• Clyde Shankle Feat. Iamsu! – Brazen

    By Xhjyl on April 2, 2014
    While the rap world currently fawns over the Chicago and Atlanta scenes for their ability to produce young artists, the Bay is always putting out some of that new. Calimade’s Clyde Shankle has been repping his hometown of Berkeley for a minute, showing consistent improvement over his past few releases. His most recent ode to the grind, ‘Brazen’ is no […]
  • IAMSU [Interview]

    By Byrd on March 10, 2014
     The Bay Area has been in the news quite a bit lately.  A cultural melting pot, the Bay is typically outshone on a national scale by the glitzy lifestyle found in Los Angeles. However, NorCal and the Bay Area (which includes Oakland, San Francisco, and Berkeley, among others) in specific presents a more unified, yet paradoxically diverse, society that promotes […]
  • Behind the Boards with Jake One [Interview]

    By Xhjyl on March 10, 2014
    There are two parts to every rap song: the bars/rhymes/lyrics (whatever you want to call them) and the beat/instrumental/production. Fans recognize rappers through the rappers’ voice and story that paints the foreground of any track and, more importantly, through rapper’s name and persona that most tracks are marketed under. The producer, however, is in some ways the more important party […]
  • Kanye West – Last Call [Song Review]

    By Fans on February 26, 2014
    Before The College Dropout, Kanye West had already gained notoriety as a respected producer for his work on Jay-Z’s The Blueprint, in particular for crafting the lead single “Izzo (H.O.V.A)”. The Jackson 5 sample complimented Jay’s delivery all too well, successfully placing the track on the Billboard Top 100 and providing Jay with one of his most globally recognized songs […]
  • Flatbush ZOMBiES – Palm Trees [Song Review]

    By Fans on February 18, 2014
    As a neophyte to the Flatbush ZOMBiES movement, it took me several spins of their last project, Better Off Dead, to fully appreciate their brand of lyricism and the intricacies of their style. However, one track in particular caught my ear off the bat, ‘Palm Trees,’ mainly due to Meech’s phenomenal verse. Within his first couple of stanzas, Meech drops […]