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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’

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’