Artist Spotlight/Interviews

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Music Review Of Warner Bros Songwriter Scotty Music Listening Session

By: Jarrod Horton

Staff Writer

Last month Warner Brothers recording artist Scotty Music had a exclusive silent party listening session in order to preview some of his new music. The Joliet, Illinois native is a singer, songwriter, producer and rapper.  I was curious about the protocol, vibe and experience of going to a silent party. I been invited to a couple but never went to one before. My first encounter came with my attendance of Scotty Music silent party listening session in downtown Chicago. Although it was a listening session and not a party per se; I got the gist of how the silent things operate. I got my headphones and was impressed with what I was hearing. Continue reading

Whitelyfe and Mack 11 of White Nation Entertainment Describe Their Unique Sound

Hailing from Chicago’s West Side, White Nation Entertainment’s Whitelyfe and Mack 11 have plans to take their music grind to the next level. I caught up with them last month at the Legendary Art Gallery for the release of their latest mixtape ‘White Christmas.’ The pair not only talked about their new music but what attributes separate them from other new artists. Checkout the interview below.

By: Jarrod Horton

(L-R: Whytelife & Mack 11 of White Nation Entertainment)

Staff Writer

BTN: Explain to me the origin and movement behind White Nation

Whitelyfe: It started when I was a shorty, they used to call me white boy in my neighborhood. I was like the lightest nigga on the block. I just took the name and formed White Nation because it is a lot of us. Continue reading

Chicago Newest Female Artist Tauzha Has Her Own Lane

Recently I caught up with and up and coming Chicago artist Tauzha backstage at a concert in Indiana. She talked about her mixtape 5 rings and describes what makes her different as an artist carving her own niche. Check out her interview below.

By: Jarrod Horton

Staff Writer

Tell us about the your recent project 5 Rings. Do you have any features on there?

Well the only feature I have on there is Lil Durk, who is featured on the single “Blew A Bag.” That’s the only celebrity featured on there.

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Interview with Australia Rapper Ezra Allen

Melbourne, Australia rapper Ezra Allen dropped his single “Free”on a few months ago. We caught up with him to hear about his inspiration for the song.  He told us that the “song is about an unrequited love, it’s almost like an open letter to the recipient of my feelings and airing out a few unspoken things for myself and for her.” In addition to talking about his single, he also talked about his new project and being a White rapper in Hip Hop. Check out the interview below

By: James Dunn & Jarrod Horton

Staff Writer

Describe the typical Ezra Allen fan.

Lyrically driven people, be it through Muso’s, Slam poets or fellow Mc’s, I think I draw people who listen to what I say over how it is said (partially because I think my flow is a work in progress), I have a very supportive fan base and it feels great to be around them. Continue reading

Moneybagg Yo, G Herbo and Phor Concert Recap [Powerfest 7 Concert]

By: Jarrod Horton

Staff Writer

GARY IN. — Even though the doors open up at 7pm, it took a while for the Powerfest concert to start up in Gary Indiana. The event took place at the New Genesis Arena and from the start there was a little bit of confusion amongst the security, promoters and the customers who came to see the show. However when things settled down, it turned out to be a good showcase for the new and hot artists in the rap game. Continue reading

Interview with Bay Area Rapper Alpha Leo

By: Jarrod Horton & James Dunn

Staff Writers

Bay Area California artist Alpha Leo has an unique element to his career that is probably different than every other artist in the Hip Hop community. In 2016, he legally changed his name to Hip Hop For President and well…he ran for president of the United States of America. Not too many people are probably aware of his efforts, but he officially put in his bid for a chance to be nominated for president. His single, Political Liars’ which was featured on, was the the theme song for his campaign. His policies included legalizing cannabis, reparations for African-Americans, legislation against police brutality, and college grants for high school students with at least a C average.We talked to Alpha Leo about his attempt to become president. We also talked to him about the influences surrounding his music and career. Check out the interview below.


Lots of your songs deal with Christian and religious ideals. Are you religious? Why do you think religion plays into your music so heavily?

I am not religious at all but I am a Black Hebrew Israelite, so I speak from the perspective of the Word of God. The Word is the most revolutionary transcript on earth because it comes from God. If you want to defeat your oppressor, there’s no greater general than God Himself. Religion,  specifically Christianity, likes to portray God as some type of humble, meek, and passive entity, but there’s a side to God you really don’t want to fuck with. God can get gangsta. Even Jesus beat up on  the Pharisees by whipping them out of the temple when he found out that they were turning it into a “den of thieves”. Continue reading