Songs of PPF

Negro Spirituals, also known as the music and songs that slaves used to sing as a coping mechanism. As functions, Negro Spirituals were used an outlet for slaves and had three main functions; songs of praise (Keep Your Hand on the Plow), a protest to the systematic slavery (I Got a Robe), and as coded […]

Parliament and Funkadelic

Parlament Funkadelic History Rhythm Harmony Improvization Dancing Polyrhythm Creativity Performance Style Your Opinion History Parliment-Funkadelic (also commonly known as P-Funk) is an American funk music collective group lead by George Clinton. This group is consisting of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic, who have both been active since the 1960s. With their funky style, the group […]

Albums and Activism

The central theme of What’s Going On and the album of the same name had the inspiration of Marvin Gaye’s life. When his brother had returned from Vietnam, Gaye had put himself in his brother’s shoes and wrote a song in pursuit of raising the societal consciousness in American music. What’s Going On focuses on […]

Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, more commonly known as her stage name Megan Thee Stallion, signed to her first label 300 Entertainment in November of 2018. She is the first female rapper to sign to this specific label and released her first full-length album “Fever” on May 17th, 2019. Since the release of her first album, she has become a figure for independent women, women’s education, and coined the popular term “Hot Girl Summer”, which is still widely referenced and used to this day.

White Romanticization of Hip Hop Culture

The Whitewashing of Hip Hop Culture The debate of cultural appropriation still rages on, from hair to clothing, to tattoos, and even evolving into music genres as well. Not too many years ago, Miley Cyrus sang along to a deep beat in her “rap debut” We Can’t Stop, which added the question of what to do […]

The How-to Guide to Being a Hip Hop Scholar

KRS-One uses the documentary, 40 Years of Hip Hop, to discuss what it means to be a true hip-hop scholar. Everything from the culture to the influence of black individuals, hip hop has been a solid staple in the African American community. From there KRS-One fully defines what it means to be a hip hop […]

The Rise of Rap in the 2000s

The Rise of Rap in the 2000s In this “Golden Age of Music,” many black music fans saw this as the time for rap to become mainstream and popular. Leading this change were names like Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Justin Timberlake, and Eminem. The popularity of hip-hop and rap music was also criticized for its […]