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The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy is a source of independent journalism, curating and creating articles, editorials and multimedia pieces that help tell hip-hop’s complete story.

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Lonzo Ball, Nas and hip-hop music

Defending Nas: Why Responses to Lonzo Ball’s “Outdated” Comments Miss The Point

Responses to Lonzo Ball's comments about his taste in music, and Nas in particular, miss the chance to explain what "relevancy" in hip-hop really means
Hip Hop Hacks - Drum machine build

‘Hip-Hop Hacks’ Event Series Highlights Technological Innovation Fueled by Youth Culture and Lifestyle

It was MacGuyver meets DJ Premier. In one area of Spotify's sprawling New York offices, a small group of young men and women watched as...

With Response to “Anti-Cop” Rapper, NYPD Brass (Again) Evinces Cultural Bias, Ignorance

A NY Post story exhibited an egregious, disrespectful bias against hip-hop artist and FDNY Captain Kasseem “Ka” Ryan. The NYPD response was inappropriate.
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton - Irving Plaza shooting - hip hop / rap

Dear Commissioner William Bratton: Irving Plaza Shooting Is a People Problem, Not a Rap Problem

Blaming rap music or the hip-hop community for the violence at Irving Plaza demonstrates a gross cultural misunderstanding -- and possible attempt at scapegoating -- that has no place in a police commissioner's office
The Hip-Hop Advocate newsletter 4/30/16

Updates x Afrika Bambaataa x The List x The Video – The Hip-Hop Advocate [4/30/16]

This post contains content from the 4/30 edition of our newsletter The Hip-Hop Advocate. Please subscribe to receive this free, thoughtfully curated weekly update.
Afrika Bambaataa allegations, hip-hop and the media

Statement on Afrika Bambaataa Allegations, Hip-Hop and the Media

We feel it is important to provide some guidance as to how this, and other serious matters that involve hip-hop culture, should be covered in the media.