Donna-Claire Chesman is Managing Editor of DJBooth. The Philadelphia-based Chesman 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.
We speak with the Philly rapper about liberation and her new single, “Bittersweet.”
Consider this piece less of an investigation and more of a candid observation
“I just pay attention. I read the comments. I always try to make sure I give them the things that they love.”
“Close to You” is no simple interlude; it is a calling out into the void for ease.
We speak with Ayoni about her new single, “Unmoved,” and Black woman truth.
Veteran producer Drumma Boy talks about his new single, “Burn,” and matching his music with his mission.
“Freedom is knowledge of self, knowing who you are and what you stand for.”
“I have the liberty to drop music as frequently as I want, and that’s all I wanted to do when I was on a label.”
In celebration of Isaiah Rashad’s sophomore album, we present a series of vignettes for a ‘The Sun’s Tirade’ summer.
In an era where death tolls rise daily from myriad causes, Kenny Mason is a wellspring of living.
“That’s part of creativity, too. You have to reach into the fire and take things out of there.”
“Discover, develop, deliver; repeat.”
“Self Control,” produced by Malay, Jon Brion, and Frank Ocean, is all about timing and the losses which come by way of poor timing in love.
“You gotta treat life normal, just to stay sane, because I was going kinda crazy at first.”
“Some people will like you and some people won’t. That’s life.”
“It was the first thing I remember loving to do.”
“I like getting in the ring with guys and changing their idea of what a female rapper is.”
“Within Frank’s fresh hell, he finds his heaven.”
“They don’t sell you a dream. Most distribution companies lie to you.”
We sat down with Frank Hill to talk about his new five-track EP, ‘SELF,’ his “Goku complex,” and forever getting stronger.
“Pink + White” might feel disjointed and abrupt on first pass, but the song works as ‘Blonde’ works, as living memory.
“I know there’s competition, so I gotta always do my best and put my heart in it.”
“I bought a plane ticket to New York because Mavi was having a proper show at Baby’s All Right in New York. Within 24 hours, I was on my way there with my camera.”
“When I did ‘Soul Bounce’ and stuff, I was trying to think, ‘What can I perform at the protest?’”
“We’re all just humans on this planet, trying to figure it out.”
She says it herself: “We will always be fine.”