#WestCoastWednesdays presents TRU7H

Mother. Activist. Singer. Woman. TRU7H is about that life. From reading to her son, to righting wrongs like the recent, tragic death of Alfred Olango, to purposing her music as a platform to share her message with listeners, South East San Diego’s TRU7H shares her truths, our truths, in hopes of effecting change. The songstress has taken a step back from …

#WestCoastWednesdays presents Locksmith

Photo Credit: Locksmith’s Facebook page // @caligrafsphotography. Once you have spent some time with Locksmith’s music, it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to imagine Davood Ali Asgari rapping under any other moniker. The intricacy and level of depth in his lyricism is nearly unmatched; it takes the focus and precision of a locksmith to decode the layers of depth and meaning …

#WestCoastWednesdays presents Kahlee

Photo Credit: @KILLcREY Kahlee is the perfect representative of the independent entre-artist of 2017 and beyond. One who learns. Turns and teaches. Pursues sustainability. And remains fueled by his family, blood or otherwise. Kahlee has embraced the multiple-streams-of-income model as an independent hip hop artist and is more that willing to share his blueprint with others. The #FRESHstate rep is …

The Past in Print [archived posts from elsewhere] | Boogie The Reach Mixtape Review

This review was originally posted HERE: An artist’s ability to clearly communicate a story, as well as to connect his specific story to others’ stories, allows him to transcend contexts and genres and almost ensures longevity. Boogie‘s unique tone and diction combined with production that accentuates and doesn’t compete with the lyrical content on The Reach, pulls the listener in, confronting him/her …

The Past in Print [archived posts from elsewhere] | Breakbeats & Rhymes Radio 3 Year Anniversary Show

This article was originally posted at True-Magazine.com: Breakbeats & Rhymes Radio 3 Year Anniversary Show feat. Jeru the Damaja In a time when “hip hop is dead” is thrown around matter-of-factly by those who are out of touch with the heartbeat of a culture that is alive and well, Breakbeats & Rhymes, a radio show that takes place every Saturday …

The Past in Print [archived posts from elsewhere] | Brother Ali // Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color

This album review was originally posted on True-Magazine.com: “This is not a practice life, this is the big game, we gotta attack it right” -Brother Ali Jake One quickly sets the serious, focused tone for Brother Ali’s Mourning in America And Dreaming In Color with the introductory bass line and chopped vocal sample.  Brother Ali then humbly, which is a …

J. Lately | The Good Panda EP [prod by O.O.P.S. & Space Cadet] (2016 EP)

Perhaps the most powerful tool in the necessary quiver of tools an artist must possess, is her/his ability to connect with her/his audience. I have multi-sensory memories connected to each of my favorite artists: De La Soul – when Me, Myself and I comes on, I am 9 years old, standing in front of the intercom speaker in the downstairs hallway of …