SOUNDSET 2015: PHOTOS & REVIEW

[gallery ids="98220,98219,98217,98221,98218"] Photographs by Khammy Phanthavong Review by Ryan Reyes We arrived at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota early in the afternoon to take in everything that Soundset Festival could throw at us. But before that, we had to accept the fact that it would...

Interview: Mat Kearney Taps Into A New Sound

Even after the release of his forth major label record, singer/songwriter Mat Kearney is still experimenting as a musician. This comes as no surprise for an artist whose discography so far has featured a smorgasbord of acoustic, Hip-Hop and Folk influences. Kearney started out in high school...

J.Cole Brings Fayetteville, NC to Birmingham, AL With 2014 Forest Hills Drive Tour (Photos)

  They say that home is where the heart is and the phrase was given life during the 2014 Forest Hills Drive Tour. The Dreamville crew including Bas, Omen and new signee, Cozz, opened the show with their best lyrical abilities. J.Cole brought the comfort of his childhood home in...

Album Review – Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

It's been almost three years since Kendrick Lamar released his phenomenal album Good Kid Maad City, arguably launching him into the discussion of the greatest rappers of all time. It's been decades since Hip-Hop has seen such significant and sudden influence, yet in October 2012, Hip-Hop...

“A Night at the Rodeo” (Travi$ Scott & Young Thug Concert Recap)

I live in Ohio. Combine that with the fact that my favorite musicians aren't megastars, with millions of fans, and the end result is me not getting to see a lot of the shows that I really want to see; unless I travel, which up until recently I never gave much thought. Back in January, my two...

Album Review: Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise

You can debate about a lot in Hip-Hop—best albums of all time, best rappers of all time, the 100 best songs of all time etc. Even though these are subjective categories that we've all discussed ad nauseum with each other, there is usually a general consensus among Hip-Hop heads because of the...

Mixtape Review: Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Leave it up to Drake to drop an entire mixtape in the late hours of the night and still crash the Internet.  Dropping the highly speculated mixtape just after 11:00 PM on Thursday night really came as no surprise. As the self proclaimed "6 God" does so well, the new music sent everyone into an...

Mixtape Review: Lil Wayne – Sorry 4 The Wait 2

The story of Lil Wayne is an interesting one; especially as of late. The once proud Cash Money Records front man has been at his label's neck for not releasing the fifth instalment of his Carter album series, Tha Carter 5. Push back after push back coupled with lackluster promotion forced Wayne...

Top 10 Most Interesting People in Hip-Hop 2014

1. Nicki Minaj The number one most interesting person in Hip-Hop 2014 is the queen of rap herself, Nicki Minaj. It's been an absolutely crazy year for Young Money's first lady and it looks like she's only just starting to spread those pink wings of hers. Nicki has always been a great source for...

ALBUM REVIEW: I.R.A. NATION’S “THE FREE SPIRIT” WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC

I.R.A. is what you would call an abstract musician. He's not only an independent rapper hailing from Baltimore, MD. this artist paints you a modern abstract work of art with his words and confused sound in his latest album The Free Spirit. If you don't listen carefully you might get lost in the...