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Watch IDK’s brand new interview with Real 92.3 LA

One of my favorite projects to come out this year is without a doubt IDK’s amazing effort titled Is He Real, so when I saw that he linked up with the good folks over at Power 92.3 LA for an interview, I couldn’t wait to dive into the discussion. You will find the DMV talent speaking on everything such as the previously mentioned album, religion, building his fan base, meeting Kanye West, dropping the ‘Jay’ from his name awhile back, the title of his project, producing some of his own material, his album cover, his hometown, moving to California, the documentary, exercising, part-owning two gyms, his relationships, having a conversation with Mike Tyson, DMX, his live performance, his favorite books and so much more. This was an all-around great interview that you shouldn’t miss out on, check it out below!

An Honest Conversation with Kembe X

Photo by TooSam By: Jacob Blieu “I just want to push to be human.”  Kembe X has found his voice; he knows who he is and he’s back to loving music. After settling into one of the rooms of The Alter, an understated studio tucked away in the guts of Los Angeles, Kembe’s rediscovered passion becomes immediately clear. By embracing the daily mix of sadness and happiness instead of looking to escape it, Kembe’s found his pocket–a place that shows life as the real, complex, and beautiful thing that it can be if you tilt your head a little and look at it from a new angle.  At 24, Kembe has faced many personal doubts, and even clashes with alcoholism, forcing him to step outside of himself and the music to uncover a new sense of purpose. Since working alongside fellow Illinoisian juggernauts such as Chance the Rapper and Alex Wiley early in the Chicago scene, Kembe’s career has developed in ways no one could’ve predicted, encouraging a sharp shift in perspective as he steps into a new chapter of his life. With the support of his close friends and fans around the world, Kembe is back and ready to …

Chance the Rapper’s ‘The Big Tour’: A Legendary Moment In Chicago History

Post by Lee Mcintosh “I am so grateful for the love. Thank you Chicago for selling out my first ever show at THE UNITED CENTER” -Chance The Rapper, via Instagram Image via Twitter One of the greatest joys that any fan could have is being part of a city that has major cultural impact. Sports, artists, fashion, architecture and all. In terms of music, there are a handful of cities across the country that have been consistently feeding the culture year after year. LA is responsible for legends like NWA, Dr. Dre, The Game and Kendrick Lamar. New York being the birth of hip-hop brought us legends such as Biggie, Wu-Tang and Dipset. Of course, the south has been providing to a sound that is still dominant today with Trap Music. At last, there is the great city of Chicago providing us with legendary artists like Common, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and none other than–Chance The Rapper. For those who have been fans of Lyrical Lemonade since day one, you would be well aware that we have been covering Chance’s come up for years now. To see him blossom into the star that he is today has been nothing but …

Pusha T Deserves The World

Photo Credit: Matt Berg (Instagram) (Twitter) Attending school in Western Massachusetts is pretty much what it sounds like. For those unfamiliar with the area, it consists mostly of farmland, and while the vast space can make for some beautiful scenery, it is far from an urban environment. The densest areas population-wise are colleges and surrounding towns, the largest of which being the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (UMass), with a student enrollment of over twenty thousand. The school is the centerpiece of the area, and as a result, has been able to land performances from big names in the past. Rap music fans like myself eagerly await the announcement of these school-wide concerts, due to the general concert drought we tend to find ourselves in. Live music is abundant in Western Massachusetts. One can catch an indie rock band in a basement somewhere on pretty much any weekend, but rap shows are rare. This past March, the school secured Future to headline a show at UMass, and it was without a doubt a highlight of the year. So, when a poster appeared on a bathroom door outside of my information systems class declaring that the legendary Pusha T, alongside Lyrical-Lemonade …

The Positive and Negative Impact of Music Streaming Services

Post by Lee Mcintosh “I was thinking about not making CDs ever again… Only streaming. The Yeezus album packaging was an open casket to CDs. R.I.P.” -Kanye West via Twitter, 2016 In an era where technology is always evolving every day, many of us never thought we would see the end of the CD era. A lot of us were born into the CD era and will never forget that feeling of going to the store to buy your favorite artists newest album to add to your ever-growing music collection. These tweets only being three short years ago, the time has now come. With the rise and dominance of streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music & Tidal, artists no longer feel the need to have to release traditional physical albums anymore. Although CDs are close to being 100% obsolete, there still is a system in tact that allows artists to still sell albums amidst the new era of streaming music–designed to make life much easier for artist and aspiring artists alike. However, some may believe this system is still flawed, and many believe that we still do not have all the information about it. The current debate stands if music …

Watch Chance The Rapper’s brand new interview with BigBoyTV!

Chance The Rapper is fresh off of a trip to Los Angeles to spend some quality time with his oldest daughter, and while he was out on the west coast he stopped by the neighborhood to chop it with Big Boy and his amazing staff! You will find Big asking Chance about several topics such as his brand new debut album The Big Day, the idea of albums vs. mixtapes, his close relationship with Kanye West, Jeremih, controlling his own narrative, getting married, meeting his wife when he was nine, fatherhood, postponing his tour to spend more time with his family, his relationship with God, social media, and Big Boy even gifted Chance his first-ever lottery ticket. Big Boy never fails to give us fans amazing interviews, so trust me when I say that this was a great conversation, get in tune below!

Q&A: Chicago rapper Matt Muse has nothing but love

The adage “you must love yourself before you can love others” can be interpreted in any number of ways, and for Chicago rapper Matt Muse, exploring love in all its forms has been a strong source of inspiration for his two most recent projects. Last year, Muse released ‘Nappy Talk’, a project he describes as being all about self-love. Muse builds himself up in layers of bravado on tracks like “Don’t Tweak”, letting off steam in the form of masterful flows over keys that seem to announce the arrival of an impending threat. But unlike some wordsmiths in his arena, Muse’s boasts come with substance, rooted in pride that goes deeper than just plain vanity. On ‘Love & Nappyness’, the follow-up to ‘Nappy Talk’, Muse lets listeners know just where that sense of pride stems from. He opens up about the role God, family, and his upbringing have all played in forming his self-perception and ultimately his voice as an artist. While coming across as softer than his previous releases, Muse proves that he’s just as, if not more, powerful with a pen when he’s at his most vulnerable. Read my latest conversation with Matt Muse to learn more about …

Watch Dame Dash’s brand new interview with No Jumper

Anybody who knows me personally knows that Dame Dash is someone who I respect highly & have studied over the years, so when I saw that he connected with adam22 of No Jumper I was thrilled to tune in! Adam asked Dame some great questions touching on several topics including his early days growing up with Cam’ron, looking at himself as a superhero, creating his own all original content, exploitation, his relationship with Kanye West, Jay-Z’s deal with the NFL, his new businesses, the situation with Biggs, Roc-A-Fella, hustling, not judging people, being happy 24/7, how he deals with criticism, empowering his people + helping them reach their dreams, being honorable, Growing Up Hip-Hop, his other television endeavors and more. This is definitely one of my favorite interviews that Adam has ever done, which is a big statement considering his catalog, but don’t take my word check it out for yourself below!

Behind the Music: Highlighting the Producers of Today’s Sound

By: Lee Mcintosh When it comes to creating great music, the artists are the ones who receive most of the recognition for the creation of the song. Their name is what’s attached to the song, their flows, their likeness, and even the features that the artist may have. However, the song making process all begins with one entity… the producer/s. No matter how creative the lyrics may be, how great the artist’s cadence sounds, the beat behind it all is a huge factor behind the overall appeal of the song, and that is what moves people and captures their attention as soon as they hit play. We are in a different era of music now. Technology has advanced to a point where producers and artists don’t have to be in the studio together anymore. This can be a gift and a curse at the same time. Often so, producers may send over a beat pack to an artist and then they select the songs they want and don’t want. From there, the studio session may be recorded or put on Instagram live, and the producer may be nowhere in sight. This may create confusion as to who actually made the …

Watch Matt Muse’s brand new interview with Illanoize

Matt Muse is fresh off of the release of his brand new project Love & Nappyness so when I saw that he stopped by to catch up with the homies Bekoe and Pretty Riot for a brand new interview I had to tune in! Matt Muse spoke about plenty of topics in this interview including the creation of his brand new project, the time that he almost died while playing Pokemon Go, being a leader in the Chicago community, growing up on the south side on 81st, being influenced by Common & Kanye West, how he first got into making music, his parents being musical influences, instruments he has played, his recent performance on WGN, directing his own visuals, having a great family, pushing the love yourself narrative, how he thought of the title to his tape, why he picked an EP over full length, his headliner at Schubas in Chicago and more. Once again another great interview from Illanoize and an even better overall conversation with the hosts, check out this brand new interview below!