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...

#TBTJam BRITNEY SPEARS – toxic

90s and early 2000s pop will always have a place in my heart. It's small, oddly shaped, and squished in right next to Flavor of Love re-runs and Creamy Chicken Instant Ramen. But it's there y'all. Toxic is one of my faves from this glorious era of bubblegum pop. I remember it being stuck in my head from my beloved copy of the video game Karaoke Revolution Volume 2, which came out in 2003-ish (I...

innanetape, freshman year, & my music collection feat. vic mensa’s the autobiography

Chicago rapper Vic Mensa played a substantial part in the growth of my music taste...whatever that may be. Mensa's 2013 debut solo mixtape Innanetape was one of the first tapes that I downloaded off of the uber popular free mixtape site DatPiff. This tape built the infrastructure of my now hefty music collection. There's something so special about a person's music collection. It isn't just songs...

#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...