Last week, news that super producer Dr. Dre had become the first hip-hop billionaire surfaced in the form of a jovial (possibly drunken) rant from Tyrese Gibson at a house party with F. Gary Grey and Dr. Dre himself; topped off with a C-Walk for good measure.
In the same week, hip hop mogul P. Diddy is awarded an honorary doctorate degree from his former college, Howard University, and becomes Dr. Combs. Here’s Diddy at the graduation ceremony in a hat and gown accepting the accolade.
So, what do these achievements mean for hip hop?
Well, for me it’s all about the kids. Few rappers from the 90s are still able to tour off of nostalgia, and even fewer remain relevant decades after their “time”. Rap music is an art form that is constantly moulting; ridding itself of old styles and sounds year in and year out. Unless a youngin sees an old school rapper with or behind their favorite artists, they’re just another rich celebrity.
It’s safe to say that no one in 2014 is going to want to rap like Diddy, or even make beats like Dr. Dre (yes, I said it) but now, little swagged-out kids can envision a career that proceeds rap fame after the masses don’t care to hear you rap.
Salute the big homies! Or not. Let us know how you feel leave a comment.
According to the CDC, the use of e-cigarettes has doubled in popularity among middle and high school students. And now the FDA is considering regulating them as tobacco products. Youth Radio explores what’s attracting young teens to “vaping” and the dangers they might be facing.
Bop.fm launched out of beta back in December, offering playlists that source songs from multiple music sharing services, including YouTube, SoundCloud, Rdio, Spotify and most recently, Dr. Dre’s Beats.
A fun fact to consider: adding YouTube in Bop.fm’s list of music players means that you will not only get playlists from the unsigned “YouTube famous” artists, but you’ll get a music video and even special live or studio performances thrown in the mix.
The platform also has a player for web publishers that’s currently in use on Rap Genius.
Online video sharing site YouTube is this generation’s MTV. Artists like Gotye and PSY have found mainstream success after their videos went viral. Yet the number of cover songs — from toddlers singing The Beatles to teens tackling Led Zeppelin — eclipses original work by a long shot. Between those two extremes is an alternative universe of aspiring professional musicians who use cover songs on YouTube to build fan bases of their own. What these musicians once did for love and fame is starting to pay off in cold, hard cash. Youth Radio’s Noah Nelson reports on the viral cover song business.
Are teens today more narcissistic than ever before? Some psychologists are pointing to a personality test called the Narcissism Personality Inventory, which seems to indicate that millennials have a historically high sense of self-obsession. But not everyone thinks the test is a great tool to use on teens, who may need an inflated sense of self to protect themselves against the natural pitfalls of puberty.
In this week’s podcast, Youth Radio’s teen reporters turn the lens on themselves as they investigate their own narcissism scores, and interview an expert on what this trend might mean for the success of the next generation.
John Mayer, R. Kelly, and Adele are the most recent additions to a long list of musicians that have had to undergo vocal cord surgery. On this week’s episode, a 21-year-old college student and singer/songwriter tells her story of undergoing vocal cord surgery and vocal rehabilitation over summer break.
This week on the Youth Radio podcast – our love affair with cell phones. For many teenagers, they’re a primary mode of connection. But the costs – financial and emotional — can add up fast. We’ll hear how to control your cell phone bill, and how to make the best of your texting faux pas.
This week on the Youth Radio podcast, Turnstyle News reporter Nishat Kurwa talks with ‘Fruitvale Station’ director Ryan Coogler about the link between the lessons of his film and the story of Trayvon Martin.
This week on the Youth Radio podcast, we examine a growing trend in higher education: massive open online courses. We talk with a UC professor who currently teaches 4,000 students through free online college course provider, Udacity. In our second segment, we talk with the CEO of Brilliant, a website that challenges students who are accelerating past their school’s lesson plans.