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At long last, Egypt’s most prominent hip-hop group, Arabian Knightz, released its debut LP, Uknighted State of Arabia. After multiple pushbacks, censorship delays, threatening calls, trailers, promos and perseverance, the rap crew and its extensive...

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In its quest to remain the world’s largest music company,Universal Music Group‘s (UMG) $1.9 billion acquisition of rival British company EMI was approved by European regulators, yet pares down the original ambitious terms of the deal. With both companies...

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Teff Mayweather comes correct (Barbados)

October 2, 2012 | Comments

Straight from Barbados, the young emcee Teff Mayweather is making some preliminary (read: growing) waves within the global hip-hop scene. Set to perform at World Hip Hop Market’s second annual A3C Hip Hop Festival showcase...

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Nneka beyond borders – an exclusive interview

September 29, 2012 | Comments

Nneka is a rare gem in the marketplace of wannabe neo-soul acts trying to capitalize on the resurgent sounds of yesteryear. Born and raised in the  Warri, in the Delta region of Nigeria, to a...

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Hip-hop’s all the rage at universities and seminaries these days. Scholars parse its angry and often violent language. They sift out refrains of religious redemption or clever critiques of modern culture. In some traditionally African-American...

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The notoriously homophobic music scene is having a change of heart. In song or in interviews, headliners are showing support for the gay community. By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times AMARILLO, Texas — It’s well...

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Jamaica has long been a rich backdrop for musical inspiration; cue emerging hip-hop artist, Five Steez. Across 13-tracks and an array of production styles, Jamaican artist Five Steez delivers on his most cohesive project to...

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Connecting Global Voices to the Cipher

September 10, 2012 | Comments

Remixing the Art of Social Change, a Teach-In hosted by Words, Beats & Life took place on Saturday, July 7th in Washington, DC, and brought together scholars, artists and activists to discuss the role and...

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Holy Hip-Hop in Africa (Botswana)

September 6, 2012 | Comments

American Hip-hop quartet of Emmanuel ‘Da’ T.R.U.T.H’ Lambert, Sean Simmonds, William “The Ambassador” Branch and Jahaziel will arrive in Botswana on a three-day sojourn as part of their African tour dubbed, the Move Tour. The...

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In the Czech Republic, studying hip-hop culture on academic grounds is fairly new – as is the idea of using hip-hop as a tool for enriching the social sector. But one project is helping mainly...

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