“I am a wizard, an illusionist. I am a dreamer in a dream without a society. I am Hodgy.”
— Hodgy

Odd Future — although dope — always felt a little too young for me. I entered high school in 96–97, so while they were a breath of fresh air and a middle finger to the polished more business-oriented major releases running the day, I never fully ‘committed’ to them. Because, while I loved and recognized their obvious significance, it felt a little too immature, for lack of a better term. My initial instincts about their importance was obviously correct…


“I remember going to the studio with Big Boi, and going there, and meeting him. I was playing some of my music over the AUX and saw him in the back of the room with his eyes closed swaying in the back.” — Matt Citron

As a city, Atlanta has a certain lane that it has come to inhabit in hip-hop’s eco-system; rightfully so, superstars like Gucci and Future, as well as coverage like that on Noisey’s Atlanta series, it would be easy to [some degree] pigeon hole their sound. That’s part of the reason that an election-day email telling…


“They chasing a hit, I’m chasing legacy.” — Smoke Dza

I was actual sworn to secrecy about the existence of the much hyped “Don’t Smoke Rock” all the way back in January 2016. However, I wasn’t provided with any preview content, so I had to wait it out with the townspeople for this gleaming piece of New York street art. I use the word art purposely — and unapologetically — as this project is drenched in organic dopeness that can’t be bought. Like most of the best collaborative producer/MC projects we’ve heard over the past decade, Don’t Smoke Rock stemmed…


“A solid R&B album from a singer who’s been nothing but consistent for over two decades.”

Joe has always been — in my humble opinion — consistent as a singer. From his New Jack Swing soaked debut album, to his slew of incredibly notable guest features, to his constant club and radio presence at the turn of the century; he has yet to disappoint me as a listener and has had the fortune of being part of records that keep ringing after all these years. An example was his classic chorus on his 1997 song “Don’t Want To Be A…


Listening to the newest Tribe Called Album is a strange experience. I liken it to the final episode of Fresh Prince. ATCQ have always seemed like the most amazing, compelling, innovative and revered novel in its genre that just happened to have the last few chapters ripped out; that was the case, until early this morning. Following and emotional re-connection, a handful of performances and an undeniable demand from longtime fans, We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service finally hit [digital] shelves. …


As a preface, I’ve seen a few writers cover this topic over the years, but the sheer amount of blank stares the conversation elicits on my part suggests that revisiting it wouldn’t be such bad idea. I’ve made it no secret in the past that I’m a vinyl head. I spent many a sunny afternoon in my rip-roaring 20s digging for vinyl at my local record spots. One day, while digging in a leaky store basement through some bargain bins I came across a 12" called “Nobody Rides For Free,” by Biggie Smallz. The Z — for whatever reason —…


“It be the closest of niggas that change on you quick and know most fo your business.”
— Meek Mill

I sometimes liken Meek Milly to the elusive Edward Snowden; much like the whistle blower who alerted us to the fact that US agencies were spying on us, he alerted us to the fact that hip-hop’s greatest writer had a couple of monkeys on typewriters behind the scenes. Another commonality is that they were both drug through the mud afterward. Meek’s lack of a timely response to Drake’s Grammy award winning diss record Back To Back had many uttering phrases…


Today rapper Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem, turns 44 years old. With all of his success, his ultra-shock-value raps, over the top beef, and straight up genius-level pen game, it’s easy to forget his pre-slim shady gem, Infinite. Before the Dr. Dre cosigns, before Shady records, before the Rap Olympics — Em was a tongue-twisting emcee fully immersed in the early 90s [see golden era] hip-hop. …


“When I was 16, there was no such thing as a 44-year-old rapper. Now that I’m 44, this is new ground that some of my contemporaries and I are breaking. “ — Slug

It’s hard to talk about the combination of staying consistent and longevity in the game without mentioning Atmosphere — the duo of Ant and Slug. Since the onset of their 1997 debut they’ve lived life on wax, rarely deviating from the transparent realness that their fan base has come to both love and respect. From love, loss, and drugs, to marriage and children, it’s been a journey…


There is truly something special about Adrian Younge’s music. The methodical, upper echelon, level of quality and attention to detail in his unique blend of the late 60s to early 70s sound is a standard that not many musicians these days can live up to. I first became deeply immersed in his work after stumbling across Something About April back in 2012 and have been an avid listener from that point forward. For any crate digging sample freak, his music is a no-brainer — a stark departure from the direction that contemporary urban mainstream music has taken. With all it’s…

Riley Wallace

Editor of AAHIPHOP.com & freelance writer at XXL Magazine. http://www.rileywallacewrites.com

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