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Hip hop news and analysis from The Nation
January 27, 2016
Sneakers, Through the Looking Glass
The comedian Kevin Hart’s new signature Nike shoes represent a complicated mixture of pride and injury.
July 2, 2015
The Fierce Urgency of Nina Simone Now
Perhaps her real audience was not her contemporaries in the civil rights generation, but their grandchildren.
June 19, 2015
Today's Altercation features interesting and relatively obscure cover songs.
April 8, 2015
Jobs and Empire
The music of
is the theology of capitalism.
March 23, 2015
Have We Reached the End of Jazz Itself?
John Coltrane and other “lost” musicians of the ’60s are teaching a new generation of artists to bend time and space.
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April 26, 2012
David Stovall: What Can Hip Hop Teach Us About the World?
Hip hop and the Occupy movement have even more in common than you might think.
On The Earth Productions
March 3, 2009
The GOP’s Hip-Hop Makeover
Michael Steele's getting funky, frantically remixing the GOP message, in hopes of reaching new generation of conservative voters. Is anybody listening?
March 4, 2004
Advertisements for Myself
Solo theatrical performances are like ads. Everyone claims to hate them but nevertheless finds the good ones irresistible. A good ad acts like a tonic, making a new idea easy to swallow.