Jay IDK

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By Josh Weiner “[My] class was a mixture of dem spellin’ bee winners and dem PG killers,” Jay IDK raps in the opening minutes of his 2016 full-length debut, IWASVERYBAD. This line summarizes the rapper’s mixed fortunes growing up quite handily. On the one hand, the man born Jason Mills was raised middle-class, had a […]

Jazz Cartier

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By Josh Weiner Outside of shining star Drake, Toronto’s hip-hop scene has had limited exposure within the American mainstream. Looking to reverse that trend is Jazz Cartier, “one of Toronto’s biggest rising stars.” His steady stream of mixtapes since 2015 have been infused with clever wordplay and intricate instrumentals, which draw upon the many regions […]

Coustin Stizz

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By Josh Weiner “Everything that I try to do, I try to make it fire,” Cousin Stizz has confided. “Everything. The raps. The swag. The clothes. Everything gotta be fire.” At any rate, Stizz has certainly been pushing out music at a fiery pace ever since entering the game 5 years ago. Born Stephen Goss […]

Dave East

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By: Josh Weiner Harlem has long been a fruitful site for hip-hop, and over the past few years, Def Jam signee Dave East has done his part to get his name up there with the area’s elites. Critics and fans have certainly taken note: XXL named him one of its “Freshmen of the Year” in […]

Big Shaq

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By: Josh Weiner Even the brightest of Britain’s rap stars have often had trouble conquering the U.S. Little came of Lady Sovereign’s stint with Def Jam, despite Jay-Z’s backing. Dizzee Rascal, great as he is, has never quite managed noticeable sales totals in America. But doesn’t mean that Big Shaq, a born-and-raised Londoner, isn’t going […]

Brent Faiyaz on Fire!

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By Lauren Robinson A.K.A Nobody’s Millennium Brent Faiyaz was born Christopher Brent Wood on September 19, 1995. Not a lot can be found online about his early childhood, but through his music he stylistically and poetically frames the type of household he grew up in and the type of child he was. Tracks like “Home” […]