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.
“Real love, I’m searching for a real love.”
“Me and My Guitar” is emo-rap at its finest, a sleeper hit by any name.
“Love is the strongest energy.”
“I move by passion and not by money.”
“Why see the world, when you got the beach?”
Trae Tha Truth spills his guts in an exclusive freestyle for “Bless The Booth.”
“We’re behaving like teenagers.”
“I don’t think people dream big enough.”
“As a Black woman, I am happy; I am in love.”
New Orleans’ finest, Curren$y delivers an exclusive freestyle for “Bless The Booth.”
There’s a blithe energy to “Nature Feels,” speaking for all of ‘nostalgia, ULTRA..’
“Being 100 percent open to your audience, that will help you cross over.”
Mac Miller’s sixth studio album, ‘Circles,’ is the moment he comes into himself as a man, as Malcolm.
“Jesus Christ, don’t break my heart.”
“I’m gonna use this as a catapult.”
Atlanta’s Childish Major kicks off 2020 with an airtight freestyle for “Bless The Booth.”
“Dust” is focused on appraising the past as a means of heading off into the future.
“I reflected on my own previous romantic heartbreak and tried to put together sounds that reminded me of loss and rage and reflection.”
“I’ve been too busy to really be sad.”
“I don’t know people from Albania… But they are listening to my music right now!”
Kali Uchis’ three major releases of 2019 tell a cohesive and easy-to-root-for story.
‘WWCD’ is pure hip-hop essence, bottled and sold to the eager streamer.
“This album is my ‘Illmatic.’”
“You can't miss what you ain't had, well I can.”
Fivio Foreign brings us to Brooklyn in an exclusive freestyle for “Bless The Booth.”
“I want you to hear me.”
The crime of ownership is not intentional, just immature.
“I know what I’m doing is subversive.”
Frank Ocean’s “Songs 4 Women” teaches us never to make music for love’s sake.
“In total it was 97 writers, including the sample writers.”
“I’m trying to spend time with myself, and enjoy life. Because when you’re a manager, you have no life.”
“People put on a persona that they’re happy every day, but really they aren’t. That’s why parked car conversations are needed.”
Shawn Smith delivers a breathless freestyle for "Bless The Booth."
“I don't believe our lives are simple.”
“We’re really trying to show artists they do have power.”