Author archive for Aswan

  • Vic Spencer – The Rapping Bastard [Video Interview]

    By Aswan on January 9, 2014
    Just before the release of his new album, The Rapping Bastard, the latest in a catalog as deep as any emcee’s, we met up with Vic Spencer at the Grindhouse studios in Chicago to talk about his mind state going in to the project, coming up in Chicago, and his uniquely versatile and witty style of lyricism. As a relative […]
  • The Jacka & Freeway – Combine the Coasts [Video Review]

    By Aswan on September 14, 2013
    With all the chatter surrounding the recent back and forth between Compton’s Kendrick Lamar and Philadelphia native Meek Mill, its nice to see competition replaced with collaboration between East Coast and West. Another Philly artist (legend) Freeway has teamed up with the Bay Area’s own, The Jacka to drop a heater in the form of their latest video, ‘Combine the […]
  • Curtis Williams – Half Forgotten Daydreams [Mixtape Review]

    By Aswan on August 24, 2013
    A couple of weeks ago, Atlanta’s own and Two-9 representative Curtis Williams dropped off his latest effort, Half Forgotten Daydreams. The tape plays out like a dream itself, likely the way Curtis intended, with banging production from Childish Major and others fueling Williams’ aspirational rhymes. To supplement every hard track, like ‘Bare Essentials,’ Curtis weaves trance-like interludes and laid back […]
  • Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival [Show Review]

    By Aswan on July 23, 2013
    Since coming to Brooklyn a few weeks ago, much of my time has been spent soaking up the abundance of culture and humidity that New York City has to offer. Both were represented in full force on Saturday at the Brooklyn Bridge Park as the 9th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival brought legends and relative new comers alike to the stage […]
  • ANTHM – The Fire Next Time EP [Album Review]

    By Aswan on July 14, 2013
    Just a few months after gracing us with Handful of Dust, a tape entirely produced by Blu under the moniker GodLeeBarnes, ANTHM has come right back with The Fire Next Time. The EP is among the latest in a series of projects by the one time Citigroup trader that shows the hard-work, consistency and intelligence that likely got him to […]