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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »



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 »



No More Hip-Hop Sequels!

“Kill the track, annihilate the sequel”   – Dilated Peoples   People, people, people.   Something needs to change.   Quickly.   This year, we have seen a dangerous trend overtake our genre and upend it into near oblivion. A trend that seems to grow with each passing month. A trend that may cause the… Read more »



Bad Ideas In Hip-Hop : The White Boys

As a Hip-Hop junkie that has never once considered detox, I have to admit that Hip-Hop has been subject to mountains and mountains of Bad Ideas. That is the theme of this new column that examines this re-occurring theme with rap.   Hip-Hop is no different than than other genres, which have seen a number… Read more »



Going Rock: What the Recent Rock & Roll Frenzy Says About Hip-Hop’s Future

“All things come to an end. … Now, the spirit of Hip-hop will always be alive… as long as there’s inner cities, there’s ghettoes, and there’s poor people.” —Nas[1] Last week BBC News featured a report couched in questioning: “Has hip-hop grown up?”[2] Besides the obvious condescension, we learned next to nothing (!) about what… Read more »



Bill Cosby’s Town Hall Meeting – LIVE!

Check out Bill Cosby, and four African American men about race, family, music and a myriad of other matters in the community.Bill Cosby has been a lightening rod in the Hip-Hop community. He’s been a positive force for years, as an entertainer, comic and as an activist. Still, with his intentions in recent years have… Read more »



More Weirdoes In Hip-Hop Please

 I’m sure there are quite a few people that are going to disagree with me on this, but I am going all out.   There is a very big issue with Hip-Hop.   Not enough weirdos in the game to sustain the voyeurs and the Hip-Hop head itching for something that doesn’t look like it… Read more »



Has The Internet Helped Or Hurt Hip-Hop?

The internet has been around in some form or another since the 1960’s, but didn’t get prominent until the 90’s. In the late 90’s AllHipHop was founded and a number of other urban progressives delved into the uncharted digital space. While it was a movement similar to the Wild Wild West, the movement slowed down… Read more »



9th Wonder Responds To Gladys Knight’s Comments About Hip-Hop

Last week soul and R&B legend Gladys Knight publicly criticized rap music, addressing the genre with a rather broad stroke. Professor Patrick Douthit, aka 9th Wonder, who has made music with Jay-Z, Beyonce, Jean Grae, Torae and other, has responded in this editorial that originally appeared on newsblaze.com.  Click here to read Knight’s original comments…. Read more »



Mashonda’s Open Letter To Alicia Keys

The following was posted on by Mashonda, who is a professional singer and estranged wife of Hip-Hop artist Swizz Beatz. She wrote the open letter to Alicia Keys, who is allegedly involved in an intimate relationship with Swizz. Mashonda felt the need to get some things off her chest, as written below. After having a… Read more »



Rate Obama So Far This Year

Hip-Hop culture has always maintained a different outlook on America and politics and it is time we got down to serious dialogue. AllHipHop’s Social Lounge will discuss and rate how Obama has fared since his election at an event on October 17, 2009 at the NJPAC center in Newark, NJ (Buy Tickets Here). Panelists include… Read more »



Hexmurda’s Column: The Vice Of Fame

Whutupdoe…I had this great article written out about one of the mainstays in entertainment for people of color.   If I do say so myself, I WENT THE F**K IN.   Unfortunately, someone called a Klan meeting and shut the piece down.   Oh,the humanity.   It was brilliant.   Extravagant.   Monumental.   F**king… Read more »



Is The Generational Gap Killing Hip-Hop?

Hip-Hip, as a cultural phenomenon, is older than 30 years now. Some of the most commercially relevant and talented rappers are pushing 40 years old (see: Jay-Z and Raekwon) with fans that are young enough to be their children. On the other side, you have older fans that are 40 and up, that witnessed Hip-Hop’s… Read more »



Black America: The Final Destination

“Sometimes, I think it’s just genocide. Watching all of your people die.”                                                         “Closed Eyes”- Marcus Cox, NC artist      I just peeped the new movie called “The Final Destination” about this woe- is -me type dude warning his homies about their impending demises and their frantic attempts to beat the grim… Read more »