Top 10 Rap Releases of 2016

2016 has been an AMAZING year for the culture. From Pop, to R&B, to Hip-Hop, artists have released phenomenal bodies of work that pushed the envolope of what is allowed in their respective genres, providng great music for consumers. From Solange’s PHENOMAL A Seat at the Table to Meek Mill’s redeaming DC4, 2016 has been…

the Hypocrisy of the “Co-Writers”/Ghost Writer debate

About a week or so ago, Kid Cudi released a legion of tweets questioning the legitimacy of artists who require a staff of writers to create a “hot 16″ and ultimately set the internet ablaze. Amongst his many tweets on the subject was a very direct call out of self-proclaimed” Hip-Hop heads” favorite punching bag Drake…

The Souths DOMINATION on Rap Music

A few weeks ago, I sat down and read a Rolling Stone feature on Rae Sremmurd, a pair of brothers signed to Mike Will who have taken Rap by storm. Two years ago, they flooded the airwaves with what seemed like a legion of hits, making sure their presence in the culture was felt. Although…

Misogyny in Pop Culture & Society, and its effect on Rap

For nearly as long as man has roamed the world, the notion that women were somehow inferior to him has been prevalent. The cave man roamed the jungle and hunted for food while the cave woman was expected to idly wait around for his return in order to cook his latest conquest and rub his feet, reaffirming his status…

the Brooklyn MC that took Hip-Hop to new heights.

Earlier this year, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Reasonable Doubt, an undeniable classic and the worlds proper introduction to one of the greatest MC’s the genre of Rap has  ever witnessed, Jay-Z. Since his introduction to the culture, he has continued to ascend as one of Raps most successful figures and decorated artists. Throughout the…

Being White in Rap, a gift and a curse.

As I surf through the internet engaging in daily debates about Rap music and the culture it creates, one thing I often see brought up is the topic of white rappers and the benefits and disadvantages that come with being white in a predominately black culture. The subject of Eminem, the Beastie Boys, Iggy Azalea…

the Plight of Female Rap

The XXL Freshman cover was released a few days ago and as usual, the internet imploded as people expressed their rage about their favorite upcoming rappers not being acknowledged and about how they felt the list was composed of nothing but ‘jellybean rappers’. One of the arguments that stood out to me the most was about…

Dark Man X….

DMX is arguably one of the greatest rappers ever and is on my personal list of Top 5 Greatest rappers. His ability to allow listeners into his darkest moments, while showcasing the gritty failures and missteps that may have occurred along the path of his life makes him one of the most open Rap artist…