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Arts > Music > Rap, Hip-hop, Urban music > Late 20th, early 21st century > UK, USA

 

 

 

Childish Gambino - This Is America (Official Video)        Donald Glover        5 May 2018

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?time_continue=6&v=VYOjWnS4cMY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Lansley Rap        Co-written by MC Nxtgen & Rob Gee        2011

 

 

 

 

Andrew Lansley Rap

added 26 March 2011

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=Dl1jPqqTdNo&feature=player_embedded

 

The more printable sections of the lyrics include the verse:

 

Lansley’s white paper: ‘Liberating the NHS’

sets out a plan where we’ll become more like the U.S.

and care will be farmed out to private companies,

who will sell their service to the NHS via the GPs,

who will have more to do with service purchase arrangements

than anything to do with seeing their patients.”

 

 

Related

Andrew Lansley takes rap

from MC NxtGen over health policy in viral video

Success of YouTube video

criticising Department of Health white paper

prompts health minister to respond to rapper critic

Esther Addley        Guardian.co.uk        Friday 25 March 2011    20.18 GMT

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2011/mar/25/
andrew-lansley-rap-mc-nxtgen 

 

Related

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2011/apr/05/
andrew-lansley-scrambles-to-save-nhs-reforms 

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2011/apr/03/
andrew-lansley-rap-youtube?intcmp=239 

 

 

 

Andrew Lansley rap > Lyrics > Full text


Chorus:


Andrew Lansley, greedy,

Andrew Lansley, tosser,

the NHS is not for sale

you grey haired manky codger. (x4)



So the budget of the PCTs,

he wants to hand to the GP’s,

Oh please. Dumb geeks are gonna buy

from any willing provider,

get care from private companies.

They saw the pie and they want a piece;

Got their eyes on the P’s like mice for the cheese.

I talk truth when I ride the beat,

you talk shite when you speak,

see money when you close your eyes to sleep.



So fall back — your face looks like a shrivelled up ball sack.

The stuff that you chat is bull crap,

I’m sure Andy Pandy snorts crack.

Health minister, I mean sinister.

You know your public will finish ya,

is your brain really that miniature?

Give yourself an enema.
 


Made filthy rich

by those who represent Walkers Crisps,

Mars and Pizza Hut,

proved your a health slut and your always talking shit.

A hundred and thirty four pound an hour every week,

that’s quite a lot of quids;

and you came to the conclusion

that the food industry should be a little less strict.



Scandal disclosed that you flipped your second home.

You said your claims were within the rules,

filled your pockets, took us for jokes;

so how would you cope

when broke folk get ill, injured and broke,

but don’t have the dough,

to get their life back on the road,

so poor die slow, and the rich take control.



(Chorus x 4)



Lansley’s white paper: “Liberating the NHS”

sets out a plan where we’ll become more like the U.S.

and care will be farmed out to private companies,

who will sell their service to the NHS via the Gps,

who will have more to do with service purchase arrangements

than anything to do with seeing their patients.



He’s been given cash

by John Nash,

chairman of Care UK:

a private healthcare provider,

who, if they have their way,

will be the biggest beneficiaries

of conservative Lib Dem policies

to privatise healthcare

and pull apart the welfare state.



These plans have been slagged

by patient organisations,

charities and unions,

nursing and medical institutions.

 

The Royal College of GPs

even joined the attack,

looked closely at the proposals

and said they were crap.

Say yes for the NHS,

Andrew Lansley can suck on David Cameron’s breast.

His quest is for the rich to pay less,

and the poor have to stress,

it’ll be one big mess.



(Chorus x 4)

http://louderthanwar.com/best-of-the-web/andrew-lansley-rap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://michaelvincent.ca/Newsblog/?cat=3

added 10.7.2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rap > Kid Cudi

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/kid-cudi 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/12/
619183944/the-strange-subdued-catharsis-of-kanye-and-cudis-kids-see-ghosts

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2009/jan/19/
kid-cudi-interview 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rap > MC NxtGen (real name Sean Donnelly)

 

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2011/apr/03/
andrew-lansley-rap-youtube

 

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2011/mar/25/
andrew-lansley-rap-mc-nxtgen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rap > female rapper > Nicki Minaj        TRI / USA

 

https://www.npr.org/artists/126317980/nicki-minaj

http://www.theguardian.com/music/nicki-minaj

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/10/
637440576/after-a-bumpy-start-nicki-minajs-queen-has-landed

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/11/magazine/
the-passion-of-nicki-minaj.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/28/arts/music/
review-nicki-minaj-raps-life-lessons-at-barclays-center.html

 

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/aug/22/
viral-video-chart-ice-buckets-john-oliver-and-niki-minaj

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/nov/01/
nicki-minaj-scary-spice-hermione-harry-potter

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/apr/27/
nicki-minaj-bigger-balls-than-the-boys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rap > Cardi B

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/09/25/
553474495/cardi-b-becomes-first-solo-female-rapper-to-top-the-singles-chart-in-19-years

 

 

 

 

rap > Miss Dynamite

https://www.theguardian.com/music/ms-dynamite 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/video/2011/sep/08/
ms-dynamite-live-session-neva-soft-video

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/may/22/
ms-dynamite-interview-neva-soft

 

 

 

 

USA > rap > Nelly        UK / USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/07/
556372563/nelly-arrested-for-alleged-sexual-assault

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/oct/07/
rapper-nelly-arrested-court-rape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

grime > Lethal Bizzle        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/feb/03/
pow-forward-lethal-bizzle-protests

 

 

 

 

trip-hop / lo-fi > Ghostpoet        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2011/feb/08/
ghostpoet-peanut-butter-blues-stream

 

 

 

 

hip-hop > Odd Future        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/may/08/
odd-future-tyler-creator-rape

 

 

 

 

hip-hop > DJ Kool Herc        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2011/feb/01/
hip-hop-dj-kool-herc

 

 

 

 

hip-hop > Taio Cruz

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/30/
business/media/30hits.html

 

 

 

 

 hip-hop pioneer / grime > Wiley        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/music/wiley

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2017/feb/21/
wiley-the-enigmatic-godfather-of-grime-podcast

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jan/24/
wiley-godfather-grime

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/jul/14/
wiley-zip-files-free-downloads

 

 

 

 

Kaskade        2011        USA

 

a D.J. and producer

who represents a new face

of electronic dance music

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/10/
fashion/a-200000-a-night-dj-known-as-kaskade-is-really-ryan-raddon-a-mormon.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lil Nas X        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slowthai        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/may/11/
slowthai-i-love-britain-great

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geto Boy        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/06/10/
731076691/bushwick-bill-of-houston-rap-group-geto-boys-dead-at-52

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 Savage        UK / USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/05/
691725441/lawyers-for-21-savage-explain-dreamer-history-characterize-detention-as-baseless

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/04/
691210275/atlanta-rapper-21-savage-arrested-by-ice-for-allegedly-overstaying-visa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tekashi 6ix9ine        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/20/
669652099/rapper-tekashi-6ix9ine-indicted-for-armed-robbery-racketeering-drug-trafficking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earl Sweatshirt        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/artists/230494985/earl-sweatshirt

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/12/07/
673227162/earl-sweatshirt-on-resentment-growth-and-giving-yourself-a-chance

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/microphonecheck/2015/03/24/
394987116/earl-sweatshirt-im-grown

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/MicrophoneCheck/2013/11/20/
245993882/earl-sweatshirt-on-rza-day-his-purpose-and-paul-mccartney

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2013/08/19/
213497724/new-music-nine-inch-nails-earl-sweatshirt-juana-molina-more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mona Haydar        SYR / USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/04/
663534196/mona-haydar-on-her-new-album-barbarican

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clyde Guevara        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/23/
630861463/i-still-feel-him-clyde-guevara-s-debut-memorializes-his-brother-s-death

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.I.        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/22/
630791833/t-i-is-dreaming-big-for-atlantas-future

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pusha T        USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jul/05/
pusha-t-the-make-america-great-again-hat-is-this-generations-ku-klux-hood

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/05/25/
614203250/for-pusha-t-time-is-of-the-essence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Akala        UK

 

 

 

 

Akala - Carried Away (OFFICIAL VIDEO)        2016

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lSXd2gFt50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/apr/29/
akala-review-shepherds-bush-empire-london-black-people-hip-hop-poet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRhyme        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/03/08/
591203534/first-listen-prhyme-prhyme-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August Greene        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/03/05/
589887065/first-listen-august-greene-august-greene

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/18/
578570350/songs-we-love-august-greene-optimistic-feat-brandy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Sean        USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2012/nov/27/
big-sean-review

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/02/28/
517506623/dont-bother-big-sean-hes-working

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/13/
arts/music/big-sean-billboard-lady-gaga-super-bowl.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/feb/04/
big-sean-i-decided-kanye-west

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jul/02/
big-sean-review-kanye-protege-on-the-rise

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/microphonecheck/2015/03/02/
390165830/big-sean-i-stuck-with-my-gut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tunde Olaniran        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/26/
660180893/tunde-olaniran-refuses-to-dilute-his-creativity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Thought        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/01/
616222811/black-thought-sets-out-on-his-own

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/05/31/
615752582/black-thought-the-roots-interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Roots        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/artists/15121130/the-roots

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/05/31/
615752582/black-thought-the-roots-interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/artists/15403758/common

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/03/05/
589887065/first-listen-august-greene-august-greene

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/18/
578570350/songs-we-love-august-greene-optimistic-feat-brandy

 

https://www.npr.org/2016/11/04/
500514735/on-his-latest-album-commons-political-commentary-gets-personal

 

https://www.npr.org/2016/10/03/
496433228/common-tiny-desk-concert-at-the-white-house

 

https://www.npr.org/2015/07/06/
419252433/first-listen-nina-revisited-a-tribute-to-nina-simone

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/
story/story.php?storyId=130546637 - October 15, 2010

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/
story/story.php?storyId=12702123 - August 11, 2007

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2007/08/09/
15960263/lcd-soundsystem-amy-winehouse-common

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/
story/story.php?storyId=4708308 - June 17, 2005

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/
story/story.php?storyId=4697017 - June 10, 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dessa        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/03/01/
587404227/dessa-separates-head-from-heart-with-a-little-help-from-science

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biz Markie        USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2018/jul/12/
biz-markie-rock-steady-crew-run-dmc-early-hip-hop-stars-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Rock Steady Crew        USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2018/jul/12/
biz-markie-rock-steady-crew-run-dmc-early-hip-hop-stars-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Run DMC        USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2018/jul/12/
biz-markie-rock-steady-crew-run-dmc-early-hip-hop-stars-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stetsasonic         USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2018/jul/12/
biz-markie-rock-steady-crew-run-dmc-early-hip-hop-stars-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rakim        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/27/
642400564/rakim-reflects-on-his-life-in-hip-hop-and-what-happened-with-eric-b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Eric B & Rakim        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/27/
642400564/rakim-reflects-on-his-life-in-hip-hop-and-what-happened-with-eric-b

 

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2018/jul/12/
biz-markie-rock-steady-crew-run-dmc-early-hip-hop-stars-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russell Simmons        USA

 

hip-hop, fashion

and entertainment mogul

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/25/
580629581/russell-simmons-publicly-accused-of-rape-by-a-6th-woman

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/30/
567470136/russell-simmons-removing-himself-after-second-allegation-of-sexual-assault

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meek Mill (real name Robert Williams)        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2018/02/08/
584009177/how-the-eagles-sneaked-a-little-protest-into-the-super-bowl

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/
opinion/jay-z-meek-mill-probation.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/
arts/music/meek-mill-jail.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young Dolph        USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jan/04/
young-dolph-rapper-dodging-death-memphis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talib Kweli        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2017/11/19/
564453458/talib-kweli-speaks-through-radio-silence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master P        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/09/21/
552449582/how-master-p-gamed-the-music-industry-and-laid-a-path-to-generational-wealth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gucci Mane        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/09/19/
551787647/the-autobiography-of-gucci-mane-a-story-of-rap-and-rebirth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Aminé Daniel / Aminé        USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/
arts/music/amine-good-for-you-interview.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prophets Of Rage        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/sep/27/
prophets-of-rage-tom-morello-b-real-chuck-d-public-enemy-cypress-hill-machine

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/09/15/
551032602/the-urgent-sonic-blast-of-prophets-of-rage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Run The Jewels        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/artists/250227134/run-the-jewels

 

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/09/06/
548722999/run-the-jewels-on-empowerment-and-shared-humanity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vic Mensa        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/28/
539855846/on-the-autobiography-vic-mensa-faces-his-personal-demons-and-emerges-stronger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GoldLink — born D'Anthony Carlos        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/04/14/
523924765/goldlink-on-go-go-and-making-the-best-of-a-bittersweet-history

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swet Shop Boys / Heems and Riz MC        USA

 

http://www.npr.org/2016/10/14/
497690761/heems-and-riz-mc-on-rapping-and-writing-from-a-very-personal-place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isaiah Rashad        USA

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2016/09/27/
494872013/isaiah-rashad-dusts-himself-off-and-tries-again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Dewan Sewell / Danny Brown        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/18/
arts/music/danny-brown-atrocity-exhibition-interview.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kane "Kano" Robinson        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/kano

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/aug/28/
kano-live-review-liverpool-arts-club-made-in-the-manor

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2006/feb/08/
popandrock2

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2005/jun/17/
popandrock.shopping5

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2005/mar/03/
popandrock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doc McKinney        CAN / USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/microphonecheck/2016/08/01/
487826660/doc-mckinney-theres-enough-bad-music-out-there

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wiz Khalifa        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/08/
fashion/mens-style/wiz-khalifa-fashion-style.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Haynes / stage name: Mr. Lif        USA

 

http://www.npr.org/2016/05/14/
477517970/what-doesnt-kill-us-makes-us-stronger-mr-lif-on-music-and-healing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Junior Adenuga / stage name: Skepta        UK

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/may/12/
skepta-konnichiwa-review-boy-better-know-album-of-the-week

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/may/06/
10-things-we-learned-from-skeptas-konnichiwa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Azealia Amanda Banks        USA

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/azealia-banks

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/commentisfree/2016/may/16/
azealia-banks-apologizes-for-racist-rant-about-zayn-malik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vince Staples        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2018/03/10/
592119892/in-promising-to-go-away-vince-staples-reveals-another-strong-play-to-stay

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/07/
arts/music/vince-staples-norf-norf-mother-video.html

http://www.npr.org/event/music/
469584953/vince-staples-live-in-concert-sxsw-2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brandon Perry, aka K.A.A.N.        USA

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/03/14/
468724848/k-a-a-n-is-the-answer-to-all-of-your-rap-desires

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allan Kingdom (born Allan Kyariga)        CAN

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2016/03/02/
468874098/kingdom-of-one-rapper-allan-kingdom-on-fitting-in-and-standing-out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/25/
arts/music/macklemore-ryan-lewis-return-to-the-hip-hop-fray.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Haggerty, better known as Macklemore        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/25/
arts/music/macklemore-ryan-lewis-return-to-the-hip-hop-fray.html

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2016/01/22/
463953714/macklemores-new-song-is-the-nine-minute-white-privilege-ii

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sean Combs, also known as Puff Daddy        USA

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/mar/29/
diddy-puff-daddy-founds-harlem-charter-school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chance The Rapper        USA

 

http://www.npr.org/event/music/
533112160/chance-the-rapper-tiny-desk-concert

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/04/
fashion/mens-style/chance-the-rapper-overalls-fashion.html

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/12/18/
460296647/chicagos-chance-the-rapper-joins-with-nonprofit-to-give-coats-to-homeless

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tinie Tempah (born Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu)        UK


 

 

Written In The Stars

Tinie Tempah

Music video by Tinie Tempah

feat. Eric Turner performing Written In The Stars.

(P) 2010

YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgFyi74DVjc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/tinie-tempah 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/feb/13/
tinie-tempah-interview-brit-awards

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/sep/30/
tinie-tempah-disc-overy-review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Missy Elliott        USA

 

http://www.npr.org/2015/11/12/
455785519/missy-elliotts-return-is-everything-we-crave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travis Scott (born Jacques Webster)        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/19/
658815706/travis-scott-and-drake-head-to-sicko-mode-houston-where-its-always-nighttime

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/sep/08/
travis-scott-issues-apology-homophobic-onstage-slur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A$AP Rocky (born Rakim Mayers)        USA

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jul/02/
asap-rocky-hanging-out-with-rod-stewart-interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bobby Shmurda (born Ackquille Jean Pollard)        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/23/
arts/music/hip-hop-star-bobby-shmurda-in-jail-finds-his-label-unsupportive.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Chainz (born Tauheed Epps)        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/10/
arts/music/2-chainz-arctic-monkeys-and-keith-urban-release-new-albums.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Live Crew        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2015/08/02/
427850689/luther-campbell-of-2-live-crew-on-fame-obscenity-and-community

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Dead Prez        USA

 

 

 

 

STIC of Dead Prez breaks down Let's Get Free, Social Media Addiction, RBG Fit Club        B High Atl        17 October 2015

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5__BX9QeTU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/
story/story.php?storyId=5321725
- April 4, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boots Riley        USA

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jul/03/
sorry-to-bother-you-movie-boots-riley-interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queen Latifah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/artists/15327808/queen-latifah

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/25/
660173879/how-slick-rick-and-queen-latifah-breathed-life-into-hip-hop-in-1988

 

https://www.npr.org/2015/05/16/
406453568/in-hbos-bessie-queen-latifah-stars-as-empress-of-the-blues

 

https://www.npr.org/2007/09/27/
14747660/queen-latifah-tunes-into-travlin-light

 

https://www.npr.org/2005/09/01/
4828159/queen-latifah-reigns-over-music-movies

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/
story/story.php?storyId=4567268 - March 30, 2005

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/
story/story.php?storyId=4247415 - December 28, 2004

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/
story/story.php?storyId=4052576 - September 29, 2004

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/
story/story.php?storyId=1186571 - March 8, 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Martin Lloyd Walters

 

better known as Slick Rick,

Rick The Ruler and MC Ricky D        UK / USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/artists/114241296/slick-rick

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/25/
660173879/how-slick-rick-and-queen-latifah-breathed-life-into-hip-hop-in-1988

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/
story/story.php?storyId=6352650 - October 20, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ermias Asghedom        USA        1985-2019

 

known professionally

as Nipsey Hussle

(often stylized as Nipsey Hu$$le)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/01/
708675102/nipsey-hussle-grammy-nominated-rapper-and-philanthropist-shot-and-killed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malcolm James McCormick / Mac Miller        USA        1992-2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pittsburgh-born rapper

who developed

a ravenous following

over the course

of five successful albums

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/07/
645672560/mac-miller-pittsburgh-rapper-and-producer-dead-at-26

 

 

https://www.npr.org/artists/438969121/mac-miller

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/06/12/
732006341/free-nationals-share-mac-millers-first-posthumous-verse-on-time

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/05/
664369522/mac-miller-died-from-overdose-involving-fentanyl

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/06/
635054748/mac-miller-tiny-desk-concert

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/sep/08/
mac-miller-grizzled-determination-made-troubled-star-a-rap-icon

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/
arts/music/mac-miller-dead.html

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/07/
645672560/mac-miller-pittsburgh-rapper-and-producer-dead-at-26

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/microphonecheck/2015/09/29/
444212099/mac-miller-its-ok-to-feel-yourself

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jalal Mansur Nuriddin

 

born Lawrence Padilla        USA        1944-2018

 

 

Jalal Mansur Nuriddin,

who helped establish

the foundation for hip-hop

as a member

of the Last Poets

and in his own solo work

 

(...)

 

The Last Poets

emerged in Harlem

at the end of the 1960s,

reciting rhythmic verses

over conga drumming

and speaking directly

to the disenfranchised youth

of New York City’s

black community.

 

The group’s poetry

pushed revolution

and self-determination,

while admonishing listeners

about survival

in an environment

defined by racialized poverty.

 

With his high,

declamatory voice

and his way of milking words

for their sonic potential

as well as their meaning,

Mr. Nuriddin

(pronounced noo-ruh-DEEN)

stood out.

 

He delivered

some of the group’s

most urgent

and incisive verses,

and although the Last Poets’

lineup rotated over time,

he performed with the group

well into his later years.

 

By then

he had come

to be widely known

as the “grandfather of rap,”

a laurel he proudly accepted.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/13/
obituaries/jalal-mansur-nuriddin-grandfather-of-rap-is-dead-at-73.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/13/
obituaries/jalal-mansur-nuriddin-grandfather-of-rap-is-dead-at-73.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Mack        USA        1970-2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Smith

 

stage name Lovebug Starski        USA        1960-2018

 

 

Pioneering DJ

and rapper Lovebug Starski,

who helped develop

the nascent form of hip-hop

in the Bronx in the late '70s

https://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2018/02/09/
584488179/lovebug-starski-rapper-and-dj-who-stood-at-the-vanguard-of-hip-hop-dead-at-57

 

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2018/02/09/
584488179/lovebug-starski-rapper-and-dj-who-stood-at-the-vanguard-of-hip-hop-dead-at-57

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/09/
obituaries/lovebug-starski-hip-hop-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Wong Won / Fresh Kid Ice        USA        1964-2017

 

(...)

founding member

of the notorious hip-hop

group 2 Live Crew

and the first notable rapper

of Asian descent

 

(...)


2 Live Crew gained fame

in the 1980s and ’90s

for its sexually explicit lyrics,

which fueled a national debate

over the legal limits

of artistic freedom.

 

A judge in Florida

ruled that the group’s 1989 album,

“As Nasty as They Wanna Be,”

was obscene,

leading to the arrest

of a record store owner

who refused to stop selling it.

 

A year later

the group’s

“Banned in the USA”

was the first album to be sold

with a “parental advisory”

label warning about its content.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/14/
obituaries/christopher-wong-won-rapper-and-a-founder-of-2-live-crew-dies-at-53.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/14/
obituaries/christopher-wong-won-rapper-and-a-founder-of-2-live-crew-dies-at-53.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prince Be (born Attrell Cordes)        USA        1970-2016

 

Prince Be, the frontman

for the psychedelic

pop-rap group P.M. Dawn,

which in the early 1990s

was both popular and maligned

— and since then has been both

underappreciated

and quietly influential —

 

(...)

 

He and his younger brother,

Jarrett,

known as DJ Minutemix,

ormed P.M. Dawn there

in the late 1980s.

 

The group’s first demo

was made with $600 Prince Be

earned as a night guard

at a homeless shelter.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/20/
arts/music/prince-be-who-infused-rap-with-mysticism-dies-at-46.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/20/
arts/music/prince-be-who-infused-rap-with-mysticism-dies-at-46.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malik Isaac Taylor        USA        1970-2016

 

rapper known as Phife Dawg

who was a founding member

of the seminal group

A Tribe Called Quest

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/23/
471599058/phife-dawg-a-founding-member-of-a-tribe-called-quest-dies-at-45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/24/
arts/music/phife-dawg-tribe-called-quest.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/24/
arts/music/malik-taylor-phife-dawg-of-a-tribe-called-quest-dies-at-45.html

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/23/
471599058/phife-dawg-a-founding-member-of-a-tribe-called-quest-dies-at-45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sean Price        USA        1972-2015

 

 highly respected

and well-loved

figure in hip-hop

 

(...)

 

Price was known

for taking no prisoners

when he got

on the microphone.

 

His was principled aggression

and his presence was alpha.

 

His rhymes were often dazzling,

and he was impatient with mediocrity,

though he did have a soft spot for puns.

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2015/08/10/
431113153/sean-price-well-loved-brooklyn-rapper-dies-at-43

 

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2015/08/10/
431113153/sean-price-well-loved-brooklyn-rapper-dies-at-43

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Bank Hank (born Henry Lee Jackson)        USA        1956-2014

 

Big Bank Hank,

one-third of the Sugarhill Gang,

the unlikely ambassadors

who took hip-hop

out of Bronx parks

and onto the pop charts

 

(...)

 

The Sugarhill Gang’s

“Rapper’s Delight”

was not the first commercially

released hip-hop single,

but it was the one

that effectively

birthed the genre

as a commercial force.

 

The song,

which used the break

from Chic’s disco smash

“Good Times” as a foundation,

became a radio staple

soon after its release in 1979,

reaching No. 36

on the Billboard Hot 100.

 

Sugar Hill Records,

the group’s label,

said it sold two million copies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-caHEWDJko&list=UUqnbDFdCpuN8CMEg0VuEBqA&index=3

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=O-caHEWDJko&list=UUqnbDFdCpuN8CMEg0VuEBqA&index=3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Kelly        ?-2013

 

half of the 1990s

kid rap duo Kris Kross

who made one of the decade's

most memorable songs

with the frenetic "Jump"

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/05/01/us/ap-ga-obit-chris-kelley.html

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/may/02/
kris-kross-chris-kelly-dies

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2013/05/01/
chris-kelly-kriss-kross-dies/2128291/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Yauch        USA        1964-2012

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/adam-yauch

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/schoolbook/2012/05/10/
at-e-r-murrow-high-school-a-former-teacher-remembers-adam-yauch/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/08/
adam-yauch-not-just-celebrity

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/05/
arts/music/adam-yauch-a-founder-of-the-beastie-boys-dies-at-47.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/may/05/
adam-yauch

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/may/04/
beastie-boys-adam-yauch-dead

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/gallery/2012/may/04/
adam-yauch-beastie-boys

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/may/04/
adam-yauch-tributes-from-web

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/may/04/
adam-yauch-beastie-boys-youtube-tributes

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/may/04/
adam-yauch-beastie-boys-significant

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/jul/20/
urban

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gil Scott-Heron        USA        1949-2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heavy D (born Dwight Errington Myers)        JAM / USA        1967-2011

 

smooth-talking

and cheerful rapper

who billed himself as

“the overweight lover M.C.”

 

(...)

 

in the late 1980s

and early 1990s,

Heavy D

was one of hip-hop’s

most popular

and charismatic figures,

a girthy slickster

who was an eager seducer

and was unafraid

of the dance floor.

 

He was the frontman

of Heavy D & the Boyz,

which became the first act

signed to Uptown Records,

the label that was integral

in building the bridge

between hip-hop and R&B.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/09/arts/music/heavy-d-rap-star-dies-at-44.html

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/nov/09/
heavy-d-dies-aged-44

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/09/
arts/music/heavy-d-rap-star-dies-at-44.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/nov/09/
heavy-d

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/nov/09/
heavy-d-dies-aged-44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sylvia Vanderpool        USA        1936-2011

 

singer, songwriter

and record producer

who formed the pioneering

hip-hop group Sugarhill Gang

and made the first commercially

successful rap recording with them

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/30/
arts/music/sylvia-robinson-pioneering-producer-of-hip-hop-dies-at-75.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/30/
arts/music/sylvia-robinson-pioneering-producer-of-hip-hop-dies-at-75.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smiley Culture (David Emmanuel)        UK        1963-2011

 

An influential voice

in British rap and reggae,

he had a smash hit

with Police Officer

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/mar/15/smiley-culture-obituary

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/mar/15/
smiley-culture-obituary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nate Dogg (Nathaniel Dwayne Hale)        USA        1969-2011

 

Singer whose hooks

helped popularise 'G-funk'

and gangsta rap

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2011/mar/16/
nate-dogg-obituary

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2011/mar/16/
nate-dogg-obituary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guru (Keith Elam)        USA        1966-2010

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2010/apr/21/
guru-obituary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Tribe Called Quest        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2016/11/19/
502578335/musicians-dont-retire-a-tribe-called-quest-on-the-work-ahead

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2016/11/11/
501757903/a-tribe-called-quest-stands-united-one-last-time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Akon (born Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam)        USA

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/nov/28/
akon-interview-new-album

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Albert Johnson / Prodigy        USA        1974-2017

 

hard-nosed Queens rapper

who kiln-fired New York hip-hop

into a thing of unhurried attitude

and stoic elegance

as half of the duo Mobb Deep

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/20/
arts/music/prodigy-mobb-deep-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/06/23/
533878477/prodigy-and-the-america-that-raised-him

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/21/
opinion/prodigy-my-favorite-rapper.html

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/06/20/
533681560/mobb-deeps-prodigy-dies-at-42

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/20/
arts/music/prodigy-mobb-deep-dead.html

 

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/microphonecheck/2013/07/08/
198422330/prodigy-on-mobb-deeps-early-days-and-protecting-his-success

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/01/
books/prodigys-hnic-street-lit-from-infamous-books.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lauryn Hill

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/lauryn-hill 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/may/07/
lauryn-hill-jailed-evading-tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capone-N-Noreaga        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/11/
opinion/guns-and-poses.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/01/
nyregion/jury-selected-for-perjury-and-obstruction-trial-of-lil-kim.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/02/27/
nyregion/police-say-shooting-may-be-linked-to-rap-feud.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Drew, aka Plan B

 

 

 

Plan B - ill Manors [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

YouTube > Added by planbuk March 9, 2012

Find 'ill Manors' on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/illmanors

Listen to Ben explain the inspiration

behind the new ill Manors project with BBC 1Xtra here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9B0y9oV7Mk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/plan-b

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/apr/28/
plan-b-each-one-teach-one

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/may/27/
ill-manors-plan-b-ben-drew-interview

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/video/2012/may/03/
ill-manors-trailer-plan-b-exclusive

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/mar/17/
plan-b-speech-british-youth-tedxobserver

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/mar/15/
plan-b-ill-manors

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/jun/26/
plan-b-listen-to-my-music

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/apr/11/
plan-b-defamation-strickland-banks

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/apr/08/
plan-b-defamation-strickland-banks

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2010/mar/25/
plan-b-darkest-place

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2006/jun/23/
popandrock.urban1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Streets

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/thestreets 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2011/feb/03/
streets-computers-blues-album-stream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drake (born Aubrey Drake Graham)        CAN

 

https://www.npr.org/artists/250250872/drake

https://www.theguardian.com/music/drake

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/19/
658815706/travis-scott-and-drake-head-to-sicko-mode-houston-where-its-always-nighttime

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/20/
630753263/whos-entertaining-who-how-the-internet-picks-up-drake-s-slack

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jul/15/
tainted-love-how-drake-started-pops-erotic-comedown

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jul/01/
drake-rap-music-america-culture-soul-kitty-empire-scorpion

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jun/29/
drake-scorpion-review

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/29/
624497231/listen-drake-releases-double-disc-scorpion-album

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/28/
623985081/drake-is-too-big-to-fail-he-should-risk-it-all-on-scorpion-anyway

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/14/
619960012/drake-pulls-the-nostalgia-card-2-degrassi-fans-react-to-i-m-upset

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/05/
arts/music/drake-views-ninth-week-chart-lemonade-beyonce.html

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/24/
arts/music/drake-rapper-actor-meme.html

 

http://www.npr.org/2015/10/23/
451210780/rapping-less-and-making-gifs-more-the-week-
in-hotline-bling

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2015/08/05/
429721703/stakes-is-high-drake-ghostwriting-accusations-matter-more-than-you-think

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2014/mar/20/
world-drake-sport-toronto-politics-cinema-tv

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/22/
arts/shades-of-oedipus-for-hip-hop-titans.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/30/
arts/music/30drake.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/13/
arts/music/13drake.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/audio/2010/jun/18/
music-weekly-drake-sleigh-bells

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/13/
arts/music/13drake.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2009/jul/09/
drake-best-i-ever-had

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. / Lil Wayne        USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/lil-wayne

http://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/lil-wayne 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/28/
651788446/lil-waynes-tha-carter-v-arrives-late-but-not-worse-for-wear

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/sep/30/
lil-wayne-demise-hip-hop-trailblazer-memoir-gone-til-november

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/click-track/post/
in-concert-lil-wayne-at-verizon-center/2011/04/04/AFhDs2bC_blog.html?hpid=z8

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/jan/28/
lil-wayne-rebirth-cd-review

 

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2009/11/10/
arts/entertainment-us-lilwayne.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/oct/23/
lil-wayne-pleads-guilty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dizzee Rascal

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/dizzeerascal 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2009/sep/24/
dizzee-rascal-tongue-n-cheek

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/sep/13/
dizzee-rascal-pop-music

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speech Debelle

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/speech-debelle

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/nov/25/
speech-debelle-ditches-record-label

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/sep/10/
speech-debelle-mercury-prize

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LL Cool J

 

http://movies.nytimes.com/person/14755/LL-Cool-J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trae the Truth

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBzXcZy-UjQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soulja Boy

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2009/jul/01/
soulja-boy-phone-calls 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rick Ross

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/05/
arts/music/rick-ross-promotes-mastermind-album-at-best-buy-theater.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/23/
arts/music/23ross.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beastie Boys

 

Emerging from the hard-core

punk scene

in New York in the late 1970s,

the Beastie Boys

were the first white group

to successfully sing rap songs

and have remained popular

for more than a quarter century.

 

The group was founded

by Adam Yauch

with Mike Diamond (Mike D)

and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock)

as a punk band in 1981

and first began experimenting

with hip-hop the following year,

when they released

a 12-inch vinyl rap spoof

“Cookie Puss.”

 

All three were teenagers

from affluent New York families

when they met.

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/b/beastie_boys/index.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/organization/beastie-boys 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/beastie-boys

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jan/18/
beastie-boys-to-publish-long-awaited-memoir

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/may/20/
john-berry-beastie-boys-founder-punk-rock-new-york

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/may/20/
john-berry-dead-founding-beastie-boys-member

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/05/
arts/music/adam-yauch-a-founder-of-the-beastie-boys-dies-at-47.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jay-Z (born Shawn Corey Carter)        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jay-Z and Dean Baquet, in Conversation        NYT        2017

https://www.nytimes.com/video/t-magazine/100000005574909/jayz-interview.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jay Z: ‘The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail’

By ASHA BANDELE        NYT        SEPT. 15, 2016

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/15/
opinion/jay-z-the-war-on-drugs-is-an-epic-fail.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/jayz 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/jayz

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/jun/03/
jay-z-is-worlds-first-billionaire-rapper-report-claims

 

 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/29/
arts/jay-z-interview-rest-in-power-the-trayvon-martin-story.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/jul/28/
trayvon-martin-jay-z-new-docuseries

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/19/
621414906/unbroken-behind-the-carters-celebration-of-love-the-weight-of-women-s-work

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jun/07/
beyonce-jay-z-otr-ii-tour-review-opening-night-cardiff

 

 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/
opinion/jay-z-meek-mill-probation.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/video/t-magazine/
100000005574909/jayz-interview.htm

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/10/02/
554954068/jay-zs-snl-performance-as-political-protest-and-personal-redemption

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/aug/20/
jay-z-review-the-king-of-rap-bears-no-juicy-tabloid-tidbits

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/06/30/
534869737/music-review-jay-zs-4-44

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/02/22/
516641140/jay-z-is-the-first-rapper-to-be-elected-to-songwriters-hall-of-fame

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/15/
opinion/jay-z-the-war-on-drugs-is-an-epic-fail.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/oct/04/
jay-z-confronts-hip-hops-middle-age 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2013/jul/04/
jay-z-magna-carta-first-listen 

 

 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/jan/08/beyonce-baby-girl-new-york-reports

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/dec/13/school-jayz-studies

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/dec/05/decoded-jay-z-review

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/oct/31/jay-z-memoirs-hidden-in-new-york

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/15/arts/music/15jayz.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/17/arts/music/17jayz.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2009/sep/06/profile-jay-z-beyonce

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/aug/29/carter-jaz-z-hip-hop

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2008/jul/13/urban.glastonbury 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2008/jun/29/jayz.urban 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2008/apr/14/glastonbury.jayz 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2008/apr/03/jayz.urban 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 cent (born Curtis Jackson III)        USA

 

 

 

 Sinqua Walls, left,

and Curtis Jackson, known as 50 Cent, in “Power,”

a crime drama beginning Saturday on Starz.

 

Credit Starz, via Associated Press

 

Trying to Go Legit, Despite the In-Laws

50 Cent’s ‘Power,’ About a Drug Dealer, Debuts on Starz

By ALESSANDRA STANLEY        NYT        JUNE 6, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/07/
arts/television/50-cents-power-about-a-drug-dealer-debuts-on-starz.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/50cent 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/24/
580259163/50-cent-i-forgot-taking-700-bitcoins-for-2014-album-stake-is-now-worth-millions

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jul/22/
50-cent-i-borrowed-my-bling-sex-tape-case

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/07/
arts/television/50-cents-power-about-a-drug-dealer-debuts-on-starz.html

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/dec/13/
50-cent-his-own-words

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snoop Lion / Snoop Dogg        USA

 

 

 

 

Snoop Dogg Freestyles Over His Own Beats                REAL 92.3 LA        16 March 2015

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIuG7l9Dlbw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/snoopdogg

 

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/05/21/
529140979/my-mom-loves-snoop-dogg-and-other-testaments-to-a-quarter-century-of-relevance

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/03/15/
520243740/trump-says-snoop-dogg-video-wouldve-ended-in-jail-time-calls-career-failing

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/
magazine/snoop-dogg-has-more-than-money-on-his-mind.html

 

http://www.theguardian.com/global/2015/apr/26/snoop-dogg-pharrell-loves-to-critique-me

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/video/2013/apr/06/snoop-lion-simon-hattenstone-video

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/may/17/snoop-dogg-tv-talent-show

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/jul/08/snoop-dogg-coronation-street

 

http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2007-04-10-snoop-dogg_N.htm

 

http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2006-11-29-snoop-arrest_x.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nas

 

http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/2007-10-19-
nas-albumtitle_N.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DMX

 

http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2008-07-19-
dmx-arrested_N.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sir Mix-a-Lot        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/05/08/
527448477/sir-mix-a-lot-on-25-years-of-baby-got-back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rudolph Frank "Ray" Moore        USA        1927-2008

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/oct/23/
rudy-ray-moore-obituary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher G. Wallace        USA        1972-1997

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tupac Amaru Shakur        USA        1971-1996

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sugarhill Gang        USA

 

 

 

 

The Sugarhill Gang - Rappers Delight Lyrics (FULL VERSION)

YouTube > lyricspeople1234

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAnojTvyc0g

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grandmaster Flash        USA

 

 

 


Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message

YouTube > VintageHipHopSeattle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYMkEMCHtJ4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/jul/26/
grand-master-flash-favourite-tracks 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2009/feb/27/
grandmaster-flash-interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music

Beyond Authenticity:

A Rapper Restages

 

April 23, 2009

The New York Times

By JON CARAMANICA

 

It’s hard to say when, exactly, 50 Cent crossed the line in his feud with the Miami rapper Rick Ross. The more apt question might be: How many lines are there? He tracked down the mother of a Ross associate, DJ Khaled, at work, filming her sleeping on the job. He taped himself taking the mother of one of Mr. Ross’s children to buy a fur coat. He acquired and posted to the Internet a pornographic video starring another of Mr. Ross’s ex-girlfriends.

Rick Ross must have seemed an especially easy mark — it had already been a tough few months for his fourth wall. Before he was Rick Ross, the drug boss M.C., he had been William Leonard Roberts, and last summer a photograph surfaced of him from the mid-1990s, graduating from a corrections officer academy. He denied its authenticity — until The Smoking Gun got hold of his Florida Corrections Department personnel file, which included a certificate for perfect attendance.

The facts of Mr. Roberts’s life were getting in the way of Mr. Ross’s career.

To all this upheaval, Rick Ross — who, while he has been popular, has never quite been great — has replied, improbably, with art. “I see no reason to run to the dark,” he said in a recent interview in the Manhattan offices of his label, Def Jam. His songs aimed at 50 Cent have, hands down, been sharper and wittier than those of his rival. And the just-released “Deeper Than Rap” (Maybach Music/Slip N’ Slide/Def Jam), his third album, is unexpectedly fantastic, by far his best.

If albums were all that mattered, that would be that. But Mr. Ross’s persistence and the fact that though over the last nine months he’s been all but stripped bare, he’s emerged from the fray relatively unscathed, which indicates something much more noteworthy. Impenetrability of image, that old signal of hip-hop authenticity, somehow no longer seems to count.

And what a relief that is. Like all great pop music, rap is theater, and Rick Ross, now 33, is one of its most ambitious characters. He arrived fully formed in the summer of 2006: the busting-out gut, the outsize presence, the scratchy voice, the always-there sunglasses. At worst he was a Young Jeezy clone, spewing empty drug talk in comically repetitive fashion. At best he was an utterly believable and improbably charming exponent of the cocaine-rap making the rounds at the time. Clipse may have done it with more technical precision, and Jeezy with more magnetism, but Mr. Ross sounded in charge, his voice a gravelly threat.

“Deeper Than Rap” is just as certain as his first two studio albums, “Port of Miami” and “Trilla,” but reflects the view from the top, not the bottom. Now, instead of climbing up to success, he’s achieved it. Produced largely by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and the Inkredibles, this album is lush, erotic, entitled, a stunning leisure-class document of easy wealth and carefree sex. It’s a throwback to a time of sonic and attitudinal ambition in hip-hop — the Bad Boy era of the mid- to late ’90s, with its warm soul samples connoting the new hip-hop luxury comes to mind. Few rap albums have sounded this assured, this sumptuous, in years.

Also, unlike before, Mr. Ross can now rap, impressively: either he’s been studying or is having his hand held. It’s the only thing at odds with this album’s casual ethic; rapping well need not be a priority, but Mr. Ross seems to take his newfound affinity for polysyllabic rhyme schemes as a point of pride.

On “Usual Suspects” he raps:

“Seventeen, trying to man up

Feed the fam, boy, I put that on these canned goods

All I got was diabetes and a damn hug

People talking down, calling me a damn scrub.

What’s also notable about “Deeper Than Rap” is what’s not there. 50 Cent is a target on at least three songs, but Mr. Ross doesn’t belabor the battle nor does he touch on the aspects of his personal life that have lately haunted him.

In an age of routine tabloid invasions and the microrevelation as celebrity news, it’s become commonplace to expect access to all aspects of the lives of the famous. But in the hip-hop world, the stories behind the stories can be too grave to tell.

“Right now as we speak, I got two of my best friends that’s on the run from two separate cocaine conspiracy indictments,” Mr. Ross said. “This is a reality that I can’t glorify. The relationship I have with these people is deeper than rap.

“When I say something like ‘deeper than rap,’ that’s possibly death involved. That’s possibly prison time involved.”

The idea of “deeper than rap” has become a hip-hop touchstone of late. When the rapper Crooked I was shot, or not, earlier this year — he wouldn’t confirm or deny reports — he demurred from discussing the situation, saying, “It’s deeper than rap.”

Last month, on the MTV show “T. I.’s Road to Redemption,” that rapper calmly detailed the criminal activities that led to his arrest in 2007 on weapons charges. Coming from T. I. himself, it was shocking, an alternative history of his career that had nothing at all to do with music. (He is scheduled to begin serving his year-and-a-day sentence next month.)

Though his life beyond rap has been used against him, Mr. Ross still teases about an unknowable dark side. On the new album he name-drops Harry O, a Los Angeles drug dealer (who claimed to have provided the seed money for Death Row Records), and Big Ike, a Miami street kingpin.

Mr. Ross took his name from Freeway Rick Ross, a Los Angeles drug lord, and was mentored by Kenneth Williams, known as Boobie and now serving a life sentence. On “Gunplay,” from the new album, Mr. Ross raps “Boobie Boy still/ Boobie Boys real/ You can name a lot of lames that the Boobie Boys killed.”

Perhaps he’s overcompensating. Mr. Ross’s outing as a former corrections officer was the most spectacular and public implosion of a rapper’s self-styled tough-guy image — the hip-hop blog NahRight.com gleefully refers to him as Officer Rawse — since The Dallas Morning News picked apart the looser sections of Vanilla Ice’s biography during his rise to fame in 1990.

But Vanilla Ice’s songs weren’t filled with homage to the drug trade and its leading lights. And no one expected unvarnished truth from him. Mr. Ross must submit to a different standard.

Or at least he still acts as if he must. Of his stint on the side of the law, Mr. Ross said, “The truth is more sinister than the obvious,” suggesting an undisclosed layer to his time there.

Miami, he said, is a city where young go-getters “sell dope, buy Lamborghinis and get buried in them.” This month he filmed a video for “All I Really Want,” a collaboration with The-Dream, in Medellín, Colombia. In footage from the trip, available on YouTube, he stands outside the house where Pablo Escobar was killed, sunglasses off, soaking in history.

Whether it’s a validation of Mr. Ross’s extramusical credibility or an elaborately staged pose might not matter: creating this scene allows for a productive ambiguity in how he is perceived by outsiders. All the revelations about him get dwarfed by the question of who Rick Ross might be when he steps away from the microphone.

Asked how he’d explain to his children the more insidious of the ex-girlfriend videos 50 Cent has disseminated, Mr. Ross was philosophical: “I’d say she was an actress for a day. I love actresses.” In other words, an acknowledgment that sometimes it’s acceptable to just be playing a role.

Beyond Authenticity: A Rapper Restages,
NYT,
23.3.2009,
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/23/arts/music/23ross.html

 

 

 

 

 

Rudy Ray Moore, 81,

a Precursor of Rap,

Dies

 

October 22, 2008

The New York Times

By DOUGLAS MARTIN

 

Rudy Ray Moore, whose standup comedy, records and movies related earthy rhyming tales of a vivid gaggle of characters as they lurched from sexual escapade to sexual escapade in a boisterous tradition, born in Africa, that helped shape today’s hip-hop, died Sunday in Akron, Ohio. He was 81.

The cause was complications of diabetes, his Web site said.

Mr. Moore called himself the Godfather of Rap because of the number of hip-hop artists who used snippets of his recordings in theirs, performed with him or imitated him. These included Dr. Dre, Big Daddy Kane and 2 Live Crew.

Snoop Dogg thanked Mr. Moore in liner notes to the 2006 release of the soundtrack to Mr. Moore’s 1975 film, “Dolemite,” saying, “Without Rudy Ray Moore, there would be no Snoop Dogg, and that’s for real.”

Most critics refrained from overpraising “Dolemite,” with the possible exception of John Leland, who wrote in The New York Times in 2002 that it “remains the ‘Citizen Kane’ of kung fu pimping movies.” The film, made for $100,000, nonetheless became a cult classic among aficionados of so-called blaxploitation movies — films that so exaggerate black stereotypes that they might plausibly be said to transcend those stereotypes.

Very little of Mr. Moore’s work in any medium reached mainstream audiences, largely because his rapid-fire rhyming salaciousness exceeded the wildest excesses of even Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor. His comedy records in the 1960s and ’70s — most featuring nude photographs of him and more than one woman in suggestive poses — were kept behind record store counters in plain brown wrappers and had to be explicitly requested.

But Mr. Moore could be said to represent a profound strand of African-American folk art. One of his standard stories concerns a monkey who uses his wiles and an accommodating elephant to fool a lion. The tale, which originated in West Africa, became a basis for an influential study by the Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., “The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism.”

In one of his few brushes with a national audience, Mr. Moore, in a startlingly cleaned-up version, told the story on “The Arsenio Hall Show” in the early 1990s. Other characters he described were new, almost always dirtier renderings in the tradition of trickster stories represented by Brer Rabbit and the cunning slave John, who outwitted his master to win freedom.

Mr. Moore updated the story of an old minstrel show favorite, Peetie (which he changed to “Petey”) Wheatstraw, a k a the Devil’s Son-in-Law and the High Sheriff of Hell. Others in his cast were Pimpin’ Sam and Hurricane Annie. Mr. Moore became a master at “toasting,” a tradition of black rhymed storytelling over a beat in which the tallest tale — or most outlandish insult — wins.

Rudolph Frank Moore was born on March 17, 1927, in Fort Smith, Ark., where he was soon singing in church. He moved to Cleveland at 15, found work peeling potatoes and washing dishes and won a talent contest. He was drafted in 1950 and performed for his fellow soldiers as the Harlem Hillbilly, singing country songs in R&B style.

After his discharge, he resumed his pre-Army act as the turbaned dancer Prince Dumarr. He made some records as a singer under the name Rudy Moore, doing songs like “Hully Gully Papa,” who liked to “coffee grind real slow.”

His life changed in 1970 when he found himself listening to the stories of Rico, a regular at the record store in Hollywood, Calif., where Mr. Moore worked.

He was particularly captivated by Rico’s rude, rollicking stories of Dolemite, a name derived from dolomite, a mineral used in some cements. Mr. Moore perfected the Dolemite stories in comedy routines, most of which he recorded, then spent all his record earnings to make the movie “Dolemite.” A sequel, “The Human Tornado,” followed. A second sequel, “The Dolemite Explosion,” also starring Mr. Moore, may be released later this year.

Fallout Entertainment bought the rights last year to remake the original movie. Bill Fishman of Fallout said some of Mr. Moore’s famous lines would be used.

Mr. Moore is survived by four siblings; his daughter, Yvette Wesson, known as Rusty; and his 98-year-old mother, Lucille.

Violent scenes in Mr. Moore’s movies included a man’s guts being ripped out by another character’s bare hands in “Dolemite.” Almost none of the dialogue in any of his movies can be printed in a family newspaper, not to mention the language of his more than 16 comedy albums — or even many of their titles.

But what is probably his most famous line is also his most typical:

Dolemite is my name

And rappin’ and tappin’

That’s my game

I’m young and free

And just as bad as I wanna be.

Rudy Ray Moore, 81, a Precursor of Rap, Dies,
NYT,
22.10.2008,
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/22/movies/22moore.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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