What Runs These MC’s?

I guess I’m back on my very literal grind – this ax that I sharpen and swing from time to time against the malignant growths on Hip Hop.  My goal in writing these entries over the past six years has been to fight fire with fire.  To creatively use the same art of expression within Hip… Read more »



President Obama: It’s Not Our Fault

The views expressed inside this editorial aren’t necessarily the views of AllHipHop.com or its employees.President Obama is angry, and rightfully so. He’s endured two years of meticulous Republican opposition to virtually every measure put forth, even when he — dare I say — compromised. Setting aside campaign promises of a public healthcare option and a… Read more »



Hip-Hop Collector’s Item “The Deandre Way” Copy 1 of 13,360

The views expressed inside this editorial aren’t necessarily the views of AllHipHop.com or its employees. Twitter was all abuzz among industry professionals yesterday about Soulja Boys’ new album “The Deandre Way” selling a little over 13,000 units in its first week of sales.  The only twitter page that was silent was that of @SouljaBoyTellem.  After a… Read more »



T.I.’s 4th Letter From Jail

(Editor’s note: Below is T.I.’s raw, unedited letter to his fans.) So here it is…NO MERCY, the most honest and intimate installment of my life story as promised. Hope y’all enjoy it and it lives up to the very high standards I’ve set for myself or anyone who’s to be considered one of the best…. Read more »



What’s the Real Story Behind Home Land Security Shutting Down Hip Hop Websites?

Over the Thanksgiving Holiday something very disturbing took place… Homeland Security along with ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) , the Department of Justice and the National Intellectual Property Rights Co-ordinating Center seized over 80 websites including popular Hip Hop websites RapGodfathers.com, dajaz1.com, Onsmash.com. These Hip Hop sites were accused of copyright violations, which is crazy,… Read more »



What Does HIV Mean To Hip-Hop?

Since HIV is hitting the African American community the hardest it should mean a lot.While HIV is not something that just affects African American, and Hip Hop is not something just black people enjoy or support, we can’t ignore the facts.Just like Hip Hop runs through the blood of our inner cities, so does HIV.Like… Read more »



World Aids Day – Rappers Fight To Educate Fans; Testing Numbers Up

For the past several years, Hip-Hop artists across the country have held events that encouraged safe sex and the importance of continuously being tested for HIV/AIDS. Artists like Plies, Twista, Yung Problemz, Yung L.A., Keith Murray, Ludacris, Jamie Foxx, Bun B., Gorilla Zoe, Common and countless others have campaigned in the Hip-Hop community to help… Read more »



Kanye West’s 9-Minute Monologue

Kanye West went in…watch this and comment. Anybody can get it. Even Taylor Swift. Here is the partial rant. And now we are mere surfaces of the energy they are projecting on us. Everybody needs a villain, don’t we? We need to blame someone at all times. For me to be considered a racist for… Read more »



T.I.: Letter From Jail #3

This experience is truly a pain I have never felt before and that’s saying a lot for a nigga who’s been down locked up as many times as I have. I see this as a real ass whoopin’. The kind you don’t just go back outside to play afterwards. You take ya ass to bed… Read more »



The Outcry of an Outlier

The views expressed inside this editorial aren’t necessarily the views of AllHipHop.com or its employees. While I take pride in my heritage as an African-American, I have to proclaim that my precedent’s not Black.  Yes – my President is Black.  No – I’m not disowning my culture in favor of giving precedence to another one. … Read more »



Manny Pacquiao the People’s Champ: Is that too Much for Floyd to Handle?

The views expressed inside this editorial aren’t necessarily the views of AllHipHop.com or its employees. The other night many got a chance to witness history in the making as the greatest fighter of all-time next to Muhammad Ali show and proved that he’s no joke. Manny Pacquiao let all doubters including his opponent Antonio Margarito know… Read more »



Gasp! You Mean There Is Still Racism?

When did people begin acting as if racism died? Why is it that when you read the newspaper and/or watch television, people act as if Blacks and other ‘minorities’ are just plain lying when it comes to speaking on being treated differently because of their background? People continue to deny our claims, until they see… Read more »



Mike Bigga’s Open Letter Denying Involvement In Assault

According to recent news reports, Grammy Award-winning artist and youth/community activist Michael Render, who performs as Mike Bigga (formerly Killer Mike), has been named in a lawsuit regarding an alleged dispute. Render has not seen the reported lawsuit, but he has responded with the following statement: As a community activist and youth advocate, I am extremely… Read more »



“Tyler Perry’s ‘For Colored Girls’”

Push pause before watching for colored girls….  People either love or hate filmmaker Tyler Perry—that much is clear to me. Weeks before I decided to see Perry’s “For Colored Girls” on opening night I could hear the extreme reactions to the fact he was adapting, producing, and directing a film version of Ntozake Shange’s classic 1970s… Read more »



Rhymefest: Why I’m Running For City Council

When Hip Hop first started, it was a local movement of artistic expression and social commentary. Hip Hop artists and lovers challenged the status quo by scratching records, tagging buildings and defying gravity.Those who had been ignored and forgotten grabbed the microphone, hopped on (and sometimes off) stage and ushered in what would become a… Read more »



Shyne Apologizes To L.A. Reid

A great leader has the unique ability to admit when he’s wrong. Without this ability you suffer the fate of Napoleon and end up dead on your way to Russia. I was wrong about my assessment of Chairman Reid. After I stopped being all Carl Thomas emotional and things like that, I thought about the… Read more »



Inner City Violence: “The Mothers Cry”

  The following editorial was written by Silky Slim, a former gang banger than had seen the way violence has ravaged his hometown of Baton Rouge. Silky again speaks on the violence ravaging the inner cities and African Americans across the nation. Click here to read his previous work, “Lil Boosie and the New KKK.”… Read more »



Time Warp: 2010 Artists Using The 1990s Business Model

While some have tried to use Nas’ scathing letter to Def Jam executives (http://allhiphop.com/stories/editorial/archive/2010/10/07/22425459.aspx) as more evidence to condemn the music industry’s exploitative practices I saw it as a teachable moment on the subject of artist responsibility – an opportunity to explain to today’s young artists how important it is to think more like an… Read more »




REPUBLICAN WOMAN STAY AWAY FROM ME! The inspiration for this song came while attending Ignite 2010, a conference hosted by VIBE and The League of Young Voters in Atlanta on the eve of the BET Hip-Hop Awards. The purpose of the event was to bring together Bloggers, Artists and Community Activists to see what could… Read more »



Why Vote?

<!]]>If you live in California, today Monday (Oct 18 2010) will be your last day to register to vote. You can do that by going here.. http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm For many, with a messed up economy, unmet expectations and seemingly out of touch and unresponsive politicians, this has been a pretty dismal year in terms of choices… Read more »



Shyne’s Open Letter To Def Jam

Def Jam is dying…. Thanks L.A. Reid! Middle fingers to you too!!!Antonio L.A. Reid, quite frankly, doesn’t give a curse word about Hip-Hop!!! He doesn’t get it. He fails to comprehend the holy institution that is Def Jam. How a Jewish guy named Rick & an African [American] guy from Hollis queens by the name… Read more »