beef has been well-documented by blogs, and anyone with access to Twitter can see the back-and-forth exchange that’s spanned several days. Long story short, Chuck D blasted Hot 97 for this year’s Summer Jam show, calling it a “sloppy fiasco” and criticizing the liberal use of the n-word, questioning where Hot 97 would […]

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Why doesn’t hip hop respect its elders?

Most cultures hold their elders in high regard. It’s safe to say that hip hop in its current form is not one of them. In today’s hip hop landscape, pioneers are typically dismissed and marginalized by the mainstream, trotted out once a year during VH1’s “Hip Hop Honors” and then conveniently forgotten. There is a […]

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I wish my uncle would stop screaming about hip hop

A few months ago I pulled into my uncle’s driveway blasting the new Nas album. My uncle — a 52-year-old white man who, shall we say, does not care for hip hop — heard the music and started screaming. I wasn’t all that surprised. He’s Italian, and I’ve found that Italians tend to be passionate […]

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Tricia Rose talks hip hop with Ceasefire Magazine

Ceasefire Magazine published a fascinating interview about hip hop with Brown University professor and Black Noise author Tricia Rose. She discusses how mainstream rappers often stay silent on important issues because speaking out might interfere with their quest for racks on racks on racks. My favorite quote from the interview: Let’s actually ‘keep it real.” […]

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