POW Summer Mixtape + Short Story in DC Fiction

I'm proud to say that I put together a really cool summer mixtape for Passion of the Weiss. There's few things I enjoy more than curating these seasonal playlists. You can check out the mixtape here. I also have a few pieces of fiction that'll be trickling out over the summer. A short story called "Snowed In" is already up on a local journal called DC Fiction. You can check that out here. At least two other short stories will be out later this summerone online and the other in print.

Greatest Rap Songs of 2015

This year, I covered Miguel, Thundercat, and Miguel again for the Passion of the Weiss year-end lists. You can check out the site's best album and best song lists here and here. I also helped the good folks at Metal Lungies with their annual Beat Drop series, which highlights the best production of the year. My picks were beats by Jake One, Battlecat and The Hitmen. You can check that out hereFinally, I have a piece of fiction running in the third installment of Politics and Prose's District Lines anthology (Winter 2016). They'll be holding an in-store release shindig on January 9th, 2015.

My personal favorites are listed below, for posterity.

Greatest Rap Songs of 2015: Zip

Stuff #15

I reviewed Victor LaValle's 2010 novel, Big Machine (here), as well as blurbs about Kool G Rap and Large Professor (here and here) for Passion of the Weiss. I also wrote previews for Earl Sweatshirt and Andrew Ervin's latest novel, Burning Down George Orwell's House (here and here), for Washington City Paper.
  1. Large Professor – "Opulence"
  2. Young Thug & Birdman – "Constantly Hating"
  3. Mystery Kindaichi Band – "Mystery Music"
  4. De La Soul – "Forever"

Stuff #14

I reviewed Wale's Album About Nothing, covered Rick Ross's video for "Phone Tap," and curated a Jiggy-themed mixtapeall for Passion of the WeissYou can read those articles here, here and here, respectively.
  1. Earl Sweatshirt – "Mantra"
  2. Big Twins – "2 4 6"
  3. Big Twins & Godfather III – "We Mafia"
  4. Curren$y – "Lemonade Mimosas"
  5. Chuck Inglish – "Damage"
  6. Agallah – "Elevation Music"

Stuff #13

I took a look back at Adrian Nicole LeBlanc's much-lauded book, Random Familyfor what will hopefully be a recurring columnYou can read that hereI also covered songs by Project Pat, Boldy James and Kool Keith for Passion of the Weiss. You can read those blurbs here, here and here.
  1. Roc Marciano – "Patina"
  2. Method Man – "The Oath"
  3. Money Makin' Nique & OG Maco – "Air Max 97"
  4. Agallah – "Friends Keep Thinking"
  5. Action Bronson – "Galactic Love"

Stuff #12

I wrote a brief thing about George Pelecanos for the Washington City Paper. You can read that blurb here. I also covered songs from Agallah, Gunplay, Charlie Wilson, and Curren$y, as well as the theme song from a new web series called Money and Power for the good folks over at Passion of the Weiss. You can read those blurbs here, here, here, here and here.
  1. Harold Vick – "H.N.I.C."
  2. Vince Staples – "Screen Door"
  3. Husalah – "Husalah Shine"
  4. Bobby Digital & Method Man – "NYC Everything"
  5. Raekwon – "Kids That's Rich"

Stuff #11

I reviewed Boots Riley's newly published screenplay, Sorry to Bother You, as well as Prodigy's 2008 LP, Product of the 80s, for the good folks at Passion of the Weiss. You can read the articles here and here. I also compiled a winter mixtape and wrote a short blurb about a go-go-inspired Wale loosie for Passion of the Weiss. You can check those out here and here.
  1. Blu – "Cobb"
  2. Miguel & Kurupt – "NWA"
  3. Husalah – "The Fox Without a Tail"
  4. Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire – "Generation Gap"
  5. Capone-N-Noreaga – "Happy Hate"
  6. The Alchemist & Fashawn – "The Plantation"

Stuff #10: Year-End Edition (Greatest Rap Songs of 2014)

This year, I wrote a blurb about the Jayson Werth Garden Gnome giveaway for the annual encyclopedia issue of the Washington City Paper. You can check that one out here. In music news, I covered Curren$y, Vince Staples, and Shy Glizzy for the Passion of the Weiss year-end lists. You can check out their best album and best song lists here and here.

Also, prior to all the year-end hoopla, I wrote about Willie The Kid, Capone-N-Noreaga, Hus Kingpin, SlumLord88, and compiled a fall mixtape for Passion of the Weiss. You can read those here, here, here, here, and here. My personal favorites are listed below, for propensity. See you next year.

Greatest Rap Songs of 2014: Zip