It’s Time to Tell the Stories of Women in Hip-Hop
August 26, 2015

Women’s considerable contributions to hip-hop deserve to be feted on their own terms.

My Idol, the "Worst Rapper Ever"
July 07, 2015

A passionate book can elevate even the most obscure rapper, with the weakest rhymes.

Iggy Azalea Gets Away With Reverse Minstrelsy Because There's a Market for It
February 10, 2015

What Iggy doesn't understand about trying too hard to keep it real.

Fear of a White Genre
February 18, 2014

More Macklemores doesn't mean the genre is doomed.

Macklemore Shouldn't Have Won Any Grammys, But Rap Purists Are Missing the Point
January 27, 2014

For rap fans, the premiere match-up of the 56th Grammy Awards was between Macklemore, of infinitely played-out "Thrift Shop" fame, versus Kendrick Lamar, whose major-label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, cemented a landmark narrative within the genre,

Oh, 'Yeezus'
June 18, 2013

Kanye West's new album is raw, unapologetic—and boring

The Miseducation of Stan Veuger
May 21, 2013

Once a year, some conservative media outlet feels peeved about the arts and publishes a listicle enumerating how a certain form or genre is inherently—often secretly—conservative.