Grid

‘What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down?’ an Album Overview and Apocalyptic Outlook

As states scurry to count mail-in votes for the 2020 U.S. presidential race, the general election season lies at a standstill with the American public’s emotions teetering and possibilities looming. According to CNN, we’re down to the wire with just four key state election results hanging in the balance that will determine America’s next president […]

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Sample

Here’s a Sample: My Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhyme

(Photo/Mick Haupt) My relationship with jazz is complicated. Far from aficionado, I’ve had important encounters with Ahmad Jamal, Bobbi Humphrey and trumpeter Donald Byrd and his Howard University Blackbyrds. We’ve had meet and greets through acquaintances–time machines. J Dilla, Havoc, Q-Tip and DJ Premier. Over the years, I’ve been taking in sounds rather deliberately. The […]

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Blu & Exile

Blu & Exile Release Single ‘Miles Davis’ from Upcoming Album

(Instagram/Blu) Rapper Blu and producer Exile are no strangers to commemoration. Back in 2012, they released Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them. Now, also courtesy of Dirty Science Records, they bring us “Miles Davis” from their upcoming album, Miles: From an Interlude Called Life. On “Miles Davis,” Exile exploits per usual […]

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Outbreak

Young Buck Hits the Streets with ‘Outbreak’ EP

(Instagram/Young Buck) While cleverly alluding to both his return home from prison and the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, May 20 Young Buck hit the streets with his “Outbreak” EP. On its artwork, the Nashville emcee dons his own paisley patterned personal protective equipment–a blue rag accentuated by red and blue American muscle and Tennessee […]

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Alexandria

Travel with Alexandria on Her Album ‘Journey’

This spring, Los Angeles transient singer and songwriter Alexandria tours us through love — yearning for it, finding it and being okay with it. Since 2017, the year her Cut of Cloth album was released, the Cincinnati, Ohio native has also endured something people often run away from in fear — change. Alexandria resettled in […]

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