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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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.
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.
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.
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.