J.I. talks the meaning behind Hood Life Krisis | #HostedByDeascent [EP 6]

In the latest offering of #HostedByDeascent, Deascent finally sits down with J.I., one of the Big Apple's hottest up-and-coming emcees and a budding hip-hop sensation.

Based out of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the 18-year-old creative released his latest work, Hood Life Crisis Vol. 2, back in December to glowing reviews, and from there he's been on an unstoppable tear into 2020. "It was really just the hunger, that drive," J.I. said about his fast-paced creative output. "I was desperate. I was desperate to get out there and put pressure on people."

Check out the full interview below:


Hood Life Krisis Vol. 2


Misogyny Disguised as Misery: We Need to Talk About Hobo Johnson

It's time we acknowledge the emo rapper's repeatedly sexist subject matter.

Hobo Johnson in concert at the O2 Institute, Birmingham, UK - 12 Dec 2019

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Note: This article mentions non-violent sexual assault that some readers may find disturbing. The alleged victim later recanted her statement on January 29, explaining that the incident was a misunderstanding between her and her friend, who shared the original Tweet referenced below.

In 2018, a YouTube clip of a Californian quasi-rapper by the stage name of Hobo Johnson went viral.

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UK Band Sorry Are the Future of Indie Rock with "More"

It's the latest song from the band's upcoming debut album.

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Chance the Rapper Cancels Tour–And That's Beautiful

Chance the Rapper's dad rap album will not fill stadiums because, well, Chance the Rapper is a dad.

Chance The Rapper performing. Chance The Rapper (stage name for Chancellor Johnathan Bennett)Chance the Rapper in concert at the O2 Academy Brixton, London, UK - 20 Nov 2016

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Chance the Rapper is officially canceling the so-called Big Tour to spend more time with his family.

This may come as no surprise to anyone who heard his latest album, The Big Day, which was called an "exhausting, but necessary" celebration of fatherhood and happiness. It seems that Chance is sacrificing his musical caliber, concert profits, and fan satisfaction in exchange for doing what's right for his family and himself, and that is absolutely beautiful.

Touring is exhausting, expensive, and bad for the environment, but spending time with your family is fun, pure, good, and a great investment in the future. While most musicians sadly have to tour all year round in order to make a living (a lifestyle that can have incredibly damaging effects on mental health and relationships), if you're Chance the Rapper, you can suddenly realize that all of this music stuff means nothing compared to your daughter's smile when she sees you walk in the door, and maybe you also realize that you released a subpar but still very pure and necessary album, and you can act on that revelation.

This isn't the first time Chance has chosen to devote time to doing what's right. After the birth of his nephew, he chose to take a sabbatical to dive into the Bible.

Of course, he's well-known for his philanthropic work, and just recently he started an initiative designed to teach Chicago public school students to code—a project that culminated in a video for "I Love You So Much."

Introducing SuperMe - an official video game from students in Chicagowww.youtube.com

So ultimately, we can and should forgive Chance for giving us a subpar album and canceling his tour. There will always be new angst, pain, and loss to give us truly great art and showmanship. Tickets can be refunded, and other nightly entertainment can be found. But another baby without daddy issues? That's irreplaceable.

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Josh Stone, the promising protege of Public Enemy's Chuck D, debuted his new breakout single today titled "What They Talkin' Bout."

As a producer and CEO of his own Real Vibez Only record label, Stone may not yet be a household name, but has been immersed in the music industry for years. While originally from New York, he was set to be a hockey superstar before an injury sidelined him indefinitely from the game he loved. He turned to music as a way to cope with the stress, and ended up dedicating his life to perfecting his craft.

Over the last decade he's worked for a plethora of different labels, and has collaborated behind the scenes with some of Hip-Hop's biggest stars, from The Diplomats to Uncle Murder of G-Unit. Now, he wants the spotlight for himself, his hard hitting debut seeking to prove to the naysayers that Josh Stone is next up, and that Hip-Hop better brace themselves for his arrival. "'What They Talkin Bout' was created because I can't relate to anything being said and going on in the music industry today," said Stone. "These new artists are following trends and talking about nothing. There's a niche in the market that I'm here to fill."

Check out the single below:


Why Have We Not Canceled Adam22?

In light of Dame Dash's recent interview with the "No Jumper" podcast host, we take a look back at all the despicable things Adam Grandmaison has done over the years.


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In 2005, a young woman met a man online named Adam Grandmaison. Grandmaison, who goes by Adam22, is the founder and host of the popular hip-hop podcast No Jumper.

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