Patrick Montes


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  • 9 months ago | Art

    Somewhere out in the High Desert resides 43 year old West Coast rap icon Dejuan Rice, who is best known as Suga Free. This remote setting is far removed from the streets that inspired the slick, nimbly-told stories of pimp-play that earned Rice hi...

  • 1 year ago | Interviews

    When new, exceptionally talented bands without a previously categorized sound come out, writers all over from Pitchfork to regional publications tend to throw any label at them that will stick, from "coldwave" to "afro-indie." The taxonomy behind ...

  • 2 years ago | live review

    Tha Dogg Pound The Observatory 3/5/15 Last night, the Observatory was packed like it was a continuation of the A$AP Ferg show the night before or the back-to-back Travi$ Scott and Young Thug tour-stop last weekend. However, it wasn't a Kanye West-...

  • 2 years ago | Hip-Hop

    Since his acclaimed ComfortZone project hit the Internet last summer, 20 year-old Chicago rapper Saba continues to build his buzz by the month. His mix of acrobatically-structured verses, soulful production and instrumentation, and matur...

  • 3 years ago | Hip-Hop

    Proper fusion can be a messy and tricky plane for an artist to conquer. Mixing and matching different styles of music can make a final product come across like a random mish-mash of sounds. Experiment too much and you risk losing much of your audi...

  • 3 years ago | Art

    After being a rapper for close to a quarter of a century, and 41-year-old rapper Pharoahe Monch still knows how to be creative and make progressive music. Late in 2013, Eminem declared his bars on 1994's "Bring It On" would "kill most rappers" and...


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