Photo Recap: TY Dolla $ign, Travis $cott & Topaz Jones @ University of Pennsylvania

Shout out to the University of Pennsylvania for getting the Ivy League excited about underground hip-hop. Last month they invited Brooklyn rap duo The Underachievers and Canada's hottest new producer Kaytranada for a tag team performance that rocked Philadelphia's Rotunda Theater. This...

RESPECT.’s Exclusive Photoshoot With Fat Trel

Last week, in the wake of the Gleesh release we gave you our exclusive interview with MMG's rising star. At the top of that interview with Trel, you may have noticed a particularly sharp, never-before-seen picture of the Washington, DC rapper. That was just the beginning. We are proud to unveil...

Concert Review: G-Eazy’s These Things Happen Tour

As Spring Break gets underway, many concertgoers are clearing their calendars and preparing for some of the season's hottest tours featuring their favorite artists. On April 4, 2014, anxious fans stood in line waiting for the doors to open so that they could secure their spots inside the Heaven...

Interview: Fat Trel Talks Gleesh, MMG

[caption id="attachment_74055" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo by Trevor Sage-El[/caption] Shortly before midnight on April 1, DMV rapper Fat Trel dropped his newest mixtape, Gleesh. The eponymously-titled mixtape is Trel’s first release since signing to Maybach Music Group last...

Interview: Virus Syndicate Talks New Album, Crowd-surfing, And Their Claim To Fame

"At least people give a shit," says Nika D, one-fourth of Virus Syndicate, "we could be at the bottom of the ladder, just trying to get someone to listen to us." There's nothing more gratifying for a music fan than to witness an act suddenly seize the moment and grasp their potential. Composed of...

Interview: DJ Scream Discusses His “Hunger Pains”

"He’s an underground legend, a mixtape king. He’s dominated that area for years." That's how Rick Ross describes his labelmate DJ Scream, who's become one of the most prominent DJs in hip-hop. With his roots in the South, Scream began DJ’ing in Atlanta and never looked back. Since then,...

disRESPECT: Le1f, Lord Jamar, and “Alpha Males”

[caption id="attachment_73767" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Via Spin[/caption] “[Hip-Hop] started with the alpha males. And now it’s being given to the beta males to try to flex their shit,” says Bran Nubian Lord Jamar in his recent New Yorker profile.  Jamar has been releasing...

Interview: Maxsta – No Compromise, No Regrets

To understand Maxsta, it helps to know that in addition to being an MC—and a fine one at that—he really knows where he’s going. Ask him about his music and he's as expressive as any seasoned veteran. But try to suppress or even undermine him, and he will sting like a bee. Not only is his...

YG, Tyga and Giving The People What They Want

[caption id="attachment_73753" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo by Trevor Sage-El[/caption] It's official: YG’s debut studio album, My Krazy Life, is one of the best rap releases of the year thus far and a major statement from the West Coast. Now, the nation knows there’s potential for...

Movie Review: Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton – This Is Stones Throw Records

Two deaths punctuate Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton, the new, absurdist chronology of Peanut Butter Wolf and his beloved Stones Throw Records. Though J Dilla was widely known before signing to PBW's label and Charizma never made music under the imprint, the two talents' respective passings mark the...