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Riley Wallace Hip Hop Journalist

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About Riley

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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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.

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