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Wake Up And Acquaint Yourself With MaLLy [Interview]

While I was in Minneapolis a few weeks ago taking in the Soundset festivities (which you can read about here), I spent a lot of time getting to know the artist known as MaLLy. Discovering his material roughly three years…

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Artists To Look Out For: Planetarian Reminds Us That Being Different Is Rewarding

In J.D. Salinger’s classic novel The Catcher In The Rye, central protagonist Holden Caulfield heavily relies on the term “phony.” Frankly, he says it so much you’d think he invented the descriptor himself. For all his judgmental thoughts and mental struggles…

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Rap Convos: An Apartment Owner Confirms That Cozz Is The Real Deal

New York City is a glamorously unglamorous place, overflowing with people (and rats) from all walks of life. It’s beautiful one block, disgusting the next. Often, the two polar opposites coexist in the same place, the same moment. The result,…

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BADBADNOTGOOD: An Act Worth Waiting For [Concert Review]

BADBADNOTGOOD turned out to be a pretty cool reward after an awkward start to the Northside Music Festival — for me, at least. Apparently, press passes don’t work at the Brooklyn Bowl where Talib Kweli and Questlove were playing. So,…

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Thank God For The Water[s]: Speaking With Mick Jenkins

Mick Jenkins arrives to the studio at 10:00 a.m., hours before plenty of Chicago rappers even consider getting out of bed. I meet him prior to one of his sessions, less than a month before his anticipated project, The Water[s],…

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Four Weeks Later, I’m Still Processing Soundset

Starting out as a festival solely highlighting Rhymesayers artists and their underground rap contemporaries, Minnesota’s Soundset Festival expanded to include a roster ranging from Rhymesayers’ roster to other underground/indie rappers to classic and mainstream acts in its 6th edition. Soundset…

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From The Crowd To The Stage: Introducing Rhymesayers’ Newest Signee, deM atlaS

deM atlaS has made waves as of late since signing with Rhymesayers Entertainment. For someone who dropped his first solo tape just over one short year ago, deM’s success is striking: releasing a new video-aided single, hitting the road with…

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Maya Angelou’s Legacy In Hip-Hop

High above the carpeted floors of my old high school library lived the imprinted names of history’s honored heroes, gleaming an opulent gold and somehow projecting the presence of those individuals onto us students far below. One  such name, Maya…

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Potholes Interview: Director Jeff Broadway Discusses His Documentary Of Stones Throw Records

While globally recognized brand names – Apple; Google; Nike – remain staple sights in everyday life, the music industry contains its own set of historic and respected organizations. In the indie and corporate music world, few record labels garner more…

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Jay Electronica Promises New Album, Do You Believe Him?

Over the weekend, on his YouTube channel, Jay Electronica was asked if a recent Tweet of his was referring to the release of his album. It simply stated “ps, we are going to try and burst the heavens open on…