Rap

Fear of a White Genre

Hip-hop is getting whiter, but that doesn't mean the genre is doomed

More Macklemores doesn't mean the genre is doomed.

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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, frequently compared to Nas's '94 classic, Illmatic. Radio Disney bop-fun versus nihilistic, sex-fueled correspondence from the wrong boulevard in Compton, California—guess which LP t

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Oh, 'Yeezus'

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

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

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The Miseducation of Stan Veuger

Conservatives' hilarious attempt to appropriate rap music

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. These exercises are mostly absurd, shouting out, "We will not be silenced!" when there is no danger of that at all. This year, rap got added to the list.

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