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 »



AllHipHop.com Endorses Kevin Powell For Congress (Brooklyn)

DONATE $5 to Kevin’s campaign NOW at www.kevinpowell.net (click DONATE) “When you consider the intelligence and breadth of Kevin Powell’s writing and activism, you come to the conclusion that there may be no better spokesperson and representative for a generation that has too long been counted out.” —asha bandele An interesting thing happens in America… Read more »



Meditations on Hip-Hop: Of Disposability, Death, and Destiny (Pt. III of III)

DESTINY A learning process might appear … for the crushed, the forbidden-to-be, the rejected, that would teach them that, through serious, just, determined, untiring struggle, it is possible to remake the world. —Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Hope: Reliving Pedagogy of the Oppressed (New York: The Continuum Publishing Co., 1994), p. 198. Must survive any how… Read more »



Who’s The Real Terrorist?

Who’s The Real Terrorist?April 19th marked the 15th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City by Timothy McVeigh. While many gathered on that day to commemorate that tragic event, the act itself, and others like it, continues to shed light on a fundamental hypocrisy in American society. The hypocrisy… Read more »



Republicans Buy Sneakers, Too

A popular sentiment shared among members of the sports community is that politics and sports should not mix.  After all, with the vast investment of Corporate America, astronomical ticket pricing and multi-billion dollar television contracts, it is simply safer and financially more lucrative to accept the status quo than to challenge it. The Phoenix Suns… Read more »



Africa, The Next Throne of ‘Hip-Hop’

I’ve mentioned this story before because it was one of those experiences that always stays with you. In December 2009, I wrote the following in a column at AllHipHop.com: “In 1996, while serving as GM of Wu-Tang Management, I participated in a private meeting with executives from RCA Records. At a certain point they brought… Read more »



How High Can Hip-Hop Go?

People have always smoked marijuana, for one reason or another.  Some people justifiable reasoning was religious/spiritual or medicinal, others used the drug-induced state to escape, some indulged to make stupidity seem gut busting hilarious, if not genius, while others just geeked and got the munchies.  I’m from the red light, beaded sectional dividers, burnt incense,… Read more »



Gucci The Role Model? Really?

 The views expressed inside this editorial aren’t necessarily the views of AllHipHop.com or its employees.“The term role model generally means any “person who serves as an example, whose behavior is emulated by others” – Wikipedia “This is something I will make sure never happens again. My time in jail was trying, but I grew from… Read more »



The Renaissance of The Female MC: Ana Tijoux and Queen Yonasda

Renaissance – any new birth, re-birth or revival of art, thought, science, literature, or architecture. [(French for “rebirth”; Italian: Rinascimento, from ri- “again” and nascere “be born”)] Listening to the new albums from Ana Tijoux and Queen Yonasda made me think of Akinyele. I know what you’re thinking so let me explain. About 11 years… Read more »



Un-American America: Why Fear Mongering is So Damn Frightening

We are living in precarious and dangerous times.  The economy remains unstable, joblessness is continuously skyrocketing, development is stagnant and unpredictable circumstances around the world are exacerbating the fears of many.  But what is also quietly bubbling underneath the surface is a far more treacherous and detrimental push for a shift in American psychology that… Read more »



Op-Ed: The Mis-Education of Henry Louis Gates, Jr

By Abdul Arif Muhammad, Esq. In an April 23, 2010 Op-Ed piece for  The New York Times entitled “Ending the Slavery Blame-Game,” Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. argues that a moral, historic, political and economic equivalency exists between the culpability and responsibility of some Africans who participated in the transatlantic slave trade with the nations… Read more »



Guru’s Brother Writes Heartfelt Open Letter

Originally published by Boston.com. Click here for the original story. “Positivity, that’s how I’m livin..’” So goes the lyric from my brother’s early hip-hop song, “Positivity.” My brother Keith Elam, the hip-hop artist known as GURU—Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal—died this week at the too-young age of 48 because of complications from cancer. ‘Positivity’ was what… Read more »



Do Not Meet Your Heroes!

[Original Source]I’m not a whistle-blower, rat or any other term synonymous with snitch. With that said the following stories shall leave the guilty nameless. My agenda here is to crystallize my point, not expose wack behavior. Before I state my premise I’ll first explain my need to.  Last month I received an assignment to interview… Read more »



A Hip-Hop Agenda; What’s Ours?

A month ago, Tavis Smiley and a group of Black intellectuals and activists, which included Minister Louis Farrakhan, Dr. Cornel West, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Michael Eric Dyson, and others got together to discuss the importance of President Barack Obama addressing of a Black Agenda.  Apparently the goal was not for the group to address the… Read more »



Rich Kids in Hip-Hop: Who Let the Gates Open?

Editor’s note: The views expressed inside this editorial aren’t necessarily the views of AllHipHop.com or its employees.We survived winters, snotty nosed with no coats/ We kept it real, but the older brother still had jokes/ … Check it, fifteen of us in a three bedroom apartment/ Roaches everywhere, cousins and aunts was there/ —Ghostface Killah,… Read more »



The Top 5 Best Name Changes In Rap

Editor’s note: The views expressed inside this editorial aren’t necessarily the views of AllHipHop.com or its employees.…Continued from the “Top 5 Worst Name Changes In Rap.” This ain’t serious.1) Killer Mike to Mike Bigga We know the change takes some getting used to, but Killer Mike had to do it. Sadly, America simply wasn’t ready… Read more »



The Top 5 Worst Name Changes In Rap

Editor’s note: The views expressed inside this editorial aren’t necessarily the views of AllHipHop.com or its employees.The name change. It is the ultimate form of reinvention. Artists have long held variety of monikers to seemingly symbolize changes in persona or accentuate progress. Prince even took it a step farther and made his name an unpronounceable… Read more »



Desperate Times/ Desperate Measures: The Joell Ortiz and Erykah Badu Version

Editor’s note: The views expressed inside this editorial aren’t necessarily the views of AllHipHop.com or its employees.“Societies never know it, but the war of an artist with his society is … to make freedom real.” —James Baldwin When up against the wall, swing—hard. Two of the finest from the Hip-Hop community, Joell Ortiz and Erykah… Read more »



There Aren’t 10 Great MC’s?

Melle Mel is the Grand Master and we know this. However, the legendary rapper feels there are less than 10 great emcess? See the video below to see his explanation. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player What do YOU think?