Donna-Claire Chesman is an East Coast-based music writer, who loves Big L and The Fugees as much as jazz and her pet parrot. She is a senior writer for DJBooth and content strategist for Audiomack. Her past bylines include: Pigeons and Planes, Mass Appeal, XXL, Vinyl Me, Please, and others. Find her on Twitter, if you're so inclined.
“I know it’s gon’ stream.”
“I wasn’t able to continue building Xzibit as an emcee.”
"I now spend maybe 16 hours a day in the studio."
"I feel like if those songs would have came out, it would have changed the whole game..."
"It’s a gift from God."
“That shit is black expression, bro.”
Thomas is of the 10 artists handpicked by Pusha-T for his 1800 Tequila-partnered album, 1800 Seconds.
"Fall in line, Migos Mothef**ker."
"We celebrated life that evening. Inhibition-free, as one hive mind, we let our hearts flow."
Sometimes pressure produces diamonds, and sometimes pressure produces 'Oxnard.'
It's a sad day in the world of Drizzy Drake, or, as sad as it can get.
“There’s just some shit I don’t f**k with.”
Fans should be thrilled by the creative risks Ski Mask takes on his new album ‘STOKELEY.’
When DaniLeigh was 18, she worked with Prince. Now 23, she wants to be known for her music, first and foremost.
“I often consider myself an introvert. I’m trying to unlearn that and actually go out and meet people that love my music.”
“I think she gon' be one of the biggest females in the music business...”
J.I.D crafted a special and particular song.
"He hates it, right? I don’t get it… Every song on that project’s crazy."
“Okay, there’s a pattern here. Let’s just keep it going.”
A great story, courtesy of Kenny Beats.
From Lil Peep to Saba, women have historically been seen as substances in hip-hop.
Pardison Fontaine wants to be known for his bars, not his writing credits.
Also: Pateks and Lambos are "bubblegum rap."
“Not only did he change my life by the music he made, but he changed my life as a person.”
Winter rap perfection, as showcased by Mobb Deep, GZA, Ka, and Armand Hammer.
As a man of many skills, the Pro Era artist is his own life raft on his sophomore solo album.
“When I realized it was gonna go to Eminem was the morning that MGK dropped ‘Rap Devil.’”
"I don’t really reach out, it has to be organic."