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July 16, 2017

'How Missy Elliot won respect for women who rap'

Missy Elliott’s The Rain will always be remembered as one of the most memorable videos in the history of hip-hop.It introduced the world to Elliott’s vibrant and innovative aesthetic, in...

Rapper Kanye West: Canadians say 'we don't want him'

A petition launched to prevent Kanye West from playing the closing ceremony of the Pan American Games in Toronto later this month has now reached the 50,000 signature mark.The Pan Am Games, which takes place every four years, recently annou ...

Is hip-hop finally changing its attitude to mental health?

Lots of people use music to drown out the sadness - which is why it was hardly surprising when a study by Cambridge University, released earlier in the month, found rap music can help people tackling depression. The paper suggests that rap’s ra ...

'Today's pop star should just grow up'

Taylor Swift works within the well-worn cliché of phenomenon. At 23, the country music star turned global behemoth is a chart-conquering, CoverGirl-endorsing, one-woman cottage industry; a superstar so unavoidable that at times the Pennsylvania native seem ...

'How Missy Elliot won respect for women who rap'

Missy Elliott’s The Rain will always be remembered as one of the most memorable videos in the history of hip-hop.It introduced the world to Elliott’s vibrant and innovative aesthetic, in which she donned finger waves, monochromatic looks and t ...

'We need pop stars who rock the establishment'

From Rihanna’s liberated nipples to Iggy Azalea’s fake accent to Eminem’s freestyle about punching Lana Del Rey “right in the face”, music has had its fair share of controversial moments in the last year.Others included, but ...

Stars' slack lyrics are bad for our girls

It’s almost impossible for impressionable young girls to ignore big name music stars like Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus and Beyoncé who shamelessly promote raunchy sex through their songs, videos and dress.These so-called “iconic” pe ...