Tag: rap music

All the Wrong People Love Jesus Is King

Photo: Oliver Contreras (Getty Images) Like many black folks, I grew up in a deeply religious household. That meant prayers before every meal, three church services a week on Sundays and Wednesdays, and pretending like a lot of gospel rappers weren’t fucking terrible. Thankfully, now I’m a grown-ass man who no longer attends vacation bible […]

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Chance the Rapper Postpones Tour, Opts for Paternity Leave After Birth of Daughter

Photo: Brian Ach (Getty Images for Snapple) Mere days before his #TheBigDay World Tour was set to kick off comes the shocking news that Chance the Rapper, born Chancelor Bennett, is taking paternity leave. After welcoming his second baby girl, Marli, the “No Problems” spitter revealed on Monday that as much as he loves his […]

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Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign Invite Us to Ride the Boat on Hot Girl Summer

After birthing the phenomenon known as “Hot Girl Summer,” its official anthem has finally arrived, courtesy of Megan Thee Stallion, with a little assistance from a pair of artists equally about that liberated life: Ty Dolla $ign and Nicki Minaj. We first learned of Nicki and Ty’s involvement with the song on Monday, when the […]

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Watch Offset and Cardi B Do Anything—Like Translate Their Lyrics—for ‘Clout’

Offset, Cardi B, and Jimmy Kimmel on the set of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”Screenshot: Jimmy Kimmel Live! (YouTube) Contrary to popular belief, I’m actually pretty damn old. Sure, the gift of melanin means my black has yet to crack, but I’ve been in bed by like 8 p.m. every day this week, my sciatic nerve is […]

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A Public Official Was Allegedly Ousted for Being Too Obsessed With Tupac

Jerry Foxhoven, the former director of Iowa’s Department of Human Services, resigned abruptly last month, reportedly at the request of Iowa’s Governor Kim Reynolds—and there’s intrigue over the fact that his resignation took place the day after he sent an email to 4,300 employees celebrating Father’s Day and his two-year anniversary. But that wasn’t all […]

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Chance the Rapper Reveals Title, Release Date of Debut ‘Owbum’ on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

Screenshot: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (YouTube) Despite mounds of evidence to the contrary, Chi-Town superhero Chance the Rapper refuses to call any of his previous releases “albums.” They’re mixtapes, dammit. He said what he said. I mean, sure. They’re all monetized, courtesy of their availability on streaming services, all have infiltrated the Billboard […]

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Police: White Man Reportedly Killed Teenager Because Teen’s Rap Music Made Suspect Feel ‘Unsafe’

Photo: Maricopa County Detention Center Arizona law enforcement officials arrested a man who allegedly killed an innocent teenager in a brutal stabbing early Thursday morning. Although the teen didn’t know the suspect or apparently do anything to his alleged killer, authorities say the man committed the fatal act simply because he felt threatened by the […]

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Grabbing Feminism by the Mic: This Is How Women in Hip-Hop Are Making a Lane of Their Own

The terms “hip-hop” and “feminism” might seem like oil and water. After all, the culture of misogyny and straight disrespect of women throughout hip-hop culture could lead one to think otherwise. So can a feminist politic exist in a hyper-misogynistic space? The answer: It’s complicated. “Hip-hop feminism” was coined by author and scholar Joan Morgan […]

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