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For better or for worse, hip-hop remains an unnerving microcosm for watching the world's larger themes surrounding race and gender play out. These days, I've begun to think of it as the only form of music actually capable of changing the world. And while it feels like some of the major players were waiting in the wings this year, that only meatsĀ emerging rappers had the necessary spaceĀ to claim 2015 as their launching pad. Not...
"They was never fit to touch the mic," Barbadian-born, New York-raised rapper Haleek Maul raps on "Return," the lead track off his new mixtape Prince Midas. There's a reason the album kicks off with a track concerned with returning -- Maul hasn't released a cohesive project in three years. He enjoyed quite a bit of critical acclaim at the tender age of 15 upon releasing his debut EP Oxyconteen, and a collaborative tape with...

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