A man shoots his foe in the head over and over again, leaving him to bleed out on the street. The man has no remorse. He even brags about it. Only this man isn’t real. He’s a character in a … Continue reading
Is rap music a form of lyric poetry? A new anthology, published by Yale University Press, makes the case. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
A new work of scholarship, “The Anthology of Rap,” recently published by Yale University Press, offers a look at the art form on its own terms: a collection of rap lyrics, offered up like lyric poetry, from the last twenty years.
Five years ago, Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman stumbled across a copy of Hughes”Ask Your Mama.” She was instantly struck by the power and potential of the piece, believing it cried out to be realized as a 21st century multimedia performance.
As hip-hop has evolved into an established international culture and multi-billion-dollar industry far removed from its underground urban origins, some artists are bringing the genre back to its conscientious and groundbreaking roots. The Blue Scholars, a Seattle-based, Hawaiian-influenced duo, is the harbinger of a new tropical hip-hop interpretation.