The Jackson up and comer shares on the inspirations for his new album, putting his city on the map, and the importance of online community.
Tag: Hip Hop
Rich Jones & Montana Macks – How do you sleep at night?
The Chi-town veterans reunite their musical partnership and heritage for a jazzy affair that confronts 2020's social turmoil from a blunt point of view.
Marlowe – Marlowe 2
The second collaboration from L'Orange and Solemn Brigham is another captivating work full of laser-sharp lyricism paired with dusty and groove-centric sampling.
Imp and Daniel Saylor on Their Cannabis-Infused Beat Tape, Their Favorite Weed Strains and the Art of Collaboration
The Southern-based producers and songwriters have teamed up for a new instrumental project that explores and embraces the THC experience.
Smino – NØIR
Movies are narrative visuals that provide a message or story to not only entertain audiences but convey feelings that can’t just be word vomited. A biopic is a film that conveys this underlying message, but also gives the audience this full bodied figure in a moment of their life. On NØIR, Smino paints his self-portrait … Continue reading Smino – NØIR
We Don’t Care Enough About Hip-Hop’s Female Vets
Here’s the thing, we really don’t care about our female veterans. And no, I don’t mean our actual women who have served in any type of public force, even though veterans overall are treated like shit and we need to work on that. But no, I’m talking about the women in hip-hop who have paved … Continue reading We Don’t Care Enough About Hip-Hop’s Female Vets
ReFlex the Architect on His New Album, the Art of Producing and How He First Fell in Love With Music
We spoke with the UK producer-rapper about his favorite tracks from his new project, how he started making beats, his go-to current artists and more.
L’Orange – The Ordinary Man
After numerous rapper-producer collaborative albums, North Carolina born beat maker L'Orange is back with his latest solo effort The Ordinary Man. Released on one of hip-hop's favorite record labels, Mello Music Group, his new project is another sample heavy tribute to old film and radio, a smooth orchestration of beats and bars, and perhaps his most accomplished … Continue reading L’Orange – The Ordinary Man
Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
Rapsody is very much a 'rapper's rapper'. Over the past few years she's been steadily gaining lots of praise from her peers for her prowess as an MC, even though until this year, she had yet to come out with a fully realized album. I think there's been a number of factors that have played … Continue reading Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
Tyler, The Creator's major label debut Flower Boy is a beautifully composed hip-hop record that utilizes elements of modern rap with R&B, funk and soul music, along with an array of talented guests that enhance the album's lush aesthetic. I've always seen Tyler as a talented hip-hop artist that - aside from a handful of decent … Continue reading Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
Milo – Who Told You To Think??!!?!?!?!
Wisconsin rapper and producer Milo has a knack for the abstract. His Bandcamp bio reads "I convert and translate", which is about as direct as he will ever be. Active since 2010, he has recently become one of alternative hip-hop's most beloved acts, frequently collaborating with the likes of rappers such as Open Mike Eagle and … Continue reading Milo – Who Told You To Think??!!?!?!?!
Culture Never Slumps: Barack Obama and the Continued Dominance of Hip-Hop
Just a couple weeks ago, hip-hop celebrated its 44th birthday. For those unfamiliar with how the genre was conceived, in August 11, 1973 a young cat by the name of DJ Kool Herc threw a "Back to School Jam" party in the Bronx and invented a new technique on the turntables called "the break", in … Continue reading Culture Never Slumps: Barack Obama and the Continued Dominance of Hip-Hop
JAY-Z – 4:44
There isn't a lot left to say that hasn't already been written, tweeted or reported about JAY-Z's new album 4:44, the impeccable, late-career defining record from one of Brooklyn's finest. After a 4-year layoff, "Hov" is back with a new album that in a matter of weeks has already gone (fake) platinum, coincided with the birth … Continue reading JAY-Z – 4:44