Category Archives: HipHop

Media Questions Of The Week

Will Missy Elliott become not only the first woman rapper nominated for the Songwriters Hall Of Fame but also be inducted? 

Were the quote marks around the word woman on Serena Williams’ GQ magazine cover worthy of criticism?

Why didn’t the doll maker make sure to create a doll of Idris Elba that actually resembles him instead of being made of fun by onlookers who have compared it to the actors Romany Malco and Brandon Victor Dixon? 




Big K.R.I.T. Releases Thrice X EP

Big K.R.I.T. releases his three-song Thrice X EP today. The new EP follows his 2017 double album 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time. According to a press release, Big K.R.I.T. considers the EP a new start, 

“Thrice is more like a new beginning. A way for me to reach out musically to my supporters and say thank you.  The EP in itself is all about growth sonically and letting go of my comfort zone.”

The Thrice X EP is also a celebration of his status as an independent artist and the venture between his Multi-Alumni label and BMG. 


NASIR: The Film

Mass Appeal premiered NASIR: The Film today as a companion piece to Nas’s album of the same name. The seven songs are pulled together into a 16-minute film. Nas appears throughout the piece that has scenes of young Black men in the neighborhood living life with their families and friends and dealing with the police. Slick Rick has a quick cameo for his sampled part on “Cops Shot The Kid” that begins with a Richard Pryor monologue. 


Mick Jenkins Uses Comedy In Video For Reginald (Feat. Ben Hixon)

Mick Jenkins does a parody of cop TV shows and stops a heist in his video for “Reginald (Feat. Ben Hixon). Jenkins stars as a white wig and mustache-wearing detective who stops the bad guys in scenes that are humorous despite the issue of crime. Jenkins just released his Pieces Of A Man album and has plans for a new North American Tour that will begin on January 5th. 

                                    Pieces Of A Man North American Tour Dates 


1/5 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
1/6 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
1/8 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
1/9 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlows
1/10 – Oakland, CA @ New Parish
1/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
1/13 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
1/15 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
1/17 – Austin, TX @ CATIL
1/18 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
1/20 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
1/22 – Washington, D.C. @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
1/23 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
1/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
1/25 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
1/27 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
2/1 – Detroit, MI @ Shelter 
2/2 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

Shabazz Palaces Release Official Video For Moon Whip Quäz Feat. Darrius

Shabazz Palaces’ video for “Moon Whip Quäz” featuring Darrius takes place in the ’90s with a group of young kids. They watch VHS tapes, dance and have an unexpected end result with a Ouija board.