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.
The Secrecy of J. Cole’s Controversial “Snow on tha Bluff”
We break down the secrecy behind J. Cole’s “Snow on tha Bluff,” and the controversy with Noname.
Drake & Childish Gambino: The Sun & Moon of Hip-Hop
Both had breakout mixtapes, underwhelming debuts, and career-defining sophomore albums. Their careers couldn’t be more different.
Silence Is Peace: Instrumental Music Just Feels Different
“You have to find a voice in it.”
6LACK Shares the Story Behind His 6 Favorite Guest Features: Interview
“I’m still very, very hungry.“
“The World Is Endin‘”: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’ Premonition Came True
“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.”
A New Black Consciousness: Is There Music for the Hashtag?
“You need a soundtrack to go along this beautiful hashtag this generation has created.”
Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist ‘Alfredo’ 1 Listen Album Review
“...brass knuckle lyricism.”
Atlantic Records Rapper K$upreme’s Journey: From Prison to Prosperity
“It’s crazy how that all played out…”
How Looky-Loos Became the New Spectators in Hip-Hop
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.
Mélat Breaks Down How COVID-19 Is Impacting Her Career
“I was working with a couple of dream brands. All my plans were erased, and thousands of dollars gone.”
Drake ‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes’ 1 Listen Mixtape Review
Drake delivers a fan service release during quarantine, allowing him to clear out his vault of throwaways, loosies, and leaks.
Havoc Interview: Celebrating 25 Years of Mobb Deep’s ‘The Infamous’
For the 25th birthday of Mobb Deep’s ‘The Infamous,’ we speak with Havoc about the record and growing up in Queensbridge.
How LBS Kee’vin Is Turning His “Frankenstein Epiphany” Into Rap Stardom
The Pensacola, Florida rapper opens up about signing with Visionary Records, his debut album, ‘Belair Baby,’ and his desire to never be “regular.”
Kenny Mason ‘Angelic Hoodrat’ 1 Listen Album Review
One listen and you won’t forget Kenny Mason.
Mannie Fresh Interview: Instagram Live Beat Battle & Being a Movement
“They’re moments and they’re movements.”
How Music Producer TnTXD Is Making a Career Selling Type Beats
“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.”
Thundercat ‘It Is What It Is’ 1 Listen Album Review
“During a period of uncomfortable change, Thundercat’s ‘It Is What It Is’ is right on time.”
From André 3000 to Jay Electronica: The Weight of a Hip-Hop Legend
Be kind to the legends going the distance, you never know what they’re going through.
Speaking for a Generation: 5 Years with Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’
‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ wasn’t made to be ordinary, it was made to be exceptional.
JID Is a Living Testament to the Power of Perseverance: Interview
In a sit-down interview with Yoh in Miami, the Dreamville emcee reminds everyone why he’s a winner.
Royce da 5’9” Interview: 30 Minutes of Real Talk & ‘The Allegory’
“I haven't always had projects where I wanted to speak.”
Lil Baby’s “Commercial” Featuring Lil Uzi Vert Is a Sleeper Hit
How can you not cheer for this guy?
Rap Pioneer Twista Is Still Here, Still Surviving: Interview
"Sometimes people look too far outward, but you should first start inside yourself and then work your way out."
Royce da 5’9’’ ‘The Allegory’ 1 Listen Album Review
‘The Allegory’ is, for a lack of a better word, woke.