2 CHAINZ by Dion Rabioun (RTNS)–Watching my Twitter timeline Sunday night as the BET Awards drew to a close, the anticipation was building for…
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Tauheed Epps, aka 2 Chainz, performs at the second weekend of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 20, 2013 in Indio, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP) by Dion Rabouin I often find myself in conversations centered on the question, “What happened to hip hop?” The best answer that I’ve found came from HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher in reference to a previous conversation he had with rapper Jay-Z. Maher had chastised Jay about his lyrics, particularly the over-the-top braggadocio about Maybachs, Ace of Spades and spending Euros (that’s right, plural) that has come to define the Brooklyn-born rapper in the later stages of his career. “Why don’t people hate you?” Maher asked. (I’m paraphrasing.)
Mariah Carey performs at the Hot 97 Summer Jam XX on Sunday, June 2, 2013 in East Rutherford, N.J. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York City radio station Hot 97 celebrated its 20th annual Summer Jam concert with young rappers who are dominating the charts, a respected veteran hip-hop group and a slew of surprises.
Jasiri X talks about grassroots activism in the Obama/Tea Party Era at Columbia College in Chicago. (Courtesy Photo Bakari Kitwana/Andrew Bryce Photography) Members of the Black intelligentsia let out a collective victory cry last week when hip-hop artist Lil Wayne lost a multi-million dollar endorsement deal with Mountain Dew as a result of lyrics comparing the beating of murdered teenager Emmett Till in 1955 to female genitalia.
ROSA CLEMENTE By Charlene Muhammad LOS ANGELES (FinalCall.com) – Rappers and music audiences appear to be engaged in a battle over freedom of speech and consumerism with a backlash against negative lyrics.