Donna-Claire Chesman is Managing Editor of DJBooth. Chesman, who is based in Philadelphia, loves Big L and The Fugees as much as jazz and her pet parrot. Past bylines include Pigeons and Planes, Mass Appeal, XXL, and Vinyl Me, Please, among others. Find her on Twitter, if you're so inclined.
November is a city of a million people. November is the last time she looked at you before leaving for good. November is everything at once.
“I’m always ‘R&B.’ That’s the first thing people will say and I’m like ‘Is that it? Is that all you feel from the music?’”
The artist-fan relationship is as wrought as any other relationship in our lives.
Puerto Rico's Lyanno gets a moody and brooding in an exclusive freestyle for "Bless The Booth."
Our critiques fundamentally misunderstand Young M.A’s style.
“This is all I have. I can’t wait for the perfect moment. I have to make every moment as perfect as possible.”
“I don’t feel like I’m good enough just to be coasting along.”
“People have their own unique styles. The term genre is dying.”
It is, admittedly, not Kanye West season.
“When I think of music or really anything that I’m creating, I think ‘This is gonna be here forever.’”
Stam Goody delivers a thoughtful and measured freestyle over pulsing production in an exclusive freestyle for "Bless The Booth."
“This is the reintroduction to me as an artist.”
“The best thing you can give an artist or producer is a creative space to develop.”
“There’s no manufacturing anything.”
“When I really first dove into D’Angelo, he just lightened me up.”
Vallejo’s Nef The Pharaoh delivers an enthused freestyle for “Bless The Booth.”
“I know that what I’m writing isn’t for somebody else to own.”
“I just feel like the project is more mine.”
“A lot of people don’t know how to get out they own way. I had to get out my way to be successful.”
‘The Divine Feminine’ is more than a mere album about love.
"I want people to feel seen."
“Being alone is very important. That’s when you’re actually able to see you for you.”
“If this is what I did—and maybe it’s some weird shit—this is the art that I meant to create.”
Ugly God is breakneck and hilarious in an exclusive freestyle for “Bless The Booth.”
“I make music to trigger emotions.”
These are the songs you hear in your head before bed, when you’re idly working, or when you start to get anxious.
Sometimes, we’re just fucked.
“It was just amazing to sit in the room with Burna Boy for the first time.”
“My life’s been a happy rollercoaster.”
“My mom always used to say I’m like a preacher.”
After three years of steady releases, Jack Harlow finally looks the part of a budding star.
“One hell of a ride.”