On Saturday in Austin, there was a Black Lives Matter protest on the campus of the University of Texas, down the street from near the annual SXSW conference. At the protest was Texas hip-hop artist D.Hawk, who says it's time to take a stand against violence against African Americans.
A mostly unknown rapper constructs elaborate celebrity portraits out of emojis.
With a hit web series and a potential show coming on HBO, comedian Issa Rae is making her akwardness pay off. The Senegalese immigrant to the US says she "didn't know how to be black," and never quite fit in with any group of kids around her. But that's proved to be a gold mine for comedy.
She's a rapper. She's a provocateur. She's Asian. But Awkwafina, a Queens-born rapper, says none of that should be out of place, either in the hip-hop world or the United States.
Hiplife–a fusion of hip-hop and highlife–has come of age, spawning subgenres tilting to roots culture, international rap, and boldly humorous satire, not to mention azonto, a dance craze that has rocketed to global renown in just over a year. But ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/12281/hip-deep-ghana-2-21st-century-accra-from-gospel-to-hiplife/"> Read more »</a>
Those beats! One of the biggest musical change that occurs during the period of Tanzanian music covered by “Live From Bongoland” is the introduction of hip-hop. Starting from a small-scale, DIY underground, hip-hop style and music localized, transitioning from English ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/18705/tanzanian-hip-hop-a-primer/"> Read more »</a>
The best-known name in bounce, the New Orleans-based hip-hop varietal that’s received national attention for its gender-bending dance-floor frenzy, is getting ready for her musical closeup. And we can’t wait. Fresh from the first season of her (happily renewed) reality ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/18346/explosion-big-freedia-drops-new-single/"> Read more »</a>