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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Rapper, producer, and satellite radio personality J57 is about to kick 2018 up to a notch with the next chapter of his career. Most recently touring the debut release of his trio Jamo Gang alongside El Gant and Ras Kass, J57 is about to introduce the world to a collective that he says is going to shake up the game.
Video games and Hip Hop have been connected for decades. When it comes to marrying the two within music though, no one does it quite like Mega Ran. Rather, nobody does it as much as him.
One of the biggest conundrums facing the preservation of Hip Hop culture is the reluctance of a percentage of the younger generation of listeners to appreciate — or even acknowledge — the artists that came before them.
Like most of us, Alabama native CHIKA spent the early morning of April 20 listening to J. Cole’s surprise album, KOD. One song in particular, “1985 (Intro To ‘The Fall Off’),” — in which Cole lectures an unnamed rapper — affected CHIKA to the point that she felt compelled to respond with a verse of her own. She shared the video to her Twitter followers and within about 24 hours, it had amassed around 1.2 million views.
St Louis rapper EJ Carter has been on the cusp for a while now. Notorious, his 2015 debut, racked up millions of spins via Spotify and spawned multiple viral videos, yet failed to materialize into broader commercial success. His latest LP, 5800, has all the elements of a focused game changer for the 26-year-old, packed with solid musicianship that accentuates his songwriting and production.
It’s been a little over a year since Smoke DZA dropped his last album, “Don’t Smoke Rock,” a collaborative LP with iconic producer Pete Rock. After putting out three singles and his “Ringside 6” EP, the Harlem MC is finally ready to roll out his sixth studio album, “Not For Sale,” on April 20.
Since dropping the single “1999” back in 2016, rapper SAINt JHN has managed to amass around 50 million streams and a dedicated fan base. More impressively, he’s done so with only a small handful of singles. With his debut LP Collection One dropping on March 30 — which includes five of the previously released singles — JHN is hesitant about telling fans what to expect.
Philly-based illustrator and fine artist Chris B. Murray is putting on for the culture with his new poster series, “Rap Kings.” The ongoing 30-piece series pays tribute to a formidable list of both contemporary and golden era lyricists.
Without much warning, The Weeknd dropped a new project on March 30, “My Dear Melancholy.” While the short and sweet six-song release is the official follow-up to his 2016 double-platinum commercial opus Starboy, it’s in many ways a shedding of his newfound king-off pop appeal and retreat back to the confessional booth.