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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20 Rappers Who Pay Homage to Hip-Hop Pioneer Kool Herc in Their Lyrics (XXL)

20 Rappers Who Pay Homage to Hip-Hop Pioneer Kool Herc in Their Lyrics (XXL)

There are many things up for debate in hip-hop. Could Joey Bada$$ flame 2Pac in a battle if the latter was still alive? Did Remy Ma ether Nicky Minaj on her diss track? Who’s the greatest MC: Biggie, Jay Z, Nas or another great rapper? One thing that isn’t, though, is the birth of the culture, and Clive Campbell’s place within it. Read More: 20 Rappers Who Pay Homage to Kool Herc in Their Lyrics –...
20 of the Best Lyrics From Talib Kweli and Styles P’s ‘The Seven’ EP  (XXL)

20 of the Best Lyrics From Talib Kweli and Styles P’s ‘The Seven’ EP (XXL)

On April 14, in the midst of Kendrick Lamar mania, veteran New York rappers Talib Kweli Styles P dropped a solid EP, The Seven. The seven-song project delivered the heat that fans had been anticipating since the duo announced the joint effort in February, after dropping the Amadeus-produced single “Last Ones.” Read More: 20 of the Best Lyrics From Talib Kweli and Styles P’s ‘The Seven’ EP – XXL...
Is Yachty Ruining Hip Hop? (HipHopDX)

Is Yachty Ruining Hip Hop? (HipHopDX)

There has been a lot of discussion over the past year about Lil Yachty’s quick — and viral — ascent to “Hip Hop” notoriety. This hasn’t come without an immense amount of blowback from not only the game’s elite but listeners who lived through an era where attention to detail mattered and was a necessity for artists to strike a balance of respect and success. Read full article on...
Styles P Intercepts Talib Kweli’s Latest Twitter Beef (HipHopDX)

Styles P Intercepts Talib Kweli’s Latest Twitter Beef (HipHopDX)

TWITTER – It’s not news to anyone with data on their mobile device that Talib Kweli goes hard on Twitter. No matter who you are or how many followers you have, if you come at him sideways, he’ll check you. His latest feud is a drawn-out saga that has him going back and forth with Brooklyn’s Bekay, a seemingly well-connected MC with a verified account. He’s worked with some bonafide legends, won competitions, appeared on 106th & Park‘s Freestyle Friday, and rocked plenty of stages. Read full article on...
Back In Rotation: Track Seven Band Drops A Visual For ‘The Message’

Back In Rotation: Track Seven Band Drops A Visual For ‘The Message’

New York City-based Track Seven Band has a lot going for itself—which I detailed last year when I reviewed their debut project, The Try And The Fail. Just this past week they released a brand new visual from the EP, “The Message,” and it’s made me fall in love with this project all over again.

Behind The Beats With Producer Calev

Behind The Beats With Producer Calev

Singer and producer Calev has a lot going for him; I got into his music quite recently. It was after hearing a track he produced, “Queen$” — by Aaron Cohen. From there I dove into his catalogue that includes tracks for Emilio Rojas and Dizzy Wright. What I found most impressive, though, were his singles. To date, he’s dropped four which seem to be resonating with all the right people.

Comedian & “Friend Of Hip Hop” Charlie Murphy Dies At 57 (HipHopDX)

Comedian & “Friend Of Hip Hop” Charlie Murphy Dies At 57 (HipHopDX)

Fans across the globe were rocked by the news that beloved actor, comedian, and author Charlie Murphy, passed away Wednesday after a battle with leukemia. Charlie was a longtime “friend of Hip Hop” starting with his role as the “real” Gusto in the 1993 film CB4, as he described in an interview in 2014. Real the full article on...
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg’s Classic Record “Deep Cover” Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg’s Classic Record “Deep Cover” Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Twenty-five years ago today, Dr. Dre — who aspires to bring the 2024 Olympics to Los Angeles — dropped his first solo song, “Deep Cover,” also widely known as “187.” The song, which appeared on the soundtrack for the Jeff Goldblum and Lawrence Fishburne film of the same name, was the first release by Dre post-N.W.A and was a pinnacle make-or-break moment for the future of the now legendary Death Row Records. The Deep Cover album peaked at #166 on the Billboard 200, a far cry from the record-breaking success Dre had seen alongside Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella. However, the record established Dre as a breakout artist and introduced the world to Snoop Doggy Dogg — who just last week helped induct 2Pac into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Don’t Sleep: Bobby V Is Bringing Back R&B [Interview]

Don’t Sleep: Bobby V Is Bringing Back R&B [Interview]

Bobby Valentino rose to prominence in 2005 with his hit single “Slow Down,” produced by Tim & Bob. As the R&B face of Ludacris’ Disturbing The Peace label, he shot to the top of Billboard charts; he went on to release six studio albums, work with every superstar in the game, dabble in reality TV, and—most recently—he appeared in the BET TV movie “Hollywood Hearts.” The fact that he even needs to justify to anyone that he hasn’t fallen off is, no pun intended, ludicrous.

Homeboy Sandman – Veins

Homeboy Sandman – Veins

Like most Stones Throw artists, Homeboy Sandman goes against the grain, habitually, with a melodic flow that is unmistakable — a flow that led New York Press to proclaim him the best MC in NYC in 2008. A decade after his debut, Homeboy quietly drops his excellent seventh studio album, Veins. Read full review on...