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MC Hammer Is the Reigning Blerd King of Hip-Hop

U can’t touch this rapper’s love of science — making him a must-follow in a world full of surprisingly geeky hip-hop artists

How ‘The Way It Is’ Became an Unlikely Soundtrack to the Black Lives Matter Movement

Bruce Hornsby made his name in the easy-listening/adult-contemporary world. But his civil rights ballad has been the musical bedrock for two generations of hip-hop anthems that dissect racial injustice and police brutality from the inside.

The Strange and Beautiful Blackness of OutKast

In 2003, André 3000 and Big Boi’s double album ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’ made a new space for weird Black kids and paved the way for everyone from Kanye and Childish Gambino to Kendrick Lamar and Drake

Crashing Ice Cube’s Listening Party for ‘AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted’

Over the weekend on Instagram Live, the rapper invited a few of his most famous fans to help him celebrate the 30th anniversary of his debut album