“What made A Tribe Called Quest special is that if one looks closely enough, it is possible to believe that they were sent here directly by some wild-dreaming ancestors, straight from another era.” – Hanif Abdurraqib
On January 12, 2019, the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced Missy Elliott will be honored at the 50th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner as a 2019 Inductee. Missy is the first woman hiphop artist and third hiphop artist ever to receive the honor.
“It is half a century since the Last Poets stood in Harlem, uttered their first words in public, and created the blueprint for hiphop. At an intimate open house session, they explain why their revolutionary words are still needed.”
The year was 1993. It had been twenty years since Kool Herc partied at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue and it was clear a presumed ‘moment’ was, in fact, a movement. Hiphop was vibrant, dynamic and only getting bigger and better.
Pusha T is part of the team behind a new hiphop music discovery app called "Heir" that aims to help the hiphop industry engage more with fans.
While the United States is undeniably home to the largest hiphop culture anywhere in the world, hiphop talent can be found from cultures all around the globe.
During the month of April, the 2018 Hiphop x Asia series will highlight artists from Asia, celebrate the intersection of hiphop with Asian culture, and examine how cultures can draw from each other while promoting mutual respect.
Lupe Fiasco reminded us, once again, that he is a consistent voice of insightful critique when he shared his thoughts on The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery by Professor Vincent Brown, Director of the History Design Studio at Harvard University.
By Alvin Benjamin Carter III
Originally Published on November 16, 2009
MC Lyte is one of early Hiphop’s most successful recording artists and remains an important figure in its history. She continues to record, perform, and dj and serves as a model and reminder that a woman emcee doesn’t always have to show her body in order to tell her story.