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“All female artists who work in Afghanistan today are risking their lives so that they can pave the way for other women.” These are the words of 24 year old Paradise Sorouri, Afghan’s first female rap singer. Born in Iran, Paradise makes up one half of the rap duo, 143—the other half being her fiancé, Diverse. Though the two started out singing about love and other familiar, tamer topics, their 2010 move from Herat, Afghanistan to ... Read More
  Kanye West’s new “Bound 2” video has been criticized for featuring a nude Kim Kardashian, with whom he suggestively canoodles. To be blunt, it seems a lot like she’s just there for some eye-candy. But Flavorwire’s Lillian Ruiz would disagree, suggesting that Kanye’s portrayal of female sexuality is “unusually complex” because “there is no Madonna and no whore in this narrative.” In other ... Read More
  It’s hard for women to break into the music industry, especially women of color, but Nicki Minaj is one star who has helped pave the way. As if we needed yet another reason to love her, she recently broke another glass ceiling of sorts.    She’s partnered up with Myx Fusions, serving as both the brand’s spokesperson and part owner. Of her decision to endorse the alcoholic beverage, she told MTV News, "I was just feeling like with ... Read More
Angel Haze, the awesome 22-year-old rapper, just released a freestyle to the tune of Macklemore’s “Same Love.” In it, she opens up about her sexuality (she's previously described herself as pansexual) and her experiences with prejudice and judgment from both her family and the world. Before she launches into the song, she begins with “Hi mom, I’m really scared right now, but I have to."  From there, Angel Haze takes listeners on ... Read More
In case Hand Job Academy’s awesome name didn’t already intrigue you, then the Brooklyn-based rap group’s new video, “Shark Week” is sure to do the job (ha ha ha GET IT?!?). In the video, the trio, made up of three friends—Lil T, a.k.a. Meg Skaff, a 23-year-old filmmaker and the director of “Shark Week”; Clara Bizna$$, a.k.a. Claire Beaudreault, a professional nail artist; and Ash Wednesday, whose real name remains ... Read More
Ahh, 1988. What a time to be alive...(I assume).  Hey, no matter where you were when Reagan was president, this song is the bomb dot com. Before Friday is over, sneak out those headphones and jam out at your desk. Bonus points if you--mysteriously--find yourself wearing a polka-dot leotard at some point this ... Read More
Call me a fire because I'm gettin' stoked! The BUST 20th Anniversary Extravaganza is going down real soon and we at BUST HQ couldn't be more excited. We've got a heaping helping of amazing performers and guests, plus a booty-shaking dance party afterwards! One artist that I'm especially pumped to see is Awkwafina, the hilarious and talented Queens-based rapper. Also known as Nora Lum, Awkwafina's "My Vag" was a BUST fave from the get-go. She spits super LOL-worthy ... Read More
It's been a long road for the hip-hop dance queen, but M.I.A.'s finally blessed us with this badass track off her upcoming album Matangi. "Bring the Noize" is a version of a song from a mix she put together for the Kenzo fashion show in Paris earlier this year. This electronica track features M.I.A's signature speedy flow over complex, catchy beats, building into a softly sung finale. We can't sit still waiting for the music video, but the seizure-inducing ... Read More
In what parallel universe does a woman publicly apologize to a man who threatens to beat her up and make her “suck skin off" his dick? Our universe, apparently. And as an added bonus, this woman is Katy Perry, idol to millions of teenage girls. After Perry tweeted “Just heard a new song on the radio called "I hate being sober" I now have serious doubt for the world,” the song's artist, Chief Keef (real name Keith Cozart) decided to respond. The rapper ... Read More
I first saw Mykki Blanco perform in a grimy warehouse in Providence, Rhode Island. I was bone-tired after a week of grueling exams, and the only reason I was at the concert at all was because my friend dragged me to the performance, claiming I just had to see this. The venue was cramped, hot, and sweaty, and I almost felt myself regretting the decision until Mykki entered the room like a crescendo. She turned us all from exhausted students into her enthusiastic, ... Read More
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