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Hip hop news and analysis from The Nation
August 24, 2022
When Rap Lyrics Become Incriminating Speech
The use of their songs in criminal cases has had dire consequences for hip-hop musicians.
February 15, 2022
Was the Super Bowl Halftime Show a “Missed Opportunity”?
Legendary hip-hop acts came together in politics-free performance.
November 5, 2020
‘You Have to Listen to the Streets’: Rebel Diaz on Hip Hop and the Chilean Constitution
Brothers Rodrigo “RodStarz” and Gonzalo “G1” Venegas, who make up Rebel Diaz, discuss the role of art and music in Chilean activism.
August 4, 2020
Ice Cube on Anti-Semitism and the Contract With Black America
Ice Cube joins the show to talk anti-Semitism, and the Contract With Black America.
December 15, 2017
Lil Peep’s Optimist Love Songs
Gustav Åhr was emo-rap’s most visible representative and the genre’s most mainstream success, but what set his music apart was not its despair but its deep sense of hope.
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December 14, 2016
The Ten Best Albums of 2016
As the business of recorded music roils, the making of music rolls on.
November 18, 2016
A Tribe Called Quest: Thank Them for Their Service
The group returned just when we needed it.
Marcus J. Moore
November 5, 2016
Common and the New Aesthetics of Blackness
Rap music’s nice guy plays it safe on his new album
Black America Again
Marcus J. Moore
September 15, 2016
The Get Down
, Baz Luhrman’s fairy-tale remix of the birth of hip hop, offers a glimpse of the beginning of the end of US power.
May 2, 2016
The Extra Ordinary Bryson Tiller
Despite his laconic demeanor, lowered expectations, and swag-proof wardrobe, the singer has still managed to create a platinum-selling album.