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What A Time Pt. 2

We’re back. More interviews. More stories. More entertainment. If it’s too much? Enjoy anyway.  

City of Sorrow

Over the course of the last, damnnnn, at this point 7 years? Chicago has been on the forefront of America’s top tier cities. Whether it be for a negative or positive situation. You hear so much bad though, that you become desensitized to the reality of people’s environments. That’s why it’s always good & refreshing […]

Back In Eighth Grade

I can’t say I recall a time where a 16 17, 18 year old man child captivated so many children & adults, genuinely, at once. Youngboy NBA may be a true 1 of 1. Hailing from the infamous Baton Rogue, he wears pain on his face. Literally. Unstoppable & unbreakable, he dropped out of school […]

What A Time

Getting to know the artist these days is very important for the consumer, or fan if you will. That’s why you see so many publications & platforms are able to report on the culture, or feel they can. Too many times are artist trash at expressing themselves or don’t want to give too much away. […]

Regret. Pride. Stubborn.

Happy new year. Holidays. Merry Christmas. Happy Kwanzaa. Hanukkah. All that good stuff. Let’s talk about faith. Faith, to me, is believing in something you can’t validate but knowing it’s the right choice. Faith is going with ya “gut feeling”. Faith is going through the lows knowing the highs will follow. That gut feeling, that’s […]

I Feel Like Shawdy Lo, I’m Da Man

Coming off a tremendously independent 2016, Young Dolph had entered 2017 scorching. So when all the Gotti riff-raff came about, I wasn’t shocked but like ‘ok!?’. But I’m not really here to talk about all that wild shit, more so to highlight how Dolph’s brand remained invincible throughout it all. Unfortunately shot at & shot […]

Real Ni**as Do Not Deserve P***y, Meaning…

Not a particular SZA follower, of course I was aware of some records & her brand, but was never fully drawn in. Comes 2016? Maybe earlyyyy 2017 the buzz for CTRL starts to bubble HEAVY. The following & loyalty was there, as it usually is with great entertaining female acts, but there was something different […]

A$AP Pleighboi

Released on the same day as Kendrick Lamar’s Damn, Playboi Carti, self-titled debut mixtape by the pleighboi himself, had a lot of fighting to do. With what seemed like the perfect album roll-out and a grand amount of anticipation, the project just had to release next to the biggest Hip-Hop album of the year. Not […]

Sunday Reflection: Close Out Remarks

As we close out the year, I’d like to take this time to reflect on how fast it passed. Time is of the essence & while the future is very important, milking the now is just as rich. Personally, it wasn’t the absolute best year I’ve experienced, but I believe I’m going into the new […]

Damn It’s 2018 Already

2017 was a good year for hip-hop, Mainstream & underground. Being the 2nd year that Drake isn’t undeniably the #1 artist, it has opened up the genre. There’s a lot of local scenes, locally thriving, while making some national noise. I.E. The Bay Area, Detroit, DMV, & Florida. To close out the year and head […]

Nanana 2.0

About a year and a half ago, I interviewed Lil Dude. At the time, he was, if not the hottest DMV rapper (from PG side), neck & neck with the hottest. Shortly after it felt like he dropped the ball. Was doing a lot of moves, but never really scoring. Yet to release his high-anticipated […]

Cook That Shit Up Baby

In a time where trapper turnt rapper is at a all-time high, Lil Baby is rather refreshing. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia’s Zone 4 district, he is garnering a lot of traffic, at a rapid pace. The story goes he was released from prison this year & got straight to it. Having shared three solo projects […]

The Marathon Continues

Good day, good people. Mellow here with the latest & greatest. Nipsey Hussle has been on a journey, a grand one. Five to six years ago, he was set to release Victory Lap. Here we are, tentatively releasing in February ’18, so much was accomplished & has come to fruition. Continuously pushing himself & those […]

Is Hip-Hop Changing?

Although we’re already in a new wave of hip-hop, and constantly catching a different one every other year, are we entering a new reign of sound in Hip-Hop/Rap? Everyday someone else is blaming Lil so-and-so or Young what’s-his-name for ruining the sound of “Hip-Hop”. For the majority of my life the sound has elevated throughout the […]

The Renaissance

Back in 2008, Q-Tip released The Renaissance. At 14 years of age, I loved it. I even purchased the physical copy. Recently, “Life Is Better” was played somewhere and I had to thank God for bringing this back into my life. Q-Tip put together a great album, which he produced a vast majority of. Check it out.

Me & My Friends

WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE! Drake & Future locked in again and dropped the most polarizing hip-hop project of 2015.  Executive produced by Metro Boomin’ and mostly produced by him musically, the two bring out the very best in each other. Every other song is Drakes or Futures, with Drake taking the evens and […]

Anything Can Happen At The Rodeo

After countless shows and networking with all the need to knows in the rap game, Rodeo arrives. 4 long years coming, it finally sees day light. I believe Travis has been waiting for this since his Lights Out video. I believe his fans have been waiting for this since Owl Pharaoh; “Sin City” if they […]

Don’t Be Dishonest

Don’t know who Bryson Tiller is, but I’m curious & intrigued. A good friend of mine put me on to this “Don’t” record and made me feel pretty late. After listening to a few more tracks, I’m thinking I will definitely  be hearing more. Having multiple million plus play songs on Soundcloud, I am clearly […]

BEST AFTER BOBBY 2

After dropping what some considered an unreasonable tease, Dom Kennedy returns 3 months later with Best After Bobby 2. Following up By Dom Kennedy. It seems he is trying to finally be a big deal. The first Best After Bobby was Dom rapping over classic beats, showcasing his range and skill. 6 years later, the formula is pretty much […]

Lapdance in the Traphouse – 2 Chainz

There’s 2 Chainz and then there’s Tity Boi, world, reintroduce yourself to Tity.