Donte Peace isn’t afraid to give you a raw picture of the struggle that he’s personally endured on his engrossing new album, Black Babylon. The Seattle-based artist and self-proclaimed “Nappy Headed King” has a strong, charismatic delivery that serves him well throughout the twelve-track project. Donte is acutely aware of the dangers that come with . . .
“Getting older is weird. I hate it. Every birthday I feel sad. Like I haven’t accomplished enough at the age I’m at. It’s happy because you have another day. You have another chance to turn it around.” Who is JSMN? JSMN is a 21-year old STL femcee spinning a web of pretty, poetic . . .
Broccoli City Festival is poised to take over Washington, D.C. on May 6th. The festival, which already features acts such as Solange, Rae Sremmurd, 21 Savage, and Lil Yachty, will also feature East London sensation Nao, who is coming off the success of her For All We Know album and just released a remix EP . . .
“Down for whatever, you ain’t gotta second guess.” Queens, New York native MRG stands apart from the pack with confident, melodic delivery on “Bet.” The new release carries a laid back vibe, but you can still feel the hunger and intensity boiling through his lyrics. Listeners can draw an array of emotions from the instrumental . . .
“Let me pause the positivity for a second. Let me breathe. Let me find my balance. Let me find peace inside my palace.” It’s been a while since we’ve heard from The Fifth Estate, but the soulful emcee from Texas gets heads nodding once more with the release of “EfYooSiKay.” Fifth has a generally laid . . .
Kanye West beats will hold a special place in the hearts of many for years to come. It’s not hard to understand why. Essnse, the homie from the West Coast, saw fit to bless the world with another edition of Produced by K. West for Very Good Beats that’s full of classic Kanye West instrumentals . . .
Rockland County, New York’s Ashoka partners with us to premiere his new song, “You Should Know.” It’s powerful as he displays determination and a drive to let others know he is here to stay and win. In an email from Ashoka, he states, “The hook ‘we come from the era where that glitter seen as gold, . . .
Vars City has Jersey jumpin’ on “Levels” South Jersey trio, Vars City (consisting of Don Fresco, Don Wonder, and Von Bruce) grace AM tonight to premiere their new single, “Levels.” The deeper we get into any game, the more we become aware of what it took to get there. Vars City takes this opportunity to show how . . .
You’d be forgiven for thinking Javeon was raised on house music. After getting a start with garage joints and songs with fellow Bristolian Julio Bashmore, the budding night club emcee and singer soon found himself rising to the forefront of house’s new generation of vocalists. Following a string of successful releases with some of the . . .
A Tribe Called Quest is dropping a new album on Friday. To say that a lot of people are excited would be an understatement. Our West Coast homie Essnse saw fit to pay homage to the group, and the late Phife Dawg especially, with an 83 minute ATCQ-influenced mix called “Beats, Rhymes & Phife.” Essnse . . .
Ace Shocka‘s “Like It’s Real (Redux)” is a buoyant, mellow track that gives listeners a distinct choice. You can choose to either float along and get lost in the vibe, or you can embrace every detail that sets it apart from the pack. It’s been over two years since Ace’s last release, and he chooses . . .
Melle Jutte‘s been teasing his eagerly awaited Maya Got Lost project for a while, and it has officially arrived. Released through Trapdoor Records, his debut EP covers an ocean of sounds – dub and tribal vibes influence the opener “Pro’s n Converse,” emcee/vocalist Pete Philly makes a stunning return on alt-R&B joint “Concrete,” and things get dark and bass-heavy . . .
Artists find inspiration from all sorts of places. For New York-based artist Yonkwi, his cultural heritage provides much of the inspiration and influence for his music. Yonkwi’s father passed the name down to him, a big and important responsibility in many African cultures. It took a while for him to be OK with using the name . . .
AJMW’s “These Times” is a shimmering, sonically explorative track that serves as a foundational piece of his Unity project. Creating a piece of work that runs from beginning to end smoothly isn’t an easy task to accomplish, but that’s something that AJMW, also known as Ashley Warden, had in mind when shaping his latest release, Unity. Wanting . . .
There’s a peculiar truth about nostalgia and I think it’s time we discuss it. That truth: nothing was ever as good as we remember it. Nothing. Not the touch, not the taste, not the sound, not even the moment. But that’s what makes nostalgia so fucking great, right? It’s not about how accurate our brains . . .