This year’s ONE MusicFest was a blast! The day was jam packed with great live performances, food and awesome weather. The festival included three stages this year, which catered to both the old and new school crowds, but choosing which performances to catch was a tough decision. The headliner, Lauryn Hill, along with The Roots, Janelle Monae and Wondaland, Bun B, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, A$AP Rocky, SZA, Raury plus more put on a stellar show. View some of the photo’s below and more via Respect-Mag.com.
We’ve long given hip-hop genre sub-labels, including titles such as trap, street, gangster, and conscious. For the most part, a theoretical answer for sub-labels is to separate authentic and inauthentic hip-hop. Authentic hip-hop is typically typecast as lyrical and being a direct reflection of an artists reality. Inauthentic hip-hop is generally stereotyped as being chalk full of exaggerated lyrical content and watered down production. When it comes to labels, all artists that fall under one of the sub-labels within the rap category struggle to advance outside of their designated box. As limiting and frustrating as it is, are rap labels a bad thing or is it possible to prove the media and fans wrong by pushing past the label limit? Continue reading →
If you aren’t already familiar with Sue Tsai’s work, this post is for you. I first became aware of her artistry when Wale released his “Bad” single featuring Tiara Thomas. The single was to promote his 2013 album, The Gifted. The song was intriguing, the cover art made it memorable. It was different, but different in a cool way. Continue reading →
Hip-hop has been giving me life this year! 2015 has got to be one of the best years for hip-hop in a while. The Leaders of the New School, as we call them, have taken the genre to another level. Drake , Kendrick, Big Sean and J.Cole released bar raising albums and now we can add Wale to the list. The Album About Nothing sounds a lot like something. In fact,the overall lyrical content is right in line with his mixtapes, The Mixtape About Nothing (2008) and More About Nothing (2010). For a minute, his core fan base was afraid that he’d lost himself behind MMG, but he’s pushed passed the label and centered himself with the more poetic Wale that was prevalent on songs like “Nike Boots” and “Ambitious Girl.”