Meet Cristela Rodriguez, Saba’s 22-Year-Old “Rap Mom” Article

It’s a just past 1 a.m. and 22-year-old Cristela Rodriguez, for the first time all night, is finally getting a chance to sit down. She has a FILA sweatshirt draped over her torso, aged Vans on her feet and a tired, yet satisfied look on her face as her boys are scattered across a chicken joint near the University North Carolina […]

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Sniper Gang’s Honcho Da Savage and John Wicks Drop ‘Wave’

Honcho Da Savage Soundcloud Kodak Black’s Sniper Gang affiliates Honcho Da Savage and John Wicks come through with a chilled out new track called “Wave.” It finds Honcho singing for most the track before Wicks drops a verse at the end. Listen to it below. There’s a ton talent coming out Florida right now, and just the other week another […]

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Goodwood Atoms ‘Goodwood Atoms’ (EP stream)

Vancouver indie outfit Goodwood Atoms are ready to release their new self-titled EP, and you can now fully stream the group’s new sonic fering.   “This self-titled EP is the first two EPs we are releasing in the next two months,” the band tells Exclaim! “They’re a journey through the different sides our collective personality as a band. Some the songs are more […]

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Drake or Big Sean: Who Is Kendrick’s Target on “The Heart Pt. 4”? Article

“Will you let hip-hop die on October 22nd,” is the final line heard on Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart Pt. 3.” The song's release, just days before the arrival good kid, m.A.A.d city, was the third installment “The Heart” series and a treat to all the beloved fans who hoped he would turn the acclaimed double feature into a trilogy. “The Heart” […]

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From Boy to Beast: How Paranoia Transformed Drake’s Persona Article

Trust and betrayal, paranoia and skepticism, fake love and scheming peers―Aubrey Graham is all too familiar with these concepts as if he was more mob boss than rapper. He believes in keeping the family close and keeping away from new friends, but these thoughts stem from the many blades being lunged into his spinal column. Think back on the confrontation with […]

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Sirius XM kicks off Miami Music Week with House of Chill – Dancing Astronaut

is a truly special time year. In many ways, it acts as the unficial beginning the festival season. To kick f the MMW festivities, Sirius XM has announced its House Chill and Music Lounge events. Music Lounge grabs the opening spot, with performances and a live broadcast from Miami’s 1 Hotel on March 22nd and 23rd. Both days kickf at […]

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Alina Baraz Velvet Underground, Toronto ON, March 21

As Toronto’s weather drifted from its first hints spring back into a wintery grey throughout the day, 21-year-old, L.A.-based artist Alina Baraz was making a transition her own — playing her first headlining concert in Canada’s biggest city. After a digital meeting in 2013 on Soundcloud, Alina started working with Danish electronic producer Galimatias, and the pair went on to […]

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Miami Hurricanes Defensive End Chad Thomas Produced Rick Ross’ ‘Apple of My Eye’

Joel Auerbach/Kevin Mazur, Getty s Who would’ve thought a Miami Hurricanes football star would have dope production on Rick Ross’ Rather You Than Me album? Chad Thomas, a senior defensive end at the prominent school, is widely known for his play on the field, but adds his musical touch on “Apple My Eye,” the intro to Ross’ ninth studio project. […]

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Feist Goes In-Depth on ‘Pleasure’ with Zane Lowe

Feist announced her return with new LP Pleasure this month. With just over a month until its arrival, the songwriter sat down with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 radio for an in-depth interview about the record, its recording process, and where she stands on a new LP from Broken Social Scene. On her frame mind in recording Pleasure: I write on my own […]

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The Courtneys / Faith Healer / Gender Poutine Brixx, Edmonton AB, March 17

When St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday, there are usually two options for the night — get sloshed on shitty green-dyed lagers, or stay at home and avoid the whole mess. Luckily for Edmonton, there was a third option, as the Courtneys brought their fuzzy pop tunes to downtown basement venue Brixx and gave the indie crowd refuge from […]

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