Editorial

390px-superman_296

Whatever Happened to Clark Kent?

Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away rappers had character.  Or maybe rappers were characters.  Emcees had colorful monikers to match their colorful personalities.  Remember the Great Adventures of Slick Rick? Even the album cover with its cinema-inspired marquee evoked a view into another world; a fantasy sketched by words and beats. Now… Read more »

More

seriusjones-2

Get Serius: Win-Win

  What up world! Yes, it is him again. Serius Jones a.k.a. the Fight Klub King, a.k.a. the Cornerstore Entrepreneur a.k.a. the J-One-S the only great one left, back for the first time.  I’m about to go in again and just vent some random thoughts in a real college professor-esque fashion as always. After getting… Read more »

More

donkey

Do Blacks Owe Democrats Their Vote

  In the past decade or so this question has gained momentum in the black community, and, depending who you ask, the answers will vary wildly, but will always be expressed with great passion. My father will call any black person who doesn’t vote Democrat a fool and to him it’s a very simple matter… Read more »

More

jeezy_editorial

The Inspiration Called Young Jeezy

“[My] attitude [is] like f**k it, they hating anyway.” Young Jeezy, “Corporate Thuggin’” If I were to die suddenly under odd circumstances and the law, my family or friend would look at what happened they would probably stumble on a few odd trends in my life. Upon looking at my music playlist, they would see… Read more »

More

feat_mightycasey

Black Rapping School

Writer, entertainer Mighty Casey has compiled a course listing for the Black Rapping School! Check out the Course Book! Misogyny 101. In this class upcoming rappers will learn techniques such as making it rain on hoes, pouring champagne on bitches and swiping credit cards down the cracks of fat asses. Advanced students will learn how… Read more »

More

feat_edgarnes

Facedown In The Mainstream: Cultural Pimpin’ & Hip Hop

“Think it is when it ain’t all peaches and cream/That’s why some are found floating face down in the mainstream.” –OutKast (Excerpt from the song, “Mainstream” off the album, ATLiens) Over a decade ago, Hip-Hop theologians OutKast used their southern-fried flow to send an impassioned plea on their seminal track, “Mainstream:” Don’t let a little… Read more »

More

feat_seriusjones-3

Get Sirius: Hip-Hop Under Fire

First of all, I would like to say welcome to all those who may be unfamiliar with whatI do here on AllHipHop.com. When I’m not breaking rappers down in my digestive system, redecorating some walls or trying to make some historical music, yes, I do get journalistic with it as well. I was taught to… Read more »

More

feat_illseedscope

How To Kill Hip-Hop Before It Kills You

To all the people who are trying to stop Hip-Hop, you can’t do it, because you don’t have the wherewithal to truly do what it takes. Hip-Hop is the voice of a generation, in all its violent, misogynist, deviant and self-destructive glory. We’re still here, y’all, and you posh, spicy types need an assassin like… Read more »

More

feat_donimus

Why Don Imus Should Still Have a Job…

This doesn’t feel right. It just doesn’t feel right. Long after Don Imus gets his show up and running on a newly consolidated satellite radio company, Hip-Hop will still be put through the ringer over comments similar to “nappy headed hoes.” An art form, put under pressure to censor it’s expression due to an inappropriate… Read more »

More

feat_jasonwhitlock

Lost On Jason Whitlock

Not Tavis, Not Reverends Al or Jesse, but a sports reporter out of Kansas City will lead Black folk to the promised land. Or, at the very least, save us from rap music. At face value, Jason Whitlock appears to be a very intelligent, thoughtful, and charismatic individual genuinely concerned with the Black American crisis…. Read more »

More

feat_donimus

Invisible Women? A Black Woman’s Response to Don Imus’ Sexist-Racist Remarks

The recent media frenzy around national radio and talk show host Don Imus’ sexist-racist comments about the women’s basketball team at Rutgers University (New Brunswick) is one more item in the evidence column of how women are regarded by men. With a natural fluidity, Imus casually referred to the Rutgers players as nappy-headed hos. Two… Read more »

More

feat_sorry

Hip-Hop Owes Women An Apology

APOLOGY: a·pol·o·gy (_-p_l’_-j_) pronunciation 1. An acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon for a fault or offense. An apology can mean so many different things for people, both the giver and recipient(s). So, I’ve been thinking a bit. I believe it’s high time that Hip-Hop offered an apology to its women, in particular the females… Read more »

More

feat_esso3

The Life & Grind of ESSO Entry 8

I know it’s been a minute since I added an entry to my journal, but there’s been a whole lot going on lately, and I’ll admit I got a little bit caught up. Right now I’m caught up in crunch time. My second mixtape comes out on March 26th, which is less than a week… Read more »

More

feat_talibkweli

Is Backpacker Hip-Hop Zipped Up?

“Nowadays, rappers are comin’ half-hearted / Commercial like Pop, or underground like Black markets / Where were you the day Hip-Hop died? / Is it too early to mourn, is it too late to ride? “ – Talib Kweli, “Too Late” (2000, Rawkus) Less than a month after Little Brother moved away from 9th Wonder’s… Read more »

More

feat_biggiesmalls

Biggie Smalls: Life or Death

It has become an annual ritual. Every year around March 9, the rap world honors the late Christopher Wallace, better known as the Notorious B.I.G. But are we celebrating Biggie’s life, or his death? This year, that question is more relevant than ever. On the tenth anniversary of his murder several rap mags and other… Read more »

More

feat_biggiesmalls

The Notorious B.I.G.: They Reminisce Over You

“So you wanna be hardcore, with your hat to the back, talkin’ bout the gats in your raps?” – Notorious B.I.G., “Machine Gun Funk” Despite Kobe Bryant’s changing his number from 8 to 24, and a whole portfolio of clippings on Lebron James, there will never be another Michael Jordan. It’s sinful media hype to… Read more »

More

feat_seriusjones

Get Serius: Take It Higher

What up world! Yeah, your man is back at it again, journalizing my thoughts and internalizing my sport, hypothesizing and prophesizing theories on this outrageously turbulent game that I’ve subjected myself to. So for this installment I might as well make the subject myself: Serius Jones. As you can see, I’m taking this opportunity to… Read more »

More

feat_esso2

The Life & Grind of ESSO Entry 7

Whatup? Since my last entry, there’s been a whole lot goin on over here. I’m putting the finishing touches on my second mixtape ESSObama: The Champagne Campaign and I’ve also been working on another project called Separated At Birth that I recorded last week with IB3, an artist out of Houston that’s signed to Mathew… Read more »

More

feat_reggielegend

Death’s Afterlife

With so many visiting and viewing the demise of Hip-Hop in its public hospice, has anyone given any thought to exactly WHO is directly responsible for its ravaged condition? Granted, it’s easy to say that many have contributed to spreading life-threatening poison that have left it in a state of septic shock; I argue that… Read more »

More

feat_esso

The Life & Grind of ESSO Entry 6

R.I.P. Disco D I gotta take a second to say goodbye to a good friend of mine that was lost last week when he took his life. I’ve seen a lot of reports over the last week about the death of Disco D (Dave Shayman), and it pains me to have to say goodbye to… Read more »

More

feat_littlebrother

An Open Letter to Little Brother

“Now Little Brother gonna break up / Everyday I wake up”… It was almost four years ago to the date. I was interviewing J. Rawls, and shortly before we closed our drab questions and answers, I asked the Lone Catalysts producer what records he was presently feeling. “I can’t stop playing ‘Whatever You Say’ by… Read more »

More

feat_esso2

The Life & Grind of ESSO Entry 5

“If Hip-Hop should die before I’m great I’ma do more than just murder a mixtape” -Chamillionaire (Hip-Hop Murder from Mixtape Messiah II) Whatup everybody? 2007 is already lookin like an interesting year…and a whole lot of signs are starting to pop up to let me know that we just might be near the beginning of… Read more »

More

feat_illseed

Illseed’s 2006 Person of The Year

After much internal deliberation, pondering and personal infighting, I have decided that there will be no 2006 Person of the year appointed by illseed. NOBODY. Why? Nothing in 2006 really moved me as an individual. For those that don’t know, I attempt to defy convention in my own little way and the Person of the… Read more »

More

feat_martinlutherking

Hip-Hop and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hip-Hop consciousness brings a new, fresh meaning to historical moments and events of the past. As millions of people in America and throughout the world prepare to recognize and celebrate the 78th birthday of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is important to take note of the relevance of Hip-Hop culture today to… Read more »

More

feat_esso2

The Life And Grind of ESSO #4

Whatup? Had to double back and let you know what I been up to. I just had one of the best weeks of my life, so without any further ado I’m just gonna get into it. Monday December 4th might go down as one of the days that really changed the course of my career…. Read more »

More

feat_jamesbrown

The Living Legacy of James Brown

The Living Legacy of James Brown: A Hip-Hop Tribute Christmas Day 2006 began early with the news of the passing of James Brown, at the age of 73, in Atlanta, Georgia. As the undisputed “Godfather of Soul,” James Brown was a long distance, marathon runner who always led the race in not only being one… Read more »

More

feat_seriusjones

Get Serius: The “Battle” of the Sexes

The Game Unfolds: Since the beginning of time mankind has been faced with one common element that extends into all walks of life. It takes on countless forms and is applicable in any and every facet of our existence. It is the foundation for civilization itself. We find entertainment in it. We develop strategies and… Read more »

More

feat_joeclair

Joe Clair’s N***afied

<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" “I come from N***a culture. I say that because every hero I have ever had was called a n***a at some point in their lives!” My father, the other day. I have a comedian friend named James Hannah who has a line of jokes that center on the fact… Read more »

More

feat_esso2

The Life And Grind of ESSO #3

You know I had to hit u wit an exclusive right? Ha Ha! Check out my freestyle from DJ Dub Floyd’s CD "Nightmare On Your Street." Shouts to Dub, I’m gonna be hosting one of the upcoming volumes so when that time comes I’ll definitely let y’all know. ESSO – 4th Quarter Freestyle While I… Read more »

More

feat_reggielegend

9/11 is a Joke?!!

“9/11 is a Joke?!!” With the political climate rising in response to the voice of the people during the mid-term elections, a last minute debacle from John Kerry threatened to potentially thwart voting outcomes with more of his ‘Kerry-smatic’ gift/curse of public speaking. This time though, it wasn’t overwhelming dissertations that Bush exploited as much… Read more »

More

feat_kkkramer

Thanks to Kramer: America Needs Him!!

In the early 90’s there was a female rapper/spoken word poet/Black activist named Sister Souljah. Most people know her for the song she did with Terminator X and Chuck D from Public Enemy called “Buck Whylin’”. WATCH IT: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMbD_dFe0aA She made an album many people laughed off, but I thought it was amazing. It was… Read more »

More

feat_stripperpole

Hip-Hop Is A B***h

Let me first preface this work by saying that in every industry there are women out there who have experienced sexism and people have turned a deaf ear. In addition, there are women out there who truly do feel that they must use their sexuality to get ahead, because this society is still a sexist… Read more »

More

feat_esso2

The Life and Grind of ESSO #2

What’s poppin,’ people? It’s been pretty crazy since the last time we talked. It started off on Monday October 16th at Diddy’s Black Party (the Press Play release party). Puff is legendary for throwing the meanest parties goin’ back to his days in DC at Howard University, so it felt good to know that I… Read more »

More

feat_kevinpowell

Looking for America

“Few of us will have the will to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.” ROBERT F. KENNEDY “I have always kept an open mind, which is necessary to the… Read more »

More

feat_reggielegend

The Hidden Bruise of Forbidden Fruits

There was a poetitorial written a few months back that addressed the impassive glances of Dick Cheney and John Edwards when they overlooked the impact of AIDS on African-American women. And yet, while this inactive stance deserved to be called out, a few of the more astute AllHipHop patrons noticed another blatant discrepancy: the poem… Read more »

More

feat_esso1

The Life and Grind of ESSO

Untitled Page What’s up, AllHipHop? Allow me to introduce myself and get all the formalities out of the way. I’m ESSO, Harlem’s own Certified Grinder / Breeding Ground Alumni / Unsigned Artist / Mogul in Training / Whatever you feel like calling me today… AllHipHop.com approached me about doing a journal to give you a… Read more »

More

feat_seriusjones

Get Serius: The Club Club

Last month around this time I was on the interior of the New Jersey penal system and today once again I’m typing a bi-weekly column for the most respected Hip-Hop website in existence. My name is Serius Jones. Those of you who are familiar with my work know that I am far from the caliber… Read more »

More

feat_illseed

Silence of the Lames & A Better Rap World

At the conclusion of “Silence of the Lambs,” Hannibal Lector daftly informs the young FBI rookie Clarice that she is spared from his ultra-violent, methodical murder spree. “The world is a better place with you in it,” he said to her just before the cannibal went off to eat his next prey. Hip-Hop is its… Read more »

More

feat_seriusjones

Get Serius: The Anatomy of a Sucka MC

Greetings readers and Hip-Hop fans, I go by the name of Serius Jones. Many of y’all know me from my classic battles and Serius music that’s saturating the streets. However, before I was introduced to the mic, the pif, the liquor, the women and all my extracurricular activities in the streets, I was a gifted… Read more »

More