Young Nudy Said “Nigger” On “4L” And Made Me Uncomfortable

"4L"—a nod to some gang shit in Atlanta that I know nothing about—off of I Am > I Was smacks. 21 Savage's growth as a rapper...

“7 Rings” And Why Ariana Grande Is Too Talented To Get Away With It

I don't dislike "7 Rings" because it's wildly popular. I don't dislike "7 Rings" because I ridicule Ariana Grande work on principle. I'm also...

Nipsey Hussle, The Air Force, and Why Success Today Requires Illusions of Grandeur

As a millennial, the notion of not achieving IG-worthy “success” with a polished come-up story by some arbitrary age is a difficult thought to bare. However, many of us...

21 Savage And The Marketability of Dark Hip-Hop Artists

"My Choppa Hate Niggas" by Metro Boomin and 21 Savage, a relatively deep cut off of Metro Boomin's 2017 project Without Warning, peaked at #73 on...

The GRAMMYs (And Kendrick) Made Drake Give Up His Quest For A Classic

We all know Drake wasn’t shooting for an instant classic when he made Views. Or More Life. Or Scorpion. We also know he’s become...

A Thought: The BET Hip-Hop Awards Are Still In Middle School, But Have Potential

We all know hip-hop needs a legitimate alternative entity to the GRAMMYs to annually acknowledge and award the best of the best in the...

Nicki Minaj’s Outrage is a Bad Look, But Valid

It doesn't take much for the jokes to fly on Twitter. And when someone as big as Nicki Minaj starts ranting and naming names,...

We Made An Album Only Using Type Beats. It Was (Mostly) Incredible.

Nothing comes easy when you're trying to be a professional creative on a budget. But given its bad rep, I'm surprised that indie hip-hop...

Classic MxMillon Takes You Into Sonic Blackness With ‘Black;Madder’

In a Donald Glover-esque way, Omaha-based producer Classic MxMillon sees his Blackness as the great variable in the algorithm of his own existence. Back...

Chief Keef, Soundcloud Rap’s Unsung Godfather

For more pop culture-influenced paintings like the one above, visit Philipo's Habari Art Collection on Etsy! Huge shoutout to YouTuber yadiiiigg for his investigative video report tracing...