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How Rap’s Civil War Was Shaped by AI

How Rap’s Civil War Was Shaped by AI

The recent “Rap Civil War” accelerated the use of AI in rap music and, as with digital sampling, creatives will use it regardless of the implications.

What Taylor Swift, BTS, and Stromae Can Teach Us About Mental Health

What Taylor Swift, BTS, and Stromae Can Teach Us About Mental Health

Taylor Swift, BTS, and Stromae are at the frontlines of de-stigmatizing mental health challenges as something so relatable that they can make a hit song about it. 

Exploring the Hip-Hop Vibration with Hank Shocklee

Exploring the Hip-Hop Vibration with Hank Shocklee

Tying in his legacy to a new short film trilogy, legendary Public Enemy/Bomb Squad producer Hank Shocklee traces the line from his classic grooves to our modern sound.

Hip-Hop Matters: The Best Hip-Hop of January 2023

Hip-Hop Matters: The Best Hip-Hop of January 2023

The best hip-hop of January focuses on albums from underground veterans, viral upstarts, and hyper-productive modern masters.

Big Dada Kane: An Interview with Poet-Rapper Malik Ameer Crumpler

Big Dada Kane: An Interview with Poet-Rapper Malik Ameer Crumpler

Bestriding boundaries between hip-hop, poetry, and surrealism, poet-musician Malik Ameer Crumpler forges a strange and compelling work that is utterly and uniquely his own.

Hip-Hop Matters: The Best Hip-Hop Albums of August 2021

Hip-Hop Matters: The Best Hip-Hop Albums of August 2021

The ten best hip-hop albums of August 2021 reveal truths about our strange, alarming but often exciting contemporary socio-cultural landscape.

The ‘Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap’ Brilliantly Conveys Rap Music’s History in America

The ‘Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap’ Brilliantly Conveys Rap Music’s History in America

The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap is a brilliant and expansive look at one of the most popular and important art forms of the last half-century.

Mike Ladd and Remi Rough Unite on ‘The Dead Can Rap’

Mike Ladd and Remi Rough Unite on ‘The Dead Can Rap’

Mike Ladd with producer Rough pulls up a wealth of succulent groove on The Dead Can Rap, nudging the think tank of his polemic poetry onto the dancefloor.

Hip-Hop Matters: The Best New Hip-Hop Albums of June 2021

Hip-Hop Matters: The Best New Hip-Hop Albums of June 2021

Summer is the best time of year to listen to hip-hop. From the upbeat and bouncy to the weird and paranoid, hip-hop just sounds better in the sunshine. That makes now the perfect time for the first edition of “Hip-Hop Matters” – PopMatters’ new monthly hip-hop roundup.

Iller Instinct: An Interview with Hip-Hop Artists Ill Scholars

Iller Instinct: An Interview with Hip-Hop Artists Ill Scholars

Ill Scholars MC Mattic and Johnny Madwreck, among hip-hop's newest (though seasoned) progenies, offer an explosive debut album full of heavy, jazz-laden hip-hop.

L’Orange and Solemn Brigham Bring Dissentient Experiments and Dangerous Poetry in ‘Marlowe 2’

L’Orange and Solemn Brigham Bring Dissentient Experiments and Dangerous Poetry in ‘Marlowe 2’

On Marlowe 2, L'Orange finds an inventive range, interleaving the hip-hop with textures that bring his landscapes into tuneful definition; Solemn Brigham, brings his deft skills as one of hip-hop's brightest poets.

Hip-Hop’s Raashan Ahmad Talks About His Place in ‘The Sun’

Hip-Hop’s Raashan Ahmad Talks About His Place in ‘The Sun’

In his latest work The Sun, rapper Raashan Ahmad brings his irrepressible charisma to this set of Afrobeat-influenced hip-hop.