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Hip Hop At A Crossroads

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Hip-Hop At a Crossroads

Four women in different parts of the culture discuss how hip-hop can value and embrace them like they deserve

For all of hip-hop’s undeniable good, in 2020 it has seemingly counteracted every positive with a negative — and worse, one that further marginalizes or mistreats Black women. Talib Kweli went on a weeks-long abusive tirade against a Black woman. J. Cole’s first rap response to the moment was a…

Hip-Hop at a Crossroads

There’s no better time for young ones to dive into hip-hop — but where have the edited versions gone?

When I imagined myself growing old, I thought I’d become one of those parents who listened to rap music with his kids. I envisioned road trips where Aquemini, Black on Both Sides, and crunk-era hits blasted from the speakers while I told the youths about my favorite memories and what…

Hip-Hop at a Crossroads

Bemoaning the lack of protest anthems misses the point: What we need from artists has changed

As the summer of 2020 draws to close, it’s clear the world has changed in unprecedented ways. A pandemic, its ensuing economic fallout, and a broad-based racial justice movement — not to mention the toxic, repressive administration that serves as their backdrop — have disrupted our lives in ways we…

Hip-Hop at a Crossroads

His three-comma aspirations inspired millions. But what now, when billionaires are under fire?

As the summer of 2020 draws to close, it’s clear the world has changed in unprecedented ways. A pandemic, its ensuing economic fallout, and a broad-based racial justice movement—not to mention the toxic, repressive administration that serves as their backdrop—have disrupted our lives in ways we scarcely could have imagined…

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