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Terence McKenna may be due for a posthumous appearance on the hip-hop charts, as a sample of the philosopher leads off one of the songs on the new Trap God 2 mixtape from Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane. Gucci is one of the leading proponents of the so-called “trap” style that has been the dominant sound in rap for the past year or so, and the McKenna quote serves as a manifesto of sorts. The track in question is the work of star producer Lex Luger:


Watch as security guards swarm the stage, cutting short Lupe Fiasco’s set at Washington D.C.’s Hamilton Live Theater Sunday night. The rapper had been invited to headline the concert celebrating Obama’s second inauguration. The offending lyrics likely were: “Gaza Strip was getting bombed / Obama didn’t say shit / That’s why I ain’t vote for him / I’m part of the problem / My problem is I’m peaceful”



Clearly, many people of all political stripes are seeing through the hoax put forward by KONY 2012 to legitimize another grand military adventure, now in Africa under AFRICOM.

Rap News Episode 12: YES WE KONY. It’s March, and the Internet delivers 2012′s first globe-consuming meme: the unstoppable, Stop-Kony 2012 video, which has highlighted the plight of African child soldiering like never before. But is it really good? Is it really bad? Or is the world really more complex than ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’?…




Duncan Geere reports for Wired :

An artist named Tahir Hemphill wants to datamine 30 years of hip-hop lyrics to provide a searchable index of the genre’s lexicon.

The project analyzes the lyrics of over 40,000 songs for metaphors, similes, cultural references, phrases, memes and socio-political ideas. For each, it registers a date and a geographical location. Hemphill has raised more than $8,000 in funding for the project on Kickstarter, from 349 people.

The idea is so that important questions can be answered, like who was the first to mention “haters,”…



Jet Blue flight attendant, Steven Slater, received time in the spotlight aboard a flight for quitting his job and exiting on an inflatable slide. However, his fifteen minutes of fame didn’t seem to be enough. In a country where fifteen minutes can be stretched into 3 seasons worth of fame, he has now decided to become a rapper. Line 2, a cell phone app that provides in-flight texting ability on airplanes that have Wi-Fi, has formed a contract with Slater. Steven Slater’s rap single, “I’m A Rapper Bitches”: