Interview: All Eyes On Blizzard

On his new EP, Testing The Water, Blizzard embraces his vulnerable side, balancing maturity and emotional heaviness with his trademark personality and witty-one liners. The result is a kaleidoscope of organic and synthetic stream-of-consciousness coupled with tongue-twisting bangers held together...

Album Review: Pharoahe Monch – PTSD

 P.T.S.D. is complicated. Whether we are speaking of the harrowing mental illness or of Pharoahe Monch's fourth studio album, it remains that each experience is intense, full of more vision, and bursting with more thought than the average mind can handle. The variety and volume of Monch's ideas...

Interview: YG and The Art of Storytelling

Ask anyone to give a vivid description of Compton, California and you may be referred to Boyz n the Hood or Menace II Society. Musically, options may include N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton or Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, m.A.A.D. City. Once you add My Krazy Life to the list, the...

Interview: Ragz Originale Discusses “Anime Black” and His Passion for Music

There are multiple layers of meaning behind Ragz Originale's latest track, "Anime Black," which was released to rapturous online reviews and has solidified his position as an artist to watch. The song's accompanying video is a dark and murky exploration of mental slavery, using ghostly techniques...

Video Premier: Teek Hall – “Firestarter”

It doesn't take long for Teek Hall to get his point across. From his gap tooth to his thick beard illuminated to look even more scraggly, to the way he swings his torch like a caveman, Teek illustrates exactly the kind of gritty Southern rhymer he is. He comes across loud and clear on the...

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...