from The Great Debate:

Are these women getting inside Eminem’s head?

November 19, 2014

Singer Taylor Swift performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" to promote her new album "1989" in New York

This week, rapper Eminem made headlines when, in a new music video, he performed a violently misogynistic rap that attacked singer Lana Del Rey. Del Rey, who is 29 and best known for her songs “Young and Beautiful” and “Summertime Sadness,” has been publicly effusive in her admiration for Eminem (né Marshall Mathers). In the video, Eminem fantasizes about brutalizing the singer in a verse that also lionizes the behavior of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was caught on surveillance video earlier this year knocking his fiancé unconscious in an elevator:

from Photographers' Blog:

Bissau: fashion, flair and hip-hop

April 24, 2014

Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

By Joe Penney

If you drive through the Mistra neighborhood of Bissau - the charming, ramshackle capital of Guinea-Bissau - signs of peoples’ love for American hip-hop are everywhere.

from India Insight:

Responsibility or censorship: why Bollywood should pick

January 2, 2013

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters Corp.)

from Fan Fare:

Can Tempah turn BRIT nods into awards?

January 13, 2011

PlantHe's leader of the pack in terms of BRIT nominations tonight, but can London rapper Tinie Tempah convert them into prizes when the awards ceremony is held on Feb. 15? Bookmakers would have us believe that British pop's biggest night could be one of disappointment, not delirium, with Ladbrokes backing the 22-year-old to scoop just one of his four nods, and arguably the least prestigious of them all -- Best Breakthrough Act.

from Africa News blog:

Ugandan president is hip-hop hit

November 8, 2010

The track starts with a soulful “well, well” as a hip-hop beat rises in intensity. “Do you want another rap?” the same deep voice then says in perfect time. “You want another rap?”

from Fan Fare:

Joaquin Phoenix says “I’m Still Here”

August 17, 2010

Joaquin PhoenixBut is he all there? Really all there.

He quit a golden Hollywood career because he was bored. He thought movies weren’t interesting anymore. He didn’t have anything else to learn. And today, Joaquin Phoenix has re-emerged in the trailer of a new “documentary” called "I'm Still Here" that is directed by his brother-in-law Casey Affleck. The documentary tells about Phoenix’s supposed attempts at a transition to a career in hip hop.  We wrote about it here and here. Surely, we think, it's more mockumentary, something on the order of “This is Spinal Tap” that sends up the entertainment industry. Tellingly, it was “written and produced” by both Affleck and Phoenix. Then again, who are we to say he's lying just because what he has done seems so odd. One never really knows, and "odd" is rather normal in Hollywood. You can watch the trailer -- and judge it -- for yourself below.

from FaithWorld:

Japanese monk gets down with the beat for Buddhism

February 8, 2010

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A gold statue of Buddha in Tokyo, 26 Nov 2009/Yuriko Nakao

He raps. He chants. And this month, Japan's famed hip-hop loving monk, better known as MC Happiness, will tap dance on stage, in the name of Buddhism.

from Fan Fare:

Taiwan’s old-school KMT gives voters its new rap

December 22, 2009

taiwanTaiwan's government, run by the old-guard Nationalist Party, has turned a bit more youthful in recent days, using rap music to head off fears at home that it may sell out to political rival Beijing during tense talks this week. (Click here for more about the talks).

from Africa News blog:

War child sings songs of peace

June 26, 2009

"When you see a Sudanese walking on the street there is a story," child soldier turned hip-hop star Emmanuel Jal says.