Kendrick Lamar has been a rising star in hip-hop since Section.80 was released in 2011. King Kendrick only took off from there with his brilliant fist album good kid mA.A.d city which touched upon many issues that plague poor and rough neighborhoods such as his hometown Compton, California. His most recent album, To Pimp A Butterfly expands upon some of those tribulations with a song entitled “Alright” being one of them. Watch the powerful music video below to see Kendrick reinforce the strong message of the song and continue to be a source of strength for those that look up to him.
As hip-hop culture grows more diverse in voice and representation, the Grammys seem slow to catch up. The genre easily boasts several vibrant subgenres and possible spinoff styles of music. They might even deserve categories of their own. But during the industry’s most recognizable awards show, all artists who rap are lumped into the same lane. In this day and age, that’s akin to lumping all singers into the same genre just because they sing. Alas, it seems that hip-hop still may have miles to go before being fully recognized as more than just “rap music” in the eyes of those handing out the coveted golden gramophone. But who’s really responsible for this? Read More →
RVCA is one of the leading lifestyle clothing brands out in the market today. They specialize in board-sports with the beach, surfing, and skateboarding being a huge part of their identity. In attempt to expand their niche and brand, they teamed up with Compton native, YG.
Asian American EDM group, Far East Movement has released a two-part mini documentary series looking back on the city’s legacy of racism and destruction and how Ktown has developed into “the melting pot of Los Angeles.”
Deep huh? Maybe a little too dramatic?
But have you ever thought about what makes cool, cool?
There is no question that Australian-born Iggy Azalea has commercial appeal with a number of songs all over the radio airwaves. However, some critics have questioned why she has dropped her native Australian accent. Is she fakin’ the funk or is she assimilating to American/Hip-Hop culture. Click here to read more.
“Modern music is being shaped by confident multicultural consumers,” says Mónica Gil, Nielsen’s senior vice president/multicultural growth and strategy. “These are trailblazers and they know it. As the country faces a demographic shift, this population is poised to influence the growth of music companies.” Click here to read more.
New York data-scientist Matt Daniels has released version 2 of his study, “The Largest Vocabulary in Hip-Hop” !