Interviews

You’ve Got 10 Minutes: G Eazy, Kendrick Lamar, and the Changing Role of Tour Openers

It’s not hard to believe that Kanye West tends to get what he wants. According to Terrence Henderson, president of Top Dawg Entertainment, when Kanye personally asked Kendrick Lamar to open for the Yeezus tour, Kanye’s... Read more »

Interview: Seattle’s Beat Connection on Their New Album, Rap Regionalism, and Mysterious South American Animals

It’s been a long journey for Seattle based, indie-electronic band Beat Connection. They started back in college as an electronic duo, consisting of founding members Reed Juenger and Jordan Koplowitz. Koplowitz would eventually leave the band... Read more »

Interview: Wiz Khalifa on Life Lessons, Kid Cudi, and the Last Things He Googled

There’s no artist whose independent grind paid off more than Wiz Khalifa’s. Ever since his cross-over mixtape Kush & OJ broke some type of imaginary ceiling (and Twitter records), Khalifa has made his presence known everywhere... Read more »

Interview: iLoveMakonnen on Facing 25 Years in Prison, His Infamous Doll Head, and Mike Will Made It

On a surface level, we “get” iLoveMakonnen. Like many before him, he came seemingly out of nowhere with a breakout hit—“I Don’t Sell Molly No More”—and followed that closely with two consecutive EPs. He’s odd. He... Read more »

Interview: Lucki Eck$ on His Mellow Style, Drugs, and Being an Outlier in Chicago’s Rap Scene

It was almost exactly a year ago that a Chicago rapper not even 18 years old named Lucki Eck$ dropped a mixtape called Alternative Trap. While every other Chicago rapper out was making hard, aggressive rap... Read more »

Hello World: A Conversation With Daye Jack, One of Atlanta’s Most Unusual Rappers

Former Daily Discovery Daye Jack could not have existed 15 years ago. Even 10 years ago, he’d likely have been improperly categorized somewhere under the umbrellas of “conscious rap” or, more damaging and inaccurate still, “nerd... Read more »

How To Dress Well on His New Album, Love in the 21st Century, and R&B Copycats

We love How to Dress Well's new album "What Is This Heart?". It's a brave step forward for Tom Krell, bursting with emotion and energy, and crystallizing styles he's employed on previous records into his most... Read more »

Raury: “You can’t train a fish how to climb up a tree”

Raury just graduated from high school, but when he speaks, he sounds like he possesses the wisdom of someone with much more life experience. Three months ago he dropped his debut single, “God’s Whisper.” Even for... Read more »

Interview: Jungle on Friendship, Self-Censorship, and the Mystery That They Never Intended

The build-up to Jungle's debut album, coming out via XL Recordings on July 15, has seemed carefully planned and perfectly executed. Out interest was piqued by the simple but engaging "Platoon" video, featuring a young girl... Read more »

Tri Angle Records’ Artist WIFE on Lucid Dreams, the Timid Electronic Scene, & Vulnerability

25-year-old Irish artist James Kelly may always be defined by his past as part of the successful black metal band Altar of Plagues, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing. After all, in addition to... Read more »

Interview: Jay Worthy on LNDN DRGS, Compton, and Doing Things Differently

Jay Worthy is exceptionally honest. Instead of acting all stereotypical rapper-ish and talking about all of his nice cars and chains—or at least avoiding the topic of his not-yet-so-fabulous life—he chooses to discuss his shitty pay-by-the-minute... Read more »

Interview: Future Star TALA on Escapism, Her Iranian Background, and Her Buzzing Debut EP

TĀLĀ’s glorious debut EP, The Duchess, is out today—three strong tracks all rooted in dance music production, but bound together with a bright pop sheen. Influenced by her Iranian father, her “cheesy pop” loving mother, UK underground dance... Read more »

A GChat Conversation With 11-Year-Old Rapper Lil Shark

By Joe Price The internet is a really, really strange place. In an age where Swedish kids can mumble-rap in broken English and people are all over it, nothing is surprising anymore. Where you’re from is... Read more »

Interview: Kyla La Grange on Her New Sound, Her Pet Dog, and Doing What You Love in Your Twenties

Kyla La Grange is a singer/songwriter from England with pretty, emotional vocals and luscious mermaid locks. She is currently gearing up to release her second album Cut Your Teeth on June 2. Early fans of Kyla’s... Read more »

Interview: Lil Silk Speaks on Atlanta Rap, His Mom, and Why His Management Lets Him Do What He Wants

After meeting Lil Silk in the Little Five Points section of Atlanta, we head downtown to the apartment of Personal Trainer DJ, a producer Silk has worked with on several records. As Silk sits back on... Read more »