#WestCoastWednesdays presents Lazy Astronauts

Purity beats perfection. Every time. Gabonano and Ralph Quasar (fka 18Sense) have found a pure place that lies somewhere between procrastination and productivity. There, the duo lackadaisically built a launch pad, from which the Lazy Astronauts took to space, and they show no sign of coming back down. The recently released, self-titled album, Lazy Astronauts, feels akin to a laid back, …

The Past in Print [archived posts from elsewhere] | Sadat X // Interview

This interview was originally posted at True-Magazine.com: At times hip hop can seem lofty, fantastical, even a bit unrealistic.  This may strike some as strange since it is also a culture that claims to “keep it real”, often.  This notion of keeping it real may work when describing the horrific, war zone-like circumstances of one’s hood, or when describing how …

Dre’es | Darling [2016 Album]

Dre’es is an excellent cook becoming a chef. An educator/education researcher/author, Cornelius Minor, recently broke the science down for me at a 6th grade writing workshop. As he told it, a cook is able to take a chef’s recipe, and perfectly replicate it, equipping him/her to begin taking chances and making autonomous decisions on his way to becoming a chef. …

Ugly Heroes | Everything in Between [2016 Album]

Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent and Red Pill return as Ugly Heroes, debunking the myth of the sophomore jinx with Everything in Between. “…interpretation is everything…” Hip hop culture is demonized by some and idolized by others; either end of that spectrum, and everything in between, is subject to the interpretation of the one drawing such conclusions, weather onlooker or contributor. …