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Five Ways Producer/DJ Octo Octa Found Herself — and Her Direction — on ‘Where Are We Going?’

Five Ways Producer/DJ Octo Octa Found Herself — and Her Direction — on ‘Where Are We Going?’

Maya Bouldry-Morrison’s new album is striking for a number reasons. Born in Chicago, raised in New Hampshire, and now based in Brooklyn, the lush house producer and DJ known as Octo Octa has been exposed to a variety musical influences — though the merit her second full-length LP, Where Are We Going? (out now on Continue reading Five Ways Producer/DJ Octo Octa Found Herself — and Her Direction — on ‘Where Are We Going?’

Meet Mic Kellogg, a Breakfast-Loving Wisconsin Rapper Finding His Musical Footing  Article

Meet Mic Kellogg, a Breakfast-Loving Wisconsin Rapper Finding His Musical Footing Article

“I’ve always grown up being breakfast boy,” Milwaukee-based rapper Mic Kellogg says to me over the phone. “At school, people literally called me cereal box. I even got Tony the Tiger tatted on my side.” While Kellogg bears no relation to the cereal company, his name became the vehicle for his first project Breakfast. The Continue reading Meet Mic Kellogg, a Breakfast-Loving Wisconsin Rapper Finding His Musical Footing Article

Lydia Ainsworth Extends Her Pop Explorations on ‘Darling of the Afterglow’

Lydia Ainsworth Extends Her Pop Explorations on ‘Darling of the Afterglow’

Casual fans might note a more pop-oriented sound to Lydia Ainsworth’s second album, Darling the Afterglow, compared to her debut, but take a closer listen and it’s apparent: Ainsworth’s been writing pop songs from the start. “I think it’s more the fact that I wanted to take things to the next level with production and songwriting,” Continue reading Lydia Ainsworth Extends Her Pop Explorations on ‘Darling of the Afterglow’

Meet Cristela Rodriguez, Saba’s 22-Year-Old “Rap Mom”  Article

Meet Cristela Rodriguez, Saba’s 22-Year-Old “Rap Mom” Article

It’s a just past 1 a.m. and 22-year-old Cristela Rodriguez, for the first time all night, is finally getting a chance to sit down. She has a FILA sweatshirt draped over her torso, aged Vans on her feet and a tired, yet satisfied look on her face as her boys are scattered across a chicken joint Continue reading Meet Cristela Rodriguez, Saba’s 22-Year-Old “Rap Mom” Article

Arrested Development’s ‘3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of…’ Brought Ethnic Pride and Spirituality to Rap

Arrested Development’s ‘3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of…’ Brought Ethnic Pride and Spirituality to Rap

Chrysalis / EMI 1992 was an interesting and transitional year for hip-hop, as the culture was stuck at a crossroads. Rap’s growth in popularity within the mainstream realm was a testament to the allure the music, fashion and overall aesthetic the culture, but internally, there was a growing chasm between artists and fans alike. On Continue reading Arrested Development’s ‘3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of…’ Brought Ethnic Pride and Spirituality to Rap

From Boy to Beast: How Paranoia Transformed Drake’s Persona  Article

From Boy to Beast: How Paranoia Transformed Drake’s Persona Article

Trust and betrayal, paranoia and skepticism, fake love and scheming peers―Aubrey Graham is all too familiar with these concepts as if he was more mob boss than rapper. He believes in keeping the family close and keeping away from new friends, but these thoughts stem from the many blades being lunged into his spinal column. Think Continue reading From Boy to Beast: How Paranoia Transformed Drake’s Persona Article

Study: Popular Music Lyrics Still Dumber Than Ever, But Hip-Hop is the Smartest  Article

Study: Popular Music Lyrics Still Dumber Than Ever, But Hip-Hop is the Smartest Article

Most us understand that popular music is popular because its lyrics are simple and easy to repeat, a driving factor in achieving that communal feeling we as humans are constantly longing for. While there's nothing inherently wrong with our tendency to group thoughts or sounds that are easily shared, I also find it alarming that popular Continue reading Study: Popular Music Lyrics Still Dumber Than Ever, But Hip-Hop is the Smartest Article