rap

6:39pm

Tue September 9, 2014
Arts & Culture

Primordial and poetic: Hip hop according to Baraka Blue

Baraka Blue
Baraka Blue (Facebook Mobile Upload)

The religion of Islam has been showing up in hip hop and rap music for decades.  Artists like Mos Def are open about their Muslim faith, and how it influences their music. And there are many others too -- Big Daddy Kane, Lupe Fiasco, and some members of the iconic 90s hi hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Similarly, hip hop artist Baraka Blue draws inspiration for his music from Sufi Islam. But unlike these artists who are African American -- he’s white.

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7:00pm

Wed April 30, 2014
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: Meet San Francisco's Mystic Blaze

TraVaughn Hicks has been making music since he was a young boy and his rapper uncle would record him singing on his songs.

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12:19pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Arts & Culture

Local Music: Kreayshawn

Oakland rapper Kreayshawn returns to the Bay Area for a performance August 18.

Oakland rapper Kreayshawn had a major music video hit in 2010, with over three million views in the first three weeks. Now she’s back with another video, the first single from her new album. She’ll be performing live on Saturday August 18 at Roe in San Francisco. Doors open at 10 pm.

2:52pm

Mon June 18, 2012
TURNSTYLE NEWS

Ice T’s Doc ‘The Art of Rap’ Is a Must See

This weekend, Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap opens in theaters, and it is absolutely deserving of an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary. It’s compelling, witty and much needed in terms of refocusing us on what hip hop, and rap in particular, is really about. There have been a number of documentaries put out over the years that have focused on emceeing, but this one really hits home for a few reasons.

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8:09am

Tue January 17, 2012
VoiceBox

VoiceBox: The Musicality of Rap

Listen this week anytime via KALW's Local Music Player.  Milwaukee-based emcee and poet Melissa Czarnik talks with host Chloe Veltman about the the music of rap.  Friday at 10pm.