Music

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Rap Feuds and Moral Standing

This article dives into the underlying moral issues that arise during Rap feuds, when rappers throw insults at one another. Are there things that are unethical to say in a feud?
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Hollywood Structures: The Age Gap in Relationships

The landscape of Hollywood gives male celebrities permission to prey on younger women, like 31-year-old rapper Drake's relationship with-18 year-old model Bella Harris.
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Reevaluating Artivism in Janelle Monáe’s “Dirty Computer”

Janelle Monáe's newest album offers insight into both how crucial queer black female representation is, and how it's achieved through a concept known as artivism.
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Combating Bias? Nicki Minaj and the Merit of “Twitter Beef”

Nicki Minaj's new album has drawn criticism, but the artist is not afraid to defend herself -- especially on Twitter.
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Childish Gambino’s “This is America”: Why It Matters

"This is America" is a viral hit, but can it be the wake-up call America needs?
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The Duality of Hip-Hop: An Examination of Mumble Rap

Mumble rap has both its ardent fans and harsh critics. But what impact will the subgenre have on the social impact of hip-hop?
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Dress Fresh to Impress: Hip-Hop’s Impact Through Fashion

Hip-hop is more than controversial lyrics -- it's also revolutionized a fashion sub-culture.

Are Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa What Chicago Needs?

Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa have both taken measures to fight Chicago's violence epidemic. But are their actions enough?
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Hip-Hop Misogyny’s Effects on Women of Color

Misogyny has long been a controversial part of hip-hop. What effects does this misogyny have on its subjects-namely, women of color?
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In Chance the Rapper’s Music, Do Rap and Religion Mix?

How should listeners view the Christian themes in Chance the Rapper's music?