This Summer’s Hip-Hop Essentials

Are you sticky AF right now? I know I am. This summer has been soaked in humidity and there hasn't been much relief. Fortunately, hip-hop has come to the rescue. Pusha T's new album Daytona has marked the triumphant return of the coke rapper while Mac Miller's Swimming has showcased the emcee at his most introspective and … Continue reading This Summer’s Hip-Hop Essentials

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In Steady Curation: Past is Present

In the whirlwind of grad school, I often found solace in scrolling through my SoundCloud feed and cranking the volume. I fended off the stress of assignments, transcended the chaos of my surroundings, and escaped the exhaustion of the intellectual vortex. Now that I've shattered those chains, I've been trying to show a little love … Continue reading In Steady Curation: Past is Present

Griselda Puts Buffalo on the Map

When digging through the digital crates of online music, occasionally you completely miss something. You’ve done your due diligence checking the blogs, keeping the SoundCloud feed greased, hitting up the homies, and vigilantly reading through Underground Hip-hop distributors. You feel pretty confident in your knowledge of the scene, and know who’s who, for the most … Continue reading Griselda Puts Buffalo on the Map

Best Listens of 2016

Fuck 2016. That's right, I said it. Let's collectively bid adieu to the colossal shitstorm of Brexit, the Dallas Shootings, relentless police brutality, the siege of Aleppo, the election of Trump, and the sudden deaths of more musical artists than I care to recall. Like any patriotic American, I ended up burying my head in the sand when I became overwhelmed, clicking my … Continue reading Best Listens of 2016

Conflict, Catharsis & The Come-Up: Three Albums To Rotate

What drives emcees to continue producing, continue recording and continue writing? What launches a person into the world of hip-hop? I've always conjectured that at its core, hip-hop culture derives itself from conflict. Some of this conflict is internal. Rappers initiate their quest from the inside out, searching for their greater meaning as they draw upon personal experiences where … Continue reading Conflict, Catharsis & The Come-Up: Three Albums To Rotate

In Steady Curation: From Texas, With Love

Since moving to the Lone Star Republic, life has been busy. Really busy. It's fair to say that I underestimated the intensity of graduate school and have only recently been calming from my whirlwind of learning. My intellectual trial-by-fire and the drastic change of schedule jolted me from my routines, many of which included this blog. … Continue reading In Steady Curation: From Texas, With Love