Pete Rock Doesn’t Want To Cosign Lil Yachty & That’s Fine – DJBooth Article

Legendary producer Pete Rock has been catching some flak for his recent criticisms mumble-rap superstar Lil Yachty, after Soul Brother #1 posted a video on his Instagram a failed freestyle attempt by Yachty. While many youngsters are dismissing Rock’s cries “trash” as the curmudgeonly ramblings an “old head,” Rhymesayers emcee/producer Blueprint thinks they’re a breath fresh… Read More »

Chanel West Says Debut Album Will Be Authentic, Addresses Criticism of Artistry

Kiyana TehraniOn her debut rap album Chanel West plans to show fans the real side herself, the side she says “nobody really knows.” West, who is co-host MTV’s Ridiculousness, plans to release the album sometime this year and addresses the criticism those who feel she can’t truly identify with rap culture. “I don’t even know how I ended… Read More »

King Cuddy ‘King Cuddy’ (album stream)

Toronto’s King Cuddy is the brainchild Brian Cuddy, and he’s roped in an eclectic selection local musicians for the band’s self-titled debut album.   They blend guitars, a Hner bass, keys, drums, fiddle and banjo together into a warm, jangly mix ramshackle folk-rock, and King Cuddy serves as an inviting introduction to their sonic stylings. The… Read More »

Nas-Produced “The Land” is an Unflinching Portrayal of Youth, Drugs & Choices – DJBooth Article

The Land – the new full-length feature debut, written and directed by Steven Caple, Jr., boasts an incredible soundtrack in addition to its unflinching look into modern-day youth and the unending choices they face during the navigation life. With Nas on-board as an executive producer and key appearances from Erykah Badu and Cleveland-born Richard “Machine Gun Kelly” Baker,… Read More »

A Brief History of Hip-Hop Lyrics Embracing Terrorism – DJBooth Article

While hip-hop has always relied on competition and witty metaphors to describe an MC’s skills, a strange turn events occurred in early 2001 – when the attacks 9/11 replaced metaphorical terrorism vocabulary with literal Al-Qaeda-inspired vocabulary. On the morning September 11, 2001, the entire world was irrevocably changed. I was only a few weeks into… Read More »

Sony, Major Lazer and more endorse Dillon Francis to become the host of SNL

Earlier this week, NBC’s Saturday Night Live announced via Twitter that the show would be looking for a new personality to host their forthcoming 42nd season. A number of names have been flying around the Twittersphere, including dance music’s class clown, Dillon Francis, who has already received endorsements from Major Lazer, Calvin Harris, Sony Music… Read More »

Your EDM Exclusive: Space Jesus Talks Staying Unique In EDM & Artist Evolution | Your EDM

Jasha Tull, a Brooklyn-based producer, is undoubtedly a man of many talents. Most people know him by his moniker, Space Jesus, but few truly understand the genius behind his creative process. Whether or not you approve of the term “EDM,” you must agree that there is at least a slight tendency to follow strict guidelines of percussion… Read More »

A 10 Step Artist Guide to Running a Successful Kickstarter Campaign – DJBooth Article

Over the last month, since I wrote a pair articles about my Kickstarter campaign, a number people have reached out to me looking for insight regarding the ins and outs crowdfunding. For the most part, the overarching theme has been fear – almost every person who has inquired about the process has mentioned that they’ve considered… Read More »