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Contributions by Da’Shan SmithUnderstanding the dramatic urgency on Swizz Beatz’s 'POISON' album'POISON' is not just an album full of club bangers, it's so much more...Da’Shan SmithMaster Class: When hip hop gets political & consciousIt's the perfect time to mention hip hop's influential contributions to political matters.Da’Shan SmithHow Amerie's '4AM' EPs recall Prince's 'Purple Rain' soundtrackHer albums' moments of ethereality, electric guitar, and chasing love when the chemistry is too intense all recall the Purple One's magnum opus.Da’Shan SmithCharting Black Excellence | Revisiting Toni Braxton's "countless bops" because Beyoncé said soThis past Halloween Eve, Instagram timelines were blessed by Beyonce dressing as one of her idols, the one and only Toni Braxton.Da’Shan SmithOn Post Malone being a "rapper," and why genres still matter to musicRejecting the term can be a dismissal to black culture, but can also be fitting for artists who do flow through genres. Still, they should be proud in...Da’Shan SmithCharting Black Excellence | Ella Mai & all the other current faces of R&B The recent Billboard successes of SZA, Jhené Aiko, Normani, Khalid, H.E.R., Daniel Caesar, 6LACK and more have proven the major crossover appeal of their genre.Da’Shan SmithCharting Black Excellence | Rihanna & the Super Bowl's declining powerRihanna’s refusal and alignment with Colin Kaepernick is a testament that she understands the struggle.Da’Shan SmithCharting Black Excellence | Why Migos’ AMAs win in a pop category makes senseAs trap music’s presence has grown, it would make sense that the genre would borderline pop music.Da’Shan SmithBeyoncé and JAY-Z's 'On The Run II Tour' stop in Vancouver was full of lessonsThe concert was a night to remember.Da’Shan SmithWhy Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz's "Uproar" is a meaningful single for the cultureThe track has the potential to be an anthem tailored for the streets, and it can help reclaim the pop culture moment that the EDM "Harlem Shake" robbed from us.Da’Shan SmithRevisiting how T.I.'s 'Paper Trail' made him the kingpin of the mainstreamA decade after its release, we recall how the LP made pop's acknowledgement of trap's top tier very clear.Da’Shan SmithCharting Black Excellence | Cardi B's three No. 1's & her genuine love for female hip-hop As she earns another chart-topping achievement on the Billboard Hot 100, Cardi B continues to remind audiences of hip-hop tradition and pay homage to the women...Da’Shan Smith