Category Archives: HipHop

Nahsym Kalif Drops Video For Gratuity

Nahsym Kalif raps about his faith, Instagram and taking the LSAT in his song “Gratuity.” The video is a simple walk through the streets while he passionately drops his verses. The Brooklyn native released his I Am Nahsym and MOMA albums independently within the past year while attending law school. His cerebral flow, tone and focus on the world around him brings Talib Kweli to mind but  sonically he is attached to jazz and soul-influenced beats.

Media Questions Of The Week


Will Dr. Dre sue Lifetime for their depiction of him in Michel’le biopic Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Me?

When will Jidenna’s debut album, Long Live The Chief come out?


Will Yasiin Bey’s retirement from music and film be a permanent decision?








Common-Black America Again Album Art & Tracklisting


Common’s Black America Again will be released on November 4th not long before Election Day. Stevie Wonder, Bilal, Syd, Marsha Ambrosius, Elena, Tasha Cobbs and PJ have features on Black America Again.


  1. Joy And Peace (Feat. Bilal)
  2. Home (Feat. Bilal)
  3. Word From Moe Luv Interlude
  4. Black America Again (Feat. Stevie Wonder)
  5. Love Star (Feat. Marsha Ambrosius & PJ)
  6. On A Whim Interlude
  7. Red Wine (Feat. Syd & Elena)
  8. Pyramids
  9. A Moment In The Sun Interlude
  10. Unfamiliar (Feat. PJ)
  11. A Bigger Picture Called Free (Feat. Syd & Bilal)
  12. The Day The Women Took Over (Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid)
  13. Rain (Feat. John Legend)
  14. Little Chicago Boy (Feat. Tasha Cobbs)
  15. Letter To The Free (Feat. Bilal)

Amp Fiddler Talks To The Boiler Room About Being J.Dilla’s Mentor

The Boiler Room interviews J.Dilla’s mentor Amp Fiddler about his music and life. Amp Fiddler is the funk extraordinaire from Detroit who has written for and played with George Clinton, Prince and Maxwell among many others including house auteur Moodymann.  A pillar of Detroit’s music scene for three decades,  it was Fiddler who taught Dilla how to use the MPC and introduced him to Q-Tip. In this episode, he talks about Dilla’s early productions, his path to success and shares some of his rare demo tapes. Amp Fiddler just released his fourth solo album, Motor City Booty.

Rhythm Roulette: Wondagurl

Canadian producer Wondagurl takes her turn as the subject of Mass Appeal’s Rhythm Roulette series.  The young producer is only 19 and she has already done production work for Jay-Z, Drake, Rihanna and Travis Scott among others. In six minutes, she creates a psychedelic southern-styled beat for the camera.

Nas And Erykah Badu-This Bitter Land On Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Nas and Erykah Badu perform “This Bitter Land”  on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and tap into the current angst taking place in America. “This Bitter Land” is from the soundtrack to The Land that came out over the summer.

Danny Brown-Pneumonia Official Video

Danny Brown’s video for “Pneumonia” is a clash of political images, him being hung by playground chains and him standing at a podium. It’s a mix of a message and the nonsensical mostly visualized in the dark at night. Brown is currently touring his Atrocity Exhibition album.

Illa J-Spiders

Illa J’s “Spiders” is new music he recorded with producer Calvin Valentine. They made 30 songs but “Spiders” is the first one to surface publicly. Lyrically and sonically “Spiders” sounds like an experience from an altered state. The single is follows the release of his 2015 debut album.

Apollo Brown & Skyzoo-The Easy Truth Documentary

Apollo Brown and Skyzoo just released The Easy Truth album this fall. The Easy Truth documentary is a 10-minute piece of them talking about the project and showing them both at work.

Denzel Curry Releases Video For Zenith With Joey Bada$$ Imperial Debut Coming This Week

Denzel Curry dropped his video for “Zenith” featuring Joey Bada$$ today. The Florida native is getting ready for the release of his Imperial debut album this Friday. Curry self-released Imperial earlier this year and attracted an ample following. Friday will be the wide release of Imperial across the usual platforms. His tour also kicks off Friday with a show at Urban Outfitter’s Herald Square flagship store in New York City.


Tour Dates
10/14 – New York City – UO Live (Urban Outfitters Herald Square)
11/4 – McDade, TX – Sound on Sound
11/6 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine
11/7 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
11/8 – Mesa, AZ- Club Red
11/9 – San Diego, CA – Soma
11/10 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock
11/11 – Santa Ana, CA- Galaxy
11/12 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst
11/13 – Oakland, CA – New Parish
11/15 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
11/16 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
11/18 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
11/19 – Denver, CO – Cervantes
11/20 – Lawrence, KS – Granada
11/22 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
12/6 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
12/8 – Berlin, DE – Yaam
12/9 – London, UK – Jazz Cafe
12/10 – Brussels, BE – VK Club
12/11 – Paris, FR – Le Bellevilloise
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