History of Drill, Chicago, London, and New York

A Brief History of Drill Music, Globally

The eruption of Chief Keef and Chicago’s drill movement in 2012 was instant rap lore. However, no one could imagine this hyper-real,...
Since99 No Go

Since99 Won’t End Racism, But He’s Hard

There's something special about a White boy who looks like this and can rap...
Drake Toosie Slide Michael Jackson

“Toosie Slide” and Drake’s Push For Millennial Michael Jackson Status

Black leather gloves no sequins I wrote this nearly 4 years ago about what Drake and Kendrick Lamar...
Donald Glover Folk Artist

Donald Glover is a Folk Artist

The scope of a Childish Gambino song can be as focused as a simple love song, or as vast as the known...
645AR Squeak Flow Melody in Rap

645AR and How Rap Lyrics Became Middlemen for Vibes

In 2020, grimy Buffalo rap crew Griselda managed to bring the mainstream to them. Their January performance of "Dr. Bird's" on Jimmy...
Drake IG Culture Vulture Debate

The Best Answer To The Question “Is Drake a Culture Vulture?”

My 2016 piece on this topic -Zander Cultural appropriation is the inappropriate and uncredited use...
BTS K-Pop influence fashion

The influence of K-pop in fashion

Very excited to host this piece on K-pop's global fashion influence written by Colombian blogger and college student Guillermo Forero. This piece was originally...

Album-equivalent units are not “cheating”

Music streaming records get broken every full moon these days, which makes the novelty of album-equivalent units (AEUs) hard to judge. And unless you...

A Brief History of Anime in Hip-Hop

Rappers are influenced by all kinds of social and cultural factors. Any worthy hip-hop fan can name a few artists heavily inspired by comic...

The 5 Most Entertaining UK Drill Rappers, In My American Opinion

Disclaimers: This is a piece on my preferences, not an attempt at an official top-5 claim. Don't get ya feelings hurt. The label "entertaining"...