LIL MUSIC REVIEW: GOLDLINK – DIASPORA

Even though black identity is a deeply rooted tree with an infinite amount of branches, I often think that many of us have shared experiences. It's the singe on the back of your ear from the hot comb. It's smooth melodies of 70s or 80s or 90s tunes strutting into your ears on a Sunday morning as you stumble out of a good night's rest, signaling: it's time to clean. It's Chamillionaire. (I don't...

WHO’S UP NEXT — INTERVIEW WITH WILL THA ARTIST

Welcome to Who's Up Next, where I put you onto the dopest creatives on the Internet. In the first ever segment of Who's Up Next, I had a super dope convo with the 20-year-old rapper, spoken word artist, and all-around creative Will Tha Artist. Keep reading to learn more about the uber-talented Toronto native: Q: What do you love the most about Toronto, and how do you believe the city influences...

DONALD GLOVER, RIHANNA, & GUAVA ISLAND | REVIEW

Guava Island is a project that's been lingering in the back of my mind like the lyrics to Cardi B's verse on the Thotiana remix. I remember peeping this Vulture article back in November and watching that super small, bootleg-ass trailer from someone's Instagram thinking "What in the world is Gambino cooking up now?"  Now, after months of anticipation and at least sixteen circulations of me...

GOING BAD, LORI HARVEY, AND THE ART OF FLIPPING THE SCRIPT

Practically two years after the straight slap in the face club banger type smash hit record Back 2 Back, Drake and Meek Mill have finally kissed and made up on Meek Mill's "let's pretend we're the mob" anthem Going Bad. Something about the combination is admittedly electrifying. Maybe it's the fact that Meek's last album Championships is one of the best bodies of work he's ever put out? Maybe I'm...

BLUEFACE, THOTIANA, AND HOW MEMES ALTER REALITY

I've never wanted to be that wrinkly, bitter ass old lady shaking her fist at the youngins for making too much noise. But, listening to Blueface for the first time made me feel like being that old ass lady is in my near future. It started off with a tweet that I saw on my timeline. @bluefacebleedem’s “Thotiana” is the number one song in the country ♿️♿️♿️...

We’ll Love You Forever Mac Miller (1992 – 2018)

When I heard of Mac Miller's passing, I definitely didn't think it was real. It was the first thing I saw when I went to my Instagram app the day of, and it completely shocked me to see this news on The Shade Room. Losing him is kind of like losing someone that you went to school with. You have a memory of them in your head that's so clear and vibrant and it's heartbreaking to know that you'll...

Happy #BeyDay Beautiful Humans

Like every other warm-blooded millennial black woman, I too absolutely love Beyonce. Today wasn't just a day where millions of kids went back to school, it also is Beyonce's 36th birthday. She (and a lot of other women) taught me that there's no one definition of being a woman. Over the years, I've had many different people in my life trying to convince me what a woman was and what I should...

EVERYTHING IS LOVE – THE CARTERS

As if you haven't got slapped in the face with this link at least three hundred and twenty-seven thousand times before you drunkenly stumbled onto this post. But yeah, if you (for some reason) don't know where you can listen to the surprise Beyonce & Jay Z album Everything is Love, then you can go and stream that joint up above. I swear, I had a whole elongated schedule before I realized...

SZA’S VIDEO FOR GARDEN, TUMBLR AESTHETIC, AND HOW IT’S ALL CONNECTED

After being a witness to the controversial, yet stellar video that sparked the internet on fire, Childish Gambino's This is America, I knew I wasn't the only one who noticed the one and only kinky hair killa, SZA, at the end of the video. My first thought was that it probably didn't mean anything. You know, it's not out of the blue to see cool black people hanging out in the same place. But my...

[THE MASH-UP] WALE/SZA – THE WEEKEND REMIX [NEW MUSIC]

The sultry peanut-butter smooth beat of SZA's side chick anthem The Weekend is so red-hot it can melt the ice of the recent snow storm. I'm not surprised that every singer/rapper/neighborhood scatter has uploaded their version of the tune on the internet. But Wale's spoken word drenched rendition might be the best one of them all. Check out his version below, and let me know what you think in...