I Want To Support XXXTentacion, But Should I?

Read my response to this piece titled "Music Can't Heal A Dishonest Artist" On October 6, 2016, Jahseh Anfroy was arrested on charges of false imprisonment,...
Soulja Boy

Soulja Boy Is Worth Way More Than Future (Updated 2019)

Money is the root of all evil. Money, in a capitalist society, is also the best way to measure how much someone's contribution to the...

‘Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe’ is a grown-up ‘Cut You Off’

Not many artists can show progression in their discographies as consistently as Kendrick Lamar has shown it. And it's not just better verses and bigger...

TIDAL: Pros and Cons

On January 30th Jay-Z purchased Aspiro, a Swedish tech company that runs two streaming services: WiMP which already has 580,000 paying customers, and Tidal, the...
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James Blake’s ‘Friends That Break Your Heart’ and Friends That Help Mend Mine

I remember being utterly floored upon hearing James Blake’s “The Wilhelm Scream” for the first time. Its cascading and crescendoing bass lines,...

Higher Brothers, and Hip-Hop’s New East vs. West Battle

As I continue to learn about contemporary Chinese society, the stories get easier to relate to. My last China-related article was about transgender megastar...

Madeintyo’s Brand Is Simple, Global, And All His

The synths at the beginning of almost every track on Thank You, Mr. Tokyo sound like how the project's cover art looks: a peaceful young Black...
DaBaby Festival Appearance

DaBaby’s Not Cancelled, Just His Festival Appearances

DaBaby’s name has been saturating Google searches and trending topics on Twitter — and not for good reason. His recent homophobic rant...
Lizzo licking finger in "About Damn Time" music video

The Audacity of Lizzo

As many popular acts throughout history can attest to, there are two tried-and-true ways to achieve cultural ubiquity: palatable excellence or shameless...
Fedd the God on stage in Los Angeles

Dear, Pittsburgh: Fedd The God Will Make You Proud

I don’t chase the market, I create the market. - Fedd The God Pittsburgh has given us bonafide...