The Term “Rapper” Sucks. Hip-Hop Needs Subgenres

"Rapper," a monolithic term People feel threatened by hip-hop's latest rising stars because we don't have the language to explain how all these different artists are...

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...

Nipsey Hussle, The Air Force, and Why Success Today Requires Illusions of Grandeur

As a millennial, the notion of not achieving IG-worthy “success” with a polished come-up story by some arbitrary age is a difficult thought to bare. However, many of us...

Young Nudy Said “Nigger” On “4L” And Made Me Uncomfortable

"4L"—a nod to some gang shit in Atlanta that I know nothing about—off of I Am > I Was smacks. 21 Savage's growth as a rapper...

CL’s American Debut and Black Culture

With 5 million views in a week on her newest music video 'Lifted', K-Pop star CL is striving to make her way into the U.S. market....

I Want To Support XXXTentacion, But Should I?

Read my response to this piece titled "Music Can't Heal A Dishonest Artist" On October 6, 2016, Jahseh Anfroy was arrested on charges of false imprisonment,...

“War” and “Exposing Me”: When Drill Music Is Too Real For You

Chief Keef's "War" (2014) is a Drill classic (Fredo's "War" is hot too, RIP). FBG Duck and Rooga's "Exposing Me (Remix)" is quickly on...

Music Can’t Heal A Dishonest Artist

Read 'I Want To Support XXXTentacion, But Should I?' here. Making music can change an artist for the better. Music got Jay Z into clean-money entrepreneurship. Jay...

Same Old Story: Hip-Hop Artist Narratives

Having a consistent story is crucial in hip-hop. But is it cool to base an entire career on one set of stories and experiences? I've noticed...

“7 Rings” And Why Ariana Grande Is Too Talented To Get Away With It

I don't dislike "7 Rings" because it's wildly popular. I don't dislike "7 Rings" because I ridicule Ariana Grande work on principle. I'm also...