overdo it

Premiere: Supreme Ace teams up with OG Maco and Trev Rich for “Overdo It”

“Model women and designer jeans.” Denver emcee Supreme Ace has been in the game for years, and he’s ready to make waves once again with his anthemic new release, “Overdo It.” Featuring Atlanta’s very own OG Maco and fellow Denver native Trev Rich, the new single features ominous production by Purps of 808 Mafia. The . . .

Timepiece
New Music May 10  |  

Supreme Ace – “Timepiece” (Remix) ft. Jace, Mir Fontane & Wave Chappelle

Denver native Supreme Ace‘s “Timepiece” is the type of record that will get stuck in your head for days if you’re not careful. The 30 Roc-produced banger is now given new life thanks to guest verses from Jace, Mir Fontane, and Wave Chappelle. Look out for Supreme’s forthcoming Trill Influence 2 and Layovers in NYC . . .

Make A Play
New Music Mar 27  |  

Supreme Ace and Michael Christmas are ready to “Make A Play”

Denver emcee Supreme Ace teams up with Boston regular Michael Christmas for the silky smooth sounds of “Make A Play.” Jayze’s soul-sampling production provides an expressive, warm backdrop as both emcees drop verses focused on making moves for the better. Expect this to feature on Supreme Ace’s forthcoming Layovers in NYC project. Stream “Make A . . .

zayn

Zayn Malik seeks to embrace an identity of his own

Zayn Malik has been buzzing ever since his heavily observed departure from superstar boy band, One Direction. With his debut solo album also dropped in March, it’s time we gave him our due thoughts on his current and potential situation. Andre Crawford and I took a deeper look at who Zayn is as an artist, . . .

Formation

Beyoncé got us together one year ago today with “Formation”

A year ago today, on a cold Saturday in February, Black America was in serious need of some healing. The day before would’ve been the 21st birthday of Trayvon Martin and police were still trigger happy across the nation. The mandarin trashcan was gaining momentum in the polls. This was all during Black History Month. . . .

Thoughts on the Current Incarnation of Kanye West

Thoughts on the Current Incarnation of Kanye West

Editor’s Note: This was originally written in November 2013 by Christiana A Mbakwe, but the words still ring true and pose some important questions. This is especially true today, in the wake of the catastrophic Twitter war between Kanye, Wiz Khalifa, and Amber Rose that we all saw unfold. Read Christiana’s Thoughts on the Current Incarnation . . .

Meet the Movement #005: Kenny Fresh of Fresh Selects (Part 2)

Fresh Selects is pushing towards a position in the music scene that few other record labels are at. Its wide-ranging yet consistent releases mean that it can’t be defined as simply a beat-label, or an R&B label. With a level of quality (just look at his Discogs page) that will be soon joined in terms . . .

Meet the Movement #004: Dexter Brandon of Kolossus Records (Part 1)

Dexter Brandon is a busy man. Aside from being a student, he produces, draws and runs Kolossus Records, a diverse label that began in 2013 and has since put out releases from the likes of Falcxne, Vaperror and NeguimBeats. I spoke to Dexter in July about the label’s recent reorganization, and inspirations, as well as . . .

Made In America

I Experienced Made In America & A Beyoncé Performance For The First Time

Yes, I experienced Made In America and a live Beyoncé performance for the first time, this past Saturday. This is my story. I made the three hour or so drive from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia for one of the biggest music festivals I could get my hands on. As a proud Trillectro and Broccoli City . . .

Unstoppable

Lianne La Havas – “Unstoppable” (Video)

Lianne La Havas reigns supreme with her elegant new video for “Unstoppable.” Viewers get a taste of Lianne’s physical beauty, but they also catch glimpses of her vivacious personality. The video features Lianne dancing gracefully, with plenty of slow motion shots to add to the song’s regal feel. Watch the video for “Unstoppable” below.

Italdred

Meet the Movement #002: Italdred’s Rob Huckle & Duncan Brazzil (Part. 1)

Meet the Movement is an interview and mix series that highlights the stories of the people behind the labels that we’ve come to love in recent years, as well as the sounds that define them. The second installment of the series looks at Italdred, a London-based label that started with a bang after releasing its . . .

capitol hill block party

I Survived Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party

Words by Kris Wilhelmy Last Monday morning, after three days of nonstop festivities at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party, I convince myself to get out of bed before noon and trudge off to the grocery store. I need something that resembles nutrition. Ironically, I have to walk through the very streets that wore me out . . .

Islam and Hip-Hop
Editorial Feb 13  |  

The Intersection Of Islam and Hip-Hop

Growing up listening to hip-hop without being directly immersed in it in terms of surroundings was difficult; I was constantly questioned by others and myself about my love for hip-hop besides the incredibly powerful music and the way it healed me. There were many instances where I listened to songs and tried to make sense . . .

Carnage
New Music Aug 27  |  

Album: Loud Mouth – “Carnage”

Chicago’s independent record label, Stank Face Records, gives light to another talented artist, Loud Mouth. Born and raised in Chicago, Loud Mouth has been making moves all over the Windy City. From opening shows for Kids These Days and Chance the Rapper to teaming up with rap conglomerate Supreme Regime, Loud is definitely starting to . . .

Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco Discusses Child Rebel Soldier, Food & Liquor II (Interview)

The venue in Washington D.C. was fairly small. Background noise from the large crowd grew to a dull roar. Everyone was eagerly gathered to catch a glimpse of one of the biggest stars in the game. Anticipation for Food and Liquor II drew a diverse array of music lovers from the surrounding area. The event, . . .