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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

Vince Staples Is Right, We Treat Musicians Like Shit… But Why?  Article

Vince Staples Is Right, We Treat Musicians Like Shit… But Why? Article

As someone who writes about music, my relationship with it is steeped in paradox. Music is art, and throughout my life, it has provided both an escape from and valuable context to some my darkest moments. I also make a living from analyzing that art, however, and I’m able to do so for the same Continue reading Vince Staples Is Right, We Treat Musicians Like Shit… But Why? Article

Four Exciting Artists Under 1,000 Followers  Article

Four Exciting Artists Under 1,000 Followers Article

Though it’s been four weeks since Andy wrote the last installment in our “Under 1,000 Followers” series, it has been nothing short an exciting month. We saw not one, but two new albums from Future, the implosion the Beyhive following Beyoncé's announcement that she is pregnant with twins, and Chance The Rapper make history by winning three GRAMMYs. That Continue reading Four Exciting Artists Under 1,000 Followers Article

Watch Rihanna's Acceptance Speech For Harvard Humanitarian Of The Year Award

Watch Rihanna's Acceptance Speech For Harvard Humanitarian Of The Year Award

Cambridge, MA – Rihanna may be perfectly good at being bad, but on Tuesday night (February 28) the singer was honored in Harvard’s Sanders Theater for her many efforts to further humanitarian causes. The Barbadian singer joined the ranks previous winners like singer Lionel Richie, actor James Earl Jones and former UN secretary general Ban Continue reading Watch Rihanna's Acceptance Speech For Harvard Humanitarian Of The Year Award