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Donald Glover’s New Video Shows Hip-Hop America & How Great It Could Be

Just under four months ago, Donald Glover released one of the most unforgettable music videos of 2018. "This Is America" is artful, symbolic, and it is certainly jarring. The visual was a return to Rap for the versatile, genre-defying also artist also known as Childish Gambino. Since then, Glover released... Read more

Janelle Monáe Plays It Crazy, Sexy & Cool By Design In Her Latest Over The Top Video

The dynamic singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe is only days away from releasing Dirty Computer, and today she rolls out the red carpet with the visuals for the single, “I Like That.” Kicking off with an eye-catching black, white, and red treatment, Monáe’s striking presence is seen standing in an empty auditorium... Read more

Janelle Monáe Says “Choose Freedom Over Fear” In Her Powerful Women’s March Speech (Video)

On the heels of her critically acclaimed appearances in the hugely successful films Hidden Figures and Moonlight, Janelle Monáe made an appearance at this weekend's historic Women's March in Washington, D.C. and made a powerful speech. In it, she urged the importance of embracing immigrants, the LGBTQ community, and all... Read more

Pharrell Williams Says Women Will Lead the Revolution in 2020 (Video)

In what is proving to be a monumental year for African-American visibility in Hollywood, films like The Birth of a Nation and Moonlight exist side-by-side with television shows like Luke Cage and Atlanta. On January 6, Hidden Figures will join those ranks as a significant piece of storytelling in Black... Read more

Kendrick Lamar’s Music & His Message Climb Over The White House Fence (Video)

In March of 2015, Kendrick Lamar released his fourth album, To Pimp A Butterfly. Within a year of it dropping, the TDE/Aftermath Entertainment release would take the Grammy Award for "Best Rap Album," along with platinum certification. In the LP's artwork, it featured Kendrick Lamar and many of his Compton,... Read more

President Obama Invites Some Of Rap’s Biggest & Brightest To Keep Giving “The Message”

On Friday April 15, President Obama invited a group to the White House in order to better understand and bring awareness to his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative. According to The Root, that meeting group included several handfuls of Hip-Hop acts, including J. Cole, Chance The Rapper, Ludacris, Nicki Minaj, Pusha... Read more

Jeezy Shows a Life of Bittersweet Redemption in the Video for “Sweet Life” With Janelle Monae

Like the song, the video for Jeezy's "Sweet Life," featuring Janelle Monae, is a story of redemption. Jeezy shows the different paths his life could have taken and how he turned his life around with music. However, the journey is bittersweet, as the MC is seen reading headlines about Black... Read more

Jeezy & Janelle Monae Find Reason To Celebrate Life’s Triumphs (Audio)

There is a reason Jeezy named an album The Inspiration. The Atlanta, Georgia rapper has made massive music about beating the odds, and upward mobility. While his imagery and narrative is often very specific to his own circumstances, the CTE/Def Jam Records mainstay has won over listeners with vastly different... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Proves He’s The Guy To Remix Jidenna’s “Classic Man” (Audio)

With the release of To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar returned to much of the Funk- and Jazz-infused sonic landscape set forth in Section .80, his 2011 studio debut. The two releases are punctuated in between with 2012's good kid, m.A.A.d city, a louder, more widely heard album with the... Read more

Janelle Monáe Turns Into The Electric Lady (Video)

Earlier this year in an interview with Fuse TV, the soulful Janelle Monáe revealed that she is working on a conceptual project titled, Eephus, and it seems that she plans on taking notes from Beyoncé and releasing it unannounced. "I'm working on a new, cool creative project called 'Eephus'," she... Read more

10 Years Later, Dave Chappelle Brings His Block Party Indoors, And Who’s He Sharing The Stage With?

A decade ago, Dave Chappelle famously held his "Block Party" in Brooklyn, New York. Held for free at a secret location, the event was the subject of a Michel Gondry-directed film. The Ohio comedian/actor curated a concert, sharing the stage with an extremely rare reunited Fugees performance, in addition to... Read more

Janelle Monae Holds It Down For The Underdogs In Her David Bowie Cover Heroes (Video)

Janelle Monae is always making statements: with music, fashion, lyrics, and more. In her video to "Heroes," the cover of the famed 1977 David Bowie record, Purple Ribbon's secret weapon stands up to bullying. This M*I*A-style video tells a story, and has an upside. Whether the song is about love,... Read more

Outkast Reunites On The Coachella Stage After A Decade Concert Absence (Video)

So you didn't have the money, or maybe the time, or maybe even the energy for Coachella. In the digital age, you can still dive in without paying 10 bills for water, or getting your shoes scuffed up. Outkast took the stage Friday night (April 11). The reunion of Big... Read more

Janelle Monae Covers The David Bowie Classic & She Does It Justice (Audio)

Just two weeks after Miguel (with Wale) tackled the Elton John classic "Bennie & The Jets," another British musical icon with decades of hits gets covered. Janelle Monae revisited David Bowie's transcending 1977 hit "Heroes" for the upcoming Rio 2 film soundtrack. While The Wallflowers and Oasis have both covered... Read more

Trombone Shorty, Gary Clark, Jr., Janelle Monae, Earth, Wind & Fire & More Shred the NBA Halftime Show (Video)

Between the dunks and pyrotechnics of the NBA All-Star Game, some all star musicians went to work during the halftime show and tore the house down. Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, Gary Clark, Jr., Janelle Monae and Earth, Wind & Fire put on show-stopping performances. If you missed it (or want... Read more

Janelle Monae Performs Dance Apocalyptic on SNL (Video)

Janelle Monae brought her quirky soul, funk fusion to SNL last night with a typically high energy performance. You can watch Dance Apocalyptic below. Related: Janelle Monae – Prime Time ft Miguel (Audio)... Read more

Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady (Full Album Stream)

Janelle Monae gives a full preview of her album which promises to provide the soundtrack for a funky Fall. The Electric Lady includes features from Prince, Erykah Badu, Solange, Big Boi, Cee-Lo, Miguel and more. Check out the full stream below. Related: Janelle Monae – Q.U.E.E.N. ft Erykah Badu (Video)... Read more

Janelle Monae – Prime Time ft Miguel

Here's a new song from Janelle Monae and Miguel that feels a lot like Purple Rain-era Prince, in a GREAT way. Check out Prime Time. Related: Janelle Monae – Q.U.E.E.N. ft Erykah Badu (Video)... Read more

Goodie M.O.B. – Special Education ft Janelle Monae (Video)

After dropping a lyric video last month, Goodie M.O.B. release the official video for Special Education featuring Janelle Monae. Related: Goodie M.O.B. on RapFix Live (Video)... Read more

Goodie M.O.B. – Special Education ft Janelle Monae (Video)

Here's a high tech lyric video from Goodie M.O.B. for their hot collabo with Janelle Monae. Check out Special Education. Related: Goodie M.O.B. – Age Against the Machine (Album Artwork + Tracklist)... Read more

Goodie M.O.B. – Special Education ft Janelle Monae

Goodie M.O.B. and Janelle Monae? Oh, it's a problem for real! They go in on a dub step beat that's hard but not forced. Check out Special Education. Goodie M.O.B. - Is That You God (Audio)... Read more

Janelle Monae – Q.U.E.E.N. ft Erykah Badu (Video)

Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu dropped a red hot collabo last week called Q.U.E.E.N. Here's the brand new video for the song and it is just as funky fresh. This is the definition of super soul sistas. Check it out. Related: Ghostface Killah & Sheek Louch – Drivin’ Around ft... Read more

Janelle Monae – Q.U.E.E.N. ft Erykah Badu

Janelle Monae is back with some new material and she brought out her big sis Erykah Badu. The result? A badass guitar and synth-driven jam that is reminiscent of some of Prince's funkiest joints from the early 80's (think Dirty Mind and Controversy). This joint is red hot! Check out... Read more

Check out the video for Janelle Monae Ft. B.o.B. x Lupe Fiasco “Tightrope (Wondamix)”

ExternalVideo.954139&w=425&h=350&fv=    Janelle Monae Ft. B.o.B. x Lupe Fiasco “Tightro..., posted with vodpod    Janelle Monae is having a good year.  In addition to recently being chosen to honor Prince at the BET Awards, her new album ArchAndroid was just name one of the year's 10 best so far by mtv.com. ... Read more

Many Moons Short Film – Janelle Monae (Official Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHgbzNHVg0c Janelle Monae is making a LOT of noise after recently turning out hipsters and tastemakers in NYC, as her album release nears.  She has been on the scene for a few years steady building her base (yeah, the old-fashioned way).  A recent opening stint for E. Badu may have... Read more