Producer Kurtis McKenzie Shares His 'Black Panther' Soundtrack Beat Placement Story
"Kendrick texts back like 20 fire emojis."
"Kendrick texts back like 20 fire emojis."
The Hubei-born, Massachusetts-raised MC discusses his transnational upbringing, Eminem's early influence, China’s hip-hop ban and more.
Is confidence just as important as originality? Lyrical ability? Voice?
We sat down with OG Parker to discuss the QC movement, producing for Migos and more.
The Toronto-raised producer breaks down hits for Drake, Kendrick, Eminem and Rihanna.
The first rapper signed to Jack White’s Third Man Records talks about his new album.
"I am the kid with the green backpack. That’s who I gotta be to inspire all of the other kids."
“I remember thinking, ‘Who at Disney is watching me like that?’”
“Everyone’s more worried about the views than the sales.”
The youngest member of the respected indie label is defying expectation at every turn.
"It takes a lot of time to get inspired by real life to go back and rap."
We spoke with the Rhymesayers MC and devout Muslim in Amsterdam about philosophy, history, and his religion.
"I sleep, breathe, fart, and eat art all day long."
What happens when you offer way more as an artist than the box people have put you in?
“You gotta know that you’re the shit before you even hit the fan.”
“We have permission to dream.”
“As an artist, I just feel like a kid trying to make some raps.”
“These are the little moments to the bigger picture.”
The story of Freddie Gibbs and Ben "Lambo" Lambert is one of belief and patience.
“I don’t want to be misrepresented or misunderstood.”
"The artist may love the fans but the management and label don’t."
"They told me that because 'Trap Lord' was slated to be a mixtape it had no budget..."
The four artists explain the difference between a band and a collaboration, artistic duty, and much more.
"He was like, 'Nah bro, I gotta put you up on what I do.'"
By day, Michaela Lawson is a photography major at the Fashion Institute of Technology…
The Los Angeles native is dispelling preconceptions and spreading the UUGLY gospel.
“The bridge took me a whole twenty minutes to write, [but] that was years and years of hard work leading up to that very moment.”
“A lot of them don’t work out, but for the one-percent that do, that’s how you make a living.”
“A lot of the immigrant stories are these coming-out-of-the-ashes kinds of stories, but I wanted to show the turnt-up immigrant, the ignorant immigrant.”
“When I wasn’t making any money and I was just down bad, I was thinking, ‘I could really just do this. I could really just start selling dope.’”
“I see the music as damn near like a brochure. Here’s who I am as a person, do you fuck with me or not?”
"I have miserable days, but I try to make one thing about myself better every day."
"It was only a matter of time before I would’ve overdosed or did something stupid to where I would be in jail for the rest of my life."
"I couldn't wrap my head around it at first."
From Chicago to LA to the Dominican Republic to mix Brent Faiyaz's new album, the engineer tells his story.
Asher Roth gets real about moving home, helping others and finding happiness.
"I was just in a messy situation being from Atlanta. They want you to do trap music, and I’m someone who is going against that grain."
“I think the art is a metaphor for the project as a whole: DOOM and Westside Gunn verbally sparring on two tracks.”
"I want to always be introducing things that deserve to be in the space of other quality music."
“The whole time, we were trying to meet this moment where he felt good about what he accomplished.”
“I’m a real rapper, I’m speaking on real issues, and sometimes people don’t wanna hear it.”
From Rick Ross to Jeezy to Rick Ross again, the veteran producer ruminates on the duo's biggest songs.
Grace came into The Social Experiment's world as an insanely talented beam, and they're helping direct it upward.
"This is the motherfucking gold rush, especially for black art."
The veteran Miami producer breaks down his beats for Lil Wayne 'Carter III' cuts, Eminem's "Bad Guy" and more.
“I like to use imagery that captures the truest form of the music’s nature.”
If you aren't watching the videos, you're only getting half the experience.
The Roc Nation producer breaks down his beats for Bobby Shmurda's "Hot N*gga," Meek Mill's "I'ma Boss" and more.
“It’s a time capsule reflection of my childhood dreams.”