#NiaDiaries Vol. 8: My Toxic Relationship With Hip Hop

Recently, I have become more intentional about the content I consume. I only have time and energy for content that makes me feel good. For example, I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts and tons of jazz music. As I consume new content, I’ve been letting go of others. For example, I’ve been listening to less and less hip hop. Hip hop is a music genre I used to love unconditionally,...

LIL MUSIC REVIEW: SO FAR GONE – DRAKE #TBT

If Comeback Season is what separated Aubrey Graham from Jimmy Brooks, So Far Gone is what separated Drake from Aubrey Graham. I have a bad gauge of talent. I remember back in 2007 when I was making it a routine to sneak-watch episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation over at my friend's house. Specifically, I remember watching the episode where Wheelchair Jimmy ends up rapping and stealing the...

MUSIC I’M VIBING TO; J Cole – Want You To Fly

Cole is one of those artists that polarizes hip hop fans. You either adore him, or you think he's some fake deep corn ball. Trust, I've met a lot of fake deep cornballs and Jermaine Cole is certainly not that. I don't understand the hate that's been collecting towards him and his fans over the past couple years. Maybe, people just don't want to actually feel something. With his last album, 4 Your...

#fbf CRUSH ON YOU – lil kim feat. lil cease

On the car ride back from my out of state trip, I was on a heavy female hip hop streak. I started with Cardi B's Bodak Yellow  (a surprisingly catchy bop) and faded my way through some of my favorites from the sub-genre (Missy Elliot, Nicki Minaj (sometimes), and Lauryn Hill). But, my absolute favorite is Lil Kim. She's such an iconic female figure in music and her influence in the hip hop...

relationships and the beauty of authenticity feat. 21 savage & amber rose

There's something rather exquisite about Atlanta rapper 21 Savage. Maybe it's the upside down cross in the middle of his forehead. Maybe it's how he's cashed in on his universal meme status. But, I think what's grabbed my attention the most is his overflowing authenticity. Hip-hop is full of rappers that spit fallacies instead of facts. They know what is marketable and what the quintessential...