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
The case against Vonte Skinner hinged primarily on two eyewitnesses, though their stories had changed several times. Near the end of the trial, the prosecution introduced 13 pages of violent rap lyrics to demonstrate Skinner’s motive and intent to commit violent acts. Continue reading
Based largely on a rap he wrote, and accounts of two witnesses given years after the shooting, rapper Antwain Steward was arrested and charged with double murder. Critics contend rap is a musical art form that should not be taken as evidence of criminal behavior. But some prosecutors say they don’t buy the argument that the work is all fiction. Continue reading
When each year’s graduating students take the stage to grab their high school diplomas, it’s a fun and sometimes bittersweet exercise to look back at the events that defined their lives. 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.
As part of his continuing series Making Sense of financial news, Paul Solman has a unique look at the legacy of economist John Maynard Keynes, who first introduced the concept of government intervention in the economy, and his countertenor Friedrich Hayek. Continue reading
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.