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New Music May 25  |  

The Best AudioMack Channels For Hip-Hop

The internet can do pretty amazing things for music, whether it’s pop, classic, or brand new. For pop music, it’s almost hard to open a streaming app without hearing the major radio hits. Head to iHeartRadio, pull up iTunes, or log into Spotify, and you’ll find the first playlist labeled Top 40 & Pop, or . . .

Views From The Grits
EventsFeatured Posts Apr 4  |  

‘Views From The Grits’ Bottomless Brunch Touches Down in Washington, D.C.

After the success of Stuffing Was The Same and If You’re Eating This It’s Too Late, get ready for the highly anticipated release of the Views From The Grits brunch, courtesy of Artistic Manifesto and Britt Wright. On May 1st, get charged up for a victorious summer sixteen with top notch brunch options and an . . .

AM List: Most Slept On Songs Of 2015

AM Top Picks: Most Slept On Songs Of 2015

2016 is right around the corner. We have a lot of things to reflect on from this year, in the music world and beyond. To get things started, Artistic Manifesto is proud to present the official nominees for the “Most Slept On Songs Of 2015.” While favorite songs for each of these nominees may vary, we . . .

ugly sweater traphouse party
EventsFeatured Posts Dec 8  |  

Join us in Washington, D.C. For The Ugly Sweater Traphouse Party

If you’re in Washington, D.C., we’ve got something for you to get into this month. We’re working with The Network DC to bring a special holiday party to the city on December 19th at Manor DC. If great music, food and drink specials, and holiday cheer are your thing, you’re in luck. The Ugly Sweater . . .

Phife Dawg

Phife Dawg Reminisces on A Tribe Called Quest; Offers Advice For New Artists (Interview)

Disclaimer: I originally published this article on 2011, when Artistic Manifesto was a blogspot website. Recently, I re-read it. Much like Phife’s contributions to hip-hop, the content is still very relevant today. —– A Tribe Called Quest has been one of my favorite groups for about as long as I’ve been into hip-hop. From the lyrics . . .

New Music Sep 21  |  

Ryan Hemsworth & Lucas – “Angel”

Ryan Hemsworth is the chillwave gift that keeps on giving.  In 2014 he created his alter-Soundcloud “Secret Songs” and shortly after introduced us to Lucas.  Since then, the duo has put out a few heaters and we’re anticipating their full-length drop next month.  Check out their first single here.

Eastern Wayne Alumni

The Story of Conrizzle’s “Eastern Wayne Alumni”

When Conrizzle dropped “Drugzz” in mid 2013, I was immediately intrigued. Everything fit together perfectly. The song’s self-produced instrumental is hauntingly dark and gloomy. His delivery is impassioned, gritty, aggressive, and rough. The track, which tells Conrizzle’s personal story of how his life has changed since he first smoked marijuana at the age of seventeen, . . .

A Night With Leyla

AM Mix: WhitneyAbstraKt – “A Night With Leyla”

Today we bring to you the first of a new series curated by WhitneyAbstraKt and AM’s own Michell C. Clark, entitled A Night With Leyla. The Virginia-based creatives have compiled a smooth forty-five minute mix that fuses multiple genres into a cohesive listen, and includes several nods to their region. As Whitney explains: “Each time . . .


Nickelus F – “Jewelz”

Nickelus F drops another noteworthy release in the form of “Jewelz,” a pensive record that allows him to reminisce on some of his most impactful childhood experiences and his more recent memories, all in his own unique way. With an infectious chorus that quickly gets engrained in listeners’ heads, “Jewelz” is well on its way . . .

Bout You
New Music Feb 18  |  

Video: Rainy Milo – “Bout You” (Brownswood Basement Session)

Rainy Milo is one of my favorite artists coming out of the U.K. right now. At eighteen years of age, she possesses a vocal talent that reminds me of a timeless London legend: Amy Winehouse. Recently, the young songstress joined a band down in Peter Gilles’ basement for her first ever basement recording session. Hit . . .

Locksmith & R.A. The Rugged Man – “House of Games II”

“House Of Games II” is the kind of track that deserves an epic introduction, so here goes nothing. Strap on your seat belts. Check your rearview mirrors. Don’t worry about the soundtrack, I’ll take care of that. We’re going to go on a ride. Locksmith and R.A. The Rugged Man have some things they want . . .

The Evolution of Hip-Hop Dance

Video: Jimmy Fallon & Will Smith Present “The Evolution of Hip-Hop Dance”

With the debut of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy probably felt like something special had to be done. It’s clear that Fallon is a fan of hip-hop, as evidenced by his selection of The Roots for his in-house band, and numerous guest artists. Who better to usher in a new era on a . . .

Sound of The Weapon

Album: Verbal Kent – “Sound of the Weapon”

Chicago native Verbal Kent drops his latest project, Sound of the Weapon. Inspired by the current state of Chicago and Verbal Kent’s personal experiences with the horrific realities street violence, Sound of the Weapon gives us a honest look at life. Produced entirely by Khrysis, Kent’s latest effort is thought provoking, energetic and occasionally, playful. Standout . . .

The demos : '10
New Music Feb 18  |  

Album: ILLANGELO – “The_demos : ’10”

Toronto native ILLANGELO blew up in 2011 thanks to his work on The Weeknd’s House Of Balloons project, but don’t let that fool you into believing that he wasn’t putting in work long before that. The_demos : ’10 is a compilation of demos from 2010 that showcase his edgy, unique sound- the same sound that . . .

Runnin' AbJo Refix
New Music Feb 17  |  

The Pharcyde – “Runnin’ (AbJo Refix)”

AbJo remixes a West Coast hip-hop classic into a modern dose of futurism with his Refix of The Pharcyde‘s “Runnin’.” This is a perfect teaser as we wait for another project from the San Diego creative. AbJo focuses on the chorus, removing the verses and a lot of the additional instrumentation to create a mellow groove . . .