Editorial Asks “Where Are Ordinary Black Youth in Popular Culture?”

Media depictions of black youth are more often than not deeply problematic.

Young black people are often presented as either the exceptional overachiever or the “lazy, dangerous thug.” The media seemingly has no interest in the spectrum of experiences and perspectives of young black people.

A recent editorial asks the question, “Where Are Ordinary Black Youth in Popular Culture?”

Rhymes & Reasons Interviews Dr. Dave Stovall About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed His Life

Rhymes & Reasons presents Dr. Dave Stovall.


Dave Stovall gets the Rhymes & Reasons project as well as anyone. As a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago, he mixes lyricism, learning, and self-reflection on the daily.


Dr. Stovall spoke to R&R about two of hip-hop’s great tour de forces: Public Enemy’s anthem of resistance “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos” and Organized Konfusion’s space-age “Releasing Hypnotical Gases.”

Chief Keef Under Fire for Lyrics Threatening Woman For Not Performing Sex Act on Him

Just as the outrage over Rick Ross’ date rape lyrics has begun to die down, another controversial rapper is under fire for misogynistic lyrical content.

Chief Keef recently previewed a song called “You” in which he threatens to murder a women for not performing a sex act on him.

He says: “You ain’t gonna let me f— you, and I feel you / But you gone suck my d— or I’ll kill you”

Rick Ross Apologizes AGAIN: Rape Lyrics are “one of my biggest mistakes and regrets.”

In the wake of his lost endorsement deal with Reebok and continued outrage over his “date rape” lyrics, Rick Ross has released another apology.

This time, Ross actually takes full responsibility for his words , rather than blaming the listener for “misinterpreting” them.

From Clutch Mag:

“Before I am an artist, I am a father, a son, and a brother to some of the most cherished women in the world. So for me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets.

Jay-Z Addresses Cuba Trip, Politicians, Brooklyn Nets Rumors on Leaked Track

Jay-Z leaked a blistering new track called “Open Letter” today, taking aim at politicians, critics of his trip to Cuba, and an assortment of other rumors and enemies.

The track, produced by Swizz Beats and Timbaland, is a confrontational, chorus-less diatribe, addressing just about everything that’s landed the rap mogul in the headlines as of late.

A few quotables:

“I done turned Havana to Atlanta”

Rhymes & Reasons Interviews Rapsody About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed Her Life

Rhymes and Reasons presents Rapsody.

Go ‘head and let the name fool ya: Rapsody can rap. Raised in rural North Carolina, she’s spit with the best of her generation — Mac Miller, Phonte, Big K.R.I.T.

9th Wonder’s protégé spoke to Rhymes & Reasons about the great MC Lyte’s “Poor Georgie, ” The Fugees’ “Ready or Not,” and Method Man’s and Mary J. Blige’s “All I Need.”

Must be something in the water down South.

Check out the interview below:

Snoop Lion Partners w/ MTV for Gun Buyback Program

Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg) has partnered with MTV and Jewelry For A Cause for a gun buyback program.

The three entities have collaborated on limited edition “MTV x Caliber” bracelets made in part from guns turned into buyback programs.

Sales from the bracelets will be donated to the Newark Police Department to help fund future buyback programs.