Since dedicating his life to getting the good word down, DJBooth senior writer Yoh Phillips has become one of the most respected writers in modern music journalism. He continues to insert thought-provoking essays, poetic blurbs, and in-depth articles in hopes of following Kendrick’s footsteps to a Pulitzer Prize Award one day.
We break down the secrecy behind J. Cole’s “Snow on tha Bluff,” and the controversy with Noname.
Both had breakout mixtapes, underwhelming debuts, and career-defining sophomore albums. Their careers couldn’t be more different.
“You have to find a voice in it.”
“I’m still very, very hungry.“
“With every fresh listen, ‘DAMN.’ sounds more and more like a premonition of the end of days, an album made for this exact uncertain and imperfect world.”
“You need a soundtrack to go along this beautiful hashtag this generation has created.”
“...brass knuckle lyricism.”
“It’s crazy how that all played out…”
From Drake and DJ Khaled to Tyler, The Creator and Frank Ocean, we must acknowledge the crowd as a vital member of the ecosystem of art.
“I was working with a couple of dream brands. All my plans were erased, and thousands of dollars gone.”
Drake delivers a fan service release during quarantine, allowing him to clear out his vault of throwaways, loosies, and leaks.
For the 25th birthday of Mobb Deep’s ‘The Infamous,’ we speak with Havoc about the record and growing up in Queensbridge.
The Pensacola, Florida rapper opens up about signing with Visionary Records, his debut album, ‘Belair Baby,’ and his desire to never be “regular.”
One listen and you won’t forget Kenny Mason.
“They’re moments and they’re movements.”
“I wasn’t making money from the industry. When I bought my house, it was [from] YouTube money. When I travel, it’s with nothing but money from YouTube.”
“During a period of uncomfortable change, Thundercat’s ‘It Is What It Is’ is right on time.”
Be kind to the legends going the distance, you never know what they’re going through.
‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ wasn’t made to be ordinary, it was made to be exceptional.
In a sit-down interview with Yoh in Miami, the Dreamville emcee reminds everyone why he’s a winner.
“I haven't always had projects where I wanted to speak.”
How can you not cheer for this guy?
"Sometimes people look too far outward, but you should first start inside yourself and then work your way out."
‘The Allegory’ is, for a lack of a better word, woke.