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...

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...

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...

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...