The Menace to Black Virtuosity: Politicizing and “Urbanization” of Music Genres

On April 23rd, 2016, Beyoncé dropped her sixth studio album LEMONADE. The world stopped again as she continued with including strong and gritty visuals for hard hitting songs; but, there was a certain stillness in the air about how to define the album. While some turned to calling LEMONADE R&B, including the Grammys Recording Academy, others were puzzled as the project touched on different genres. Beyoncé gave us a taste of an artist’s ability to bounce from genre to genre on each song. She gave us smooth R&B with “Pray…

People On the Internet Offended by WAP Video Leaves Internet Porn Perplexed

“WAP” by Cardi B and Meg Thee Stallion has taken the world by storm. However, not everyone is impressed by the song, nor the video. The video, which featured fine ass women twerking and rapping, should’ve been universally praised for fine ass women twerking and rapping, along with, you know, visuals or something. However, not everyone views it that way. People on the, wait for it, internet, along with politicians on the, wait for it, internet were flabbergasted by what they deemed as oversexualization on the, wait for it, internet.…

Tupac’s Middle Finger To American Racism Will Forever Be His Lasting Legacy

The older I become, the harder it is to defend Tupac Amaru Shakur as the greatest RAPPER of all time. If one goes by pure rap/lyrics, its difficult to make an argument that puts him above Big, Hov, Nas, Black Thought, Talib, Mos Def, or Andre 3000. The older we become, the more appreciation we have for not only what was said, BUT how it was said, and we tend to measure the complexities of both the what and how. So yes, recycling, “Being buried in the cemetery while I…

Video: Rhythm + Flow Winner D Smoke Premiers his Newest offering with Anthem “Black Habits”

Netflix Rhythm + Flow contest winner D Smoke just dropped some heat for Black History Month! The Inglewood Native evokes a distinctively west coast vibe over a haunting track in an equally haunting video that manifests Django vibes as he sits atop a brown horse and spits from the soul. D Smoke is a bi-lingual musician with an impeccable flow and his ascension is no mistake. Take a listen to “Black Habits” and you’ll begin to understand why… whatever IT is… he has IT!