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  • Racism and homophobia are social diseases. When only symptoms of these contagious diseases are treated, they spring up in other less obvious incarnations. No matter what we tell ourselves, we have not treated these ailments, we’ve merely mutated our racism and homophobia. We’ve trained ourselves not to use easily recognizable hate speech. Our racism has traded in the N word for coded language like “welfare queens” and our anti-gay crusaders reserve the F word for private conversation, shifting their public rhetoric to “family values.”

    Brother Ali, The Intersection of Homophobia and Hip Hop: Where Tyler Met Frank

    I like Azealia Banks, I like Nicki [Minaj]. Those are the girls that are currently in the game,” Nas said in an interview. “It is women’s time but women are under the illusion that they’re being blocked, so women have to stop playing man’s game when it comes to the artistic shit. They have to just go and do it. Stop worrying about where you fit in. Just go and do it.


    Although i appreciate his attempt at encouraging women to do their own thing, but he can kindly sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up.

    Women ARE blocked in the hip hop industry/world. Women are ignored, disregarded, and seen as a joke in the hip hop world. Which is why they have to work SO much more hard, be SO much more in-your-face to be heard and to be taken seriously. Lil’ Kim is talented as fuck, but would she be as big if Biggie and Junior M.A.F.I.A. didn’t back her? Or Nicki, also talented (idgaf what y’all think, the woman can spit), if she wasn’t backed by Lil Wayne?

    I am really not here for male rappers (or males in general) putting their irrelevant ass two-cents in and not really understanding shit about being a woman in a predominantly male culture.




    Schoolboy Q - Druggys Wit Hoes Again (feat. Ab Soul)
    And yeah, he’s got nothing new to say here— he thought he’d be in prison, he’s rich now, fuck you very much— but there’s an audible joy in just how eager he is to share that vaguely unhealthy but irresistible feeling where you pay $10 for a hip-hop record that makes you feel like you got a $3 million advance.

    This is how Pitchfork reviewed A$AP Rocky’s Long Live A$AP single. 

    This is why you have hipsters walking around talmbout “I don’t like rap/hip-hop” it’s not deep enough. Those motherfuckers will COME to places like Pitchfork where they’ll overanalyze some shitty electropop album and consider all levels of intricacies to what some skinny white dude is saying about drugs, but can’t stop to think about what A$AP Rocky is referring to when he says “I thought I’d probably die in prison?”

    REALLY? Now I know A$AP (like any rapper) has had some really throwaway verses, but a Black man taking out the time to acknowledge that life has not ended up where he thought he would be—where others thought it would be—is pretty fucking important. That may not be “new” to any Pitchfork reviewers or readers, but A$AP’s pretty good at sneaking some underlying shit in his lyrics before he lays down bullshit about bitches and weed. I won’t try to give ol boy too much credit but I will give credit where it’s due.

    That song also talks about parenthood, hypocritical Christians, religion in America, carving out a legend as a rapper, and makes HELLA references to rap classics. 

    Part of the reason I created my music blog was because niggas never wanna look at rap/hip-hop critically, never really want to understand it. It’s cause of shit like that. Like, come on. COME ON.

    (via pussyharvest)

    Kendrick Lamar - Tammy's Song (Her Evils)
    Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid
    Kendrick Lamar - Tammy's Song (Her Evils)
    You’re not gonna be ‘no-homo’ and then call yourself pretty and say, ‘Swag swag swag, swag swag, swag swag.’ That is a gay attitude— a gay black attitude, specifically. You cannot tell me it isn’t. Gay men invented swag.

    — Mykki Blanco (We Invented Swag)

    Mos Def and Talib Kweli - Thieves in the Night