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Topé Akinyode

Jessie Reyez : The Real Thing
Jessie Reyez : The Real Thing

The first time I heard about Jessie Reyez, the Canadian singer by way of Toronto singer, was ironically enough not through her music. A friend of mine had sent me a short film she created “Gatekeeper” that tackled misogyny and sexism in the music industry. In the short film, Jessie attends a studio session in hopes of networking with fellow rappers. As the night goes...

“I’m In a Space Where I Can Just Create Now So I Definitely Think The Music Will Reflect That” The Rise Of Kaiydo
“I’m In a Space Where I Can Just Create Now So I Definitely Think The Music Will Reflect That” The Rise Of Kaiydo

I first learned of Orlando bred rapper Kaiydo from Pigeon and Planes Daily Discovery feature and was immediately impressed with the young rapper’s flow and delivery on his two debut singles “Red Freestyle” and “Arcade”, the latter of which found Kaiydo rapping over a Sampha sample. Even more impressive was the fact that he was a fresh 19 at the release of the singles. Since...

When Life Gives You Resitance, Grab a Pepsi
When Life Gives You Resitance, Grab a Pepsi

On Tuesday , Pepsi, released an ad starring Kendall Jenner as "the white savior" this generation sorely needs with a conceit that was as stupid as it was implausible: The way to achieve peace was by drinking a Pepsi." The two and a half minute “short film” features shots of diverse (well dressed) people marching through the streets carrying vague signs stating “Peace” and “Join...

Adele Is Right, What The F**k Does A Black Artist Need To Do To Get Grammy Respect?
Adele Is Right, What The F**k Does A Black Artist Need To Do To Get Grammy Respect?

Every year, as far back as I can remember, I have watched the Grammys and every year there is a point where I ask myself how can a show be so out of touch with the general public consensus about the music that impacted and influenced culture. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I was unable to catch the program this year and was thus relegated...

A Night With King Push
A Night With King Push

It’s been almost 15 years since Pusha T (formerly of the duo Clipse) told the world and every unsuspecting rapper that may have been listening that he wasn’t one of them on the very straightforward tilted song “I’m Not you”.If you were to wake me up from a deep slumber I could still recite the intro to the song which finds a slightly weary Pusha...

SHUT UP MR. WEST
SHUT UP MR. WEST

Unless you’re a hypebeast or a stan it’s safe to say that most fans have a love-hate relationship with Kanye. He’s the poster child for trying to separate an artist’s music from his the shit he says and does in their regular life. At his core, Kanye West is a walking contradiction. It’s a description that he has prescribed to himself and one needs to...

Atlanta and Insecure Explore The Complexities of Being Black in Today’s Landscape
Atlanta and Insecure Explore The Complexities of Being Black in Today’s Landscape

There are so many points in the media that try to dictate what blackness is and there are very few platforms via which black folks can say, 'This what blackness is.'" - Cool guy at AfroPunk NY This quote was running through my mind during a conversation I was having with my friend about my excitement for the Atlanta premiere and she expressed that something...

Blank Face LP Review
Blank Face LP Review

By the time Schoolboy Q’s latest cd was released last week Friday I had actively avoided listening to music since the start of the week.In a span of four days two innocent men had been killed by police officers and a lone gunman executed seven innocent officers. Listening to Lil Uzi’s “ Too Much Sauce” for the millionth time simply failed to elicit the same...