hip hop

Omar Musa: Spitting Fire

In the rising tide of art about the contemporary burden of Muslim identity, the poet, rapper, and novelist Omar Musa is emerging as one of his generation’s most original and urgent voices. To learn more about the rapper, read this piece by Bilal Qureshi http://owl.li/ZcxdA   Social Streams

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Iranian Rappers: Protect Ya Neck

Even in exile, Iranian rappers are still chessboxin’ with the Ayatollah BY Janine Di Giovanni It could have happened almost anywhere in the world. Sporting sunglasses and flourescent sneakers, a small group of men and women danced on a rooftop to “Happy,” the hit single by Pharrell Williams. They filmed the party and uploaded the

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Kanye West Stirs Up Controversy With Nude Celebrities in ‘Famous’

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES, June 27 – Rapper Kanye West set tongues wagging on Monday with his latest music video that features nude portrayals of high profile celebrities including pop singer Taylor Swift, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump and comedian Bill Cosby. The music video for “Famous,” which premiered on E! News, featured low-resolution

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Kanye West is Sued by Hungarian Rock Star for Alleged Song Theft

By Jonathan Stempel May 23 – Kanye West is being sued by a prominent Hungarian rock singer and composer, who accused the hip-hop star of sampling one of his best-known compositions without permission for the 2013 song “New Slaves.” In a complaint filed late Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Gabor Presser said one-third

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Australia: Spitting Fire

The voice of a generation, rapper Omar Musa takes the stage BY Bilal Qureshi In the rising tide of art about the contemporary burden of Muslim identity, the poet, rapper, and novelist Omar Musa is emerging as one of his generation’s most original and urgent voices. As a child of an interracial relationship growing up

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Hip-Hop Rules at Grammys Show, Adele Falls Flat

By Jill Serjeant Feb 16 – Hip-hop ruled the Grammys stage on Monday in performances that put racial tension back in the national spotlight and where some of music’s biggest stars failed to deliver, or in the case of Rihanna, failed to show up at all. Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” lost out on

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