The album “Straight Outta Compton” by rap group NWA burst onto the hip hop scene in 1988, evoking the turmoil of gang violence, crack cocaine and poverty and the tension between young black Americans and the police. A new movie, borrowing the same name, details the rise of those musicians and resonates with ongoing struggles today. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
This week the Associated Press revealed that the U.S. government attempted and failed to co-opt the hip-hop scene in Cuba to “spark a youth movement against the government.” Trish Wilson of the Associated Press joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington, D.C with the latest. Continue reading
Before Tony Alva and Jay Adams were skateboarding legends, before the Beastie Boys went mainstream and before Fugazi was a post-punk icon, photographer Glen Friedman captured their lives on film. Continue reading
Hisham Aidi’s new book, “Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture,” explores the cross-cultural trends in political activism and movements throughout history, and how it’s all brought together with music. Continue reading
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.