The End Of ‘Greedy’ Managers and ‘Dumb’ Artists (Hopefully)

As I continue to prepare my full return to the industry with my forthcoming Hip-Hoppreneur ™ advisory service I’ve been having some interesting conversations and negotiations with artists, producers, managers, entertainment lawyers, publicists, and executives. The more I build and do business with these individuals, the clearer it becomes that there may be no relationship… Read more »



Tattoo Tears of Joy…or Pain?

 As if it wasn’t extremely difficult for us already, may I ask, “Why are we now putting tattoos on our faces?”  Do we not realize that a tattoo on our face will probably make our scarce options that more limited?   Or are we just so far gone that we just don’t care? When I… Read more »



The Mixtape: The End Of An Era?

The Mixtape: The End Of An Era? For the last month two ‘non-albums’ have struck me as marking two eras in Hip-Hop: the Freddie Gibbs Str8 Killa EP on one hand, and the There Is No Competition: 2: The Grieving Music Mixtape 2 from Fabolous. Conceptually it is difficult to find a DJ involved with… Read more »



Hex’s Return: Back At It

Back again,bastards. This stroke shit is turning my drops into annuals. F**k it. Oh, & f**k Chuck Creekmur & Steve Raze, too. Just because. [Editor’s Note: Both Chuck Creekmur and Steve Raze appreciate the man known as hexmurda as well as his editorials. Yep. Click here for the Black Milk interview, hex’s homey. ] Whut… Read more »



WWWD? (What Will Weezy Do?)

This is one of my most serious editorials that I’ve ever penned. It’s very serious because it deals with people’s lives and whether or not they’ll choose to live or die. In writing this piece, I have to reflect back on the lives of other men who found themselves in similar situations and use them… Read more »



No Passes: The T.I. Edition

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of AllHipHop.com.T.I. T.I. T.I. I was just talking about the homey T.I. I was specifically talking about this: Since Tip got out of jail, he’s been smiling a lot. I’d look at every post-arrest interview, every photo, every appearance and… Read more »



D.O.L.N. (Death Of Live Nation?)

Is Live Nation at death’s door, as some recent media reports may have us believe? Not quite. You can put the electrical defibrillator away for now, but don’t let the doctor leave the room, yet. As many of you may know from reading my writings at AllHipHop.com or elsewhere I believe that one of the… Read more »



Black and Ugly as Ever, However!

 “First things first, I Poppa, freaks all the honey’s, dummies, playboy bunnies, those wanting money.  Those the ones I like, cause they don’t get nathan, but penetration unless they smell like sanitation.  Gar-barge I turn like door knobs.  Heartthrob?  Never, black and ugly as ever; however…”Biggie is considered the G.O.A.T by many because of his… Read more »



I’m Worldwide Known, Whether You Like It Or Not!

The following call and response is real simplistic, but guaranteed to get any party jumping!Call:  Aint not party like an old school party cause an old school party don’t stop!  Response:  Aint no party like an old school party cause an old school party don’t stop!Call:  Heeeeey yoResponse:  AlrightCall:  Heeeeey yoResponse:  AlrightCall:  The roof, the… Read more »



What If The Tea Party Was Black?

A few months ago, Tim Wise wrote a widely circulated article called, “Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black ” which challenged America to take a close look at the hypocrisy of the Right Wing. Now, a Pittsburgh rapper is accepting his challenge in true Hip Hop form. Jasiri X has released a video called… Read more »



Hate Is For Suckas

Blame it on the goose, blame it on the henney, blame it on the vodka (which happened to be Ciroc mixed with lemonade) or blame it on the remy, blame it on the alc alc alc alc alcohol, blame it on the alc alc alc alc alcohol, or just blame it on the fact that… Read more »



I Aint A Killer, But Don’t Push Me

Coincidentally or maybe not, AllHipHop.com and theGrio.com partnered to discuss Hip Hop and Politics during the same week that many recognized the day of birth of arguably one of the most influential artists of a musical genre; he who may have well been the last rapper thus far, who simultaneously displayed the ability to successfully… Read more »



The Politics of “Gettin’ Money”

Jasiri X is one of the most vocal rappers making Hip-hop with an overt message in the spirit of Public Enemy, X-Clan and Boogie Down Productions. The Pittsburgh emcee tells AllHipHop.com and the Ill Community how such a Hip-Hop artist can make politically-minded music and still get to the money. When I wrote the song… Read more »



Hip-Hop: Evolve Or Die

David Banner has been to the left of the spotlight for a few years, but quietly the rapper/producer has been mastering his craft in other ways. First, is Death of a Pop Star, his upcoming collaboration with producer 9th Wonder. Another is his self-produced song “Evolve,” which was included in a recent campaign for Gatorade… Read more »



Tupac’s Code Foundation:Revisited

From June 1994 to April 2002, Ms. Erica Ford ran Tupac’s Code Foundation even after the rapper had passed away. Erica, Tupac, and his stepfather Mutulu Shakur, established The Code in 1994. The mission was simply to keep young people out of jail and to decrease “Black on Black” crime. Ms. Ford tells her taled… Read more »



Hip-hop and Politics Have a Long History Behind the Mic

This weekend one of hip-hop’s hottest acts, Drake, lent his talent to protest offshore drilling. On Sunday, the 23-year-old rapper performed at the ‘Stop The Offshore Drilling” rally at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. In May, hip-hop veteran Talib Kweli released a single about another hot political topic. It’s called ‘Papers Please’ — and… Read more »



Will Hip-Hop Return To Its Activist Roots? (w/ @TOUREX, @icecube, @kevin_powell, @chuckcreekmur)

WATCH THIS ORIGINAL REPORT ON THE EVOLUTION OF HIP-HOP AND POLITICS Before hip-hop became the multi-billion dollar industry it is today, there was a group of young lyricists who were ahead of their time. Telling unfiltered truths about the struggles of blacks in the late 1960s and early 70s, they called themselves The Last Poets.”When… Read more »



Top 20 Top Political Hip Hop Songs

The relationship between Hip-Hop, community action and politics is a volatile and symbiotic relationship with all working with and against each other seemingly at the same time. Hip-Hop has typically been critical of the powers that be, but also been driven by a desire for those in power to improve the environment. Hip-Hop to the… Read more »



“Hip-Hop & Politics: From The Beat to The Ballot” (@icecube, @UncleRush, @realtalibkweli & more)

NEW YORK –TheGrio.com and AllHipHop.com, in partnership with NBC News, will debut “Hip-Hop & Politics: From The Beat to The Ballot” starting June 14. The weeklong series will run on both websites as part of Black Music Month. Chuck Creekmur of AllHipHop and David Wilson of TheGrio discuss the series on MSNBC in the video… Read more »



Open Letter To Slim Thug

In a recent interview, rapper Slim Thug unleashed a very disturbing attack on Black women, here’s an excerpt: …Most single Black women feel like they don’t want to settle for less. Their standards are too high right now. They have to understand that successful Black men are kind of extinct. We’re important. It’s hard to… Read more »