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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Sonny Digital’s Producer Union Should Be More Than A Pipe Dream

When Hip Hop icon Redman spit “your boombox better form a union ’cause I leave your circuits overworked,” who knew that 21 years later a new generation of cultural shifters may take the advice? Although in this instance, the boombox represents the producers behind some of the biggest and brightest upcoming acts being touted as leaders of the new school.

Tupac’s Chief Engineer Tommy D Previews Book [Interview]

“The Makaveli Book” by veteran Death Row Records engineer Tommy D. Daugherty reveals some amazing stories and in-studio moments from the music industry titan. Despite all those juicy details, the most fascinating tales are about the unique relationships artists often form with engineers who help bring their visions to life.

Vinyl Sales Soar & Drake Is King Of Streams In 2017

We’re already halfway through the year. So far, 2017 has brought with it some great music and huge milestones. Several major artists dropped projects that broke all types of records. For example, Drake racked up 89.9 million streams globally within the first 24 hours of More Life‘s release on Apple Music, setting a single-day record. This record was later broken by Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., which averaged 2,406, 568 per song.

Shelita Burke ‘Penetrates’ With Her Sexy New Single

Sort of quirky — and super unique — singer Shelita Burke is a singer I wrote about last year when she released her EP Transfixed and lead single “Belong,” which was produced by industry vet Bellringer. If you missed my previous piece (shame on you), I’ll give you a quick Cliff’s Notes on why you need to check Shelita Out.

No New Friends: The Phenomenon Of Post Death Love

Reminder, there’s no shame in not being the biggest fan of an artist. You’re also not under any moral obligation to fundamentally love every artist who ever died. Feels like that shouldn’t be a necessary reminder — except that it is.

20 Of JAY-Z’s Biggest Bars From “4:44”

2017 has had plenty of reasons to look forward to New Release Friday. But only a few drops effectively had fans up at midnight collectively experiencing new music as a culture. Kendrick Lamar did it with DAMN., and this past Friday (June 30) JAY-Z released his fabled 4:44, taking over social media as fans gave it a hard listen. By nearly all accounts, it delivered on all fronts.

Five Things To Know About OVO Signee Plaza

Much like the mysterious aura the Drake-discovered The Weeknd exuded, Plaza is like a ball of shadows wrapped in an invisibility cloak. All of his photos are tinted purple and with the exception of his EP cover, they’re about as non-descriptive as it gets.

Does DJ Khaled’s “Grateful” Have The Greatest Rap Album Guest List Ever?

DJ Khaled, who is less of an actual disk jockey and more of a super-producer and social media star these days, recently revealed the tracklisting for his upcoming album Grateful. With an eclectic cast of both new and established superstars, the ambitious guest list had some wondering whether Khaled was indeed a genius or merely an over-paid opportunist shoving as many chart-topping artists as possible into records.

RIP Prodigy

Today Hip Hop lost a real soldier of the game, Albert Johnson — better known as Prodigy. Half of the infamous Queens duo Mobb Deep, 42-year-old Prodigy was the epitome of the Hip Hop that real heads loved. He was really about that street shit, he came up in an era where skills reigned supreme, and he had a distinctive vocal tone and way with words that will ultimately help uphold his legacy, which is an untouchable catalog.