Riley Wallace Hip Hop Journalist

Riley Wallace is a published, professional writer and hip-hop journalist whose work runs the gambit from real estate writing to hip-hop/urban writing for the platforms like XXL Magazine. He’s interviewed legends—and is always working to expose new talent (and social commentary) with his work. CURRENTLY WRITING FOR: AAHIPHOP, HIPHOPDX and EXCLAIM!

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Interview: Homeboy Sandman Talks "Dusty" & Teases Upcoming Collaboration Project

Humbly overlooking the apex of artists who thrive outside of the mainstream music industry “system” (without the necessity of gimmicks) stands Queens, New York-bred MC Homeboy Sandman.

Supporters immediately attest to and swear by his oddly calming melodic tone and flow that often borders on conversational. Not to mention, the difficulty they share in accurately classifying his music.

As he tells HipHopDX, the delivery is by design.

Interview: 7xvethegenius Talks "7xve is Love" & The Other Side Of Buffalo's Story

There are two sides to every story — and the city of Buffalo is no different. For those who have never set foot on the holy grounds that birthed the almighty Griselda conglomerate, they’ve primarily had a singular and consistent narrative of life in the city.

Rapper 7xvethegenius is looking to diversify that, with the release of her opus 7xve is Love, which dropped Friday (October 11).

Interview: LOWFi Talk Upcoming LP "Legion" & Sticking To Their Vision

Whenever a group manages to make a few songs that capture the attention of older listeners by rekindling that good old 90s feel, they get put into a box — with the quickness. For some, it’s a role that forces them outside of their comfort zone. However, emulating a sound sometimes translates poorly to larger bodies of work.

It can also result in colossal fan base dips when it becomes clear that the magic was a one-off.

That’s likely not going to be the case for Jayy Grams, Von Wilda and Hayelo — who make up the buzzing Cinematic Music Group-backed group LOWFi. Having all been raised on a healthy dose of Hip Hop by younger parents, their youthful energy and evident penchant for bars have made them a hot commodity on the indie scene.

Review: Young M.A's "Herstory In The Making" Has Mild Impact

Over three years removed from her initial surge, Young M.A finally unleashed her debut LP, Herstory in the Making. The 21-song project (which contains nine previously released singles) has a few peaks and valleys. Primarily, she manages to show off the growth and refined precision of her pen-game — though it does tend to dwell in familiar territory. This isn’t necessarily to her detriment.

Producer Ayatollah Talks Playing Beats For Rawkus & The Legacy Of “Ms. Fat Booty”

In an era where the wave is flooding comment sections or relentlessly peddling “like beats,” the story of how producer Ayatollah got his most iconic hit, “Ms. Fat Booty” to Mos Def is almost mind-boggling.

#REPOST: Fat Joe Affiliate UFO Fev & J Hart Release “Emigres” EP

Coming straight from the heart of Spanish Harlem, rapper UFO Fev — an artist signed to Fat Joe — teams up with French producer J Hart for their brand new collaborative project, Emigres, which dropped on Friday (June 28). More than just a strong body of work, the EP is also the culmination of a (Hip Hop) brotherhood that began just over two years ago.

Skyzoo Talks Rhyming With Pete Rock & The Second Coming Of NYC's Hip Hop Identity

Brooklyn MC Skyzoo is preparing to drop his long-awaited collaborative LP with Pete Rock on Friday (September 20). Drenched in the lyrical complexity he’s known for delivering, Retropolitan explores themes of identity and gentrification as it applies to his hometown of New York City.


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