DANCEHALL

Practice in Public Makes Perfect: how playing for your fans makes you better

Price, 57, has played music nearly her whole life, starting with piano when she was five years old. But in the fall of 2009, the guitar was still something of mystery to her. She had been playing for only a couple of months and was struggling a bit with the new challenges. Yet, instead of holing up in her living room to practice until she felt more confident, she did […]

todayApril 4, 2020 17 7 5

DANCEHALL

Practice in Public Makes Perfect: how playing for your fans makes you better

Price, 57, has played music nearly her whole life, starting with piano when she was five years old. But in the fall of 2009, the guitar was still something of mystery to her. She had been playing for only a couple of months and was struggling a bit with the new challenges. Yet, instead of holing up in her living room to practice until she felt more confident, she did […]

todayApril 4, 2020 17 7 5

BUSINESS

How Hip-Hop Got Its Name

ip-hop — they were the first words on the genre’s first big hit, the Sugarhill Gang’s 1979 song, “Rapper’s Delight.” But at the time no one—not even the young kids who had invented the music, the dances, the rhymes, and the visual art of this burgeoning movement emerging from the Bronx—was calling it that. Hip-hop wasn’t hip-hop yet. That moment would come in September 1982, when a downtown reporter named […]

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BUSINESS

The Unsolved Murders of Rap Kings Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.

Was it an East vs. West gang war or is there more to the story? Two of the biggest rappers of their time died untimely deaths in eerily similar manners in back-to-back years 1996 and 1997. They were both shot to death in drive-by shootings and were both aged a mere 25 years at the time of their death.   The tragic losses were a culmination of one of the […]

todayApril 3, 2020 21 3 3

DANCEHALL

Inside Tupac’s Last Days

The rapper's professional and personal life was at an all-time high when he was gunned down in September 1996. On September 7, 1996, Tupac Shakur was shot in Las Vegas; he died six days later. In the last days before his death, Tupac's life included creating music, filming a movie, activism, romance, and making plans for a future away from Death Row Records. Tupac's acting career was thriving Though best […]

todayApril 2, 2020 28 5

DANCEHALL

Recreating America?: Why Most African Rappers Dont Sound `African`

Quincy Jones once said:   Ice keep doing what you are doing- man/Don’t give a damn those squares don’t understand/You let them tell you what to sing and what to write/Your whole career will be all over by tomorrow night!   -Ice T (Back on the Block 1989)   The mass media has ensured that the horrors of the Jewish Holocaust are deeply ingrained in our consciousness; however the equally […]

todayApril 2, 2020 27 5

GOSPEL

MEET THE FIRST & ONLY EAST AFRICAN RAPPER TO BE FEATURED ON THE BET HIP-HOP AWARDS CYPHERS

Since 2007 The BET Hip-Hop Awards have been honoring the emcees, music, and artistry that keeps the culture we love moving forward and evolving. The ceremony’s rap freestyle series, “The Cypher”, highlights the lyrical ability, charisma, and stage presence of both hip-hop icons and emerging emcees in a traditional rap cypher setting.   Rappers have given some memorable performances throughout the years, with some artists making their mainstream debut in […]

todayApril 2, 2020 6 1

WEEK TOP

GOSPEL

Gen Elly Tumwine`s Contribution Towards Uganda`s Art Industry

Uganda`s former Security Minister General Elly Tumwine passed away Thursday morning in Nairobi at the Aga Khan Hospital where he had been airlifted recently after suffering complications related to a cancerous condition. Tumwine, one of the heroes of the 1986 Luweero bush war that brought the current NRM government to power and […]

todayApril 2, 2020 5 1

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