You voted in your thousands, all in support of who you believed deserved the title of Rap’s Reigning Emperor.
In a list which included the likes of both The Game and Kanye West, Rappers of both sexes were included to pay homage to the plethora of both male and female Rappers whose artisty has both shaped and influenced the way the world sees Rap/Hip Hop music to day.
Now, find out who YOU decided was most deserving of this title below…
For all the social strides towards equality, the topic of homosexuality remains taboo in many an arena – not least in Hip-Hop.
Indeed, despite living in an era where displays of sexuality are as flagrant as ever, such showings in Urban music are almost exclusively of the hetrosexual (and often, misogynistic) persuasion.
Do such practices point to same-sex relations being non-existant in the Hip-Hop diaspora? Of course not. However, what is potently underscored here, is Hip-Hop’s willing silence on topics of the rainbow persuasion. Particularly when it pertains to artists active in the hyper-masculine field.
What’s bothersome for many, however, is the genre’s continued embrace of homophobic lyrics and images. Images which perpetuate the ideology that to be gay is to be ‘less’ than a man.
And yet for many industry and cultural analysts, such a stance is as ironic as ironic can be. For, the very industry at the heart of discussion is dominated by those of the gay persuasion. From make-up artists, to managers, to label execs, to – of course- artists themselves. Rapper the Game indeed made no mistake when he declared“Beyonce really should have sung, who run the world? Gays”. Well, at least when it comes to any such discussion relating to the music world.
As such, in our drive to continually push the envelope, That Grape Juice TV brings you a telling segment from Byron Hurt‘s 2007 documentary ‘Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes’.
In this riveting piece, Hurt probes Hip-Hop’s homophobia and undercover displays homo-erotica in the videos and images of some your favourite rappers.
Singer/actress Jennifer Lopez delivered a casual look on the cover of this month’s US Weekly Style Issue.
Generating excitement within her fan base earlier this month with the surfacing of images from her ‘Papi’ video shoot, readers of the Style Issue will find advice from the entertainer on a number of issues.
From shopping on a budget to how she feels fans can achieve the styles and looks of their favorite stars.
It’s been a long time coming, but change has finally come for Kelly Rowland‘s video predicament.
The R&B diva is set to thrill fans with not one, not two, but three videos – all shot this week.
First up is the much anticipated clip for ‘Lay It On Me’. Shot yesterday, the Sarah Chatfield and Frank Gatson directed clip sees the 30 year old stunner crank up the sexy and play with an elephant. Pics of which you can peep, via Rap Up, above and below.
The visual for ‘Here I Am’s first European offering ‘Down for Whatever’ shoots today, while Rowland is set to appear in the clip for Verse Simmons’ ‘Boo Thang’ – which she features on tomorrow.
Just a few of the terms used to describe the tour de force that Rachel Kerr.
Having built a steady buzz on the live circuit, the Birmingham-bred singer-songwriter is ready to strike out on a grander scale, as she readies her EP for release before the year’s now. Prior to then, you can and hear her soar on this, the latest episode of The Splash!
Check out her cover of Amy Winehouse‘s take on ‘Valerie’ above…
By David on Thursday 8th Sep 2011 | Filed Under JLS
In support of their latest LP and upcoming tour, Pop quartet JLS graced viewers of British game show ‘Red Or Black?‘ with a live rendition of their song ‘She Makes Me Wanna‘ just hours ago.
Dressed for the occasion and armed with their ever in sync backing vocals, the former X Factor UK contestants delivered a performace that many would agree showcased their abilities as dancers like never before.