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Columbusing Afrobeats Why a Whitewashed Trend is Better at its Source

Columbusing Afrobeats: Why a Whitewashed Trend is Better at its Source

As people move, so does music, borrowing and blending to reflect the different pieces of our global identities. Music is dynamic. In Nigeria today, this is afrobeats, a broad term used to describe Nigeria’s pop music. Rooted in Fela Kuti’s afrobeat, afrobeats plays with a broad array of genres, including hip hop, dancehall, grime, highlife, . . .

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Broccoli City’s Smile Project Carnival and Concert was the perfect rap collab

Photo by @africanist Saturday. Early evening. A hot, summery day in Washington, D.C. was coming to a close. The SMILE Carnival was underway for the third day in a row. GoldLink had just performed “Crew” for the second time in a row. I had just finished singing Brent Faiyaz’s ad-libs like I was a backup vocalist for . . .

5 Things We Learned at Broccoli City Festival 2017

5 Things We Learned at Broccoli City Festival 2017

“It always rains at Broccoli City.” We whispered this amongst ourselves before Broccoli City Festival 2017 jumped off on Saturday, May 6th, in Washington, D.C. We knew it. At this point, veterans were used to this inevitable truth. We were right, but thankfully the rain was much less of a factor than it was during . . .

36 Chambers

How I bought ’36 Chambers’ at 7 years old and the ways it affected my music discovery process

The album buying process, from discovery to purchase, has drastically deviated from what I remember it being like when I was an adolescent. As a 30 year young hip-hop head and overall music enthusiast refusing to accept this as a reality, it was up to me to somehow recourse that perspective. I’ll never forget my first album . . .

Goapele previewed her ‘Dreamseeker’ EP with a graceful D.C. performance

We saw the lights before we saw her. They flickered and shifted over the stage at Howard Theatre, an almost hypnotizing array of colors and shapes with a life of their own. A variety of images flashed before our eyes, and the audience noise dropped down to almost complete silence as we waited for Goapele . . .

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Sitting down and being “Humble”: thoughts on Kendrick Lamar’s career progression

“Y’all got until April 7th to get y’all sh*t together.” I’ve been sitting with “Humble” for about a week now. For some reason this question kept coming to mind: Why do rappers lose a step? Realizing the reasons are myriad and seeing as how I’m never there to get firsthand insight, I look for the common . . .

More Life

Drake plays the role of global music ambassador on ‘More Life’ (Review)

“More chune fo ya head top so watch how you speak on my name”. With that quick phrase following a soul stirring sample, Aubrey “Drake” Graham took the world by storm once again, delivering his much anticipated “playlist,” More Life. Coming off his most successful commercial album, Views, Drake has returned with the swagger only . . .

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Meet Darius Moreno, the artist behind GoldLink’s animated “Meditation” video

I walked into Harlem Public on 149th and Broadway, very sure of the direction this piece would take. My mission: sit down with the visual artist behind GoldLink’s latest hit “Meditation,” which was produced by Kaytranada and featured Jazmine Sullivan. I’d ask him about the inspiration behind the visuals, what the process was like, and . . .

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Future’s ‘HNDRXX’ represents the emotional immaturity that limits us

Disclaimer: I am a fan of Future’s music and have been longer than most people that will be upset by this article. If you’re the type of person that believes most things are never “that deep”, or the kind of person that enjoys using phrases like “fake outrage,” you might want to stop reading here. . . .

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Adele and Beyoncé: What’s at stake for the country?

I like Adele. Tim likes Beyoncé. We’re both good friends, but given the results of the Grammys nearly a week ago, you’d get the sense that we shouldn’t be. The whole coverage surrounding the Grammys is symbolic of the very pernicious trend of division in our culture that seems to infect everything it touches and . . .

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Hip-Hop Campaign Speech: Future

You could easily say that 2016 was one of the best years for hip-hop in recent memory, but who had the BEST year? The contributors at Artistic Manifesto submitted their pick of which artist had the biggest 2016, and wrote a speech from that artist’s perspective. Now it’s up to you, the reader, to decide . . .

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Hip-Hop Campaign Speech: Vince Staples

You could easily say that 2016 was one of the best years for hip-hop in recent memory, but who had the BEST year? The contributors at Artistic Manifesto submitted their pick of which artist had the biggest 2016, and wrote a speech from that artist’s perspective. Now it’s up to you, the reader, to decide . . .

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King Future returns with a self-titled album, long before Easter

“Just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4) Here we are. Weeks into Trump’s presidency, days before payday, and two overdrafts fees deep into debt. When smiles turn into depression and Beyoncé doesn’t win album of the year, her ghostwriter, our . . .

Hip-Hop Campaign Speech: Wale

You could easily say that 2016 was one of the best years for hip-hop in recent memory, but who had the BEST year? The contributors at Artistic Manifesto submitted their pick of which artist had the biggest 2016, and wrote a speech from that artist’s perspective. Now it’s up to you, the reader, to decide . . .

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On Migos and the exhaustion that comes with empathy

My gut reaction to any perceived attack on black folks is protection. Even at the expense of my own mental and emotional well-being. That’s what I felt when I first read what the members of, currently, one of my favorite hip-hop groups Migos had to say in response to fellow rapper Makonnen’s coming out in . . .