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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Welcome to another installment of 5 Chances To Convince Me, where a fan delivers five pieces of content to a skeptic about an artist to — hopefully — change their outlook, or at the very least to inspire a second chance. The fan is me (Riley Wallace), and Jeff Dring is (once again) the resident skeptic.
This time around, we’ll be looking at The Based God himself, Lil B.
Gimmicks come and go; throughout the timeline of Hip Hop, we’ve seen plenty of names go from artist of the month to obscurity. It’s rare to meet artists like Planet Asia who have been consistently—and comfortably—living as an (active) underground recording artist for over 20 years.
The smoke and mirrors of Hip Hop grandeur can blind new artists to the importance of traditional brand building. It can lead them to simply mimic others in an effort to follow what they perceive as a successful path. The results can sometimes be positive, but they’re often short-lived. On the opposite end of the spectrum, an organic approach has allowed numerous artists from the last 20-30 years to develop a strong brand that they’ve been able to foster to this day.
Whether or not Quavo has consciously been setting himself up for a solo career, he’s definitely like “The Ting Goes” meme this month: everywhere. It’s a run reminiscent of the one Lil Wayne had back in 2011 with 30 high-profile features — 15 of which landed on the Billboard Hot 100.
Fans of Memphis rap legend Juicy J were pleasantly surprised to see his memorable song “Slob On My Knob” trending on Apple Music on Sunday (September 10). The record was a staple of Juicy J’s mixtape days but got a wider release on the 1999 album CrazyNDaLazDayz, the sole LP by Three 6 Mafia spin-off group Tear Da Club Up Thugs. Although the track wasn’t a chart-topping hit, it became a cult classic.
Even though the old Taylor Swift can’t come to the phone right now, the old R.A. The Rugged Man can (and will) answer the call to drop some bars — every time. The rap vet honored a challenge from one of his fans to freestyle over the instrumental to Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do,” which now holds the record for the the fastest-selling download since Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.”
A little over two years ago the Hip Hop world was rocked by the tragic and sudden loss of Rapper Sean Price, a member of the Boot Camp Clik, and one-half of the legendary duo Heltah Skeltah — alongside Jahmal Bush, better known as Rock. Finally moving forward (professionally), Rock is making is first post-P foray, Rockness A.P. (After Price), which is–in essence–his first solo-project.
Newark, New Jersey’ rapper Rugby Wild is definitely in his pocket with his latest single, “Scuffs.” A few run throughs of his new video put me in mind of the 90s film Kids — if only just visually. The visual is beaming with an undercurrent of youthful exuberance and that “last summer before adulthood.”
There aren’t many careers where an individual can dedicate their lives and not end up with any long-term benefits — whether it be healthcare, a pension, or the like. Hip Hop happens to be one of those industries. Artists who dedicate their lives to the culture may find themselves in precarious situations down the line.
One of the perceived shortcomings of younger artists is a lack of business acumen — specifically centered around the inner workings of the music industry. When Lil Yachty appeared to be in the dark about the specifics of how he makes all the cash he’s enjoying he almost gave Joe Budden an aneurism.