Up close and personal with Beanie

Beanie Sigel. Photo by Leon Laing.

Beanie Sigel. Photo by Leon Laing.

You know B. Sige in the third lane/Gramps still praying, working on my nerves man/Like, ‘Son you gotta get your soul clean/Before they blow them horns like Coltrane.’ Continue reading ‘Up close and personal with Beanie’

‘Time Wasted’ x Villz

Villz is back with another banger. Continue reading ‘‘Time Wasted’ x Villz’

Jackin’ for beats

Cordell returns with his “It Was All a Dream” freestyle. “Got the idea from Biggie’s ‘Road to Riches,’” Cordell says. “Wanted to do something different.” Continue reading ‘Jackin’ for beats’

Aigne on Yeezy’s new line

“As far as Kanye’s new line, I love the pieces individually mostly. I think where he falls short is with the styling and color scheme, even though it’s military inspired.” Tia Aigne comments on Kanye West’s new Yeezy Season 2 line at NYFW. Aigne is a fashion stylist based in Harrisburg. A-list celebs including Jaden Smith and Drake were in the house at West’s show. Ye, an art visionary, held his last-minute show on Sept. 16. West also debuted a new song featuring Ty Dollar $ign and Post Malone at his event.

Weeknd x Raury

The Weeknd. Photo by Leon Laing.

The Weeknd. Photo by Leon Laing.

As the spring/summer concert season winds down, we reflect on The Roots Picnic. The diverse lineup included The Roots, Erykah Badu, The Weeknd, Phantogram, Chronixx, Rae Sremmurd and more. The Roots hosted the event in Philly on May 30. Continue reading ‘Weeknd x Raury’

All about that Base

Photographer Hairston has known Rob Base for years. Photo by Leon Laing.

Sawyer’s continues to offer free —and worthwhile—concerts downtown.

On July 24, Rob Base performed at the Harrisburg-based venue. Base is mostly known for his 1988 party anthem “It Takes Two.” Horan Thomas attended the concert. “The show was a true party,” Thomas said. Thomas is a local DJ and producer.

Michele “Zulu Queen” Hairston has known Base for years. Hairston, a hip-hop educator/historian, member of the Universal Zulu Nation and photographer, reflects on Base’s visit to the Burg. Continue reading ‘All about that Base’

Expo offers kicks, displays and more

Dark Obsidian Foamposite Pro in Shoe Exhibit display. Photo by Leon Laing.

Dark Obsidian Foamposite Pro in Shoe Exhibit display. Photo by Leon Laing.

Maurice White made good use of his time while he was incarcerated in 2012. Continue reading ‘Expo offers kicks, displays and more’

Iya Isoke quote

“This easy access to social media platforms and the ability to be a cloak-and-dagger commenter has created people who are so callus and arrogant in their assertions that their right to inject their inappropriate opinion usurps common courtesy and decorum.” This is part of Isoke’s commentary about Rachel Dolezal, the news and online comments. Isoke was appointed twice as the poet laureate of Harrisburg.

Cordell’s ‘Still Bout It’

Harrisburg’s own Cordell digs in the crate to borrow a beat from Master P’s classic from 20 years ago.

Gripp introduces Bankroll x Classic Smalls

Cover art for "Go Girl."

Cover art for “Go Girl.”

It’s been five years since we interviewed Kevin “Gripp” Gripper. Since then, the former Harrisburg resident moved to Atlanta. Gripp, a producer/rapper, does marketing and PR for artists Bankroll and Class Smalls. Continue reading ‘Gripp introduces Bankroll x Classic Smalls’


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