The Grammys always seem to get it wrong. Every year, they ignore Black artists’ cross-cultural impact and appeal, continually relegating them to genre-specific categories.

This year is no different as Jazmine Sullivan’s Heaux Tales wasn’t nominated for Record and Album of the Year. …

For stoop lee, the past is something he cherishes. The Detroit-born artist is keenly aware of how his upbringing made him the person and artist he is today. He brings forth a youthful exuberance while navigating relationships and the subtle moments that make or break them. …

The most infamous debates about music in the Black community are the top five rappers and albums of all time. When discussed in good company, we learn how music shapes our perception of the world and is associated with our fondest memories. …

Friday morning, the family of DMX announced the rapper passed away at 50. Like most children born in the mid-90s, I first listened to DMX as a child. I sat in the backseat of my aunt’s Volkswagen as she blasted “Party Up.” …

Hip-hop purists often place the genre’s golden age somewhere between the late 1980s and mid-1990s. Musically, hip-hop expanded beyond simplistic rhymes to become something uniquely dynamic. At its best, hip-hop became the music of party and protest.

For some, 1996 represents the last year of hip-hop’s best era. Albums from…

Noah D. Lyons

Noah is a Washingtonian who writes about music & culture. He is also the co-host of the What’s Really Going On Podcast! Find him on Instagram @n.lyons!

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