• Boston Calling: Fall 2014 [Festival Preview]

    Boston Calling: Fall 2014 [Festival Preview]

    By Fans on September 3, 2014

    Listen up kids. Boston Calling is back again. ‘tis the end of the festival season, autumn’s back and all the leaves will soon be brown. There’s probably more furniture scattered on those Boston, Allston, city streets than what’s fallen from trees, so don’t be afraid to celebrate the dwindle of summer this weekend in musician-heavy glory. Instead of scattering those

  • Rexx Life Raj – Put On [Video Post]

    Rexx Life Raj – Put On [Video Post]

    By Kenny Rabin on June 16, 2014

      The last time someone “Put On” was in ‘08. The Recession hit, Young Jeezy was on some other shit – “working for NASA”. Kanye screamed through auto-tune his first “kicks in the womb” of 808s and Heartbreak, which would grow years later into the frustration, lust, and pride felt on Yeezus. But here, over a flipped sample of Jeremih’s “Five Senses,” by way of

  • Clyde Shankle Feat. Iamsu! – Brazen

    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

  • The Reality of Rap

    The Reality of Rap

    By Kenny Rabin on March 30, 2014

    Bravado, exaggeration, identity, persona and image are all integral parts of what it means to be a hip-hop artist in today’s culture. It is no longer good enough to simply be talented; talent is a dime a dozen, having an appealing image is what makes an artist unique. Often, skill will only get you as far as the dark depths

  • IAMSU [Interview]

    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]

    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]

    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