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Ice Cube: I AM THE WEST

Editor’s Note: Ice Cube wrote the following on his blog, where he announces the name of his new album and why. I AM THE WEST…is the name of my new record. After completing about 65% of my music, this is the perfect title. This s**t is cocky, no apologies, West Coast gangsta s**t. I can’t… Read more »

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Deep: Epic Beard Man Explains Everything

The tale of the Epic Beard Man, aka Thomas Bruso continues and it gets deeper than anybody could have imagined. He speaks on his own past, the criminal history of the man that he beat down and even the loss of his mother. video platform video management video solutions video player

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David Banner Asks: Are You Dead?

The following editorial originally appeared on The Alumni Roundup:If situations dictate actions, what are the consequences of inactivity? This question is more relevant today than it has ever been for the Black community. Here’s another pertinent question, are we a dead people? How can a people be dead you may ask? If by dead we… Read more »

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Hip-Hop for Educational Change: We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

[This piece comes in lieu of Tolu Olorunda’s weekly column. He returns next week.] The current public school system in America is in a state of emergency. Federal programs like No Child Left Behind, aimed at improving schools through standards-based reform, have caused many schools to focus on teaching the limited sets of skills required to… Read more »

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Is Kanye Being Lynched?

We have established that Kanye West was wrong when he jumped on stage last year and snatched the microphone from Taylor Swift, a pop country singer. We’ve established firmly that Kanye is a man of raw emotions and passion and that causes him to act on impulse…with mixed results. It has been five months since… Read more »

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I’m Soft Now

Back in the day, one of the worst things somebody could call you was “soft.” “You soft, dude, you soft.” “Man, this dude is softer than peeled grapes! He couldn’t bust a grape in a food fight.” To be soft, you had to be somebody that people could easily pick on or you weren’t able… Read more »

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More than Aid, Haiti Needs Allies

 The views expressed with in this editorial don’t necessarily reflect the views of AllHipHop.com or its staff. “AllHipHop.com and other sites, activists, entities and caring people are scrambling to create Hip-Hop for Haiti. What it is exactly, we’ll let you know soon, but we know we will continue to help the nation and support people… Read more »

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Haiti: Does Hip-Hop Care?

Haiti: Does Hip-Hop Care? The crisis in Haiti has captivated the global community, but has it mesmerized the Hip-Hop community in same manner? The affluent seem sluggish in aiding Haiti – at least publicly. Is it me? Hip-Hop’s activist roots have shriveled in the last couple of decades, giving way to jewels, money, apathy and… Read more »

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Bono Bombs, Again: Celebrity Politics & Why the Music Industry is No Victim

 The views expressed inside this editorial aren’t necessarily the views of AllHipHop.com or its employees.   Like his ear-ringing, pitch-piercing singing, many of Bono’s ideas fall flat: Aggression isn’t enough: Artistry ought to have greater command. In an Op-Ed for the New York Times last Sunday (“Ten for the Next Ten”), Sir Bono listed 10… Read more »

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Why Ghostwriting Is Good For Rap

 The views expressed inside this editorial aren’t necessarily the views of AllHipHop.com or its employees. I will never forget the experience of being invited in the Fall of 1995, by Nas to visit him while he was recording tracks (in November at Sony Music Studios) for his highly anticipated album, It Was Written. We had… Read more »

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No Agreement: The Hypocritical Commercialization of Fela’s Legacy

No Agreement: The Hypocritical Commercialization of Fela’s Legacy   “No agreement today/ No agreement tomorrow/” —Fela Anikulapo Kuti (With Africa 70), “No Agreement,” No Agreement, 1977. I’m sorry: It’s not enough to simply watch “Music is the Weapon,” or pour through Michael Veal’s impressive biography, Fela: The Life And Times Of An African Musical Icon,… Read more »

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Did Hip-Hop Deliver, and Inspire, in ‘09?

Editor’s note: The views expressed inside this editorial aren’t necessarily the views of AllHipHop.com or its employees.“Reflection is a collection of memories/ Definitely: this is how Hip-Hop is meant to be/ —Talib Kweli, “Memories Live,” Train of Thought, 2000. I wouldn’t bore the reader with a recap of ‘09 through the vantage point of Hip-Hop—you’ll… Read more »

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360 Deals and ‘Dumb’ Artists

Editor’s note: The views expressed inside this editorial aren’t necessarily the views of AllHipHop.com or its employees.About 15 years ago when I first entered the recording music industry (I had already put in years in the concert promotion business) a CEO of a record label with the ultimate dual currency – juice on the streets… Read more »

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Why the Music Industry Can’t Save Itself

Editor’s note: The views expressed inside this editorial aren’t necessarily the views of AllHipHop.com or its employees.“Look: now, I ain’t going for the okey-doke/ … This industry be trying to strangle Ni**as in the choke/” —Rhymefest Ft. Kanye West, “More,” Blue Collar, 2006. The tragedy of bullies, it seems, isn’t so much in the exhibitionism,… Read more »

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Tiger Woods Needs A Slap

Editor’s note: The views expressed inside this editorial aren’t necessarily the views of AllHipHop.com or its employees. I want to slap Tiger Woods up. Of all the athletes on EARTH, he is the last one that I would expect to be embroiled in a controversy with three alleged mistresses. Alas, here we are. There is… Read more »

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Healing Hip-Hop’s Racial Wounds—Between Blacks and Browns, That Is

  “Hip-Hop Kulture doesn’t recognize haters. Haters within a culture of love are traitors.” —KRS-One, The Gospel of Hip-Hop. New York: powerHouse Books, 2009, p. 395. A few weeks back AllHipHop.com ran a feature news report, “Rap Group Calle 13 Dominates Latin Grammys,” celebrating its recent sweep of 5 awards, including “album of the year”… Read more »

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Cab Calloway: The Original Hip-Hop MC

“Put me in the spotlight, give me two or three thousand people and a decent group of men behind me with instruments, and you can’t give me more.” —Cab Calloway Born December 25, 1907 in Rochester, New York, Cabell Calloway III’s luck was established even before birth. This Christmas baby would go on to front… Read more »

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50 Cent’s Ultimate Challenge: How To Market Beanie Sigel (Part 1)

 The views expressed inside this editorial aren’t necessarily the views of AllHipHop.com or its employees. It’s the second biggest move in the history of Hip-Hop free agency, surpassed only by Tupac’s signing with Death Row Records in October of 1995. Want another example? It’s the best affiliation since Lex Luger became an Associate Member of… Read more »

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22 News:22 Reasons Why Nothing’s Changed

I swear history just travels in unimaginative circles. The same issues our fathers faced in their day, we are facing now in this post-millennium BS that we call modern society. After years of lying history books, recycled headlines, uninspired lectures, and cheesy fireside chats, I’ve grown hip to the fact that significant people, places, and… Read more »

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KRS-One: The N-Word Revisited

The N-Word may be the more polarizing, confounding, confusing, charged word in the history of HUMANKIND.   Its origins have been discussed, debated, and dialoged for hundreds of years and still – to this day – there has been no clear resolution on what it truly means.   Perhaps that is because the word has… Read more »

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Bad Ideas In Hip-Hop: Porno Rap

Here is the second installment in the series of “Bad Ideas In Hip-Hop.”   Last week, we examined an obscure, but not forgotten act, The White Boys. This week, we dive deeper into another bad idea in the world of Hip-Hop. This time, the topic is Porno Rap.   What we deem Porno Rap has… Read more »

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Quiet Riot: Campuses Rebel Against Gangsta Rap

In 1971, Gil Scott Heron recorded, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” Although the song was written during the time of the Vietnam War, Heron could have just as easily been talking about the war against gangsta-ism being waged on the campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s), today.Across the country , students are… Read more »

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