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Satellite Syndicate's BSTFRND drops new album, 'Neuromelanin'

Precise sampling, smooth jazzy interludes and effervescent beats meet in the intelligent and harmonious way that has come to be expected from Satellite Syndicate’s READ MORE

DC hip hop artist Chaz French on Broccoli City Fest, upcoming projects & more

From collaborations in Richmond, to signing joint record deals, rising DC hip hop artist Chaz French is the next artist to watch.

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Noah-O & Cadillac Cat drop collaborative project, 'FACE/OFF'

Lately, there’s been a surge of new and up and coming hip hop artists and rappers that seem to be pushing the boundaries on what most people think hip hop is or should be. The 2016 XXL Freshman Class comes to mind. You can never quite tell if the reception is negative, ironic, or that the music is on the whole generally well received. But by the looks of it, whatever your opinion is, they’re gaining more popularity and acclaim each day regardless of how mumble-y they may be.

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RVA Mag #28: Turning tides to tidal waves: A day With Big Kahuna OG

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Richmond rapper Kleph Dollaz remembered, RVA youth given scholarships at God’s Morning Foundation festival 4/29

Back in August 2012, Richmond lost a community leader and voice when Darrell K.

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Busta Rhymes heads to The National in July

Get ready to bob your head and break ya neck because hip hop star Busta Rhymes will make his way to Richmond this summer.

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Rapper Cha$e Royale drops new soul and go-go influenced record, bucks trap-trend with smooth retro beats

As The Gemcutters Prism opens up, a warm string section welcomes you to an album that hopes to empower you with a positive message- a refreshing change of pace in the face of trap-heavy modern hip hop.

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McKinley Dixon opens up about upcoming jazz/rap fusion record and the importance of diversifying hiphop's message

In his forthcoming album, The Importance of Self Belief, Richmond rap/jazz musician McKinley Dixon broadens the scope of the challenging subject matter and sentimental dialogue indicative of his prior album, Who Taught You To Hate Yourself?. With an ensemble of gifted jazz musicians and an arsenal of talented collaborators, Dixon brings new perspectives, experiences, and crucial conversations to his captivating narrative.

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MC Chicken returns with new trap-beat record and it's good but still a little bit creepy

When I first heard McChicken I knew there would be some challenges involved for some folks, but a new beat track record highlights the rapper and jazz musician's true talents.

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YAHHA-YAHHH-YOOOO - Lil Uzi Vert comes to Altria in May

I just keep rasping out my throat trying to make Lil Uzi Vert noises and I probably wont ever stop - and you can hear them in person (and from the real source) when the rapper comes to town later this Spring.

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Rapper Boosie Badazz (FTK Lil Boosie) cancels Dinwiddie performance after gun shots erupt at venue

Rapper Boosie Badazz (FTK Lil Boosie) was forced to cancel a performance at a Dinwiddie car show last night after gun fire erupted in the crowd.

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RVA hip hop artists Fly Anakin & Koncept Jack$on drop first collaborative album, 'Chapel Drive'

Last summer RVA Magazine had the chance to sit down and chat in-depth with local hip hop artist Fly Anakin after he just released his album, The Grand Scheme of Things, and the young emcee hasn’t slowed down since. At the top of the new year, Anakin, alongside producer BSTFRND (Satelitte Syndicate), dropped collaborative EP Yo Mama Boyfrnd and now he’s on to his next project, Chapel Drive.

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Platinum-recording artists Migos literally shook the Altria Theatre last weekend

You’ve heard "Bad and Boujee," the number one song in the country, but you truly haven’t heard it until you’ve heard it live.

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Broccoli City Festival brings massive hip hop and R&B acts to DC to spotlight urban blight

Problems of urban blight, food deserts and ultimately gentrification plague poorer neighborhoods of color at disproportionate rates. Simply put, lower-income city neighborhoods put more precedence on surviving urban-ills than living sustainably, as a trend. To address that issue in our Nation's Capital, two young visionaries set out to change how urban communities looked at solutions to the aforementioned problems.

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Hip hop artist T.I. to bring Hustle Gang Tour to The National in May

Fresh off his "Us or Else Tour" in Canada, Atlanta rapper T.I. just announced plans for his "Hustle Gang Tour" which will bring him to Richmond this spring.

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Hip hop icon Roxanne Shanté to speak at VCU Tuesday to celebrate Women's History Month

Queens hip hop icon Roxanne Shanté will visit VCU tomorrow as part of the university's celebration of Women's History Month.

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SwellzTheGod highlights 757's up and coming hip hop scene with new 'Channeling Swellz' tape

Big beats and bars are pushing an emcee from the background to the limelight; SwellzTheGod, a wordsmith from Newport News is making waves online with his tape Channeling Swellz.

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Virginia rapper Doug Finesse and producer Jack TP drop new album Only Option, show at The Camel 3/13

Virginia rapper Doug Finesse and producer Jack TP channeled hip hop OGs Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg for the formula to success with their latest project.

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Jaavondies and Kelsie show raw, youthful devotion with warm R&B soul on 'The Love Diaries'

The only thing that local independent artist and producer Jaavon obsesses over more than death, is love.

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Rapper Jawnii-Abhi teams up with Dr. Millionaire for sensual new track

“Did not expect moustachioed guy with hipster hat,” read a comment on the YouTube video for Jawnii-Abhi’s August 2016 single “Flip Phone.”

Despite the hipster aesthetic, the Richmond-native is not the sort of musician to pluck a guitar and croon. Instead, he raps.

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