Ziggy Marley reveals that his favorite places to travel to are Ethiopia and Hawaii.
When Mike Scala was growing up in Queens, New York, he was surrounded by hip-hop. The Rosedale native would listen to progressive artists like Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch and more during his dollar van rides to high school in the 90s. Eventually, Scala starting penning his own rhymes and got so skilled as an emcee that Pizon was born. As Pizon, Scalaâ€™s following got so large that he caught the attention of hip-hop powerhouse Rawkus Records, and became one of Rawkusâ€™ 50 Most Important Hip-Hop Artists to have music digitally distributed by the iconic label. Eventually, Scala discovered that making Read the rest of this entry »
Andrea Lewis is a talented singer/songwriter/actress (but not necessarily in that order) out of Toronto who is definitely on the rise. You may have seen her on Degrassi: The Next Generation (yes, with Drake) but she has also appeared in Down in the Delta, The Natalie Cole Story and more. These days, Andrea has been working more on her music. She currently has an album out entitled, 5 4 3 2 1, that is funky, soulful and fresh. She has been touring the world and basically just having fun while living out her dreams. She also has a sketch comedy Read the rest of this entry »
If the name Vikter Duplaix doesnâ€™t ring a bell, youâ€™ve probably still heard his music. The DJ, singer, songwriter, producer and instrumentalist and has worked with Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Faith Evans, Teddy Pendergrass and more. The Philadelphia native also found time to release his own albums. His third studio LP, Love Machine drops in January but in the meantime, you can catch him on Centricâ€™s DJ competition, Smirnoff Presents: Master of the Mix, where he competes with other professional DJs to showcase his crown pleasing skills through a series of various challenges. GangStarrGirl.com caught up with him Read the rest of this entry »
This is the last installment of my chat with Jessica Estevez of iHeartDilla.com. Here we talk about so-called tastemakers taking payola to promote artists, women in hip-hop and how Jessica got into J Dilla. Make sure you check her out at www.BlackWeblogAwards.com and vote for her for “Best Music Blog.” Tomorrow is the last day to cast your votes! Blogger Sessions With iHeartDilla.com Pt 2 from GangStarrGirl.com on Vimeo. CLICK HERE for part 1.
Admittedly, I’ve never been a Trina fan. I was always indifferent because I just never clicked with her music enough (with the exception of a song or two). However, she has been the most consistent femcee with a major deal in the last decade as far as putting out consecutive music. I’ve discovered throughout my journey as a writer that people’s personalities help tremendously. I got the chance to interview her for nearly an hour last week because she guest edited VIBE.com on Friday. We talked about her fitness plan, she gave us a girl power playlist, she revealed how Read the rest of this entry »
The million dollar question seems to be where are the women in hip-hop, but they’re hiding in plain site. Get to know Bless Roxwell, an MC and entrepreneur, and Cynical Smith a filmmaker, Duck Down affiliate and an entrepreneur. These women created their own lanes when the typical paths wouldn’t open. They talk about why women aren’t getting mainstream love and how we can start getting respect in hip-hop again. Hip-hop is a culture. There’s so much more out there to see and discover than what people confine themselves to and that’s why I asked them to do this video. Read the rest of this entry »
Diggy Simmons is so adorable. Who knew the little homie could spit! Good*Fella Radio “Hip Hop Series” – Diggy Simmons (Part 1) from Good*Fella Radio on Vimeo. Props to the Good Fellas
I’m proud of him. Contrary to what some “tastemakers” on the web may believe, I did one of his first interviews back in 2008. But I’m off that Kanye ish (had to have a moment lol). Anywho, he recently signed to Warner Bros records and just dropped his album first album with them entitled, The Futher EP. Go cop that.
Nikki D chats with Gangstarr Girl about the state of women in hip-hop and shares her thoughts on Nicki Minaj.