‘Trap Kitchen: Bangin’ Recipes From Compton’ Included in TimeOut’s Best of Los Angeles Cookbooks of 2018


The publisher of our cookbook sent me this link today, and I’m so honored! TimeOut named Trap Kitchen: Bangin’ Recipes From Compton in their list of best cookbooks that came out of Los Angeles in 2018. You can check out the full list here, but I also took screenshots and pasted their review below just in case!
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Editorial: “Dipset Forever: From The Pre-Digital Age To Post Social Media, What Happened To Our Favorite Harlem Rap Crew?”


I’m a WRITER before anything else, and I busted my ASS on this Dipset piece for UGHH! I spoke to Funk Flex, Shiest Bub and more and went soooo in depth about the rise and fall of the dopest rap group of my era.

Plus I told some dope personal stories. Read it here or continue below!
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(Photos) A Breakdown Of Every XXL Freshmen Class Before This Year – Which Was The Most Successful?


Every year, the annual XXL Freshmen cover creates a huge buzz, opening the door to much debate about whether these coveted 10 artists deserve the spotlight as “the next big thing.” Since its inception in 2008, the cover has become bigger and bigger, now being practically a rite of passage for new artists in the game.

With this year’s cover being announced yesterday morning (featuring Kamaiyah, A Boogie With The Hoodie, MadeInTYO, XXXTentacion, PnB Rock, Aminé, Playboi Carti, Ugly God, Kap G and Kyle,)  I wanted to break down each class and try to decipher which has been the most successful thus far. Check out my breakdown below and the covers in the gallery – and then give us your opinions in the comments and on Twitter!

(P.S. This year’s class was toooooooooo easy and safe. And Kamaiyah should have been on it LAST year because she’s BEEN dope.)
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LIT EVENTS: 10 More Best Take-Aways From the #JerseyMusicMeeting Part 2


For our 2nd edition of the Jersey Music Meeting, artists from all across New Jersey, New York and Connecticut were treated to some heavy knowledge bombs from a new round of panelists consisting of a few elite faces of the radio and music industries.

Taking over Elizabeth, NJ’s Dolce Lounge once again, our exclusive panel included Hot 97‘s DJ Enuff and Megan Ryte, Scottie Beam of the Hot 97 Morning Show, and Atlantic Records Director of A&R, Orlando Wharton.

Overall, we’d say that this time around, some good questions were definitely asked and the passion in the room was on a thousand! We’ve compiled another list to expound on all the free game that was given out last night, so think of this as your 2nd study guide to the music biz, and see our top 10 tips on artist development below! See tips from our last Jersey Music Meeting here.

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Gwen Stefani Launches Makeup Collection With Urban Decay

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On Thursday night, I had the pleasure of attending the exclusive launch party for Urban Decay‘s makeup collection with Gwen Stefani. The collection includes an eyebrow palette, a blush palette, an eyebrow kit, lip liners and a selection of lipsticks – which features a wide range of vibrant reds (very Gwen-like) with equally Gwen-like names such as “Spiderweb,” “Phone Call” and “Ex-Girlfriend.”

The event was everything you’d expect from something with the former No Doubt frontwoman’s name on it, with Vashtie providing music as the cocktails flowed, and even a live band coming in later on in the evening. I was BEYOND excited that we were treated to the entire collection, and I have been switching up my lip color ever since! Stay tuned to my Instagram for previews of each shade.

In the meantime, hit the jump for a few pics of the collection and our night. The collection will be available soon here. Thank you to Urban Decay and Laura Stylez for the invite!
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Editorial: Online Dating – Cardinal Rules


Plenty of Fish, Tinder, Grindr, OKCupid, EHarmony, Match – they all have one thing in common: shitty people who are looking for somebody to share their time with. Okay, maybe I’m being a bit harsh – as online dating can certainly be generalized by those who haven’t had much luck (myself included.)

However, there are some do’s and don’ts that should be followed if you do become interested in the online love scene.

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