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THINGS FALL APART: What Happened To Hip Hop’s Conscience?

There was a time when a Neo Soul/alternative Hip Hop movement was a visual, popular alternative to the violence, misogyny, and materialism of mainstream Hip Hop. This article is a love letter to that glorious movement, and an explanation as to why it faded away.

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#WINNING?: The Unprecedented Meltdown Of Charlie Sheen

I spent most of this past week trying to figure out what in the hell is going on in the mind of Charlie Sheen. And I’m ashamed to admit that it’s been pretty amazing.The obvious question: Is Charlie Sheen #WINNING? The real question: Should we really be cheering him on?

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Was It OK For Beyonce, Usher, and Mariah Carey To Perform For The Qaddafi Family?

Pop stars don’t have a foreign policy. But maybe they should. Instead of partaking in some shitty, boring, all-star version of “What’s Goin On” or “We Are The World,” maybe it’s time for Pop stars to put their money where their mouths are, and reject blood money from bad people.

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An Open Letter To Lil’ Kim….

Your beef with Nicki Minaj is illegitimate on multiple levels, Kim. Such behavior is entirely unbecoming of a Hip Hop legend. And for the sake of your legacy, it really needs to stop. Game over bitch. Gatorade. Wet towel.

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Adele’s “21″

An outstanding second album reflects an unprecedented growth, depth and creativity that takes the artist’s music in a direction that feels both reassuringly natural yet thrillingly unexpected. Like Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, D’Angelo’s Voodoo, and Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun, Adele has most certainly achieved this near impossible balancing act with her sophomore album, 21.

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The Sweetest Thing

I cannot quit Lauryn Hill. Several days ago, if you had asked me what I might entitle my post-Hill Chicago show blog, I would have said something like “Ex-Factor,” “Lost One,” or “Losing Lauryn.”  Instead, I sit here, after witnessing my first Lauryn Hill show in years, having named this entry after my favorite Lauryn […]

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Gucci Mane’s Bizarre New Tattoo

Earlier this week, Gucci Mane unveiled what has to be the ugliest, most absurd tattoo of all time. Amid his multiple arrests (and an extended stay in the psych ward), Gucci found the time to have a massive ice cream cone tattooed across the side of his face. Look closely and you’ll notice a small […]

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New Year’s Eve Music Roundup: Kanye’s twisted “Monster” video, M.I.A.s’ Vicki Leekx, and Ms. Hill’s Comeback Tour

An unfinished version of Kanye West’s long-awaited music video for “Monster” has finally leaked. And it is really, really fucked up. Meanwhile, M.I.A. has released a brand new mixtape to ring in the New Year, and Ms. Hill has announced a string of tour dates……

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The New Nigger

Good day niggaz, the non black niggaz that is. Though many black leaders push for the burial of the term, they have not done so on behalf of the other colonized races. A Black multi-cultural person will soon confront the taboo as a minority among members of another culture. This was the case for me […]

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Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday”: THE REVIEW

…it’s why Britney Spears can become a worldwide phenomenon despite never releasing an album that wasn’t hit or miss. Pop stars are like buffets; they only fail when they don’t cast the widest net possible. Nicki Minaj is the first female rapper to try and succeed at this, and that’s why she’s at the top of the game.

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