Archive for April, 2010

Mazon’s new mixtape

Harrisburg-based rapper Mazon releases his third mixtape.

Harrisburg-based rhyme spitter Mazon just released his new mixtape, The Reminder. Click here to download it for free.  Special thanks to Andre Bransford of Glimpse for introducing me to Mazon.

Takin’ it to the Maxxx

Maxxx Flair, who attends F&M College, just dropped his EP.

It’s April 23. Night falls on the Franklin & Marshall College town. Meanwhile, local rapper Joshua “Maxxx Flair” Harris, his crew and I dart to the Other Room, the place where Maxxx Flair will be performing. I thought the Other Room was a small nightclub.  It’s not. The building, a stone’s throw away from the Lancaster-based college, contains a multipurpose room.  That night, the Other Room morphed into an underground, hip-hop venue.  Continue reading ‘Takin’ it to the Maxxx’

‘Gone’ video

Check out the new video, “Gone,” by ATL-based newcomer Donnis.

Local artist showcase

Singer Alonda Rich will perform in York tonight. Photo by Leon Laing.

Support Central Pa.’s artists by attending a local artist showcase taking place now. Continue reading ‘Local artist showcase’

T.I.’s clothing line

AKOO clothing is available at local retailers.

T.I.’s free. And his release from prison is just in time for the unveiling of the spring/summer 2010 line for AKOO, his clothing line. Continue reading ‘T.I.’s clothing line’

‘Sponsor’ video

Check out Teairra Mari’s new video for “Sponsor.” It features Gucci Mane and Soulja Boy.

Leader of the new school

Drake, hip-hop’s next big thing, at PSU. Photo by Leon Laing.

June 15.

That’s the new release date for Drake’s highly anticipated Thank Me Later album, Drake said at his April 9 concert at  Bryce Jordan Center in State College. His collaborator, Jay-Z, performed at BJC on Oct. 9, 2009. Initially, Thank Me Later was slated for release on February 14 but was pushed back to May 25. Continue reading ‘Leader of the new school’


Photo of Siano by Leon Laing.

Harrisburg-based crooner Siano performs earlier this year at Shane’s City Limits in Hummelstown. Siano and his former group Charm Sitty opened up for Jaguar Wright in November 2008 in Grantville. Charm Sitty consisted of singers Siano, Sincere and Lucky.

Rihanna in Hershey and NJ

Tickets for Rihanna’s local concerts go on sale today at 10 a.m. Ri Ri will perform at Susquehanna Bank Center (NJ) on Aug. 18 and Hersheypark Stadium (Hershey) on Aug. 21. Rihanna has put the Chris Brown debacle in the past and is currently dating LA Dodger’s outfielder Matt Kemp. Pop singer/songwriter Ke$ha will open up for Rihanna. Concert promoter Live Nation also booked femcee Nicki Minaj for the tour, but Minaj pulled out recently, according to her Twitter account. Click here to buy the tickets.

Nobody beats the Wiz

Khalifa gets his jig on at Chameleon Club. Photo by Leon Laing.

The 1979 film, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, tells the story of a struggling pro basketball team. Pittsburgh-based rhyme spitter Wiz Khalifa didn’t rescue the city, but he definitely put them on the hip-hop map. Continue reading ‘Nobody beats the Wiz’