Review: Smino’s “NØIR” Is An Eclectic Eargasm

Review: Smino’s “NØIR” Is An Eclectic Eargasm

The current rap game is built around the repetition of success. While that statement may not have always been true, in today’s world it’s easy to be bamboozled by the promise of uniqueness that in all actuality is chameleon-like mimicry. This is what makes St. Louis-native Smino so intriguing.

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

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

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.