We sat down the two biggest Solange fans we have on the Sauce to have a conversation about her latest wave-making album When I Get Home. What follows is a conversation about the influences that helped craft Solange's sound, the cultural roots of the album, and how her career has been building toward this project for years. Nigel (@Tribecalledni) Yo, Edward. What are … [Read more...] about In Conversation: Where Did Solange’s When I Get Home Come From?
It’s hard to imagine the world without Kanye West, and it’s hard to imagine Kanye West without The College Dropout. Fifteen years on, we’re breaking down the sampling on Ye’s triumphant debut and talking about the creation of a classic. Things were different in 2004: 50 Cent was a musical titan, Jay-Z had retired from the rap game and Donald Trump was endorsing the … [Read more...] about How Kanye Made “The College Dropout” – Every Sample, Every Beat
In today's age of the Infinite Scroll, listeners are becoming desensitized and disengaged with art. But artists like Vince, Frank, and Leikeli47 are fighting back by manipulating imagery to challenge and confront your perspective head-on. Empathic listening is an active form of consideration that allows you to immersively engage with what you’re hearing. It’s an idea often … [Read more...] about How Leikeli47, Vince Staples and Frank Ocean Teach Us to Stop Hearing and Start Listening
J. Cole has tirelessly worked his way into our generation’s holy trinity of rappers alongside Drake and Kendrick Lamar, and his honest lyricism is celebrated by peers and veterans alike. Along the way, Cole’s been honing his craft as a dual-discipline artist and constantly reinventing himself to amplify his artistry beyond his voice. I think the first time I started … [Read more...] about 18 Years of Beats: Inside J. Cole’s Unsung Career as a Producer [Beats & Bars]
In today’s era of collaborative production, Big K.R.I.T. stands alone. Despite producing 67.9% of his album tracks alone - with no co-production whatsoever - K.R.I.T. has ascended commercial peaks historically reserved for elite rappers backed by production rosters as long as a phone book. He has carved his own path from the very beginning, employing an incredibly unique and … [Read more...] about Unprecedented: Big K.R.I.T.’s Groundbreaking Career as a Dual-Discipline Artist [Beats & Bars]