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’

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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’

Biggie’s children honor their father

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

March 9 marks the 22nd anniversary for the passing of The Notorious B.I.G. To honor their father’s legacy, Biggie’s daughter opens a new store, and his son launches a campaign. Continue reading ‘Biggie’s children honor their father’

Jay gives electric performance at Voltage Lounge

Jay Electronica. Photo by Leon Laing.

Jay Electronica was nomadic at one time, living in New York, Baltimore, Detroit, Denver, Atlanta and Philadelphia. While he reminisced about living in the City of Brotherly Love, his concert at Philly’s Voltage Lounge became heartfelt. Continue reading ‘Jay gives electric performance at Voltage Lounge’

Hip-hop headliner

Black Thought of The Roots. Photo by Leon Laing.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has been showing Philadelphia-based rappers brotherly love lately. On May 3, Philly rapper Meek Mill joined Wolf to speak about criminal justice reform. And on Jan. 15, Wolf invited Philly’s own The Roots to headline his inaugural celebration. President Obama, who invited rappers to the White House, has also showed hip-hop love. Continue reading ‘Hip-hop headliner’

We Luv Kierra

Kierra Luv. Photo by Leon Laing.

The day and location where I met Kierra Luv and her mother were symbolic for hip-hop in Harrisburg. Continue reading ‘We Luv Kierra’

That’s so Raven

Raven Rose. Photo by Leon Laing.

It’s a rainy Saturday afternoon in late November, but it’s cozy at District Bar & Lounge. Inside the Midtown, Harrisburg-based bar, proprietor Chad Scott and bartender Chanika Brown deck the halls while soulful Christmas music plays in the background.

Raven Rose, née Gabbriella White, is sipping on cranberry juice at the District. The local singer plans to drop her debut project, Emerge, sometime in 2019. In the meantime, you can see Rose perform on Dec. 29 at a local artist showcase at Bridges Social Club in Downtown. Doors open at 9 p.m. You can also hear her rich voice on her Instagram page.
Continue reading ‘That’s so Raven’


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