I Want To Support XXXTentacion, But Should I?

On October 6, 2016, Jahseh Anfroy was arrested on charges of false imprisonment, witness tampering, and aggravated battery of his now ex-girlfriend who was pregnant at...

Higher Brothers, and Hip-Hop’s New East vs. West Battle

As I continue to learn about contemporary Chinese society, the stories get easier to relate to. My last China-related article was about transgender megastar...

A Thought: Asian Americans Can’t Rock Out

Name one Asian American musician in a major scene or subgenre in American music. This prompt on its own warrants some pushback against what my...

Anime and XXXTentacion Songs Pair Beautifully

The popularity of Anime among Black and African youth isn't well-documented, but people know it's there. Even if it's mostly with mainstream Animes like...
Soulja Boy

Soulja Boy Is Worth Way More Than Future

Money is the root of all evil. Money, in a capitalist society, is also the best way to measure how much someone's contribution to the...
Maren Morris

Maren Morris makes country music I can bump

Kacey Musgraves had released Same Trailer Different Park the year before I had known about it. Now all I remember about the record is...
Chinese Mississippians Tommy Quon

Vanilla Ice, Chinese Mississippians, and Hip-Hop

As described in The Big Payback, an extremely thorough chronicle of the hip-hop industry, Tommy Quon was a Chinese-American from Greenville, Mississippi. He owned...

A Thought: Drake’s Globetrotting is Advanced, You’re a Hater

When I'm passionate about a topic, I usually spend weeks on the research. I piece together interview clips, long-forgotten news updates, lyrics, and other...

Dave Chappelle, Hip-Hop Artists, and Social Responsibility

"The biggest enemy of an artist is apathy." Dave Chappelle said this at the Art for Life benefit in Long Island on July 19th, 2015...
Preppy Kid Swang Video

The Preppy Kids in Rae Sremm’s ‘Swang’ Video Raise Questions

Rae Sremm's 'Swang' video makes their smooth, Southern-bred shit talk accessible to well-off college students that wouldn't be able to relate to a line...