REVIEW: WESTSIDE GUNN'S SHADY RECORDS DEBUT 'WHO MADE THE SUNSHINE' HAS INKLINGS OF A CREATIVE GENIUS
During a 2018 interview with Exclaim, Westside Gunn said, “My debut will be like [Supreme Blientele], just on steroids. Westside Gunn today is going to be Westside Gunn, even on Shady.” Over two years removed, the Griselda mastermind has finally released said debut, Who Made the Sunshine — and it appears Gunn was true to his word. While some moments exist as outliers, he mostly stays true to what Griselda fans have come to expect.
REVIEW: CONWAY THE MACHINE'S 'FROM KING TO A GOD' MARKS A GLOW-UP FOR THE GRISELDA RAPPER
As the late DJ Shay notes on one of his sobering interludes from Conway The Machine’s latest release From King To A GOD, there is always a quotable to be found Conway verse. His lyricism has been established over a laundry list of projects, earning the Griselda rhymer a legion of devout fans. From that perspective, it’s almost mind-boggling that this is his first actual studio LP (and everything up to this point can now be called a warm-up).
BOLDY JAMES' UNRELEASED SONG STASH INCLUDES A DILLA-PRODUCED LP
In the Christopher Nolan film The Dark Knight Rises, the villain, Bane, utters the haunting quote, “You merely adopted the dark … I was born in it, molded by it.” After a conversation with Detroit native and Griselda artist Boldy James, it becomes eerily clear how well that statement can explain Griselda’s allure as a whole and why Boldy can integrate so seamlessly within it.
GRISELDA COLLABORATOR & SOCIAL INFLUENCER JAY VERSACE IS PAVING THE WAY FOR QUEER HIP HOP PRODUCERS -- & HE KNOWS IT
There is something to be said for defying expectations and following your creative spirit; few producers in today’s landscape can lay claim to a career shift as unexpected as that of 22-year-old former Vine star Jay Versace.
Artist Isaac Pelayo Recalls Connecting With Westside Gunn & Selling A Biggie Painting To Diddy
There is more than one way to carve a legacy in the music industry; I was a music artist before ultimately carving out a career as an established writer. 24-year-old Visual Artist Isaac Pelayo is also in the same boat; he’s an active music artist and buzzing painter (an understatement as you’ll learn) who is making a mark as part of Westside Gunn’s historic run with his Griselda brand.
REVIEW: 'KING'S DISEASE' IS FOOD FOR TRUE NAS FANS' SOUL
Nas holds a unique position in Hip Hop’s stratosphere. Like JAY-Z, with whom he once famously sparred on wax, he has managed to hold onto relevance as the rap game transformed and evolved. To put his unwavering stature in perspective: it’s been 27 whole summers since his holy grail debut Illmatic dropped.
Sadistik Reveals Incredibly Dope Easter Egg He Left Fans & Breaks Down New LP ‘Elysium’
As I’ve been researching the book I’m writing about independent creatives, one figure I keep finding myself drawn to is Seattle alt-Hip Hop artist Sadistik. He’s a curious case study in audience creation; independently, he’s landed high-profile press, crushed iTunes Charts, toured and even landed on Billboard.
If you want to read all my work, check out my Authory feed!
Currently accepting pitches from artists, managers, and PR reps. Before submitting, please ensure you’re providing me with ample context and information. This should include a bio or press release, full applicable credits, and images of sufficient resolution. Once you have that, you can use the contact form located at the link below.