“Rap is something you do, hip-hop is something you live.” -KRS-One… Read More Nah I Ain’t Pass The Bar But I Know A Lil Bit: Hip Hop and the Law
Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma just had the hottest rap battles in hip-hop history. The two women laid all of their rap skills out on the table and the streets loved it! There was a great deal of conversation surrounding what was true and what was untrue, and it made me think about the possibility of… Read More Shether?: Defamation and Rap Beefs
In my constant fight against racism and the stereotypes that come with it, I find myself asking this question: what is it with rappers and jail? The fame and financial stability that come along with being a famous rapper naturally lead to this question, at least for me it does. I think I finally found the… Read More What is it With Rappers and Jail?
This was a tough one. One of the most revered Civil Rights Leaders of all time sued my favorite, and one of the best Hip-Hop groups of all time, OutKast. The suit stemmed from an OutKast song titled Rosa Parks—Hence the lawsuit. Check out the video below: In the civil suit, Mrs. Parks claimed that OutKast violated… Read More Everybody Move to the Back of the Bus: Rosa Parks v. LaFace Records
Just a few days ago, Chance the Rapper is reported to have turned down up to $10 million in contract advances with record labels *You Go Boy*. All to keep his freedom—uh… I mean, independence. I don’t blame him, and if I were Chance the Rapper, I would never sign a record deal. Here’s why:… Read More I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T Do You Know What That Mean?—Why Chance The Rapper Should NEVER Sign to a Record Label
To me, one of the most fascinating and publicly demonstrated government persecutions was that of 5 Black men from Compton, California named Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, DJ Yella, Arabian Prince, and MC Ren. The men were members of a small group you might have heard of called N.W.A. … Read More Straight Outta Compton: Black People Take on the F.B.I.—Again
Black people have undeniably had the biggest influence in contemporary music. Any genre you can think of: Country, Jazz, Gospel, The Blues, Rock & Roll, R & B, and of course Hip Hop, all have roots in Black Culture. Despite Black Culture’s contribution to music, the music business hasn’t always credited Black artists for their work, and the law has failed to support Black artists as well.
… Read More Tables Finally Turn: Miami Base, Stolen Music, and the First Amendment