On April 4th, nine panelists and over 70 other participants in Pittsburgh Hip Hop came together for a discussion at Alloy Studios about the issues in the local hip hop scene and to discuss ways to improve it for all involved. In a sometimes hostile environment, filled with years of built up frustrations from those in attendance, many positives came from the discussion. What follows is the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of that event.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Local awards shows are always scrutinized, more-so than even national awards shows. And that's fine, perhaps that's how it should be. It's easy to be skeptical of a group of people dishing out accolades. Who knows who their friends are, if they're biased, or what their agenda is. I get it. But when it comes to local awards shows, I find many artists saying that they don't care about these awards at all. They look past them. The example I want to use is the Pittsburgh Underground Music Awards, though I'm sure this could apply for any local awards in cities around the nation. Artists claim they're meaningless, worthless, and these guys try to belittle any artist who places value in being nominated or, God forbid, winning. But why?
Saturday, December 14, 2013
"You see a saint is just a sinner, who fell down and got up... so get up," rhymes Stone on "Again," the intro to Written in Stone. It's that type of talk on tracks that makes me excited to review unknown artists. Stone, which stands for "Second To One," is a Christian rapper from the D.C. area. If that seems like a trend in my reviews, it's because he is associated with Shyne On Me, whose project I reviewed recently. Regardless, here is my second foray into D.C.'s Christian rap scene: Is the quality consistent?