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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2017 was a great year in music, with huge records like 4:44 and DAMN. dropping alongside a host of high-profile releases that kept Hip Hop Twitter debating endlessly. But it was also a great year for big budget videos. From Kendrick Lamar to Young Thug, there have been some intensely fun and fascinating treatments — some of which stepped so far outside the box they’d need binoculars to see it.
After a mounting buzz from a handful of high-profile singles and a new contract with 50 Cent’s G-Unit Records to celebrate the end of 2016, East New York rapper Uncle Murda dropped his new mixtape, Don’t Come Outside Vol. 1 last month.
Keeping a secret is no small feat, especially when it’s a game-changing secret that could quite possibly take your career to a whole other level — just ask Brooklyn’s PHresher. Three months ago, Eminem met the rapper in a New York City studio to record “Chloraseptic,” the lone Hip Hop collaboration on Slim Shady’s much-anticipated return album, Revival.
No big deal!
It’s been a while since fans have been gifted with a full body of work from Dres, one half of the Hip Hop duo Black Sheep. Dres’ followers were elated when he announced not one, but two new projects — a mixtape and LP both titled Tortured Soul — via Twitter a few weeks ago.
50 Cent probably has one of the best-known backstories in Hip Hop. After being shot nine times, he was picked up by Eminem’s Shady Records. His debut album, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, pretty much shut down the game. His G-Unit squad, consisting of Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks (and later Young Buck), came along for the ride and at one point were the only crew that mattered commercially, selling everything from clothes to Vitamin Water.
This past weekend gave 90s heads a reason to be excited; Harlem-legends Ma$e and Cam’ron went toe-to-toe is a full-on rap beef complete with vicious person jabs and insidious claims. But, was it all for the clicks? Their cordial agreeance to disagree and move forward via text (which Cam shared) seems to suggest it was all in good fun — or was it Ma$e being jabbed for far too long?
Back in his original form, Weeknd was a dark mystery wrapped in haunting falsettos. His dark non-descript aura made for a sweet eventual reveal. That initial run came to mind while taking in Splice Sama; however, with a slightly more complicated backstory, I’m not exactly sure how a reveal would play out.
It was all good back in 2013, when 40-year-old rapper Mase tweeted a definite “no” in response to the purported beef between him and fellow Children Of The Corn alumnus Cam’ron. “We don’t have any beefs … I can only comment on what is factually correct!”
That was then and this now, November 24, when the former Puff Daddy protégé dropped an incredibly savage diss record aimed squarely at the Harlem Diplomat.
Steve Stoute, a Hip Hop mogul often regarded as one of the more important people in the industry, dropped by Revolt’s Drink Champs alongside Tone (from the production duo Trackmasters) to spill a healthy amount of tea for Hip Hop heads.
The entertainment world is mourning the loss of beloved actress/singer Della Reese, who passed away on Sunday (November 19) at the age of 86. Though many fondly remember Reese for her role as Tess in the ABC show Touched By An Angel, many in the Hip Hop community best know her for playing the role of Vera in the film Harlem Knights.