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If you haven’t heard of Herrick and Hooley and their most recent album, Texoma, you’re missing out. The Dallas, Texas natives are creating a new sound incorporating jazz, hip-hop, and electronic elements that is much deeper than meets the eye. We chatted with vocalist...

When first meeting the young, up and coming music producer, Dansonn, you wouldn’t automatically think, “hip hop producer.” Yet, Dansonn has continued to inspire and create unique, original beats that he pulls from his love of classic hip hop and (twist) classical music...

 

Man, I will never tire of a leaned-out, emo, gargle-flow – you know where the beat is cloudy and sinister and the MC sounds like he’s rapping/singing while chewing on something? Actually I probably will tire of it because I’m fickle AF, but for now it’s about the only...

 

At the end of our phone conversation last Wednesday, I ask Noah Sims if he has any parting words.

 

“Shout-out to my mom!” He proceeds to tell me about his biggest fan, whose Twitter handle is @_MamaSims (her bio boasts: “Mom and Chicago hip-hop enthusiast”).

 

Having bee...

 

“My first plane ride was a one-way to somewhere I’d never been before,” 20-year old rapper Ohana Bam says to me over the phone last Thursday, with a relaxed enthusiasm he maintains throughout our conversation. He’s telling me about his move from Chicago to LA this pas...

 

A few weeks ago I saw Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope, a Sundance darling executive produced by music industry veterans Pharrell Williams and Sean P. Diddy Combs. Implausible premise and scattered plot aside, the movie’s endearing protagonist trio – adolescent self-proclaimed 90...

TonyDark is a Houston-based hip-hop producer whose recently-released The Strange Sounds of Vincent Stevens Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 have been making waves on the Internet. I don’t casually compare beat-makers to the late J Dilla, but TonyDark’s old school, minimalist style ev...

A few months ago, I wrote about the colossal high that accompanies summer’s imminence, pointing to the evaporation of winter’s gloom and the pleasures of wearing jorts. Sadly, the laws of physics dictate that every high is followed by a low. Ok, I made up that up; I’m...

I opened last week’s column by announcing that “the Internet is filled will amazing music that no one listens to.” This week I spoke to 22-year-old Detroit rapper Dante Trice, who belongs to a collective they call “Unknown Records,” he explains, “because no one knows w...

Crazed music addicts and generally neurotic individuals like myself are trapped by an undying compulsion to perpetually categorize, list, evaluate our music libraries – “best rock songs of the 1970s,” “best hip hop tracks,” “best Modest Mouse songs,” “best road trip so...

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