Riley Wallace: Hip-Hop Journalist
Riley Wallace is a published, professional writer and hip-hop journalist whose work runs the gambit from real estate writing to hip-hop/urban writing for the legendary XXL Magazine. He’s the founder of AAHIPHOP and is one of the site’s principal writers. He’s interviewed legends like De La Soul, and is always working to expose new talent — and social commentary — with his work. For additional writing samples, or for any business/media, contact him using the form below.
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50 Cent probably has one of the best-known backstories in Hip Hop. After being shot nine times, he was picked up by Eminem’s Shady Records. His debut album, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, pretty much shut down the game. His G-Unit squad, consisting of Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks (and later Young Buck), came along for the ride and at one point were the only crew that mattered commercially, selling everything from clothes to Vitamin Water.
This past weekend gave 90s heads a reason to be excited; Harlem-legends Ma$e and Cam’ron went toe-to-toe is a full-on rap beef complete with vicious person jabs and insidious claims. But, was it all for the clicks? Their cordial agreeance to disagree and move forward via text (which Cam shared) seems to suggest it was all in good fun — or was it Ma$e being jabbed for far too long?
Back in his original form, Weeknd was a dark mystery wrapped in haunting falsettos. His dark non-descript aura made for a sweet eventual reveal. That initial run came to mind while taking in Splice Sama; however, with a slightly more complicated backstory, I’m not exactly sure how a reveal would play out.
It was all good back in 2013, when 40-year-old rapper Mase tweeted a definite “no” in response to the purported beef between him and fellow Children Of The Corn alumnus Cam’ron. “We don’t have any beefs … I can only comment on what is factually correct!”
That was then and this now, November 24, when the former Puff Daddy protégé dropped an incredibly savage diss record aimed squarely at the Harlem Diplomat.
Steve Stoute, a Hip Hop mogul often regarded as one of the more important people in the industry, dropped by Revolt’s Drink Champs alongside Tone (from the production duo Trackmasters) to spill a healthy amount of tea for Hip Hop heads.
The entertainment world is mourning the loss of beloved actress/singer Della Reese, who passed away on Sunday (November 19) at the age of 86. Though many fondly remember Reese for her role as Tess in the ABC show Touched By An Angel, many in the Hip Hop community best know her for playing the role of Vera in the film Harlem Knights.
It’s been almost six years since “Rappa Ternt Sanga” T-Pain has released a complete body of new work. His latest effort, OBLiViON, succeeds in delivering what’s expected from an artist of his caliber with a few moments of sparkling brilliance, but still tends to blend in with the minions he helped create over all these years.
JAY-Z, who’s been incredibly vocal about Meek Mill‘s recent prison sentence as the result of repeated parole violations, penned an op-ed for New York Times — published Friday (November 17) — calling for reform and panning probation as a “trap.”
Immediately after news of the announcement broke, fans and industry peers took to social media to pan the sentence and show support for the rapper.
The question is, should we feel sorry for Meek? It’s important to understand the full spectrum of Meek’s situation and the timeline that has led to this latest sentence.
If we’re keeping it all the way 100, the schtick of rhyming in a car is beyond played out. Whatever “cool” factor it did possess probably decimated after Carpool Karaoke became your mom’s fav thing to share on Facebook. At least that’s what I thought, until I stumbled onto E-Class (21-years-old) and his younger brother Young Poppa (11-years-old). Collectively known as The Hoodies, they’ve taken a stale concept and (with sheer quality bars) spun it into national viral fame.