While strength in numbers proved to be the key to Wu-Tang Clan’s success and enduring legacy, it also proved itself to be a system that lacked equal distribution. While some of the Clan’s bigger names broke off and launched massive solo careers, others had to wait in line. U-God — also known as Golden Arms — was one of the members who played the background.
Audrey Godoy, the 28-year-old MC better known as Gavlyn, got her first break when her video for the boom-bap banger “What I Do” grabbed attention in 2012. Four albums (and millions of plays) later, she’s managed to organically build a substantial core audience and consistently tour across the U.S. and Europe.
If you’ve slept on Skyzoo’s latest LP, In Celebration Of Us, then shame on you. It’s masterpiece centered around equal parts social injustice and commentary, and — more endearing — fatherhood, and the role it played in his life.
L.A.-based, Detroit-born, producer Black Milk is as eclectic as they come. Wearing a bevy of hats, from rapper to glorified band leader, pigeonholing him is impossible, especially when examining the artistic chances he takes from one LP to another. The Rebellion Sessions, which dropped just over two years ago, for example, contained no vocals from Milk at all.
There are many intersections between contemporary Hip Hop music and visual art, as well as mutual points of inspiration between the two disciplines. With graffiti being one of the original pillars of the culture, the two have been intertwined since the early days of Hip Hop itself.
After a delay that didn’t go unnoticed by fans, rappers Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot (collectively known as the EarthGang) finally released their long-awaited third EP, Royalty, on J. Cole’s Dreamville Records imprint. Staying true to the aesthetic of both Rags and Robots — right down to the FRKO animated cover art — the project is a healthy dose of Southern comfort entrenched in jazzy sonic nostalgia.