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?



We Need Nas

Editor’s note: The views expressed inside this editorial aren’t necessarily the views of AllHipHop.com or its employees. We Need Nas. We Need Nas. We Need Nas. There, I said it. A lot of people want to forget about Nas now, act like he’s fallen off. They – behind computers – sit and laugh about his… Read more »



Gangsta Degree

Editor’s note: The views expressed inside this editorial aren’t necessarily the views of AllHipHop.com or its employees.Law 21: Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker. Seem Dumber than your Mark. Have you ever heard a rapper spit a few bars that were radically genius and wondered wow he sounds so smart? That’s because he probably… Read more »



The Quandary of the Hip Hop Intellectual

The desire to relegate one’s existence to the development of the mind presents a multi-faceted quandary. When a black man devotes his existence to intellectual inquiry, it ensures that he will ostracized by the proletariat of his race, and virtually ignored by the Anglo-Saxon academy. As Hip-Hop intellectuals, we have to be beyond reproach to… Read more »



What If Biggie Smalls Had Lived?

13 years. It was then, 13 years ago, on this day of March 9th that the Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls aka Christopher Wallace was senselessly cut down in Los Angeles, California. But, what should have been the end really only eternalized one Christopher Wallace, a a father, friend and legend to millions. Since his… Read more »




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 »



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



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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »