Archive for the 'Celebrities' Category

A Starboy is born

The Weeknd. Photo by Leon Laing.

I’ve been following The Weeknd since day one.

At that time, his group was called The Weeknd. “Love Through Her” stood out as one of my favorite songs. Then the Canadian-based singer, né Abel Tesfaye, took The Weeknd as his stage name. About two Grammy Awards and one co-sign from Drake later, The Weeknd would chop off his Basquiat-like hairdo and become a pop sensation. He became mainstream while keeping his street cred and without compromising his music’s integrity. Continue reading ‘A Starboy is born’


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’

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’


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’

The Walking Dead

On Oct. 31, Desiigner gave us a Halloween treat—an extended video for “Zombie Walk.” We shoot the breeze again with TheShellGod, the producer of the “Zombie Walk” song. Rapper King Savage, the collaborator of the song, found TheShellGod’s beat online. Continue reading ‘The Walking Dead’

Get em high

Kanye West. Photo by Leon Laing.

Kanye West. Photo by Leon Laing.

Kanye West is a visionary. He’s a brand. Continue reading ‘Get em high’

Chelsea talks music, politics

Chelsea Clinton. Photo by Leon Laing.

Chelsea Clinton. Photo by Leon Laing.

After campaigning for her mother Hillary Clinton in Carlisle on Sept. 7, Chelsea Clinton, 36, revealed her personal side. Chelsea, a mother of two children, told that her favorite musician right now is Raffi, an Egyptian-born Canadian singer-songwriter and author best known for children music.

Chelsea also tells me her daughter Charlotte’s favorite songs include “Happy,” “Cheerleader” and some songs by CeeLo Green. Continue reading ‘Chelsea talks music, politics’

Hey Mr. DJ

DJ Clue. Photo by Leon Laing.

DJ Clue. Photo by Leon Laing.

If you were able to check out the nightlife scene in Central Pennsylvania on Aug. 27, you witnessed some hip-hop legends. Continue reading ‘Hey Mr. DJ’