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Don’t Sleep: Critics Wake Up and Discover Political Hip Hop

December 20, 2013

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In one of my favorite speeches from the Civil Rights Era, Martin Luther King, Jr. implored his listeners to remain awake through the series of technological and political revolutions of the 1960s. This piece is not as serious, but, apparently, some music critics have done their best Rip Van Winkle impression. A couple of mainstream […]

The Miseducation of Marco Rubio

November 29, 2012

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GQ’s interview with Florida Senator Marco Rubio created a lot of buzz last week. Most in the media pounced on his admission:  “I’m not a scientist, man.”  Being the hip hop fanatic that I am, I was struck by the title of the piece, “All Eyez on Him” (a play on one of Tupac Shakur’s […]

Did Hip Hop Fail Black America?: The War on Drugs, Hip Hop, and the (New) Black CNN

September 18, 2012

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“’Cuz everyday on the street, the black man’s getting’ beat, police line us up on the concrete. Now people look at me and always see wrong. A new problem everyday—I’m trying to be strong. Now how strong can a nigga be when the blacks is locked down and the white man’s got the key?” – […]

Holding it Down for Women: Nicki Minaj and the Problem of Gender Inequity in Hip Hop

August 17, 2012

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On June 3, Hot97 DJ Peter Rosenberg took to the stage at MetLife Stadium to address the crowd at the radio station’s annual hip hop concert, Summer Jam 2012. While warming up the crowd, Rosenberg says, “I see the real hip hop heads sprinkled in here…I see them. I know there are some chicks here […]

“Fight for Your Right to Party?”: The Politics of Hip Hop’s “Funky Ass Jews”

August 17, 2012

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*Originally posted on my Facebook page June 12, 2012 In some ways, the Beastie Boys’ impact on hip hop culture, and their place in the genre’s history, is rather obvious. One only needs to observe their names and look at their color of their skin. Adam Horowitz (Ad Rock), Mike Diamond (Mike D), and Adam […]