Stories

Mary J. Blige: The Queen of Breaking Boundaries

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“I was never expected to do more, jump further, go the extra mile. But breaking boundaries happened for me the minute I left Yonkers… And I won’t stop as long as I live.” These words from The London Sessions documentary mark the journey of Mary J. Blige, the Queen of … Continue Reading →

Cormega’s Return is Built on Purpose

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Queens’ native son, Cormega, is somewhat slept on as an MC, yet having lived and breathed hip-hop literally all of his life, he represents the authenticity that is lacking in many of today’s recording artists who fit under the genre. Followed by a faithful audience of lyricism connoisseurs, Cormega maintains … Continue Reading →

Leela James: A Diva Taking Care of Business

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In the early days of Leela James’ career of being a talented, bright-eyed and bushy-coiffed soul singer, the business side of the music industry wasn’t something that her team had handled in the most profitable way. Looking back, she acknowledges that she has the quintessential artist story of being excited … Continue Reading →

Iggy Azalea Makes Her Way To Stardom

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Iggy Azalea is the personification of self-fulfilling prophecy. Read the details of her early life in Australia, and you’ll see the vision of creating her own girl group à la TLC at age 14, and taking on the persona of the gutsy Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes with hopes of becoming … Continue Reading →

The Roots: more than a Quarter Century in the Game

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The past quarter of a century has seen The Roots truly evolve within the sphere of American popular music, positioning the group as one of many foundational cornerstones. By now, they are truly ubiquitous as a band, having produced more than fifteen records, EPs and collaborative albums with artists from … Continue Reading →

Carlos Santana’s Longevity and Love

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The Grammy Award-winning guitar guru Carlos Santana is set to release his next major album, Corazón, on May 6th, a record that will be his first bona fide love letter specifically to his Latin roots. Considered one of the world’s best-known musical signatures, Santana began delivering his form of musical … Continue Reading →

Chale! Blitz The Ambassador conjures up AFROPOLITAN DREAMS

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As an artist, Blitz The Ambassador has mastered the form of mashup, taking the African music realm and fusing it with all things hip-hop, funk, rock and soul. While musical genres like High Life and Afrobeat are immediately present in his music, listening deeply reveals a definitive diasporic musical melange. … Continue Reading →

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