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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When it comes to the world of music production, few are as commercially varied — and as forthcoming with inspiration —as Ramon Ibanga Jr., better known as Illmind. With a catalogue of songs that traverses artists like Grand Agent, Supastition and El Da Sensei, to JAY-Z, Drake and even the Moana soundtrack (he produced “You’re Welcome”), not many producers can lay claim to his steady ascent into the upper echelon of the producer world.
MC Serch, formerly one half of the group 3rd Bass, recently stopped by VladTV’s studio to chat about a plethora of topics, including helping Nas get his deal. One story in particular though raised a few eyebrows; not so much for its intricacy, but more so for its historical inaccuracy.
hen it comes to career longevity without selling out the original vision — and ultimately the core integrity — of your brand, no OG rappers have managed to continue rocking shit the way that way Sadat X (a third of Brand Nubian) and El Da Sensei of The Artifacts have. Longtime fixtures on the European scene, the two have been peers for years, but it wasn’t until three years ago that the two decided to bless longtime fans and deep-rooted Hip Hop heads with a joint LP titled XL.
Producers from around the globe converged on Toronto from November 7 to 11 for the 13th annual Battle of the Beatmakers — a competition that has helped launch the careers of producers such as diamond-selling producer Boi-1da and multiple platinum-selling producer WondaGurl. After two days of primaries, the top 64 faced off in an exciting showdown at the Opera House, hosted by comedian Trixx, on November 10.
EverythingOShauN Wants Success on His Own Terms, and in His Home Country, on ‘Everything Over Everything Else’
Regardless of where your musical tastes lie, you’re likely to find an artist to satisfy your needs in the booming local Toronto scene. Thanks to a blinding spotlight aimed at the region — due in part to the meteoric rise of Drake and artists like Tory Lanez — many artists with the funds to spare are flooding through the open gate. For EverythingOShauN though, going it alone has allowed for him to build his own sound, free of an overarching drive for U.S. success.
On October 23, GQ posted a longform interview with the extraordinary Kid Cudi which — most frustratingly — claimed that the Kanye West collaborator was “a founding father of alternative Hip Hop.”
When it comes to bending your original vision for the purpose of achieving commercial success, none have managed to alienate and bury their past better than the Black Eyed Peas. Telling anyone who hopped on board after the success of their third LP, Elephunk, that their first two albums Behind The Front and Bridging The Gap were drenched in backpack alternative Hip Hop may not resonate. The fact that will.i.am and apl.de.ap were once signed to Eazy-E’s Ruthless Records might even seem downright inconceivable to some of their legacy haters.
When Lil Wayne finally let his long-awaited Tha Carter V out into the world, fans were immediately drawn to the Swizz Beatz and Avenue-produced “Uproar,” which — quite obviously — is a direct reworking on the G. Dep‘s hit song “Special Delivery.”
A new book by writer Ben Merlis — slated for a spring 2019 release by BMG — is set to explore the rise and fall of Cold Chillin’ Records while sewing together the intertwining and fantastic untold stories and timelines of the artists involved.