Erik Nielson and Charis E. Kubrin, writing for The New York Times, have published an article that looks at a New Jersey Supreme Court case that will determine if rap lyrics can be used as evidence of a crime.
More than a decade later, this bias appears to persist, leaving rap music as vulnerable as ever to judicial abuse. Although appellate courts in Massachusetts and Maryland have recently reversed convictions after citing prosecutors for their improper use of rap lyrics or videos as evidence, most similar appeals are unsuccessful. Just this summer the Supreme Court of Nevada upheld the admissibility of rap lyrics as evidence in a first-degree murder case. A definitive ruling by the...
This article on The Daily Beast, by Rawiya Kameir, discusses how Jay Z's business side has led to him appearing not trustworthy.
Last fall, critics and fans wanted to see Jay Z take a principled stance by publicly condemning Barney's for its proven track record of racially profiling black customers; instead, he moved to donate 100 percent, rather than the original 25 percent, of his capsule line's revenue to charity. No doubt contracts and other constraints limited his choices, but it further entrenched the perception that he is actively retreating deeper into strictly self-serving territory. The same applies to his involvement with the Brooklyn Nets, whose Barclays Center eyesore is a...
Common has announced that he will be releasing a new album this year called Nobody Smiling, which will be entirely produced by No I.D. Check out a video in the replies of Common giving more details about the record in a recent interview.
Ryan Hemsworth, who released one of our favorite dance records of the year, has posted a 10-song remix pack on twitter for free download. It includes unreleased remixes for Future, Disclosure, Chief Keef, and Beyonce among others. Full tracklisting is in the replies.
Jay Z ranked his own albums on his blog this morning. Ranking of albums? Kinda feels like an AP.net thread. Anyway, his annotated list is below ... agree? Disagree? He definitely got Kingdom Come right.
1. Reasonable Doubt (Classic)
2. The Blueprint (Classic)
3. The Black Album (Classic)
4. Vol. 2 (Classic)
5. American Gangster (4 1/2, cohesive)
6. Magna Carta (Fuckwit, Tom Ford, Oceans, Beach, On the Run, Grail)
7. Vol. 1 (Sunshine kills this album... fuck... Streets, Where I'm from, You Must Love Me...)
8. BP3 (Sorry critics, it's good. Empire (Gave Frank a run for his money))
9. Dynasty (Intro alone...)
10. Vol. 3 (Pimp C verse alone... oh, So Ghetto)
11. BP2 (Too many...
Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you’ve found the way. On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!! This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a “plant-based breakfast” everyday. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought…
Why now? There’s something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2+2=4) coupled with the fact that the challenge ends on Christmas...
A middle schooler from North Carolina sent A$AP Rocky a nice letter for a school project. The spelling might not be great, but the sentiment surely makes up for it. Check out the letter in the replies.
Well, I'm doing a mix tape right now with everybody on the scene that's doing well. Danny [Worsnop] from Asking Alexandria, Andy [Biersack] from Black Veil Brides is singing on it. It's all rap, but they're singing all the choruses on it. There's Jacoby [Shaddix] from Papa Roach. There's Deuce, and we've got Craig Mabbitt [from Escape the Fate] singing on it. There's more too, but every track is going to be someone.
Hit the replies to stream a new track from Schoolboy Q titled "Man Of The Year." Word on the street is that we're going to be getting more information about Q's major label debut, Oxymoron, early next week.
Producer Ryan Hemsworth and rapper Starlito have joined forces to create an emotional break up song titled "Can't Get Over You" as a part of the Yours Truly and Adidas Songs From Scratch series. You can stream the track here and you can watch a video of the two in the studio in the replies.
You can now download or streamBlue Chips 2, the new mixtape from Queens rapper Action Bronson. This tape is the sequel to last year's critically lauded Blue Chips, and is Bronson's second collaboration with producer Party Supplies. Hit the replies to check out the track listing and the (NSFW) artwork.