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Behind the Music: Highlighting the Producers of Today’s Sound

By: Lee Mcintosh When it comes to creating great music, the artists are the ones who receive most of the recognition for the creation of the song. Their name is what’s attached to the song, their flows, their likeness, and even the features that the artist may have. However, the song making process all begins with one entity… the producer/s. No matter how creative the lyrics may be, how great the artist’s cadence sounds, the beat behind it all is a huge factor behind the overall appeal of the song, and that is what moves people and captures their attention as soon as they hit play. We are in a different era of music now. Technology has advanced to a point where producers and artists don’t have to be in the studio together anymore. This can be a gift and a curse at the same time. Often so, producers may send over a beat pack to an artist and then they select the songs they want and don’t want. From there, the studio session may be recorded or put on Instagram live, and the producer may be nowhere in sight. This may create confusion as to who actually made the …

Delaware’s Free Spirit With the Wild Mane, Lil West, Talks Mining Relationships, Finding ‘Balance’ and More on the New Vex Part 1

It’s a safe bet that the vast majority of Americans, asked to name someone from Delaware off the top of their heads, could only come up with that of Joe Biden, the former vice president currently dragging out a will-he-or-won’t-he-run guessing game regarding the 2020 presidential race. But that doesn’t mean the nation’s “First State”—our second smallest in area—hasn’t produced other accomplished individuals, including, in the hip-hop world, one of the more quietly promising young talents to emerge in recent years: melodic genre-buster Lil West. The southern Delaware town of Bridgeville—population, 2000 and change—isn’t what you’d call a hip-hop mecca, but then 20-year-old West is hardly a conventional singer and rapper. The first thing I notice as West and I sit down in a booth at the midtown location of Manhattan favorite Blue Ribbon Sushi—is that his famously wild hair has been brought under control. If the artist has one signature visual trait that’s helped stand him out from the pack during his come-up, it’s a leonine mane that serves as a nice  visual signifier of his free spirit. The hair has been on full display in videos like last year’s “No More” and the recent “Somedays” – but this …

Hip-Hop And The Grammys: It’s Complicated

On the Recording Academy’s Up-and-Down Relationship with Rap     The scent of weed wafting its way down the hall to my room from Andre3000’s neighboring after party cements the night in my mind like it was yesterday. Andre had reason to celebrate: it was 2004, and Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below had just won what is generally considered to be the top prize on “Music’s Biggest Night”—the Grammy Award for album of the year. I remember the night, and that smell of success, like it was yesterday. But it was hardly yesterday, was it? It’s the most oft-mentioned, ongoing streak of embarrassment for the Grammys, but it must be repeated annually until it’s broken: it has been fifteen years since that Outkast win, and no rap project since has reached the Grammy summit. Plenty of worthy LP’s have been nominated, but all have come up short, including exceptional  releases by Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay-Z and—three times each, Eminem, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. That’s fifteen years, mind you, in which hip-hop has only solidified its place as contemporary culture’s preeminent sound and style. What can you say? Fool me once…but fool me fifteen times? The 61st Grammy Awards will take …

Watch Nardwuar’s brand new interview with Sheck Wes!

A couple of days ago the legend Nardwuar connected with the red-hot Sheck Wes for a brand new interview, and it’s nothing you want to miss out on. You will find Nardwuar asking him about plenty of interesting topics such as Senegal, his grandfather being a poet, his old teacher inspiring him to be a song writer, his nick name playing basketball, Mo Bamba, being styled by Erykah Badu for a fashion show, Canada music, kids from his neighborhood playing D-1 basketball right now and he even drops a quick freestyle! Check out this awesome new conversation below!

Justine’s Interlude – [Goldlink]

District of Columbia emcee Goldlink resurfaces with a new single via Color Studios entitled “Justine’s Interlude.” 2018 was a relatively quiet year for Goldlink after releasing his RCA debut album ‘At What Cost’ in 2017. If you’re familiar with Goldlink’s discography then you know his music has a deeper underlying meaning behind it the majority of the time. “Justine’s Interlude” speaks out against domestic abuse. If you’re unfamiliar with the backstory Justine Skye came out with a song titled “Build” that talks about her experience with a domestic abuser. Her alleged abuser Sheck Wes has yet to speak out about these allegations, but it’s good to see more men holding others accountable for their actions especially in the music industry. Skye showed her gratitude by retweeting the post with a heart emoji and saying “thank you” Watch Goldlink flow effortlessly on “Justine’s Interlude” below.

Wanted – [Sheck Wes]

Sheck Wes is one of the biggest artists in the world at this point but we all know that by now, and he recently blessed his rapidly growing fan base with a brand new music video for “Wanted”. The dope thing about this video is too see the fans reaction when they caught a glimpse of Sheck, they are literally chasing this man through New York City like the rockstar that he is and it’s a beautiful thing to witness. This is still just the beginning for the Harlem native, go sit back and watch him continue to blossom as you watch this brand new visual below!

Watch Sheck Wes’ New Interview on Hot 97

Fresh off of the release of his unbelievable debut album, Mudboy, Sheck Wes is one of the hottest topics in rap right now. His story, personality, unforgettable adlibs, and energetic deliveries all mesh together to form an absolute star of an artist, and today, he’s here to take us a bit further into the journey with a brand new interview alongside the familiar faces over at Hot 97. Nearly 30 minutes long, this video acts as a comprehensive look at the mind and life of the 20-year old, Harlem-bred artist. He speaks on his father working for Dapper Dan, basketball, being a rapper, his upbringing, NYC, fashion, being sent to Africa, Harlem, and much, much more. If you’re a newer fan of Sheck Wes, this is a must-watch interview, so be sure to click play at the link below. Additionally, if you haven’t listened to Mudboy yet, then stream the project here!

Mudboy – [Sheck Wes]

From star basketball player, to viral hitmaker, to Cactus Jack and GOOD Music’s most promising signee, Sheck Wes’ career has already been a whirlwind. Today, the 20-year-old rapper delivers his highly-anticipated debut project, ‘Mudboy’, marking another milestone point for the Harlem-native. At its core, ‘Mudboy’ functions as a come-up album, charting the young talent’s success up to this point and projecting where he plans to go in the future. Wes fills the project with exactly what you might expect from him stylistically at this point, relying on his 0 to 100 vocal presence. In a moment’s notice, he can go from whispered mumbles to full-volume howls and already iconic ad-libs. While he does try to switch things up, 14 songs is just a lot of Sheck Wes to take in at once. He’s at his best when he’s rapping from experience, whether he’s painting the walls of his Harlem upbringing with grimy resonance or repping his endeavors in basketball and high fashion. He strikes a good balance on the album’s closer, “Vetements Socks”, tempering his jagged-edged energy to suit a more low-key, atmospheric beat. Although it gets sidetracked by some songs that just feel like filler, ‘Mudboy’ still contains glimpses …

Watch Power 106 LA’s interview with Sheck Wes

The L.A. Leakers crew over at Power 106 has featured a number of industry creatives in the past while, and their latest guest was none other than the mudboy, Sheck Wes. Speaking on his childhood in-between Milwaukee and Harlem, Sheck chopped it up with the likes of Justin Credible & DJ Sourmilk on a number of topics including his earliest memories of music, being put on Kid Cudi, his debut project, meeting Travis Scott and much more jam-packed into the segment. Sheck’s less-than-usual come up is something to behold but before finding that out, watch his latest visual for Chippi Chippi and don’t miss his interview with Power 106 LA below!

Watch Sheck Wes’ interview with TimWestwoodTV

The latest rap phenom to sit down for an interview with TimWestwoodTV was none other than the self-proclaimed mudboy himself, Sheck Wes. Kicking off the discussion with the untamed energy at his shows, both Tim & his guest chopped it up on a number of topics including growing up in Harlem, tearing ligaments before his Mo Bamba video, his travels to Africa and hooking up with Travis Scott and joining the Cactus Jack imprint. Gearing up to head out on Travis’ Astroworld tour this week as well, it’s safe to say that Sheck’s indisputable rage is about to be felt worldwide and will only spread awareness of his emerging talents. Be sure to peep the TimWestwood interview with Sheck Wes below and check out the WhiteTrashTyler-directed visual from last week for Chippi Chippi. Via: TimWestwoodTV