Interviews

Kwamie Liv: Make of Her What You Will

In February of 2014, a singer named Kwamie Liv uploaded a song called “5 AM” on SoundCloud. In the section meant for a description, it read: “Lyrics Kwamie Liv. Music/Production Baby Duka & Kwamie Liv. Artwork... Read more »

Daily Discovery: Get to Know XL’s Latest Signing, French-Cuban Twins Ibeyi

Daily Discovery is a feature that will highlight a new or recently discovered artist that we’re excited about. See the rest of our Daily Discoveries here. XL Recordings are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year with a... Read more »

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 »