Editorial

From Mane To Man: The Growth of Gucci

From Mane To Man: The Growth of Gucci

Prison either makes you or breaks you. What you decide to do with your time is a strong representation of what and who you’ll become once being released. As a felon, I can vouch that prison is far from reforming. However, while serving time I learned that everything you think, feel, and act on is . . .

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How Daddy Yankee’s “Shaky Shaky” became the soundtrack for Walmart’s holiday commercial

Licensing and ad placement has become very interesting to me over the years, in regards to music. It’s cool to hear some of your favorite artists’ songs setting the stage for a scene in a movie/TV show, video game, or even a commercial. Music is impactful and plays a huge role in these avenues, as . . .

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22 year-old Albert Stanaj is ready to be an R&B great

In the middle of the night, when sleep is non existent, YouTube keeps me company as I move through different levels of nostalgia. I sometimes spend hours blasting through a slew of music videos and a few horrendous renditions of my favorite old school songs, and every once in a while I stumble onto something . . .

A Seat At The Table

‘A Seat at the Table’ – A Love Letter To My Anxiety and Depression

Thank you, Solange . The colder months have always been times of transformation for me. I slow down, retreat into myself, and survey the whirlwind of situations I found myself in during the spring and summer so that I can learn and grow. This year, in particular, has been a shit show. A Seat At . . .

Sevyn Streeter’s national anthem performance pulled due to “We Matter” jersey

Update: Artist Sevyn Streeter signed a contract that prohibited political statements New information has surfaced in regards to the current events surrounding Sevyn Streeter. Apparently, the artist was bound to a contract that did not allow for the jersey to be worn. If it was as simple as that, why didn’t the NBA and Sixers organization . . .

Bryson Tiller has a chance to reconcile and move his music forward with “Let Me Explain”

Bryson Tiller returns to plead his case on “Let Me Explain” Kentucky’s T R A P S O U L prince Bryson Tiller, is back singing his heart away over a Missy Elliott, “Friendly Skies” sampling Phonix beat. He’s smooth. He’s cool. He’s all the things that we expect from him. It’s a lowkey soundscape . . .

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Get to know Cameroonian hip-hop artist Yonkwi

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 . . .

I Was 19 and In Prison When Shawty Lo Dropped “Dey Know”

It was November 2007. I had just turned nineteen. This would usually be where I tell you about my feelings going into my second year of college, but instead I’ll explain the emotionless state I was in as I entered my first year in the prison system. I was dressed with extra underwear and beaters, . . .

Swag Surfin Unity

Swag Surfin Unity: 8 Years and Counting

I come here before you today, on the Internet, to talk about a timeless record. “Swag Surfin’,” by Fast Life Yungstaz, or F.L.Y. for short. “Swag Surfin’” came out in 2008, year of our Lord. This song, excuse me–this anthem came to us at a time when dances associated with songs was an extremely hot concept. . . .

Would Your Barber Approve of Your Favorite Rapper?

I know it’s been a few months since you’ve all heard from me. Please forgive me. I’ve been extremely busy cleansing my liver with iced lemon water as I prepare to sell my soul because I don’t have an upgrade and this new iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB in Jet Black is dropping tomorrow. I . . .

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Tyga signs with G.O.O.D Music & drops “Gucci Snakes” ft. Desiigner; what can artists learn from him?

Tyga acquires G.O.O.D. Music deal and drops “Gucci Snakes” with Desiigner. Last night, Kanye West announced that Tyga was officially a new artist signed to GOOD Music’s roster at up pop up show in New York City (along with Migos). Kanye West announces Tyga as new GOOD Music signee.pic.twitter.com/zEwouBbmKE — Darren (@TheDGood) September 8, 2016 . . .

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Beyoncé and B’Day: A Wig Snatching Ten Years In The Making

I ain’t here to argue about her facial features or here to convert atheists into believers. I’m just tryna say the way school need teachers, the way Kathie Lee needed Regis, that’s the way I need Beyoncé. I honestly don’t have time. If you don’t see her greatness at this point, debate your Mama, Daddy, . . .

Trillectro 2016 Recap

Trillectro 2016 Recap: The People’s Perspective

We decided to give you ‘The People’s Perspective’ with our Trillectro 2016 recap. Trillectro has been a family reunion for creatives and music lovers every year since it came to the greater Washington, D.C. area in 2012. The fifth annual festival took place on Saturday, August 27th at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. The . . .

Rae Sremmurd helps me be myself in a world that wants someone else

Whose life is Rae Sremmurd really living? Each day, I typically wake up in a pretty good mood. I live a relatively comfortable life and I have been blessed, no doubt. Then, I turn on the news or go online and remember that I’ve woken up in a world that hates me and others like . . .

Frank Ocean re-opens the door to Giovanni’s Room in “Seigfried”

In 1956, James Baldwin introduces us to one of the most narcissistic, yet relatable characters in American literature: David, an American man living abroad in Paris. During his time in Paris, David becomes estranged from the woman of his dreams (Hella) and finds himself falling in love with an Italian bartender named Giovanni. ‘Love him,’ said . . .