Artist Spotlight/Interviews

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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

Directors At Best Of Black Harvest Film Festival Showcase Untold Stories Of Chicago People

By: Jarrod Horton

Staff Writer

Last week the Chicago Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance showcased movies that had previously played at the Black Harvest Film Festival from years past. The event was in conjunction with The Gene Siskel Film center and the two entities will team together again in May to highlight movies from this year’s film festival as well. Continue reading

Chicago Artist Boi Floyd Talks Legacy and Music at Show For Release Of His ‘For Better or Worse’ Mixtape

By: Jarrod Horton

Staff Writer

I caught up with Chicago Southside Englewood native Boi Floyd before his show at Reggie’s nightclub. The show was a celebration of the release of his new mixtape ‘For Better or Worse.’  Before hitting the stage, Boi Floyd sat down and answered some questions for us. One specific question I asked was how Boi Floyd was going to capture the ears of the Chicago people? “I know I can get the ears of the people because we coming from the same place” he said. The up and coming artist sounded confident about his ascension in the rap game. “I just want to show people you can be yourself.” he said. Click the next page to check out the full interview and an impromptu freestyle from Boi Floyd. Continue reading