Archives November 6, 2019

ALLBLACK Spits an Exclusive Freestyle for DJBooth & TIDAL’s “Bless The Booth” Series

Oakland’s own ALLBLACK is the latest rapper to take part in our weekly Bless The Booth freestyle series with TIDAL. With his breakneck flow and West Coast sensibilities, ALLBLACK bodies the beat. Other rappers: Take note. Shot at DJBooth’s SoHo, New York City studios, Bless The Booth showcases the …

Making the Middle-Class Artist: The Colture Playbook

Welcome to the third entry in The Colture Playbook, a series of five essays looking at talent management, artistic independence, and navigating the modern music industry. Co-authoring the series is Ty Baisden, an artist manager (Brent Faiyaz) and businessman who plays by his own rules. His company, …

Which Rappers Haven’t Released Their Best Albums Yet?

Hip-hop is a young artist’s game. Most athletes peak in their mid-twenties to their early thirties, and rappers follow a similar trajectory. There are exceptions, of course—boxer Bernard Hopkins won a world championship at age 49, and Pusha-T defeated Drake at age 41. Fame, money, drugs, love, and …