If you’re a young person like me, you probably don’t remember when the 1983 special, MOTOWN 25 – Yesterday, Today, Forever aired on NBC. If you were old enough, then you probably remember seeing Richard Pryor as the host and when Michael Jackson moonwalked for the VERY. FIRST. TIME.
If you’re about rap that aims to inspire, educate, and represent, then you need to learn about Taiyo Na. The New York-based rapper is using his talents not only to showcase his unique experiences but to also uplift others.
I was glad to be able to connect with Na in an email interview; read below and you’ll understand more about the artist behind the music.
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Black History Month is here and believe it or not, the BHM kick-off party happened on Saturday Night Live. Not only were there tons of jokes about racial appropriation (that scathing Iggy Azalea joke, the digital short about the “true” biopic about Jay-Z starring Mike O’Brien, aka a white dude on SNL, and other white dudes, including the host J.K. Simmons, as Kanye and Nas), but there was also D’ANGELO. And boy did he not disappoint.
It’s been a trying few days for TI’s protege, Iggy Azalea. However, it’s not like many people (myself included) have that much sympathy for her. But before I get into any opinions, here’s what’s been going down in the hip hop world.