Yesterday, Janelle Monae and all of her artists including Jidenna, Deep Cotton, St. Beauty, and Roman Gianarthur, marched the streets of Philadelphia in a protest against police brutality. (As if anyone needed another reason to love Janelle and everything she stands for.) Janelle and her artists just released their highly anticipated EP today entitled, “Wondaland Records Presents: The Eephus” and are currently on tour to promote it. While in Philly, Wondaland took the opportunity to use their platforms in a positive way to further bring awareness to the tragic ongoing killings of African-Americans by police officers around the nation. They also released a song Continue reading Wondaland Records and The #BlackLivesMatter Movement
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If you’re a hip hop fan or on any type of social media, you should know all about the beef between Meek Mill and Drake. Last Tuesday, July 21st, Meek took to Twitter to discuss how Drake doesn’t write his own raps. Fans quickly started to wonder, “Well who has been getting me in my feelings about my ex for the last 5 years? Who started from the bottom? Who was running through the 6 with his woes?” Meek claimed that a rapper but the name of Quentin Miller is Drake’s ghostwriter, which may or may not be true. As a fan of hip hop, I really don’t care who writes the bars as long as they’re ill and delivered nicely over a hype beat. Many other fans seem to have the same sentiment, but still questioned Drake’s credibility.
Drake gave the claims 6 days (how clever) Continue reading This Week in Hip Hop: Beef Brings Bars Plus New Kendrick Lamar Video
New music!!! What’s better than new music you instantly love?… (Ok. Maybe that. You’re right.) The last time I was this excited about new music was late last year when Tinashe dropped “Aquarius“, which I still listen to when I feel emotionally numb and need those vibrations. But now I’ve discovered new artists to vibe to.
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Every week, if not more rapidly, there is news of another African American being killed. Yesterday, a young Caucasian male walked into a church in South Carolina where African Americans were praying and having bible study, sat down and joined them, then opened fire killing nine of the African Americans in attendance. There is a cycle of emotions and actions African Americans seem to follow with every occurrence: anger, marches/protest, repeat. Yes, anger is an understandable response to being treated as though your life does not matter and can be easily dismissed without consequences. But one has to think about what can really be done to stop the killings from happening in the first place. Or better yet, if we can stop them from happening. Continue reading Is Equality a Realistic Option for African Americans?