Music Features

J’Nai Bridges, ‘The Beyoncé Of Opera,’ Makes Her Debut As Nefertiti

Written by Danielle Ransom “I always like to say this career really chose me,” says opera phenomenon J’Nai Bridges backstage at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. “I never [imagined] in a million years that I’d be singing on the world’s biggest stages,” the 31-year-old continues. Like most studentsRead More →

DJ Premier Talks New Gang Starr Album, Guru’s Lasting Legacy, Five Percenters’ Influence And More: Interview

Written by Marjua Estevez Guru speaks from the grave.  That’s what DJ Premier says about his late partner-in-rhyme and one-half of the legendary and revered hip-hop duo, Gang Starr. The man born Keith Edward Elam lost his life to a rare form of cancer at the age of 48, butRead More →

Trina Honored By Black Music Moguls During BET Hip Hop Awards Weekend

During one of the most important weekends in rap culture, Katrina “Trina” Taylor was honored by a slew of power players in music for her trailblazing career in hip-hop.  On the heels of this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards ceremony, which took place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in AtlantaRead More →

For Young Devyn, The Rap Game Is All Blessings – And She’s Got Next

“As an artist, I don’t really do gimmicks or do anything for clout.” Authentic. Confident. Driven. Young Devyn was born with an affinity for music, even before she had any interest in the art form. Her own mother said she was “born humming to her own heartbeat.” The shy BrooklynRead More →

85 To Africa: Jidenna Calls On The Diaspora To “Go Back Home”

Written by Marjua Estevez Holding court inside BET’s headquarters, Jidenna is wearing a tribal silk bomber jacket by Ghanian-British designer Ozwald Boateng along with a pair of slacks by Nigeria’s bespoke fashion tailor Mai Atafo.  Having stripped away the dandy persona of his 2015 debut in “Classic Man”—ironically inspired byRead More →

Tay Keith Wants To Be As Big As His Mentor DJ Khaled, Hints At Possible Drake Project

Written by Austin Williams As far as radio play is concerned, Tay Keith’s producer tag—“Tay Keith, f*ck these n*ggas up”— is currently on its way to becoming as ubiquitous as DJ Khaled’s emphatic adlibs. Part of that similarity is a result of happenstance, as the 22-year-old beat-maker stumbled his wayRead More →