Riley Wallace: Hip-Hop Journalist

About Riley

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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Just Blaze Discusses His First Beat, New Busta Rhymes and the Importance of Giving Back

When it comes to entry into the game, not many producers can claim a body of work as influential and commercially successful as Patterson, NJ native Justin Smith, better known as Just Blaze. For the iconic producer, an internship at the storied Cutting Room studio in New York City led to him landing major placements that spun into a run that snapped the sound of hip-hop at the turn of the century.

Milestones & Motivation: An Uplifting Chat With Producer Illmind

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.

El Da Sensei Talks Longevity & “XL” LP With Sadat X

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.

Battle of the Beatmakers Crowns lucyclubhouse Its Youngest-Ever Winner

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.

Review: Black Eyed Peas Restore Faith In Hip Hop Humanity “Masters Of The Sun Vol. 1”

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.