Megan Thee Stallion Takes Big, Explicit Step on “Good News” [Review]

With her debut, Megan has given us the album we were all waiting for… and the album we were expecting. On her full-length debut album, Megan Thee Stallion doesn’t shy away from the same sort of highly explicit material that characterized her feature in this summer’s talk of the town: Cardi B’s ”WAP.” Not a single of the seventeen tracks on Good News has escaped … Continue reading Megan Thee Stallion Takes Big, Explicit Step on “Good News” [Review]

“Salt on My Tongue,” an Invigorating Introduction to Hyde [Exclusive Interview]

Hyde and Gonzo are here to expel all bad energy this cold season with an energetic, soaring track, the first off Hyde’s upcoming project. The pair link up smoothly for a romantic yet somber single, “Salt on My Tongue,” a release that’ll have you waiting to hear more from the pair.  And while Gonzo’s signature heartbreak lyrics are in full effect on the song, Hyde’s … Continue reading “Salt on My Tongue,” an Invigorating Introduction to Hyde [Exclusive Interview]

O-Slice: A Creative Spark for the DMV Region [Interview]

Bucking global trends and staying true to her DMV and Nigerian roots, O-Slice made waves in 2020 and is well-positioned to make 2021 a breakout year for herself and her team. She’s an uber-talented rapper with an All Star work ethic and clear vision for her future. There’s no telling how high she can reach.  She sees herself in the same lane as Aminé and … Continue reading O-Slice: A Creative Spark for the DMV Region [Interview]

Video Premiere: “Come Over” by Nick Sharma

Futuristic purification With a style and musical ability that reminisces back to the glory days of Nas and Lupe Fiasco, rapper Nick Sharma has created a massive hype among his fans. The artist is now following this up with six videos coming over the next 12 months. All releases alternate between two sounds and images; Hi-Fi / futuristic in the form of Xtrovert EP and … Continue reading Video Premiere: “Come Over” by Nick Sharma

Ryal Releases Enchanting Video for “Thunder (Solo on the Dancefloor)”

Ryal is back with another enchanting video, this time for their evocative single, “Thunder (Solo on the Dancefloor).” We covered their single when it dropped, highlighting the nostalgic and danceable qualities of the song.  The video brings out similar feelings as the song, creating a viewing experience without much dissonance. The video features Sam Given free-form dancing in a studio alone, emphasized by lead singer … Continue reading Ryal Releases Enchanting Video for “Thunder (Solo on the Dancefloor)”

Tune in Tuesday: Jahari Massamba Unit and Satik Selektah Drop Exciting Albums

Albums Jahari Massamba Unit — Pardon My French Statik Selektah — The Balancing Act Lil Yachty — Lil Boat 3.5 AJ Tracey — Secure the Bag! 2 Songs Young Thug — Take it to Trial SAINt JHN — Smack DVD Saba — So and So / Areyoudown? pt. 2 Continue reading Tune in Tuesday: Jahari Massamba Unit and Satik Selektah Drop Exciting Albums

November’s Best: Meg Thee Stallion, Kali Uchis, Lou Phelps, Drop World-Shaking Albums

Kali Uchis — Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)∞ Kali’s newest album is almost totally in Spanish, a departure from her mostly-English albums beforehand. Embracing her native language brought about new sounds all over the album, departing the more poppy sounds on Isolation and opting for a more grand, supervillain theme on Sin Miedo. The transition goes over beautifully, as Uchis is able to present … Continue reading November’s Best: Meg Thee Stallion, Kali Uchis, Lou Phelps, Drop World-Shaking Albums

The 19th Street Band: Unrelenting Positivity and Cheer [Exclusive Interview]

Music is in a unique position to drag people out of 2020’s many traumas, and the 19th Street Band is a wonderful example of a band focused on positivity and forward movement. In the face of massive difficulty, the band has managed to both stay afloat and add to their fanbase through a series of at-home livestreams, where the band’s leading membres, Meghan and Caolaidhe … Continue reading The 19th Street Band: Unrelenting Positivity and Cheer [Exclusive Interview]

Toni Morrison’s Jazz & SZA’s CTRL: Roadmaps for Navigating Love in Hate [Longform]

Mutually empathetic relationships are crucial components of happy and fulfilling lives. To give and receive love is so important, but that can often be clouded by personal insecurities exacerbated by outside pressure. In the American social order, masculinity has been toxically constructed with the goal of oppressing and breaking down non-masculine ideals as a means of holding men above others. Heterosexual relations feature plenty of … Continue reading Toni Morrison’s Jazz & SZA’s CTRL: Roadmaps for Navigating Love in Hate [Longform]