How Nina Simone Became Hip Hop’s “Secret Weapon”

How Nina Simone Became Hip Hop’s “Secret Weapon”
From Lauryn Hill to Jay Z and Kanye West
In 1996, the Fugees burst on the scene with “Ready or Not,” and most listeners were not ready: for the ominous, eclectic, Caribbean-inflected production, the smooth, sexy menace of Lauryn Hill’s hook (“you can’t hide / Gonna find you and take it slowly”), or the interplay of references in the [...]

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The Story Of O.J.

The Story Of O.J.
Still a Nigga
Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga / Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga / Still nigga, still nigga. Così rappa Jay Z nel ritornello del singolo The Story of O.J. tratto dall’album 4:44, nuovo lavoro del rapper, imprenditore e moghul di Brooklyn. Il pezzo, accompagnato da [...]

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Inside Hip-Hop’s New Activist Era

Inside Hip-Hop’s New Activist Era
On July 7th, Jay Z did something out of character: He released a protest song. The rapper had reportedly wired tens of thousands of dollars to bail protesters out of jail in Baltimore in 2015, and Tidal donated $1.5 million to Black Lives Matter-related causes earlier this year. But it was only after [...]

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