Hip Hop

Flohio: Rap’s New Powerhouse

“My full name is Oluwafunmilayo,” says Funmi Ohiosumah down the phone. “That’s my Yoruba name, and it means ‘the Lord has given me joy.’ I don’t care how corny it sounds. I like to think that’s what I’ve been doing since I started music – I get on stage and bring that joy.”

Kodak Black Calls Latto ‘Hating Ass Mutt’ After “Big Energy” Wins BET Hip Hop Award for Song of the Year

Following the 2022 BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday, Kodak Black slammed the annual show for awarding Song of the Year to Latto’s “Big Energy.”. During an Instagram Live stream on Wednesday, Kodak appeared to refer to Latto as "frappuccino, cappuccino," and said she only won the award because she’s a woman. "Why y’all ain’t make my shit tie with cappuccino? But y’all made sure Caresha Please be a tie with Drink Champs. … This whole shit looked like a damn plot," he said. "Then I look at the 'gram like what shawty blocked me for? They probably hollering at BET, like don't give him that shit. I told weeks ago. Watch they finna play with me and give it to frappuccino."

Joey Badass Scolds Hip Hop For Perpetuating Its Own Murders

Joey Bada$$ made a powerful statement at the 2022 BET Hip Hop Awards ... urging rappers to stop delivering messages that lead to their demise, or the death of others. During his performance of his "2000" album cut “Head High," Joey lined up 12 backup dancers ... each with a slain rapper's name embroidered on their hoodie.

These Are the SoundCloud-Era Rappers Ranked on Current Impact

The SoundCloud era of rap was sensational. Flourishing from about 2015 to 2019, it birthed a peerless class of artists who refused to fall in line. Rather, they preferred to push the needle with their otherworldly artistry. And the result was an immense amount of impact in the rap game, backed by everything from deep cuts to flushed out projects that have been stamped as classics. What a time it was.

Black Life Lights Up the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival

The 2022 Toronto International Film Festival roared back to its splendor with in-theater premieres and showings. Thousands upon thousands of international film lovers flocked to cinemas, viewed the latest wave of diverse voices and watched Black films that reflected Black life. Louis Armstrong Black & Blues (****) Louis Armstrong wasn’t...

The Best The Game Songs, Ranked

In this week’s episode of Fresh Pair, Compton rap veteran The Games sits down with Just Blaze and Katty Customs to discuss his 20-year career, his favorite LA rap albums, and why he just can’t seem to follow through on all those retirement plans. He also challenges Eminem to a rap battle, if you’re into that sort of thing, although if Eminem hasn’t responded to “The Black Slim Shady” yet, he probably won’t.