Op-ed

The War For Real Estate

The War For Real Estate

War is about moves and countermoves. 

In April of 2018, Drake posted a picture on his Instagram account of a gold medallion with a scorpion on it with the simple caption of a CD emoji and the month June 2018. Fans rightfully assumed he would do big numbers with his latest installment because of the success of his two hits “God’s Plan” and “Nice for what.”

Too Far?

Too Far?

For the past two days, the Internet has been utterly buzzing because of Pusha T’s new diss record aim at Drake called, “The Story of Adidon” in which he verbally eviscerates the self-proclaimed 6 God over Jay-Z’s “The Story of OJ” track. 

Is Bruno Mars Guilty of being a Cultural Appropriator?

Is Bruno Mars Guilty of being a Cultural Appropriator?

n a word, yes. If we were to go by the definition used in our society, Bruno Mars does fit the description. Mars adapts/borrows/steals elements from Black music to create his sound. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing when we look at him, or music in general. Musicians have always borrowed from each other and used other artists as an influence to enhance their music. The only reason I see people getting on Bruno Mars’ case is that he isn’t Black. 

Don't Shoot the Messenger

Don't Shoot the Messenger

Just when I thought the whole Monique vs. Netflix fight was dead and buried, her recent interview on the Breakfast Club aired and reignited the conversation about inequality and what Monique should have been offered from Netflix for a comedy special. I’ll admit, I did not want to watch because I felt like I knew what she was about to say.  Monique has been on a press run and appeared on multiple radio stations and television talk shows to explain her plight to the public.

Who is really to blame for the current state of Hip-Hop?

Who is really to blame for the current state of Hip-Hop?

Since people began streaming music (legally or illegally), labels have struggled to get a hold on how to properly pay make money and pay artist for their music. These struggles are present today as streaming services like Apple Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, and others have been called out by artists who feel they have not been properly compensated for their work. Even Jay-Z has attempted to remedy this situation by launching his own “artist friendly” streaming service, Tidal.