Reed Jackson

PROFILES

Is Okay Kaya Living in Pop Music's Future?

The 27-year-old singer has the potential to be the next biggest thing in music. With her upcoming album 'Both,' can she do it?
Reed Jackson
4.13.18
PROFILES

Oddisee Just Wants You to Rethink Your Place in the Universe

Also, his new album ‘The Iceberg’ is good as shit.
Reed Jackson
3.2.17
PROFILES

PnB Rock and His Lonely Hearts Club Bangers

After a dealing with a stint in jail and the death of his brother, the warble-voiced singer from Philadelphia looks to the future, no longer living a double life.
Reed Jackson
1.13.17
Interviews

'Original Gangstas' Goes Beneath the Surface of West Coast Rap's Origin Story

Twenty years after Tupac Shakur's murder, Ben Westhoff digs into the legacy that made gangsta rap so fascinating to its listeners—and deadly to its artists.
Reed Jackson
9.13.16
Interviews

Gene Brown Is the Guy Who Finds the Rare Samples for All Your Favorite Hip-Hop Songs

Questlove, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, Just Blaze, and DJ Premier are just some of the legendary names who have turned to Gene Brown for sampling fodder.
Reed Jackson
3.1.16
Longreads Or Whatever

The Story of FruityLoops: How a Belgian Porno Game Company Employee Changed Modern Music

Soulja Boy, Sonny Digital, 9th Wonder, and other producers discuss the influence of the program that went from a porn game company coder's side project to a building block of the sound of modern music.
Reed Jackson
12.11.15
Interviews

Meet Goth Money, the Most Positive Crew of Trillionaires on the Internet

The entire Goth Money crew crammed into a single Skype conversation to talk about their inspirations and spreading positivity.
Reed Jackson
11.3.15
Longreads Or Whatever

Drezus Walks: Meet the Native American Rapper Merging Old Sounds and New

Drezus grew up selling drugs, was in a chart-topping rap group, almost died twice, and came back to rap about his heritage.
Reed Jackson
10.30.14