QUARANTINE PLAYLIST: 2000s Hip Hop & R&B

When times get rough, sometimes you have to brush the dust off your Baby Phat T-shirt from 2003, iron out your jorts, and do the sturdiest Harlem Shake to your favorite throwbacks. This quarantine playlist is inspired by some of my favorite 2000s artists that turned my middle and high school dances into lituations. Plugin your headphones and let's take a walk down memory lane. P.S. I hope you are...

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...