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.
“Tomorrow could be the day that takes your career to the next level.”
“Can’t feel a thing.”
“I started thinking about, ‘Why do we fall in love?’”
“While I’m out here saving the world, the people I’m saving the world for are dissatisfied with me.”
“My project isn’t all about me—somebody’s gonna hear this.”
“I don’t do it for the money right now. I just think it’s cool my artwork is out there.”
ALLBLACK bodies the beat in an exclusive freestyle for “Bless The Booth.”
The duality of “Strawberry Swing” is a reminder to make blessings out of the ordinary.
“Meeting people and experiencing new people brings me peace.”
“I could imagine raising children on this music.”
“I want little girls that are gay to have something that’s theirs. Something they can sing to.”
Chicago's Jean Deaux delivers her first-ever freestyle for "Bless The Booth."
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.”