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Queer Politics and Hip-Hop

There is a tendency, particularly on the part of people who say things like "real hip hop", to place hip hop on a pedestal, to think that it exists somehow outside or beyond the rest of popular culture.  These are the same people who seek to make a division between a Tupac and a Young Thug without seeing the irony in that.  The fact is that the issues that are pervasive in popular culture extend to hip hop as well.  In this article we'll be focusing on homophobia and transphobia.

[OP-ED] – XXL Freshman Cypher Hot Takes pt.2

With another slate of XXL freshman freestyles in the books, Yudo ready to dish out some more HOT TAKES on the hot garbage that is XXL. Madeintyo Mr. Madeintyo’s video is 44 seconds long but don’t let that fool u, he only spit for 30. I swear he straight u...

Who is Lil Ugly Mane?

Richmond native Travis Gustavo Miller, AKA Shawn Kemp, AKA Lil Ugly Mane, AKA Bedwetter, is one of the most interesting and mysterious figures in the underground hip-hop scene, with co-signs from Denzel Curry, SpaceGhostPurpp, and Earl Sweatshirt, who, in a 2012 interview with Beats TV, said Lil Ugly Mane’s “THROW DEM GUNZ” was one of his 5 favorite songs (BeatsTV)

[Review] – Ride $low

Ride $low, the debut solo album by Noo$e Musik, exists in a state of constant flux. From smooth autotuned tracks, perfect for a late night smoke sesh, to menacing, in-your-face bangers, Noo$e Musik crafts a wel...

[Review] – BADD

“Shout out to the Pacer Test part 2” AB BADD, short for Angelo Blake Bring All Devils Down, is an eighteen-year-old high school senior from Richmond.  He’s a self-described born creative: a writer, a sketch comic, an artist, and a rapper all rolled into one. ...

[Review] – When it Rains

Treez Lowkey dropping an EP titled When It Rains on a day it was actually raining is some clairvoyant shit. But I can be clairvoyant too: Treez Lowkey is going to blow up in 2017. It ain’t like Treez Lowkey cam...