Elle, Getty You could easily say that 2016 was one of the best years for hip-hop in recent memory, but who had the BEST year? The contributors at Artistic Manifesto submitted their pick of which artist had the biggest 2016, and wrote a speech from that artist’s perspective. Now it’s up to you, the reader, . . .
Creativity and quality are at war with capitalism and the bottomline. Since it’s inception, the art of hip hop and the concept of capitalism have been inextricably linked. Originally, rappers used their rhymes to boast of their wealth. These rhymes, later in conjunction with sleek music videos, painted the picture of a lifestyle that many . . .
One of the best things about being a lover of music is having the opportunity to watch an artist grow before your eyes. Such is the case with Queens native Bas. The fiendish Dreamvillain returns to the forefront of the label with his latest offering, Too High To Riot, an existential album that seeks to peer . . .
The first time I heard Ty Dolla $ign, I had no idea what to make of him. Was he a rapper, a singer, or a mix between the two? I knew he was from the LA collective of up and coming artists that included DJ Mustard, YG, and Dom Kennedy; always seen in videos or studios . . .
I wasn’t quite sure how to go about writing this piece. Like most rap fans, I was used to seeing Surf’s name in the battle rap arena. Newark is a change of pace, to say the least. Tsu Surf is a star within the battle rap community and has made a name for himself with his . . .
Over the course of the last few years, Joe Budden may have become more notable for his antics on reality television, and his frequent appearance on many gossip sites that feed off of salacious hearsay, than for his music. With all of the noise that has surrounded him, it’s been quite difficult for his music . . .
Christmas came early this year. Instead of waking up to gifts beneath a decorated tree we got something far better. At 8 PM on August 23rd, 2015, Drake and Future teamed up to release the mixtape that would come to rule all regions of the interwebs. It was passed all scores on the “litness” test . . .
The room seems to be painted red. With flashing lights flooding the space, you attempt to gather your surroundings. You’re not quite sure if it’s the drugs, the liquor, or a combination of the two, but everything seems to be flowing… ever… so… slowly. You don’t care. Moreover, it seems that no one else does either. . . .
Fam, hip hop just ain’t the same anymore. Like everyone else who has an ear to the culture, I’ve been closely following the Drake and Meek Mill kerfuffle that has taken the internet by storm. Let’s admit it, during this time of the year there’s no basketball, football hasn’t started yet, and we need something . . .
I have a complicated thought process when it comes Aubrey Drake Graham. Drake is a cocky wordsmith with a way of effortlessly bending the English language to evoke a wide range of emotion. He also is the same rapper who admitted to going through his girl’s phone while she was in the bathroom. I’ve always . . .
When I found out that I’d be writing a review on Lupe Fiasco’s Tetsuo & Youth, I was prepared to write the most scathing, hating ass review that my Macbook could muster. At one point in time, during my carefree days of high school youth and innocence, I was a Lupe Fiasco fan. It was . . .
A week ago when I had caught wind that D’Angelo was about to release his third studio album, I couldn’t believe it. Not in the, “oh my goodness he’s putting out an album!”, kind of way, but more in a, “this is bullshit” kind of manner. For years those who have kept their ear to . . .
When I first caught wind that Big K.R.I.T. was coming out with a new album, I didn’t know what to think. Live From the Underground was a solid release, but it didn’t have the same polish and refinement that made me put K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, 4Eva N a Day, and Return of 4Eva in constant . . .
I hate new rappers. Nowadays my DM’s are filled with mediocre to tragic struggle rappers asking me to “check out” their music, and to “give them a chance.” Unfortunately, I’ve been disappointed far too many times to give most of them the benefit of the doubt. However, after listening to Eas†ern W∆YNE ∆LuMNI, I might . . .
Someone cue Mase’s “Welcome Back” because the rap trio, Fly Union, has returned. It’s been awhile since the group has made some noise on your friendly neighborhood hip hop blogs, save for a few loose releases, but they’ve come back better than ever. Jerreau, Iyeball, and Jay Swiffa have returned with a vengeance, and I . . .