coco miyaki
New Music Dec 4  |  

Opal mesmerizes with the spacey “Coco Miyaki”, featuring Sunny Moonshine

Opal is a Virginia-based talent with a knack for creating hypnotizing, futuristic records, as evidenced by her Sunny Moonshine-assisted effort, “Coco Miyaki.” Laid back, lush production courtesy of Hank Iving and Sheffield Sounds sets the stage for Opal’s trance-inducing delivery. Stream “Coco Miyaki” below, and listen to the previously released “Dali Lama” afterwards.

New Music Jun 1  |  

Opal puts you in a trance with “FRANCE”

Virginia artist Opal takes listeners on an interstellar trip across the Atlantic Ocean with “FRANCE.” Featuring hazy house production from fellow Virginian Fake Uzumi, Opal’s hypnotizing vocals create a trance that will force you to get up and move, or maybe just get your head nodding. There’s no word on whether this record will live on . . .

thottieottiedopaliscious
New Music Sep 9  |  

DrewsThatDude – “Thottieotttiedopalicious”

DrewsThatDude premiered his KAMI project on Artistic Manifesto back in July to a host of critical acclaim. We’re happy to hear him return with a new cut called “Thottieottiedopaliscious” that combines samples from Drake‘s “Thotful” and Outkast‘s “Spottieottiedopaliscious,” tying everything together with his signature blend of electronic instrumentation. The result? A hybrid beast of a . . .

lemonade

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 . . .

fix you
New Music Jan 5  |  

Kiah Victoria – “Fix You”

They say first impressions are invaluable. If this is your first time hearing of New York vocalist Kiah Victoria, then she’s probably off to a good start with “Fix You.” This is actually a cover of Coldplay’s song of the same name, although it feels more like an original composition than anything else. As Kiah . . .

BEYONCÉ Platinum Edition
Reviews Nov 28  |  

Beyoncé – “BEYONCÉ Platinum Edition” (Album Review)

At the end of 2013, Beyoncé surprised the entire world when she released her secret fifth album, the self titled, BEYONCÉ – consisting of 14 songs and 17 videos. This year Queen Bey gives us BEYONCÉ Platinum Edition, which includes all of the songs and videos as the original edition, along with two new songs, “7/11” and . . .

Goodnight
New Music Jul 9  |  

CyHi The Prynce – “Goodnight (Remix)” ft. Scotty ATL

I won’t even front, I was immediately against CyHi The Prynce‘s “Goodnight” when I realized that it sampled the sacred Outkast record, “Spottieottiedopaliscious.” Thankfully, production by Watson The Great, Tec Beatz, Roark Bailey, and Andre Fennell holds its own in modern times. The remix, which features guest lyrics from Scotty ATL and a very solid hook . . .

Jun 22  |  

Hip-Hop Overseers: Kanye West’s "New Slaves" and the Hip-Hop/Slavery Complex

By R. Kayeen Thomas, Author/Social Justice Advocate Let me begin by saying that I appreciate any mainstream rap song that can convince me it’s more than a massive collision of overused genitalia, black urban corpses, and Ciroc. The sad reality is that after I realized Mos Def and Talib Kweli weren’t starting their own labels . . .