Femcee preps for new album

Niagra poses at the Harrisburg Mall. Photo by Leon Laing.

Niagra poses at the Harrisburg Mall. Photo by Leon Laing.

Me, Myself and Niagra. That’s the tentative album title Niagra revealed to vigoronline.com. There’s no release date yet. She said her new album will be a blend of rapping and singing. Continue reading ‘Femcee preps for new album’

Artist on the rise

Till the End of Summer album.

Till the End of Summer album.

Villz
It’s Feb. 18. Villz calls me a few minutes before our 1 p.m. phone interview. He’s professional, humble—an artist’s artist. His dreads are faded on the sides à la a rapper from the late ’80s. He told vigoronline.com that he named his next album Ego, and “By Myself” will be his next video. Continue reading ‘Artist on the rise’

‘Ready’ by Miss Tiff


Here’s the newest track from local femcee Miss Tiff. “I’ve been on a hiatus but will be back to the music scene very shortly,” she told vigoronline.com. Continue reading ‘‘Ready’ by Miss Tiff’

Soul sanctuary

Jhene Aiko. Photo by Leon Laing.

Jhene Aiko. Photo by Leon Laing.

Jhené Aiko could win up to two Grammys next month. She earned Grammy noms in the best R&B song category for “The Worst” and best urban contemporary album category for her Sail Out EP. On Dec. 5, Aiko won the hearts of the audience during her concert. Continue reading ‘Soul sanctuary’

Bad meaning good

Joey Bada$$. Photo by Leon Laing.

Joey Bada$$. Photo by Leon Laing.

Jan. 20.

That’s the release date for Joey Bada$$’ highly anticipated debut album. Joey planned on releasing his album, B4.Da.$$ (pronounced before da money), this year. Now it’s slated to drop on his 20th birthday. As a protégé of Q-Tip, Questlove and J. Dilla, one could call Joey a Soulquarian. In the beginning of the trailer for B4.Da.$$, the rapper and Pro Era member Powers Pleasant ride skateboards, a visual that mirrors the cover of Joey’s classic mixtape 1999. The cinematic album trailer and No Regrets short film show that music isn’t the only medium on Joey’s artistic palette.

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The doobie brothers

Redman (left) and Method Man.

Redman (left) and Method Man. Photo by Leon Laing.

How high?
For the grand finale, Redman climbed on top of a large speaker onstage. To create some suspense, he stood from the elevated area, waited about a minute and dived fearlessly into a sea of fans. Method Man stage dived and crowd surfed, too. With oomph and classic songs, hip-hop’s Cheech and Chong connected with the crowd. Continue reading ‘The doobie brothers’

A thirst for truth

Mick Jenkins. Photo by Leon Laing.

Mick Jenkins. Photo by Leon Laing.

When I met Mick Jenkins backstage, I told him he reminds me of Jay Electronica. With voices as deep as James Earl Jones’, both rappers write thought-provoking lyrics against a backdrop of melodic beats. Continue reading ‘A thirst for truth’



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