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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6 Actors Who Could Play Gucci Mane In His Upcoming Biopic

It’s been just weeks since Gucci Mane announced his first LP of 2018, (tentatively) titled The Evil Genius. That was big news, especially after the year he had. He’s coming off of a great 2017 that included a plush, televised $1.7 million wedding, a New York Times Bestseller and a reality show.

Gucci never stops, and continues to show us why he deserved DX’s year-end award for Hardest Working Artist Of The Year for both 2016 and 2017.

“Money Power Respect” Turns 20

1996, I’m up at 2 am on a Friday dubbing College radio — as was the routine at the time — and then I hear it, “You’ll See” by The LOX featuring the Notorious B.I.G. Over the repurposed instrumental of Faith Evan’s “Used To Love Me,” the trio (though obviously younger) had that signature chemistry that we’ve always collectively loved them for, and of course a flame emoji Biggie verse. The song was dubbed off that original tape so many times the tape popped.

Producer & DJ Diablo Is Surfing The New Wave On A Gucci Surfboard

Whether or not you agree or even fuck with this new wave of artists flooding the industry, they’re here to stay — and they’re doing numbers. The ascent has been pretty steady, which I think many may not realize. Thriving in a generation that started sharing the dankest of the dank memes by the time they were in high school, they’ve turned consistent grind and work ethic via services like SoundCloud into vehicles to propel themselves to Billboard fame, selling out shows and making racks (and racks).

South African Rhymer Shane Eagle Is Bridging The Gap

I asked artists to submit for potential inclusion in the new crowd-sourced iteration of my #indiespotlight column. One artist, Shane Eagle was recommended — and almost immediately the suggestion was co-signed by nearly 100 supporters. It didn’t go unnoticed, and I gave his debut release Yellow a listen. Flame emojis in abundance.

There Can Be More Than One, Right?

By now you’ve seen and heard the throwback magic that is Bruno Mars’ “Finesse” remix featuring Cardi B. After a fantastic start to 2018 — being inducted into the elite group of artists to have their first three Billboard Hot 100 hits in the top 10 — many detractors are beginning to come around. Including me, to be honest.

Fighter Spirit: Steph Dash Nash Battles Terminal Illness While Crafting A Classic

I’ve spoken about this in the past, but as a recognized journalist, I get lots of email and attention from artists looking to have some pen game dedicated to their craft. In this daily wave things don’t always stick out to me; It’s impossible for me to listen to everything and respond to everyone, respectfully.

Sometimes, though, you just get a feeling.

Ash Cash Flipped JAY-Z’s “4:44” Into Financial Self-Help Book

JAY-Z’s critically acclaimed 4:44 — one of HipHopDX’s Best Rap Albums of 2017 — was a career revelation, displaying the clarity he’s gained as a father and husband. However, as shown in the new book The Wake Up Call: Financial Inspiration Learned from 4:44 + A Step by Step Guide on How to Implement Each Financial Principle, the album is much more than that.

There Can Be More Than One, Right?

By now you’ve seen and heard the throwback magic that is Bruno Mars’ “Finesse” remix featuring Cardi B. After a fantastic start to 2018 — being inducted into the elite group of artists to have their first three Billboard Hot 100 hits in the top 10 — many detractors are beginning to come around. Including me, to be honest.