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’

‘BKWYA’ video


With his witty wordplay, rapper Wati Heru reminds listeners that his hometown of Brooklyn breeds hip-hop wordsmiths. Continue reading ‘‘BKWYA’ video’

PND live

Leon Laing (left) and PND. Photo by a person from PND's entourage.

Leon Laing (left) and PND. Photo by a person from PND’s entourage.

On the heels of Drake’s surprise release of his If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late mixtape, PARTYNEXTDOOR performed at Philly’s Theatre of Living Arts on March 3. Continue reading ‘PND live’

Amir Obe

Amir Obe. Photo by Leon Laing.

Amir Obe. Photo by Leon Laing.

Rapper/producer Amir Obe opened up for PARTYNEXTDOOR at Theatre of Living Arts on March 3. Obe helped to produce Drake’s “Star67.” Check out Obe’s dope Detrooklyn project here.

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’



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