Tagged hip hop

Lyricks Slams the “Clutch” in Hip Hop

When you think of Lyricks, don’t just assume he’s just another Korean Hip Hop artist and graphic designer who works at SOBs in New York City; he’s a rapper that will lyrically dismantle your favorite rapper. And he’s anxious, more than ever, to drive his message home. “My flows a knife to your crew/Don’t be…

Inside The “Insatiable” Listening Session

To live in a day and age where musicians still manage to give a fuck about artistic integrity and produce soul-bearing material, I feel truly grateful. I wrote this introduction crouched onstage at Bourbon & Branch while filming clips for the recap video attached to this article. This past Thursday I had the honor of…

August Alsina’s Revealing Ode to Hip Hop & Community

Inner city stories are too often marketed as dangerous, cautionary tales. It’s allowed society at large to establish a negative perception, void of nuance and hope–one that strips humans of their dignity. This track by August Alsina is looks back on his own journey through Hip Hop, as he pines for a more simple time. Alsina reminds us,…

This is Why David Castro is the Man Behind “Dungeon Forward”

There is no room for risk aversion in fashion, but there is certainly space for it in business. David Castro, chief designer of Dungeon Forward, is straddling the lines a bit; he has to. He’s a graduate from FAMU and UM with a master’s degree in architecture, but that drastically different degree isn’t preventing his drive…

The Universal World Survives War & Tragedy Through Hip Hop

“Innovation culture” is the buzz phrase that seems to dominate discussions around work environments–it’s the idea that human collaboration should be cultivated persistently in order for a place to progress and generate creativity. This idea should be cultivated beyond the work place–we’re naturally creating this environment in the form of art and music. And, right now,…

Lin-Manuel Miranda Does a Rap FreeStyle with Obama at the White House

President Barack Obama’s “give a fuck” meter is officially not functioning. During a White House visit by the cast and crew of “Hamilton,” the Alexander Hamilton-inspired Broadway, Lin-Manuel Miranda did a spontaneous rap freestyle as President Obama held random cue cards. He certainly kept it presidential by making sure the vocabulary on the cards resonated…

Hip-Hop Genius ‘Remixes’ High School Education

In the video above, educator Sam Siedel urges that “we need to create schools and school systems that not only teach hip-hop…they are hip-hop”. His plan to “remix” high school education across the country is being called Hip-Hop Genius, defined as “creative resourcefulness in the face of limited resources”. Much like hip-hop, as a genre,…

Frederick Talks Floridian Hip Hop, Haitian Identity, and “The Calm” EP

Frederick is from a current era of Hip Hop that no longer places a cultural obligation to guard its region like a dog marks its territory. Aesthetic preferences has taken precedent over regional loyalty. But despite its experimental interplay with music production, lyrical style, and evolving subject matter, authenticity still remains a fundamental tenet in…

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