Tag: hip hop
Jun. 30, 2017
Vic Mensa releases highly anticipated debut album
Anticipation for Vic Mensa’s debut album has been high since his fantastic mixtape, “Innanetape,” was released in 2013.
Jun. 9, 2017
Rap group Injury Reserve puts on killer opening act
Arriving at the dim ambient space at The Foundry the night of June 6, I didn’t know what to expect.
Jun. 2, 2017
D.C. rapper Wale headlines TLA show in support of ‘Shine’ mixtape
Wale, a Washington, D.C. native, headlined the Theatre of Living Arts May 26 to a sold-out show as part of “The Shine Tour.” “Shine” is the name of his most recent album, which was only released at the end of April.
Apr. 21, 2017
Kung Fu Kenny unleashes hell on new album, ‘Damn’
“So I was taking a walk the other day …”
Feb. 3, 2017
Migos hit their stride with newest album, ‘Culture’
Every once in a while, a song reaches a height of viral popularity and becomes a meme.
Nov. 18, 2016
DIY hop-hop artist Russ shows promise at TLA
Russ Vitale, better known simply by his stage name Russ, brought his raw energy to sold out Theatre of the Living Arts show on Nov. 14.
Mar. 11, 2016
Drexel musician OddKidOut releases debut, ‘Within’
At 20 years old, Drexel student Butch Serianni (aka OddKidOut) has a more impressive musical resume than many artists twice his age. A drummer since age six, Serianni has worked with Grammy-award winning producer David Ivory, soul-singer Jaguar Wright and members of the renowned alternative hip hop group Digable Planets. He assumed the name OddKidOut eight months ago and is releasing his debut EP, “Within,” March 11. Serianni chose to make an “autobiographical” record out of “Within”, chronicling his life thus far. As ambitious as the premise is, the record unabashedly invites the listener into the very personal details of Serianni’s life through textured chords, syncopated beats and a slew of exceptional features.
Nov. 20, 2015
Up-and-coming Daniel Caesar releases ‘Pilgrim Paradise’
“Pilgrim Paradise” – Soundcloud Toronto has a buzzing music scene. Spearheaded by Drake and his October’s Very Own record label, the Canadian city is constantly spitting out new music, especially from the hip-hop and rhythm and blues genres. Much of this revolves around a hazy, synth-heavy sound influenced heavily by Drake. But one budding singer-songwriter is breaking out of that mold and crafting gorgeous original music: Daniel Caesar. Last year, Caesar quietly released two projects. The first was a minimalist, three-track EP entitled “Birds of Paradise.” He followed up with “Praise Break” last fall, a cloudier yet more robust project. Caesar let loose his first commercial project “Pilgrim’s Paradise” Nov. 12. Caesar continues to experiment with a mix of minimal instrumentals and varied, hearty sounds. His voice sounds somewhat similar to Frank Ocean’s and John Mayer’s, albeit much softer and more beautiful. With a mix of wavering cries, delicate melodies and smooth croons, Caesar has one of the most elegant voices I’ve ever heard. He proves this in the 90-second, accurately titled track “A Capella,”—one of the stand-out songs on “Pilgrim’s Paradise.” Spanning only 24 minutes and seven songs, “Pilgrim’s Paradise” packs a lot in such a small package. In an interview with Complex Magazine, Caesar referred to the EP as “a self-pilgrimage. I’m finding my way through songs.” He covers love, death and success in the EP. It serves as being both self-therapeutic for Caesar and relevant for his listeners, as most of what he sings about are issues that people relate to in their daily lives. The songs on “Pilgrim’s Paradise” are as varied as they are stunning. The lead single “Paradise” features lush instrumentals courtesy of the Canadian trio BadBadNotGood and a verse from rapper Sean Leon. The final song, “Little Rowboat,” is nothing more than Caesar crooning over an acoustic guitar, a throwback to the songs off of his first project— “Birds of Paradise.” There is also a cover of Kanye West’s song “Street Lights,” retitled “Streetcar.” One of the most interesting songs (and my mom’s favorite song) is “Show No Regret.” The track opens with organs playing in the background and concludes with a vigorous electric guitar riff that sounds more like rock than soul. Caesar shows how versatile he is on this project. He takes the simplistic sounds from his first project and combines them with the fuller melodies of his second to craft one of the best projects of this year. Caesar is relatively unknown, with less than 3,000 followers on Twitter and only about 12,000 followers on Soundcloud. But with his wonderful mix of soul and R&B, Caesar will be star soon enough. “Pilgrim’s Paradise” is available on iTunes, as well as streaming on SoundCloud and Spotify. I highly recommend this project to everyone, and let Caesar take you to “paradise.”
Jan. 23, 2015
Rising rap star Joey Badass releases debut, “B4.DA.$$”
As a hip-hop fan, I have my own personal tastes. As a hip-hop writer, I have to be open-minded. On my high horse, I consider myself a purveyor of underground hip-hop and serve as a gateway between peers and the music yet to be discovered by them.
Nov. 15, 2013
Rapper Jake Miller reveals inspirations behind songs
Watch out, Justin Bieber — there’s a new guy in town, and his name is Jake Miller. Miller is a 20-year-old rap, pop and hip-hop artist from Florida, and he is in the process of taking the world by storm with his first headlining tour and a brand new album, “Us Against Them.” He is currently touring the country, meeting fans and signing albums, but on Nov. 7, in the midst of a crowded mall meet-and-greet, yours truly got to chat with this up-and-coming star about all the craziness.