J Balvin and Nicky Jam have single handily changed reggaeton music, from what was once dismissed as a fad to the biggest music on the globe. Nicky Jam’s rise to fame was not easy, he struggled with alcohol and drug abuse in his early life and a difficult childhood in Puerto Rico. But his early struggles is what keeps him motivated and on the right track to a clean and sober life. He is now one of the biggest names in reggaeton music and has paved the way for other artist to continue in his footsteps.
Singer, songwriter Marc Anthony will be honored as person of the year at the 2016 Latin Grammy’s for his contribution and career in latin music. Marc Anthony is proud to be Puerto Rican and grew up in New York where his singing talent was evident at an early age.
During turbulent times of political and racial discourse and constant debates surrounding minority representation in the entertainment industry, it isn’t easy to ignore the stark contrast between the two headliners: “a white, blond woman whose music is shorn of any explicit political edge, vs. a black man whose newest music wears its jagged edges as badges of pride.” Taylor Swift (“1989”) and Kendrick Lamar (“To Pimp a Butterfly”) may be going head to head at the Grammys, but the awards show is facing the same type of criticism plaguing the Oscars.
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There has been a lot of controversy on twitter about Taylor Swift’s new music video. Many people are upset at the portrayal of 1950’s colonial Africa. They are disturbed at the fact that even though it is a video about Africa, there seems to be a lack of people of color.
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Since signing to XL in 2010, Nathaniel ‘Giggs’ Thompson has released three albums and worked with artists such as Ed Sheeran, Mike Skinner, B.o.B, and JME. Currently there is a lot of attention being directed at British MC’s and Giggs attributes that to the fact that they have stopped trying to “fit in” with other countries styles, and started to respect themselves, and form their own style.
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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 →
Deep huh? Maybe a little too dramatic?
But have you ever thought about what makes cool, cool?
Benjamin Millepied Directs a Kabuki-Inspired Collaboration with the Dark Pop Duo: A lone kabuki dancer performs against an urban tableau wearing full kumadori makeup in choreographer Read More
The Rising Folk-Soul Star Unleashes Her Songbird Vocals Behind Closed Doors: Under animated brushstrokes and in front of a neoclassical marble mantelpiece, English singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas performs her heart-aching hit “Tease Me” at the inaugural Behind Closed Doors, a series of private concerts organised by Hikari Yokoyama Read More
We know that Robin Thicke released a new video with Lil Wayne recently but we can’t seem to stop watching his last video. The video is for the title track off the album Love After War; in stores now. The video stars him and his wife Paula Patton.