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LA Pop Singer Luke Markinson on Hyperpop and Identity

It was the onset of the pandemic and the amount of free time that came with it that spurred Markinson to release his first single, “Never Alone,” in 2020.

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MC Fat Ray on Detroit Origins, Joining Danny Brown’s Bruiser Brigade

“The Bruiser Brigade is a collective of my brothers,” Fat Ray said. “We came together on common ground. We all love music, and we all love each other."


Toronto Band Babygirl on Songwriting, Industry Success

Since their 2016 debut, Babygirl has been hard at work, dropping a pair of EPs along with a plethora of singles.

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Chicago Rapper Donnie Dee Money on His Return to Music

The rapper shared that he decided to come back to music once he had rediscovered his self-confidence in his pen.

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Arts Vanity: My Favorite Drakeo the Ruler Songs: Long Live the LA Legend

Last November, I wrote about my Top 5 Drakeo songs in celebration of his release from prison. Here is an updated, unranked list of my favorite Drakeo songs in honor of the late West Coast legend. Rest in Peace. Long Live The Greatest.

Kevin Allen

Artist Profile: Kevin Allen on New Album ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’

Kevin Allen described his latest album “Nothing Lasts Forever” as a statement of his resolve to remain true to himself as an artist.

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LA Rap Trio Swilmot on Origins and Next Steps

Still full-time students, the trio remains committed to the dream of a career in music.

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Grand Nationxl on Life as a Hip-Hop Collective

Grand Nationxl is a hip-hop and artist collective from the San Francisco Bay Area that intends to reshape music industry norms around empathy.


D.C. Rapper ANKHLEJOHN on Recent Come Up, Latest Collab Album with Da$H

In mid-July, a pair of bus-stop billboards featuring rapper ANKHLEJOHN’s face and name were installed at two locations in the artist’s hometown of Washington D.C.


Tampa Rapper 2Gaudy on Name Change, Converting SoundCloud Success

Following a brief contract with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker’s label, 20-year-old Tampa Bay rapper 2Gaudy is in the midst of a rebrand as an independent artist.

No Label Academy

Rapper IDK and No Label to Teach Music Course at Harvard for BIPOC Students

Applications for IDK’s No Label Academy went live in June. No musical or business experience is required, and students will be housed near campus during the course, which starts on Aug. 21.


Chicago Rapper D2x on Latest Project 'The Color Blue,' Channeling Inspiration

With inspirations ranging from Earl Sweatshirt to Pablo Picasso’s “Blue Period,” Chicago rapper D2x is ready to have the world appreciate his art.

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City Politics

Missing Middle Housing Petition Seeks To Allow for More Multi-Family Housing Construction in Cambridge

A new affordable housing proposal, titled the "Missing Middle Housing Petition,” has ignited debate over the role of single-family homes in Cambridge.

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City Politics

Local Vaccine Supply Shortages Continue to Hamper Cambridge as Rollout Continues

Cambridge Chief Public Health Officer Claude Jacob said local vaccination efforts remain hampered by supply shortages, despite federally run sites having recently received more doses.

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City Politics

City Council Mourns Shooting Death of Cambridge Resident in Monday Meeting

The City Council marked the beginning of its Monday meeting with a moment of silence for Xavier Louis-Jacques, a 19-year-old Cambridge resident who was fatally shot Saturday morning near the Rindge baseball field and basketball courts.