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GS9 Rappers Bobby Shmurda (Right) and Rowdy Rebel (Left)

This coming Tuesday, on February 23rd, rap superstar Bobby Shmurda will finally be released from prison. Although Shmurda’s requests for parole back in September were initially denied, the Clinton Correctional Facility has now agreed to grant Shmurda a conditional release contingent on good behavior.

Shmurda, real name Ackquille Pollard, was incarcerated in 2014 when he was arrested by the NYPD in a raid on the rapper’s Manhattan studio. The NYPD had tapped Pollard and his crew GS9’s phones for well over a year prior; the resulting charges that had come down were sweeping — one count of conspiracy to commit…


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More than likely, you’ve probably heard something of artist redveil by now. The 16-year-old artist made a big buzz on social media when popular YouTube reviewer Anthony Fantano scathingly dismissed his music on livestream — immediately followed by a bizarre twitter meltdown which seemed to be directed towards redveil. But the negative review proved to in fact be a boon to redveil, giving him a burst of attention from fans curious to hear what all the commotion was about. Now, redveil finds himself with a dedicated following, and a monthly listener count on Spotify which has shot up to over…


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Hammond, Indiana rapper Vince Ash (pictured above)

I’d like to preface this article by acknowledging and bringing to your attention that there is an ongoing struggle for black liberation in America; it is our utmost duty to do everything we can in support of this movement, especially so as fans of hip-hop. Police are still killing unarmed minorities in the streets, the system which governs us is still designed to sequester and oppress people of color, and there is still a horrifying and grave level of inequality plaguing our country. …


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Michel Foucault was a French sociologist who was largely known for his work on social norms and cultural repression — however, what ended up being one of his most crucial contributions as a thinker was his postulation upon colonization which became known as Foucault’s Boomerang. This ‘boomerang effect’, which Foucault had identified, was the process by which the mechanisms of control which Western colonizer countries developed to repress colonized countries and peoples would eventually end up finding their way back to the West, being utilized by Western governments against their own people. As Foucault puts it in his own words…


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Detroit rappers ShredGang Mone (left) and BandGang Lonnie Bands (right)

I’d like to preface this article by acknowledging and bringing to your attention that there is an ongoing struggle for black liberation in America; it is our utmost duty to do everything we can in support of this movement, especially so as fans of hip-hop. Police are still killing unarmed minorities in the streets, the system which governs us is still designed to sequester and oppress people of color, and there is still a horrifying and grave level of inequality plaguing our country. …


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America is a gerontocracy.

The president is 73. His opponent is 77. The Speaker of the House is 80. The Senate Majority Leader is 78. We currently have one of the oldest legislative bodies in the country’s history — an average age of 58 in the House and 63 in the Senate. Perhaps, then, it is no wonder why it seems change never comes — the legislative powers of this country, quite literally, have grown old and decrepit, paralyzed by their inability to provide the profound, radical change that our society so desperately needs.

We are currently seeing the manifestation…


Chicago drill rap is a scene which, some odd eight years ago, practically revolutionized hip hop. The genre’s songs, which are typically hallmarked by furious lyrical outbursts over dark trap beats, have long been controversial due to the violent and nihilist nature of their lyrical content. But the most unsettling aspect of the Chicago drill scene, for unfamiliar onlookers, should not be the egregiously violent lyrics which these artists jam their songs with; but rather, the age, of these artists.

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Chicago drill rapper Joseph Coleman, or “Lil Jojo”

For instance, Chief Keef was 16 when his fame jettisoned him from the Drill-sphere into the eyes of the mainstream…


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Last September, political pundit Ben Shapiro tried to argue that “rap” was not music.

Not only is this assessment laughably cringey, but it is also patently wrong. According to Shapiro, music is only music if it contains these three elements: harmony, melody, and rhythm. Shapiro argues, “Rap only fulfills one of these, the rhythm section. There’s not a lot of melody and there’s not a lot of harmony. And thus, effectively, it is basically spoken rhythm. It’s not actually a form of music. It’s a form of rhythmic speaking.”

Shapiro’s assessment of what makes music actually “music” is woefully under…

Dario Lorenzo

Hip Hop / Politics Writer

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