Op-ed

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.

She’s Gotta Have Narcissistic Personality Disorder

She’s Gotta Have Narcissistic Personality Disorder

There’s a thin line between polyamory and whoredom, and Spike Lee’s remake of his 1986 original, She’s Gotta Have It, crosses that line. The 1986 original featured Nola Darling played by the beautiful Tracy Camilla Johns. In the modest yet engaging black and white film, Johns conveys the story of a layered character in intimate relationships with multiple men at the same time.

What's The Deal With These Collab Projects?

What's The Deal With These Collab Projects?

There are a few rappers who always show out when they collaborate with another particular artist, Method Man and Redman, Lil Wayne and Drake, Jay-Z and Rick Ross, even A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q have heat when the hook-up. These unofficial duos have always garnered anticipation of what a full project from them would sound like.

All Hail, The Great White Hope

All Hail, The Great White Hope

Let's be clear; I expected nothing less from Eminem in his BET Hip-Hop Awards cypher. He has always been a super talented emcee who goes against the grain and says precisely what he's feeling. I'm not mad about that, nor am I upset that he used his white privilege and platform in a beautiful way to address racism, and convey a message that Black people have been screaming to get across since number 45 announced his candidacy.