Photo Recap: Summer Jam 2014, The Super Bowl Of Hip-Hop

Welcome to our very own virtual tour of Summer Jam 2014. We sent Trevor Sage-El to get the low on the action-packed day's events, and what he came back with were stories and images to last much longer. Without further ado, here's a photo recap of Summer Jam, along with some quotes from Trevor...

The Hip-Hop Acts To Watch At Governor’s Ball 2014

[caption id="attachment_76372" align="aligncenter" width="499"] Spotted near East 12th & 2nd Ave.[/caption] Governor's Ball is in its second year of being a full, three day frenzy of heat, music, and food. It's also in its second year of landing on the A-list of music festivals, as last...

RESPECT. Vol. 5 Issue 1: YG & DJ Mustard, Welcome To The Gangsta Party

We're proud to present the latest cover of RESPECT., featuring the West Coast tandem that shook the industry like an Etch-A-Sketch this year. YG and DJ Mustard are gritty and true to life; they walk a hard-hitting line of bringing back the gangsta sound of the 90's West and forging a new, more...

INTERVIEW: SHAD, SLURPEES, STEVIE WONDER AND SOUNDSET

  Words by Ryan Reyes Photography by Khammy Phanthavong He beat out Drake at the JUNO Awards a few years back. He has a master's degree and has even given a TED Talk. Shad is one talented and sharp dude. We had the opportunity to ask the lyrically-gifted emcee a few questions...

SOUNDSET 2014: PHOTOS & REVIEW

Photography by Khammy Phanthavong Words by Ryan Reyes Over 30,000 eager hip hop fans descended on Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota for the 7th annual Soundset Festival. The bill was diverse: ranging from Minnesota-based artists such as Atmosphere, Prof, deM atlaS, Lizzo and...

Old Man Hov: Jay Z’s 10 Best Verses Since Becoming A Rap Elder

[caption id="attachment_76125" align="aligncenter" width="478"] Original art by Julia Schur, (aging this photo).[/caption] For some time now, Jay Z has been rap's most involved elder statesman. He's been a made man since the late '90s, and for our genre, that's an eternity ago. Jay keeps putting...

Video Premiere: Dao Jones – “Never Learned”

Dao Jones' self-produced album, 100 Years, arrived in March, but the NY rapper has now given fans some visuals. Today, RESPECT. has the premiere of the first video from the project, "Never Learned." The record features Dao delivering fast-paced verses, contrasted by emotive crooning on the...

Darrell “Digga” Branch: Music Producer Turned Educator

[caption id="attachment_76046" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo, Erin Dougherty[/caption] Standing amidst a sea of young men in light blue collared shirts and navy blue slacks, Darrell Branch is an authoritative figure. Dawning equally studious attire, the producer known as Digga advises...

Interview: Rascals Talks Not Selling Out, New EP “So High,” And Why Music Is Their Only Outlet

East London quartet Rascals refuse to be boxed into a genre. Don’t call them grime MC’s. Don’t call them rappers. They are just Rascals. Made up of Shizz McNaughty, Tempz St. Louis, Marcus Merkz and Kay Wills,the band’s sound is full of blossoming synths, big drums, breezy vocals, and rapid...

10 Children Of Hip-Hop With “Unique” Names

Strange names for celebrity babies are nothing new, but you might be surprised how much the hip-hop community has contributed to that. As you'll see from this list, often artists that are creative with their craft are just as creative with the naming of their offspring. Here's a list of the...