Riley Wallace: Hip-Hop Journalist

About Riley

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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Rising Malaysian Star Zamaera Is Poised For Greatness

23-year-old Malaysian MC Zamaera has been slowly bubbling onto many radars as of late. After appearing on a viral installment of Yo! MTV Rap Asia’s Rap Cypher, knocking out her first festival appearance, and dropping a buzzing new single titled “Z vs Z” ahead of the upcoming EP of the same name, she is primed and ready to take things to the next level.

10,000 Hours Part 1: The Art Of Selling Merch

Welcome to the inaugural edition of 10,000 Hours, a different kind of spotlight. Usually associated with psychology writer Malcolm Gladwell, the concept refers to the idea that 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” are needed to become world-class in any field. In this case, Hip Hop.

Review: Album & Mixtape Logic Go Half On Bar-Filled “Young Sinatra IV”

It has long been established by fans that there are two very distinct variations of Sir Robert Bryson Hall II: Album Logic and Mixtape Logic. Hilariously addressed by Rick & Morty in the intro to his last release Bobby Tarantino II, this particular multidimensional overview serves to — more than anything — illustrate the depth of his fanbase.

Valee Producer ChaseTheMoney & FlossMobChase Talk New EP & Biting In Hip Hop

Chicago has long been a hotbed for genre shifting sounds — from the soulful production of a young Kanye West to the aggressive drill sub-genre that propelled acts like Chief Keef, the late Fredo Santana, Lil Durk, and more. Chi Town’s latest trendsetter Valee has become one of the mainstream’s most duplicated artists — with a catalog of booming soundscapes crafted by 21-year-old producer ChaseTheMoney.

Review: JAG’s “2700” Is Crafted With Success In Plain Sight

ASouth Central, Los Angeles, native JAG — also known as Chubby JAG — is one of those acts who you hear for the first time and say, “Why haven’t I heard of this guy?” His path has been long and winding; from being brought into the industry by Cassidy — whom he was connected to through his friend, former NBA player Bobby Simmons — to losing his voice for over a year, the journey to his debut LP “Dalton Ave” was something to celebrate.

Eminem “Kamikaze” Review

Eight months after the release of Revival, and without any clever billboards or marketing ploys, Eminem released Kamikaze — a conflicted piece of high-quality hip-hop. At its best, it’s a return to the Slim Shady fans were expecting on his last album. At its worst, it’s punctuated by cringe-inducing lapses of unnecessary shock value.

“Whatchu Want” Rapper Nine Looks To Rewrite His Legacy With New Album

Though he was primed for a resurgence with 2009’s Quinine, the release slid under many radars. However, an appearance on Snowgoons’ 2016 Goon Bap compilation led the German production team to collaborate with him for the upcoming LP King, which is set to be the comeback that Nine has wanted — and deserved — for the past few decades.

Review: Bas’ “Milky Way” Boosts His Replay Value

It’s been two years since J. Cole protégé Bas dropped his sophomore project Too High To Riot. Though he was actively touring, he had been relatively quiet before he stepped back into the spotlight with the April single, “Pinball II” featuring Correy C — a name that comes up twice on the tracklist of his third LP, Milky Way.