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FlatbushZOMBIES – “Did U Ever Think” ft. Joey Badass & Issa Gold

Brooklyn connects once more, as Joey Badass of Pro Era and Issa Gold of The Underachievers feature on the FlatbushZOMBIES’ latest, “Did U Ever Think.” Dark, grungy production by The Architect sets the tone from the jump. Stream “Did U Ever Think” below.

conversations with a butterfly
New Music Jul 26  |  

Issa Gold – “Conversations With A Butterfly” (EP)

As one half of The Underachievers, Issa Gold has a unique style and thought provoking material that can be heard on his latest project, Conversations With A Butterfly. The newly released solo project tackles a variety of different aspects from Issa’s life. Listen to “Lions Can’t Fly” below, and hit the project download link afterwards. Props . . .


Sango & GoldLink – “Wassup”

Those who attended GoldLink‘s show in DC this past weekend were treated to an early live performance of “Wassup,” a Sango-produced gem featuring a sample that was also used in Timbaland & Magoo’s “Indian Flute” instrumental. Today we hear the official studio version, and it does not dissapoint. GoldLink continues to showcase his dynamic, charismatic . . .

saint paul
New Music May 17  |  

The Underachievers – “Saint Paul”

The Underachievers have a number of gritty, rough and rugged hip hop records within their discography, but “Saint Paul” finds them heading in a different, more ambient direction. With their Renaissance project only two days away, as both AK and Issa Gold reflect on people they’ve lost and pledge to make the most of their . . .

final destination
New Music Mar 18  |  

The Underachievers – “Final Destination”

“Final Destination” is the third single to be released from Brooklyn duo The Underachievers‘ forthcoming Renaissance album. Produced by Powers Pleasant of Pro Era, it has the decidedly ominous vibe that we’ve come to expect from Issa Gold and AK. Tune in and vibe out. Stream “Final Destination” below.

gotham nights
New Music Feb 1  |  

The Underachievers – “Gotham Nights”

The Underachievers are back on the map with a beautifully executed, emotionally nuanced new record called “Gotham Nights.” This single is the first release from their forthcoming 2017 release, Renaissance. AK and Issa Gold continue to deliver nothing but high quality content. Stream “Gotham Nights” below.

New Music Aug 26  |  

The Underachievers – “Allusions”

The Underachievers are back with a gloomy new release called “Allusions,” full of the dark grit we’ve come to expect from them. Look for Issa Gold and AK’s sophomore album, Evermore – The Art of Duality to release on September 25th. Stream “Allusions” below.


Beyoncé depicts a black woman’s journey on ‘Lemonade’ (Review)

After a three year hiatus, the crowned king herself is back with her most honest and unadulterated album to date, Lemonade. This album takes you through the journey of a scorned woman who has dealt with infidelity, and all of the emotions that come with it–insecurity, anger, despair, forgiveness, and everything in between. Watching Lemonade . . .

The Top 10 Producer Projects of 2015

When it comes to year end lists, performers and artists are often given priority over producers and musicians. Despite being overlooked, a number of producers certified their place in music this year, and quite a few producer albums, EPs and mixtapes made compelling arguments for this year’s best release. With that in mind, I decided . . .


Toronto’s #BareGyal Movement Inspires “#DearGyal Mixtape Vol. 1” (Premiere)

Toronto is a burgeoning scene for music culture, whether the rest of the world chooses to recognize it or not. Two major players in the scene, R&B songstress Andreena and DJ extraordinaire Lissa Monét, have connected once more to release a highly anticipated mix project called #DearGyalMixtape Vol. 1, inspired by the revolutionary #Baregyal event series. #Baregyal . . .

New Music May 6  |  

Nikko Lafré – “TTINM”

“I ain’t sayin’ that I’m better, I’m just sayin’ that we’re equal.” Nikko Lafré isn’t afraid to express dissatisfaction with the state of affairs in America wit “TTINM,” a dark K-BeatZ & Johnny Rain-produced listen that touches on the sensitive nature of race relations in the United States. “TTINM” will be featured on Nikko’s forthcoming . . .

Editorial Sep 27  |  

What If Kanye West’s Albums Released in Reverse Order?

Words by Deron Hogans, Jr. Consider this. Kanye West is the voice of a generation. As much as folks may loathe the idea of Yeezy leading anyone, he has become the face of the ambitious millennial creative. He represents every kid who used to feel apprehensive about sharing his love for fashion or openly expressing . . .