hip hop

First PNG dance crew to attend qualifier

The Wan Squaad Dance Crew has been invited to participate in the Hip Hop International South Pacific Islands National Qualifying Competition in Auckland, New Zealand, from the 16th to the 18th of April.

The boys from Port Moresby are training under the experienced Pyan Ng, who has been participating in various international competitions for over 20 years.

Former medic becomes hip-hop artist to help fellow veterans

"It was a kinetic and violent deployment. The conditions were pretty austere," Todd said. "My roommate was killed on the first day. ... It shook us pretty bad."

He got his second nickname, "Doc," serving as a Navy corpsman, essentially a combat medic, for the 2nd Battalion 8th Marines in Helmand province in 2009.

"Over there, we were just worried about water, survival, ammunition, food and God," Todd said.

His job was to assist with trauma and injuries on the battlefield. In the end, it was Todd who needed help.

Harvard student submits a hip-hop album as his final dissertation

Twenty-year-old Obasi Shaw called the 10-track album Liminal Minds and says it combines "elements of Middle English poetry with issues of racial identity in America".

He says it was inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and his own hobby of writing rap music and spoken word poetry.

It took him a year to write.

Last year Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly and Nas' Illmatic were both added to the Harvard Library to signify their cultural significance.

Beatboxers confident as Yu Em Khax semis loom

The two, calling themselves NoiZiiK, are among nine acts from the heats who made it through and are the only beatboxing act for the semi-finals.

They are also part founders of the beatboxing community in PNG, a form of hip hop art, slowly becoming popular among the young urban population.

Talking with Loop PNG yesterday, the two revealed that their auditioning in the first of its kind talent show was not pre-planned.

Donald Trump mocks hip hop as 'talking'

"The language is so bad and as they were singing -- singing right? Was it talking or singing? Right? But the language was so bad," Trump said Monday during his first of five rallies the day before Election Day.

Trump's apparent criticism of rap and hip-hop comes in spite of the GOP nominee's repeated attempts to appeal to African-American voters during the final months of his campaign. It also comes as Clinton has ramped up get out the vote efforts in recent days by targeting young and African-American voters in particular.