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Before there were internet rappers, there was Canibus | The Outline
It takes a certain level of rap fandom to have even heard of Canibus, and an extremely high tolerance for lyrically dense hardcore hip-hop to actually enjoy his music. These days, if you know him at all it’s as a punchline, a try-hard who flamed out and burned every bridge he crossed on his way to the bottom. But, and trust me on this one, he was once rap music’s next big thing.
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yesterday by StJohnBosco
Capitalism Has Failed, and Jay-Z’s Streaming Scandal Is Proof (Medium, 5/14/2018)
Norwegian newspaper, Dagens Næringsliv (DN), has released an explosive investigative report containing damning allegations about the business practices at TIDAL, the streaming service owned by…
capitalism  tidal  streaming  jay-z  beyonce  hiphop  music  entrepreneurialism  entrepreneurship 
4 days ago by davidkoren
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17 days ago by uche
https://mobile.twitter.com/StahlKristoffer/status/1156634808468017153
Intervjuad ikväll av HBO i Los Angeles inför deras dokumentär om ASAP Rocky-målet. Producenterna var även väldigt intresserade av min och kollegan Sargon De Bassos artikel i Aftonbladet om kritik och förbättring av det svenska häktningsinstitutet.
twitter  television  law  swedish  documentaries  hiphop 
17 days ago by mikael
Hanif Abdurraqib: From Vanilla Ice to Macklemore: understanding the white rapper's burden (The Guardian)
I stopped fucking with Eminem when he couldn’t stop making rape jokes in his rhymes as he approached 40 years old. There is a time when all of us have to re-evaluate the distance we actually have from dangerous moments. Eminem has a distance that never runs out. A distance that only grows wider. And there are those who would call him edgy for not realising this, while ignoring those who realise that their proximity to danger is a lot slimmer, and yet they’ve still found a way to stay alive. No one finds this funny.

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What Macklemore didn’t embrace was the thing that Eminem embraced before him: if you are in a system that will propel you to the top off of the backs of black artists who might be better than you are, no one black is going to be interested in your guilt. It has played out in every genre since the inception of genre, or since the first song was pulled by white hands from wherever a black person sang it into the air. No one knows what to make of the guilt.

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Macklemore did what I would have hoped he would have done, even if he did it painfully and with a tone of self-congratulation. What no other white rapper was able to do before him. He stopped just apologising for what he imagined as undeserved fame and instead weaponised it, losing fans in the process. The major function of privilege is that it allows us who hold it in masses to sacrifice something for the greater good of pulling up someone else. Macklemore, whether intentionally or not, decided to use his privilege to cannibalise whiteness, tearing at his own mythology in the process. When I saw him last year at a festival, he performed White Privilege II to a captivated white audience. Halfway through the song, he left the stage entirely empty, walking off and making room for two black poets and a black drummer to read poems about police violence and gentrification. It was a stunning image, an artist holding the mouth of his audience open and forcing the slick red spoonful of medicine down their throats.
race  hiphop  music 
20 days ago by matthewmcvickar
How 88rising Is Making a Place for Asians in Hip-Hop
Interesting article on 88rising, Asian American culture, and a bio on its creator, Sean Miyashiro.

Sean Miyashiro is really on top of the pulse of the internet, its memes, its trends, and so on. It's kind of crazy, but I can tell how reading the article.
journalism  music  hiphop 
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