In July 2013 indie hip-hop superpower Top Dawg Entertainment announced that they signed singer-songwriter SZA, making her the newest member to the TDE family.
“Just killed another career, it’s a mild day” – Nicki Minaj, “Monster”
Fresh off the European leg of his “Would You Like A Tour” Tour, Drake decided to surprise everyone with a late night release via his blogspot blog.
Vic Mensa is the next big thing out of Chicago.
Schoolboy Q is on track for a #1 debut on the Billboard chart this week, a first for the rapper and his label, TDE.
10 years ago, Kanye West released his (first) masterpiece, and changed the rap game forever.
This Women's History Month, we may ask how Minaj's question goes to the heart - or, perhaps, breaks the heart - of our ongoing conversation about gender and sexual politics in Hip Hop Culture.
Women's History month is the perfect time to reflect on the fact that many women unapologetically support both Hiphop and feminism. When I teach college courses on language use and identity, I ask all of my students to write the words they hear and use to describe women in their communities and on their campus.
Say My Name (2009) is a documentary that excavates many of the lost voices of women in Hiphop. Directed by Nirit Peled and produced by the production company Mamamess, the film presents a broad look of past, present and future female MCs of Hiphop music in the United States and London.
As hip-hop is expanding its paradigm for what is normative and authentic, women should be encouraged to create their own niches and define their music and their images outside of the archetypes that have traditionally been placed before them.