The great white American Tope (I’ve been waiting to say that forever) hails from the Northwest. Portland, OR to be exact. A city with budding talent but nobody really on a huge scale yet. As far as anybody is concerned, Tope is slowly filling that spot. The young’n is all over the net with co-signs from 2DopeBoyz, XXL, Okayplayer and others. His new album, Broke Boy Syndrome, will further push him in the right direction. He’a assisted by the elusive Blu, L.A. rapper CashUs King and more. On the production, he recruits a lot of Portland’s finest, including Trox and… continue reading
It’s rare that an artist can outlast this long without a full length project, but Ryatt Fienix has done just that. She burst onto the scene with “Tattoo Love,” and followed that up with a slew of guest features with Dizzy Wright, Rittz and Bubba Sparxxx. Her presence on social media is felt, whether you’re reading her words on Twitter or admiring her beauty on Instagram. Ryatt is one of the lucky ones. Ryse Of The Fienix couldn’t have come at a better time. Ryatt Fienix juggles a lot of emotion on the album that sort of works as a… continue reading
Often times in hip-hop, collaborations come together strictly for the sake of show. The opportunity to work with whoever regardless of chemistry. However, some still respect the art of constructing collaborations. While DJ Khaled chases the stars, Chicago producer A-Villa went a more raw, underground way. It’s also worth noting that A-Villa created this album from scratch, including learning how to produce, while being a vice president at a bank and raising a newborn. His first, and supposedly last, LP, Carry On Tradition, is a playground full of lyricists and dream combos.Who thought to put Lil Fame, Cormega and Killer Mike… continue reading
When it comes to mastering the internet, free music is slowly but surely minimizing out. Yeah, there will always be free music, but it’s not like it was a few years ago. Album quality projects from major artists were being put out free and labels didn’t capitalize in some way other than an occasional EP. Now the entire industry is shifting in a better direction with streaming and iTunes releases. Kidd Upstairs doesn’t have the biggest name in the industry. He does have some of the nicest music, though. DMNDS was released in 2012 before many knew who he was…. continue reading
Adra Boo and Action J make up the unique duo known as Fly Moon Royalty. Seattle’s scene is known for Macklemore, Sir Mix-A-Lot’s early contributions, Nacho Picasso’s dark and lyrical style, but these two bring something new to the scene. In January, I was invited to come check out their show at Neumos that ended up being packed. They’re talented. She can sing beautifully, he can produce exceptionally well. Unfinished Business is five songs that bends multiple genres, from electronic to soul, on damn near every song. Adra’s presence is felt on the first two songs. Then, Action takes us… continue reading
Welcome Drake’s favorite rapper to 2014 with his first album of the year titled The Living Daylights. This go-around is anchored by producer Bronze Nazareth. He’s worked extensively with various Wu-Tang Clan members since 2003 with additional credits under Immortal Technique, Hell Razah and more. Much like the EP with The Alchemist, Willie The Kid is able to ride ever-so smoothly over the production that fits perfectly into his overly-lyrical content. Joining him is Sean Price, Roc Marciano, Boldy James and more. Stream and purchase below.