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This is not only true of female pop stars. See our essay about Bruno Mars' songwriting and its relationship to hip-hop:

[Mars'] whole approach to music is far more hip-hop than its sound might at first indicate. Rap listeners are used to hearing loops – short musical phrases repeated over and over throughout the song. Many of Mars' best songs simply move this template to the pop world. They use the same chord progression, without variation, through the whole tune – even while keeping pop song structure (verse, chorus, etc.)

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For an example of a hip-hop politician, look no further than Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka (son of legendary poet Amiri Baraka). He was Chairman of the 1st National Hip Hop Political Convention and regularly appears at hip-hop festivals

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From a 2003 article about the phenomenon:

Just as the jazz aesthetic birthed nonmusicians such as novelist Ralph Ellison, poet Amiri Baraka, photographer Roy Decarava and painter Romare Bearden, hip-hop has produced its own school of thinkers and artists. Call them hip-hop intellectuals: folks who derive their basic artistic, intellectual and political strategies from the tenets of the musical form itself — collage, reclamation of public space, the repurposing of technology — even if they’re not kicking rhymes or scratching records.

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Questlove wryly references The Impressions' 1964 hit “Keep on Pushing.” The Curtis Mayfield-penned anthem was, not coincidentally, used as a theme by Obama in the 2004 DNC speech that first raised him to national prominence

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Kam references EPMD’s classic second album, except here the “business” is revenge against the white oppressor

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Kam goes right for the throat here, aiming directly at the central Christian tenet of loving your enemy

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Continuing the old-vs-new dichotomy, Kam takes shots at those cornerstones of the civil rights movement, MLK’s famous “I have a dream” speech (and by extension his whole approach of non-violent resistance) and the protest song “We Shall Overcome”, that was so closely associated with the movement

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In this first part of the verse, Kam contrasts civil rights era thinking with a more modern, militant approach. This is demonstrated by mentioning the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” — commonly referred to as “The Negro National Anthem” and long a symbol of racial solidarity and uplift — with the need to directly and violently rebel

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Julia’s death sent Lennon into a “blind rage” and he spent the next two years drinking and fighting almost constantly

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"Host: Ellen DeGeneres" (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – 2014 Oscar Nominations) | pending

Nope, there weren’t really any actual jokes..

"Leader of the Lakeland High School Drumline during the ma..." (James Stark – James Stark's Résumé) | pending

Did you get to play quads?

@nofear Read the annotations and follow the links. This is not an assumption. Everyone, including the US gov’t, has acknowledged that this is an FBI memo.

"What you're made for?" (Ryan McDermott – 8 BARS OF SOUL (Freestyle Interlude)) | pending

Finding out and sharing

I am honored to be shouted out on this. Sorry it took me so long to see it. MC Rimmer — best rapper alive!

“Saw Seven” may just mean that Pharoache “saw the movie Se7en”. but more likely he is punning on that while also referencing the movie “Saw”, and possibly “Saw 3-D” (aka Saw 7)

"I.P., Throw Beezy" (Jeezy – Death Before Dishonor (B.M.F. Freestyle)) | rejected

@Pyth — real names? links?

"Got it jumping like Vince, motherfucker" (J.R. Writer – GOAT) | rejected

@ayo: Thanks! Fixed.

"So pump your brakes before I do you / Like a got a key to..." (Royce Da 5'9" – I'm Me Freestyle) | rejected

@rsp — Thanks! Fixed