Hip Hop

@KendrickLamar Gets Love From #Compton Mayor @AjaLBrown

Congrats to Kendrick Lamar on taking home five awards at last night’s GRAMMY awards. And while I’m sure all that hardware feels pretty good, getting love and acknowledgement from your hometown has to feel even better. If you haven’t already, check out Lamar’s impressive award-show performance and Compton Mayor Aja Brown’s press release below.

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Making sense of @Macklemore and his #WhitePrivilege

Macklemore is back in the spotlight with a new song titled White privilege II. True to its name, the song is a nine minute effort to make sense of being a white person — a white hip-hop artist, no less — at a time of significant racial unrest.

The response has been varied, with some seeing the effort as an honest and open struggle to understand and learn, while others see it as a pure indulgence in privilege. (more…)

Friday News #Roundup

Here’s what’s happening in our neck of the woods: