In Philly, he Milly Rock

Playboi Carti. Photo by Leon Laing.

On the heels of his infectious single “Magnolia” and being selected as a 2017 XXL magazine freshman, Playboi Carti performed for a sold-out crowd. The ATL-based artist held the concert at Philadelphia’s Theatre of Living Arts on Aug. 15. Continue reading ‘In Philly, he Milly Rock’

Area’s first rap fest with celebrity rappers

In 2003, the Harrisburg area held an indoor rap concert with A-list acts. Rap heavyweights, such as such as 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes, performed at that show, which was held at Hershey’s Giant Center. Now Harrisburg will host its first outdoor rap festival with celebrity rappers. Continue reading ‘Area’s first rap fest with celebrity rappers’

Sk8er expands family

Ronnie Gilbert (left) and Luke Davis at Fishbone. Photo by Leon Laing.

While Luke Davis continues to skate and film, he and girlfriend Carly Ohlin are going ape like Nigo. Davis and Ohlin expect to have their daughter, their first child, soon. Continue reading ‘Sk8er expands family’

B.I.G. tings

Siaani (Charli Baltimore’s daughter on the left) and T’yanna (Biggie’s daughter). Photo by Leon Laing.

When I first met Biggie’s daughter years ago, I remember her being a loving and intelligent child. (She still remembers that I used to draw.) Today, she still has those qualities—plus she’s a Penn State University grad who launched a clothing line. Continue reading ‘B.I.G. tings’

Charged performance at Voltage Lounge

Divine Council. Photo by Leon Laing.

Divine Council entered the stage similar to how the group entered the rap industry—hard-hitting. Continue reading ‘Charged performance at Voltage Lounge’

#blacklivesmatter

Photo of mother and daughter by Leon Laing.

Photo of mother and daughter by Leon Laing.

A mother and daughter attend a Black Lives Matter rally and dance party at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg.  Continue reading ‘#blacklivesmatter’

Reina76

Reina76. Photo by Leon Laing.

Reina76. Photo by Leon Laing.

Harrisburg-based artist Reina76 chills beside her painting at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center. Continue reading ‘Reina76’

Shot by Cones

Shot by Cones. Photo by Leon Laing.

Shot by Cones. Photo by Leon Laing.

“The intimate moment right before or after the show, when artists are just being themselves is when I like to pull out my Polaroid camera,” Shot by Cones says in his new photography book. Continue reading ‘Shot by Cones’

‘Flex’

Harrisburg-based rhyme spitta Barack Ostafa returns with “Flex.” Yung Prof accompanies him on the track. Continue reading ‘‘Flex’’

Unleashed

Roy Woods. Photo by Leon Laing.

Roy Woods. Photo by Leon Laing.

Roy Woods’ two projects, Exis and Waking at Dawn, offer a trap soul sound: ambient and mellow. Continue reading ‘Unleashed’