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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There aren’t many careers where an individual can dedicate their lives and not end up with any long-term benefits — whether it be healthcare, a pension, or the like. Hip Hop happens to be one of those industries. Artists who dedicate their lives to the culture may find themselves in precarious situations down the line.
One of the perceived shortcomings of younger artists is a lack of business acumen — specifically centered around the inner workings of the music industry. When Lil Yachty appeared to be in the dark about the specifics of how he makes all the cash he’s enjoying he almost gave Joe Budden an aneurism.
When Lil Uzi Vert dropped his Luv Is Rage 2 album last week (August 25), many fans on Twitter were quick to point out that the song “Sauce It Up” bore a curious resemblance to a beat notorious Twitter beat-spammer Beats By Saif had been sharing for months.
While it was initially alleged that Saif’s short snippet profoundly influenced the beat, that may not be the case.
Action Bronson has always been considered a consistent artist, and rightly so: He’s a rapping machine with an incredibly complex rhyme scheme that often lands somewhere between absurdly comical and street, but always on point. The third instalment of his Blue Chips series, Blue Chips 7000, is no different. Held up by tedious sample clearance issues, the long-delayed project has finally hit (digital) shelves.
Perhaps it was the cohesiveness, or the overall grandeur of last year’s Kairi Chane that makes it difficult for fans of East (Harlem) New York rapper Dave East to forget that his latest offering, Paranoia: A True Story, is actually his first official release. Curiously billed as an EP despite the length, the rapper’s first foray onto the iconic Def Jam imprint is everything that long-time supporters could have hoped for.
Brampton’s own EverythingOShauN is one of those artists that everyone seems to be talking about lately. Surfing the current wave of trap-soul that acts like Bryson Tiller have been pushing into the industry spotlight, he’s winning over fans locally and across the border with his carefully curated sound. Almost Everything, his sophomore EP, is a light listen with six songs that are heavy on vibes — and mostly orchestrated by Xpress, aka DJXP, who also works extensively with Toronto singer Staasia Daniels.
There is a long history of songs that, when taken in a slightly different context, become synonymous with athletic motivation though. Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” Wiz Khalifa’s “Black And Yellow” and Jim Jones’ epic “We Fly High” have all found their way into countless highlight reels and racked up massive spins during live sporting events.
Not many artists get the kind of opportunity afforded to 27-year-old P.Muna. The New Yorker — born Prosper Mbongue-Muna — earned a healthy base of fans appearing as a cast member on MTV’s Are You The One?. “It was a crazy experience,” he tells AAHH. “One of the craziest experiences of my life … I was chilling with a bunch of beautiful women and got to make some money at the ends, so that’s always nice.”
Remember when Eminem rapped, “Hold your nose because here goes the cold water?” Well, for SoundCloud, today’s water was looking ice cold. But after wrapping up the largest financing round in the company’s history, it looks like the platform isn’t going anywhere.
Sometimes an artist is un-sleep-on-able. What do I mean by that? Well, at times in this writing game, an artist gets thrown at you from multiple directions enough that you need to concede eventually, and just go with it. Ard Adz is one such artist.