For stoop lee, the past is something he cherishes. The Detroit-born artist is keenly aware of how his upbringing made him the person and artist he is today. He brings forth a youthful exuberance while navigating relationships and the subtle moments that make or break them. …

Vsteeze raps from a unique place. The Bronx rapper mergers her boom-bap sound with bohemian lyrics that are reminiscent of the Native Tongues movement. Her confidence oozes through on tracks as she reflects on love, her affection for music, and her family.

She found a partner in Funky DL, whose…

For RickExpress, music is more than what you hear. The Brooklyn-based musician takes a holistic approach to his artistry, pulling from his emotions and surroundings to make something personal to him and relatable to us all.

His latest single, “Not As Blue”, is a captivating track anchored around an airy…

The most infamous debates about music in the Black community are the top five rappers and albums of all time. When discussed in good company, we learn how music shapes our perception of the world and is associated with our fondest memories. …

Friday morning, the family of DMX announced the rapper passed away at 50. Like most children born in the mid-90s, I first listened to DMX as a child. I sat in the backseat of my aunt’s Volkswagen as she blasted “Party Up.” …

Hip-hop purists often place the genre’s golden age somewhere between the late 1980s and mid-1990s. Musically, hip-hop expanded beyond simplistic rhymes to become something uniquely dynamic. At its best, hip-hop became the music of party and protest.

For some, 1996 represents the last year of hip-hop’s best era. Albums from…

Decades ago, R&B groups had a permanent place atop the charts. Groups like TLC and Boyz II Men defined the 1990s and became the standard for the next generation of artists and producers.

Since then, the popularity and number of R&B groups have declined dramatically. Today, artists have decided to…

Noah D. Lyons

Noah is a Washingtonian who writes about music & culture. He is also the co-host of the What’s Really Going On Podcast! Find him on Instagram @n.lyons!

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