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?
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
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?
Thursday, December 5, 2013
When I get asked by underground or local artists to review their mixtapes, I never quite know what to expect. There have been times that I have been blown away by no-name rappers, and there have been times where I was shocked they were disillusioned enough to even think their product was ready for someone else to hear. But hey, that's the beauty of it. The latest work placed before me comes in the form of LA Market from Pittsburgh artist, Sosa. On which end of the spectrum will his latest offering fall?