Hip-hop is never devoid of creativity. To turn heads in 2017, artists have to stand out from the pack with a new spin on the genre, superior musical ability, or some other method of trendsetting. Latino emcee MRG, who hails from Queens, stands poised to make his own mark. The Westvilla Music signee has released . . .
If you’ve ever been to New England in the winter, you know that the weather is no joke. When I hit Boston for my first J.I.D. concert experience, I wasn’t surprised to see a line wrapped around the block. I knew that the young king had a very dedicated fanbase and had been creating quite . . .
Check out the top five releases by Texas-based label Dolfin Records. The group is full of musicians, singers, producers, writers, DJs, painters, and more.
Learn the difference between ‘soft ticketing’ and ‘hard ticketing’ Russ is usually making headlines for rants about how blogs didn’t cover him in the past or how the labels negatively operate. All that is fair play and he is entitled to tweet/discuss what he wants in interviews, but I felt that his latest stream of . . .
Quick summary: One Hitter Trip, Jhené Aiko’s sophomore album, is an auditory hallucination, where we are witnessing the out-of-body experience of Jhené in all of her raw honesty and introspective lyrics. It’s as if Jhené emerged from the depths of lovers’ abyss to host a psychedelic party, with pieces of her mind as hors d’oeuvre. Fans of . . .
Weeks ago, I got in touch with Curbside Jones to chop it up and see what he’s been working on. He sent me some new music and needless to say, I was impressed. He had truly outdone himself. It’s not everyday that you get to talk to artists that continually overcome obstacles and improve on . . .
At long last, Jay-Z’s highly anticipated 4:44 album has arrived. The 47 year old rap God has given no promotional interviews to explain the album title. He also hasn’t tweeted since June 15th. Stream it below, and keep scrolling to get all of the background information on the project. The build up On Sunday, June . . .
As people move, so does music, borrowing and blending to reflect the different pieces of our global identities. Music is dynamic. In Nigeria today, this is afrobeats, a broad term used to describe Nigeria’s pop music. Rooted in Fela Kuti’s afrobeat, afrobeats plays with a broad array of genres, including hip hop, dancehall, grime, highlife, . . .
Photo by @africanist Saturday. Early evening. A hot, summery day in Washington, D.C. was coming to a close. The SMILE Carnival was underway for the third day in a row. GoldLink had just performed “Crew” for the second time in a row. I had just finished singing Brent Faiyaz’s ad-libs like I was a backup vocalist for . . .
“It always rains at Broccoli City.” We whispered this amongst ourselves before Broccoli City Festival 2017 jumped off on Saturday, May 6th, in Washington, D.C. We knew it. At this point, veterans were used to this inevitable truth. We were right, but thankfully the rain was much less of a factor than it was during . . .
The album buying process, from discovery to purchase, has drastically deviated from what I remember it being like when I was an adolescent. As a 30 year young hip-hop head and overall music enthusiast refusing to accept this as a reality, it was up to me to somehow recourse that perspective. I’ll never forget my first album . . .
We saw the lights before we saw her. They flickered and shifted over the stage at Howard Theatre, an almost hypnotizing array of colors and shapes with a life of their own. A variety of images flashed before our eyes, and the audience noise dropped down to almost complete silence as we waited for Goapele . . .
“Y’all got until April 7th to get y’all sh*t together.” I’ve been sitting with “Humble” for about a week now. For some reason this question kept coming to mind: Why do rappers lose a step? Realizing the reasons are myriad and seeing as how I’m never there to get firsthand insight, I look for the common . . .
“More chune fo ya head top so watch how you speak on my name”. With that quick phrase following a soul stirring sample, Aubrey “Drake” Graham took the world by storm once again, delivering his much anticipated “playlist,” More Life. Coming off his most successful commercial album, Views, Drake has returned with the swagger only . . .
I walked into Harlem Public on 149th and Broadway, very sure of the direction this piece would take. My mission: sit down with the visual artist behind GoldLink’s latest hit “Meditation,” which was produced by Kaytranada and featured Jazmine Sullivan. I’d ask him about the inspiration behind the visuals, what the process was like, and . . .