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  Coverage by Waylon O’Day and Parnia Razi   Bishop Briggs Bishop Briggs kicked off day 1 of BUKU Music & Arts Festival with a bang, as fans began to pour into the gates, enjoying the beautiful weather and art all around. She had a good crowd gathered, and everyone was smiling, energetic, and feeding […]

Isaiah Rashad is one of the rare artists who can straddle the line between introspective rap and mainstream rap. His voice can sink into a deep jazz sample, but he can also hold his own on top of an 808-laden beat. For proof, here is how he describes the process of making his first project, […]

For a man that has created his own genre known as “Gorestep”, Borgore has created a brand that has not only sparked controversy but has been able to mold that controversy into being identified as the “Bad Boy of EDM”.   Asaf Borger, also known by his stage name, Borgore, is an Israeli DJ/producer that […]

Bruno. Bruno. Bruno. Bruno Mars swaggered away with six Grammy Awards from the 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony held at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018. Through his album 24K Magic he won “Album of the Year”, “Record of the Year” and “Best R&B Album”. With his song “That’s What I Like” he won […]

Who the F*&! is Spooky Black? Nobody anymore because we have Corbin. “See my face when I slide through –   Every place I will find you –   Everytime we fell apart –   Girl I see it in the scars – “ Written by a young man named Corbin Smidzik at the young […]

Felicia the Goat. In every form of art, there exists a wide spectrum, spanning from complete experimentation (think Death Grips) to carbon-copy industry plants that mimic current trends (lol no shade, but think Wiz Khalifa). Within the context of music, both extremities can be pretty unpopular, yet are integral to the inevitable change that will […]

Houston’s very own Solange Knowles has given melodious tunes to the R&B/Soul community. As a black female soul singer, she has gained a tremendous amount of attention with her unique voice and artistic visuals from her latest album, A Seat at the Table. This album was a huge success as it reached the #1 position on […]

Princess Nokia, also known as Destiny Frasqueri, is an NYC born rapper and artist. She has been taking on the rap scene by storm since the release of her album 1992 last year. She is known for her powerful pro-black feminism, her support of NYC’s female skate club Brujas, her podcast on feminism called “Smart Girls […]

Last Friday, at White Oak Music Hall, I had the opportunity to see Death Grips and Ministry perform. Prior to the show I had never really listened to Ministry. The few songs I heard had the same industrial/EBM feel that Death Grips is known for in their production. I assumed that there would be some […]

Don’t you hate it when someone just as old as you says something wiser than anything you’ve probably ever said? What about if what was said, was said in passing and the person who said it seems so nonchalant and careless about what they said, that they sound bored in their delivery, and just kept […]

Grandmilly & Shozae are two New York artists, a rapper/producer combination, that are currently on the rise. Having released a plethora of tapes, the latest being two from the month of October, their gritty, unforgiving material has reached the ears of sites such as Mass Appeal & Tiny Mixtapes. If you love raw New York […]

It is quite odd for a major pop star like Chris Brown to release an album on Halloween, let alone on a Tuesday but after a two year drought since Royalty, Brown released Heartbreak on a Full Moon on October 31st. Not only did he deliver a new album but he exceeded the average amount […]

Rapper Destin Route seems to have an appropriate name for the up-and-coming moves that he is making by the better known stage name J.I.D. Earlier this year he became one of the latest artists who got signed to J. Cole’s Dreamville Records, following which he released his debut album The Never Story in March. J.I.D, […]

Musical genres have evolved, melded and been created. There are so many out there that there is something for everyone. Long Island, NY born and raised Kurt Rockmore has been touring for four years with performers like G-Eazy and Tory Lanez, playing shows in the style of what he calls ‘Rap & Roll’ – a […]

Kali Uchis, born Karly Loaiza, is not what you would think she is. If they were to create a hispanic Barbie with alien and retro vibes dripping in candy land colors, that would begin to encompass the persona that Kali Uchis has created. Today, she is still quite a mystery but one thing is clear: […]

After blowing up and making his way into the mainstream in 2017, Playboi Carti hits the Mala Luna festival stage to deliver an energetic performance with a growing number of energetic and hard-hitting bangers in his repertoire. 2017 has been a busy year for Playboi Carti as he has gone from an underground artist to a prominent force in […]

Kid Cudi, the Man on the Moon, or even Mr. Rager are a few of the nicknames artist Scott Mescudi is known by. His influence and talent has been appreciated by many since he first emerged as a rapper from Cleveland in 2008. Since then, he has produced countless classics for our generation and has […]

The powerhouse rap trio out of Atlanta is set to deliver yet another headlining performance this year at the Mala Luna festival in San Antonio October 28th-29th. Migos has had a career breakout year in 2017 following the release of their incredibly successful second studio album Culture in January of this year. Singles such as […]

Few rappers can make listeners bust out laughing during a song. Lil Wayne possesses the rare talent of crafting clever, relevant lyrics that hype, puzzle and amuse listeners. Gems such as “Real G’s move in silence like lasagna” from “6 Foot 7 Foot” featured on his 2011 album Tha Carter IV and “Got Spring hatin’ […]


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