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Artist Profile: Brockton Rapper Invada on Learning to Rap, Joining Van Buren Records

Invada is the newest member of Van Buren Records, a rap collective from Brockton that is making industry buzz with its independent structure and high energy posse-style bangers.

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Artist Profile: al.divino Speaks for Massachusetts and Real Hip-Hop

With an ear for noisy, deconstructed sample loops and signature gruff vocals, al.divino has developed a uniquely psychedelic strain of East Coast boom-bap.

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Artist Profile: LA Streetwear Designer Blazzy on His Creative Journey

An uncanny ability to unite the worlds of pop culture, hip-hop, and fashion has made West Coast design powerhouse Blazzy one to watch.

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Artist Profile: Comedian Sam Buck is Friends With Your Favorite Rapper

“I want to be undeniable,” Buck said. “In my comedy and my podcast and who I am, I want to prove that I am supposed to be doing this.”

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Artist Profile: Oakland Rapper Mani Draper on His Latest Project ‘Communion’

The city of Oakland is as essential to Bay Area rapper Mani Draper’s existence as water is to fish.

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LA Pop Singer Luke Markinson on Hyperpop and Identity

It was the onset of the pandemic and the amount of free time that came with it that spurred Markinson to release his first single, “Never Alone,” in 2020.

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Chicago Rapper Donnie Dee Money on His Return to Music

The rapper shared that he decided to come back to music once he had rediscovered his self-confidence in his pen.


Toronto Band Babygirl on Songwriting, Industry Success

Since their 2016 debut, Babygirl has been hard at work, dropping a pair of EPs along with a plethora of singles.

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MC Fat Ray on Detroit Origins, Joining Danny Brown’s Bruiser Brigade

“The Bruiser Brigade is a collective of my brothers,” Fat Ray said. “We came together on common ground. We all love music, and we all love each other."

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Arts Vanity: My Favorite Drakeo the Ruler Songs: Long Live the LA Legend

Last November, I wrote about my Top 5 Drakeo songs in celebration of his release from prison. Here is an updated, unranked list of my favorite Drakeo songs in honor of the late West Coast legend. Rest in Peace. Long Live The Greatest.

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Artist Profile: Kevin Allen on New Album ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’

Kevin Allen described his latest album “Nothing Lasts Forever” as a statement of his resolve to remain true to himself as an artist.

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LA Rap Trio Swilmot on Origins and Next Steps

Still full-time students, the trio remains committed to the dream of a career in music.

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Grand Nationxl on Life as a Hip-Hop Collective

Grand Nationxl is a hip-hop and artist collective from the San Francisco Bay Area that intends to reshape music industry norms around empathy.


Tampa Rapper 2Gaudy on Name Change, Converting SoundCloud Success

Following a brief contract with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker’s label, 20-year-old Tampa Bay rapper 2Gaudy is in the midst of a rebrand as an independent artist.


D.C. Rapper ANKHLEJOHN on Recent Come Up, Latest Collab Album with Da$H

In mid-July, a pair of bus-stop billboards featuring rapper ANKHLEJOHN’s face and name were installed at two locations in the artist’s hometown of Washington D.C.