Why Young Thug is actually hip-hop’s greatest protagonist

Readers indulge from page to page of a book in order to understand and appreciate its entirety. The protagonist, that eventually is defined in a manner that makes him/her most relatable, is the bait at the end of the hook that continuously reels us in further. We dissect, inspect, investigate, question, and even reject certain aspects of…

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT MARCH 2016: ALTernate Ears

Nobody holds you down better than yourself, and for the past year I’ve actually grown into an entirely new artist I’m proud to share with the world. It only felt right ending Women’s History Month by appreciating my damn self. The self that works tirelessly during the day to support another dollar and a dream…

ALT.Ears Premiere: SBF ‘The Chixx Tape’

R&B is to club music what denim is to fashion: a staple. It’s always relevant, and it’s never going anywhere. In fact, some of the better club tracks–whether it be Baltimore, Philly, Jersey, etc.–have sampled some of thee most iconic r&b tracks and artists. It’s all about catering to the ladies, sorry not sorry fellas,…

Artist Spotlight February 2016: HI$TO

Baltimore bred, Texas-raised producer, DJ, graphic designer and nightlife curator HI$TO just wants to “make history in this game.” In a short 24 years, he’s already created a label (Sector Zero), curated a successful Baltimore-based party series (PSYCHD) that has gone on to tour in D.C., Philly, and New York, played at the infamous day-festival…

EXCLUSIVE: HOT ACTION GUEST MIX (BASSBEAR)

Brooklyn collective Hot Action is a DIY-curated monthly party at Lower East Side’s Leftfield  bar/lounge. Although we’re still catching the second wind of last night’s #ACTiON135—collaborative party hosted at Webster Hall  in unison with New Jersey’s 135 Party–we’re very excited for next Friday’s official February HOTACTiON. This month’s lineup includes the multi-talented and L.A. musical genius Sha Sha Kimbo (CybersonicLA),…

Why is everyone praising the release of ANTI?

Robyn Rihanna Fenty, world-wide success, seven-time Grammy Award winner with an overall 128 winnings from 389 nominations, five-time Guinness world record holder, co-owner of Tidal, humanitarian, etc. She has released an album every year from 2005 to 2012 (excluding 2008), and each have gone platinum. She’s been down with one of the most solidified and respected record labels…

Last night, my new friend Wiz showed me ‘Khalifa’

They say in your 20’s you’re not supposed to let anything or anyone hold you back. I had my first experience with that motto, when the person who got me access to Wiz Khalifa’s NYC listening party at 63 Gansevoort last night decided not to come. Being the (1) true Wiz fan that I am,…

ALT.Ears Premiere: Ace Mula ‘Paid In Full’

One of JiggyThvtMusiic‘s most prolific members is using his inspiration as motivation, and, if you weren’t before, you better be paying attention. Ace Mula, 18-year-old producer from North Jersey, coined his name from the infamous Ace (Wood Harris) in the 2002 classic film ‘Paid In Full’ and decided to pay homage to the character that inspired…

ALT.Ears Premiere: $JAYY x NO1DRUG “To the Women”

Cartel Nation’s most recent addition is about to be responsible for a lot of babies that’ll be produced after listening to this new remix to NO1DRUG‘s “To the Women.” New Jersey artist and previous spotlight, $JAYY,  isn’t afraid to blur the lines or juggle between his jersey club production style and mellow/r&b hints usually heard…

Artist Spotlight January 2016: Swisha

He forced Kanye West to change his album name and received a cease and desist letter from the Swisher Sweets company. While that statement is only half true, I can assure you that 20-year-old Swisha (formerly known as Swisha Sweet) is going to change the way people listen to club music URL and IRL. The…

PREMIERE: Vaneck – “Jersey Girl” (Prod. Fiinesse)

Last time I checked, this New Jersey-native producer turned rapper was heating up the charts with his remix to Brenmar and UNiiQu3’s “Hula Hoop” and his own club-anthem, B.O.B. Today, the multi-talented artist gives us a new track where he’s rapping under the moniker of Vaneck and also producing under Fiinesse. Proudly displaying his affection…

ALT.Ears Picks: 25 Best Jersey Club Producers of 2015

Last year, I gave Run The Trap my top 25 Jersey Club songs of 2014, and then I brought in the new year in Newark because, honestly, there was no place I’d rather be. This year, I’m shedding even more light on 25 producers that absolutely shined in 2015; whether they dropped a project each…