RAP ESSAYS

2 OF 3
Hey Young World: You Don't Have to Be a Kid To Fall In Love With Hip-Hop, But It Sure Helps

Hey Young World: You Don't Have to Be a Kid To Fall In Love With Hip-Hop, But It Sure Helps

If you started listening to rap today instead of back when...would you still be a fan? Looking at how nostalgia shapes our taste.

I Watched R Kelly Propose To The P***y

I Watched R Kelly Propose To The P***y

Reviewing R Kelly's latest magnum opus.

The Best Song I Heard While I Was Waiting In Line Outside a Department Store With Thousands of Other People at 4:30 This Morning: Oasis "Acquiesce"

The Best Song I Heard While I Was Waiting In Line Outside a Department Store With Thousands of Other People at 4:30 This Morning: Oasis "Acquiesce"

Keeping warm by the vibrations in your earbuds.

The Psychology of 400 Years of Racism: Why TDE Deserves the Benefit of the Doubt In Regards to Their Reaction to GQ's Article

The Psychology of 400 Years of Racism: Why TDE Deserves the Benefit of the Doubt In Regards to Their Reaction to GQ's Article

You might not get it.

Me, My Selfie, and I: Kanye West In the Age of Narcissism

Me, My Selfie, and I: Kanye West In the Age of Narcissism

As is the case with most anything to do with Kanye West, this is not about Kanye West.

Looking Back At Jay Z's "The Black Album" 10 Years Later

Looking Back At Jay Z's "The Black Album" 10 Years Later

What did "The Black Album" mean for Jay Z's career? We take a closer look.

Run This Town: Trinidad James Sparks a Conversation About Regionalism In Rap

Run This Town: Trinidad James Sparks a Conversation About Regionalism In Rap

(Not with new music, though. Don't worry.)

"A Real Breath of Fresh Air": Wu-Tang Clan's "Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers" Turns 20

"A Real Breath of Fresh Air": Wu-Tang Clan's "Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers" Turns 20

The Wu's classic debut came out 20 years ago today.

They're Trying to Murder Each Other...With Love? Eminem and Kendrick Find Competition in an Unexpected Place

They're Trying to Murder Each Other...With Love? Eminem and Kendrick Find Competition in an Unexpected Place

A look at one of the year's most anticipated songs.

Nipsey Hussle vs. Complex: A Look At Hip-Hop Media in 2013

Nipsey Hussle vs. Complex: A Look At Hip-Hop Media in 2013

Nipsey went in on Complex earlier this week, raising some important questions about the current state of hip-hop media.

OMG! That's An Instant Classic... Tracklist. (I'm Sure The Music's Good, Too)

OMG! That's An Instant Classic... Tracklist. (I'm Sure The Music's Good, Too)

Tracklists aren't real.

Pusha T's "My Name Is My Name" and the Street Value of Lyrics in Rap

Pusha T's "My Name Is My Name" and the Street Value of Lyrics in Rap

Pusha outperformed expectations. A look at what this might mean for the industry.

2 OF 3