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Aesop Rock’s Strong Popularity Despite Not Being Mainstream

February 22, 2017 by


In the world of underground hip-hop, Aesop Rock has been hailed as one of the greatest rappers due to his lyrics, flow, and overall style. They subject matter that he raps about gives his raps substance unlike many of the rappers in the mainstream today. While Aesop Rock has gained a hardcore loyal following, many […]

Top EPs of 2016 [Editorial]

January 10, 2017 by


After my favorite full length projects of 2016, I wanted to follow up with 10 EPs. The way that people consume music has shifted things away from the 70 minute album. Nowadays, very few people sit down and listen to every song of a new project. Playlists and curated radio are starting to replace the […]

Top Albums of 2016 [Editorial]

January 8, 2017 by


I used to do separate lists for mixtapes, albums and EPs but it has become increasingly difficult to classify projects aside from using a concrete metric like length. People started releasing mixtapes of new material, others called them free albums and now the streaming services are shifting how we consume music overall. The point being, I […]

#DaFiveFingerDiscount: Tone Chop & Frost Gamble – Veteran [Editorial]

November 13, 2016 by


Out today, Tone Chop and Frost Gamble have released their new EP Veteran. With the help of Urban Elite, Tone Chop and Frost Gamble were nice enough to give us Da Five Finger discount on their new Ep. They break down how Ruste Juxx ended up on “Leave It Alone,” the sample on “Step Up,” and […]

Kemba – Huffington Post Essay [Editorial]

August 18, 2016 by


After releasing his impressive album Negus, Kemba was asked to pen an essay for the Huffington Post. To read his piece, “Rappers Often Hide Their Insecurities, But Kemba Won’t Do It Anymore” now.

Da Five Finger Discount: Constant Deviants [Editorial]

June 17, 2016 by


The latest 5 Finger Discount from features Brooklyn hip-hop group Constant Deviants.  They switched things up by choosing tracks from the last album “Avant Garde” and the new one “Omerta” because there’s concept carries over.  “Both ideas behind them, while different, were conceived while they were touring in Switzerland. So effectively they knew in advance […]

Top 50 Saddest Rap Songs (The Best Tracks) via HipHopRedux [Editorial]

May 13, 2016 by


Liam of HipHopRedux sent me this thorough hip hop article featuring the saddest rap songs out there. Can y’all think of any he missed? Check it out here.

Yuna at Great American Music Hall this Sunday the 15th [Show PREVIEW

May 11, 2016 by


PURCHASE TICKETS A lot has changed since the last time Yuna was in San Francisco.  She has turned the corner and begun the climb from indie-artist with reliable, interesting music and a great voice to a known-name and budding star.  The first single from her new album, “Crush,” features Usher and is produced by DJ […]

Blackalicious, Lance Is A Genius & Pure Powers at Slim’s this Friday the 13th [Show PREVIEW]

May 10, 2016 by


PURCHASE TICKETS After a 10 year break, Blackalicious dropped an album last year to fans that had been yearning of new material. Featuring old pals like the Life Savas, Lateef, Lyrics Born and more, Imani Vol. 1  was warmly received. In support, Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel will be at Slim’s this Friday the 13th […]

Scottish group Young Fathers hit Mezzanine this Friday 4/15 [Show Preview]

April 11, 2016 by


PURCHASE TICKETS I’m not sure when I first heard of Young Fathers but I honestly haven’t stayed up-to-date..  I don’t want to use my ignorance to impact this preview so I reached out to fellow blogger, friend and Young Fathers fan (who’s seen them at least 3 times!), Maddie, to give me the low down. After discovering them […]