Weezy opens up for Blink-182

Lil Wayne. Photo by Leon Laing.

As Lil Wayne, 36, started to flourish as an artist, his sound became more eclectic, and his look became a mishmash of hip-hop and rockstar. This image was a rarity for a hip-hop artist back then. Continue reading ‘Weezy opens up for Blink-182’

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Eskimo Jones

Eskimo Jones pictured in the white T-shirt. Photo by Leon Laing.

I’ve been following Eskimo “Swaggod” Jones for about 12 years now. Around that time, he released “The Gutter,” a classic song about the struggles in the hood. Click here to watch the video, which was directed by producer Aganee. Continue reading ‘Eskimo Jones’

Dwight Lep

Dwight Lep. Photo by Leon Laing.

On June 8, Dwight Lep rocked the mic during Pennsylmania, a local artist showcase held at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg. The rapper just dropped “Don’t Look Now,” a song produced by Jae Diamondz. Lep, who resides in Harrisburg, was also a guest on the Rob the Plug podcast.

Drake Night Part II

DJ Dosk. Photo by Leon Laing.

Harrisburg-based XL Live held its second Drake Night on May 31, and DJ Dosk spun again. The venue held its first Drake Night on March 22. Continue reading ‘Drake Night Part II’

Runs in the family

Elyse Irvis. Photo by Leon Laing.

For our next episode of Rob the Plug, we chop it up with Elyse Irvis, proprietor of La Cultura.

Irvis talks about how she, as well as her grandfather, K. Leroy Irvis, has given back to the local community. La Cultura, or “The Culture,” is a Harrisburg-based hub for black-owned businesses and African-American artists. Elyse Irvis also discusses receiving the midtown business of the year award, her Rosa Parks photo and more. Most recently, La Cultura hosted “Don’t Touch My Hair Part II,” an event about black hair.

Teen titan

Matt Ox. Photo by Leon Laing.

With working on a new album, appearing at events and preparing for high school, Matt Ox stays busy.

He’s performing at Rolling Loud this weekend. And on May 9 at the University of Delaware, he opened up Playboi Carti. On April 13, the Warner Bros. signee did a meet and greet at the Art History 101 store in Philadelphia. Continue reading ‘Teen titan’

EarthGang is otherwordly

EarthGang. Photo by Leon Laing.

With one glance, EarthGang looked like a modern-day Outkast. Continue reading ‘EarthGang is otherwordly’

Introducing Yayo

George “Yayo” Potter. Photo by Leon Laing.

To the Generation-Z demographic and some others, the No Jumper podcast is a household name. But local hip-hop fans may not know that a Harrisburg-area resident helped to launch the No Jumper brand. Continue reading ‘Introducing Yayo’

Kierra Luv update

Kierra Luv. Photo by Leon Laing.

Kierra Luv has made some major moves since my exclusive interview with the Harrisburg native:
Continue reading ‘Kierra Luv update’

Native Tongues got rhymes galore


As De La Soul mentioned, this year has been bittersweet for them so far. Initially, their label, Tommy Boy Music, planned on receiving 90 percent of streaming sales — De La would get 10 percent. With the backlash from De La and their fans, Tommy Boy postponed the digital release of the group’s first six albums. Continue reading ‘Native Tongues got rhymes galore’


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