• 09 2017 June

    Birja Mafia rap duo face life imprisonment on drug charges (Georgia)

    Georgian rap duo the Birja Mafia have been detained in Tbilisi and charged for ‘illegally purchasing and holding especially large amounts’ of the recreational psychoactive drug, MDMA. Friends and family of the accused claim that the drugs...

  • 30 2017 April

    Ben Malick introduces HEARTZ & SOULZ project

    Formerly known as Malick Da 1da, Ben Malick is an underground hip-hop producer/emcee from and located in Nkolbisson neighborhood, Yaoundé city, Cameroon, Africa. He’s been involved in hip hop for 16 years and making beats for 12...

  • 24 2017 April

    Make Them Believe in Something – Q&A with Brain the Tool (Namibia)

    Brain the Tool, an artist from Windhoek, Namibia, has released a new single, “Delusions”, in November 2016. Already a popular figure in the Namibian hip hop scene, he is looking to expand his sound –...

  • 09 2016 November

    Medine: The Rap Activist of the Banlieues

    “I was born and raised in France. I’ve been a citizen since birth. How much more French can I be?” – Medine, Time Magazine Medine—they call him—is  a pioneer for immigrants living in the banlieues...

  • 09 2016 November

    Profesa Jay: Tanzanian Rap Pioneer

    When you speak of Hip Hop in Tanzania, you are speaking about a social movement. A movement that has faced a lot of challenges, especially with the stereotypes relating Hip Hop and rap music to...

  • 09 2016 November

    Japan’s J-Style is for Real

    Japanese hip-hop has expanded more recently with some songs getting a lot of publicity on YouTube. Even though people were already aware of the Japanese being heavily influenced by black culture, these songs showed plenty...

  • 09 2016 November

    Las Krudas Cubensi: Changing the Hip Hop Paradigm in Latin American and Beyond

    Las Krudas Cubensi is a Cuban hip hop duo composed of Odaymara Cuesta (Pasa Kruda) and Olivia Prendes (Pelusa MC). The duo are currently the top female Cuban hip hop artists. They target a variety...

  • 09 2016 November

    My Mexican Parents’ Perception of American Hip Hop

    Growing up in the southwest side of Chicago, IL, being the first born of Mexican immigrant parents, I was torn between Mexican and American culture. My parents’ sheltering influences, however, were more prevalent in my...

  • 09 2016 November

    Cornbread Lives – The Graffiti Pioneer

    “CORNBREAD LIVES”— One of the most famous tags in hip hop history, painted by the legendary Darryl McCray a.k.a “Cornbread”.  McCray, a native of Philadelphia, is credited for being the first graffiti artist and one...

  • 09 2016 November

    Using Hip Hop in the Classroom

    When a new teacher from a middle or upper class starts their teaching job at an underfunded, inner-city school it can be overwhelming.  They have trouble connecting to their students whom they seem to have...

News

Birja Mafia rap duo face life imprisonment on drug charges (Georgia)

June 9, 2017 | Comments

Georgian rap duo the Birja Mafia have been detained in Tbilisi and charged for ‘illegally purchasing and holding especially large amounts’ of the recreational psychoactive drug, MDMA. Friends and family of the...

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Medine: The Rap Activist of the Banlieues

November 9, 2016 | Comments

Profesa Jay: Tanzanian Rap Pioneer

November 9, 2016 | Comments

Interviews

Brain the Tool, an artist from Windhoek, Namibia, has released a new single, “Delusions”, in November 2016. Already a popular figure in the Namibian hip hop scene, he is looking to expand his sound –...

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In the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa, hip hop artist and activist Hustlajay Maumau is fighting against systems: against the system of money-focused commercial rap music, against a divisive social system and against a corrupt...

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Myth Syzer is Hip-Hop’s Parisian Plug

June 28, 2015 | Comments

“I’m not really famous, so I don’t give a fuck about having famous artists on my project,” explains Paris-based beatmaker Myth Syzer when asked about what he’s working on at the moment. “It’s really personal,...

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Sicangu Lakota rapper Frank Waln is a true revolutionary. For years, the 25-year-old MC has been using his unique and urgent blend of hip-hop, which draws inspiration from the tribal music of his home on...

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Opinion

Japan’s J-Style is for Real

November 9, 2016 | Comments

Japanese hip-hop has expanded more recently with some songs getting a lot of publicity on YouTube. Even though people were already aware of the Japanese being heavily influenced by black...

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Japan’s J-Style is for Real

November 9, 2016 | Comments

Using Hip Hop in the Classroom

November 9, 2016 | Comments

The Emanci-funktion of the Working Class

December 19, 2014 | Comments