On day four of our Nas Life Is Good countdown, The BoomBox speaks with Karlie Hustle, music director of New York City radio station Hot 97. In addition to being the station's assistant program director, Hustle is clear on what it takes to get radio spins. As a staunch hip-hop
When Nasmade his rap premiere, he was a mere 16 years old, barely old enough to drive much less become the voice of the people. Nonetheless, the Queensbridge MC came into the hip-hop league as the most valuable player amongst rookies, simply by keeping his concepts as translucent as possible. He's always been relatable but complex in his rhymes and
When Fantasia Barrino kicks off her shoes while holding a microphone, people pay extra close attention. On Sunday night (July 8), the southern songstress hit the main stage at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans and, in keeping with her signature style, she hosted a sort of spiritual revival.
Starting off slow and steady, the former "American Ido
Mary J. Blige is no stranger to the main stage at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, and Saturday night (July 7), the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul fulfilled her unspoken promise of having attendees shouting in agreement, singing and crying along with her lyrics of pain and perseverance.
Blige graced the stage as a recorded interview playe
Ledisi's vocal abilities are clearly derived from the powerhouse songstresses of a past era. The soul singer took the main stage at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans Saturday night (July 7), showcasing her incredible range and perfect pitch for nearly an hour.
This is proving to be a big year for Tank. The singer-songwriter joined a supergroup, started a label and hit the main stage at the Essence Music Festival for the first time on Saturday evening (July 7), bringing new group member Tyrese along for the ride.
Either D'Angelo doesn't realize how long he's been gone and how much he's changed, or none of it matters to him -- a notion that would certainly be commendable. The industry-darling-turned-industry-recluse ha
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