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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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.
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.
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.
As Nine prepares to reintroduce himself to the game with his new album King — dropping on September 9 — he’s gifting fans with the LP’s third single “Belafonte” featuring Conway The Machine.
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.
Writer and financial educator Ash Cash is back with another book that aims to help readers achieve financial freedom — and ultimately happiness — using teachings learned through Hip Hop.
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.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld its ruling following a free speech appeal on Tuesday (August 22) by rapper Jamal Knox a.k.a. Mayhem Mal. Knox was prosecuted along with Rashee Beasley a.k.a. Soulja Beaz for (among other charges) making terroristic threats towards law enforcement via a rap song titled “Fuck The Police” released on YouTube back in 2012.
Not many artists have had a journey quite like Dade County, Florida, rapper Brianna Perry. She made her debut at the young age of 10 via Trina’s 2002 album Diamond Princess.
Named after a defunct Six Flags amusement park in his hometown of Houston, the LP is layered with numerous nods to both his past and future. As an overall product, it’s a brilliant tapestry of subtle elements that position the 26-year-old virtuoso as the closest thing his generation has to Kanye West-level album curation.