KC Orcutt

Brooklyn resident KC Orcutt aims to capture moments found in music. Her freelance writing career has brought her to many places over the years, including London, Croatia, Prague, all over the US and on tour with her favorite hometown rappers. Happiest when working with words and people, KC is first and foremost an enthusiast of her craft and supporter of all things dope.

On The Rise: JSWISS Is Bringing The Focus Back To The Art Of Emceeing

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While many are blessed with multiple creative talents, it’s not every day that someone can not only hone their gifts to make music, but also are able to articulate what they have created with words and with ease. Essentially not every painter can describe the art they created to a tee, just like not every […]

DJ Drama Gives Los Angeles A Small Taste Of ‘Quality Street Music 2’

Listening parties are an interesting concept. While the premise of such an occasion traditionally intends to provide media and industry insiders with an “exclusive first listen” of forthcoming projects, sometimes it barely achieves that goal but makes up for it with a sponsored open bar and trendy hors d’oeuvre. Such was the case last night […]

Curren$y Teases Dropping New Mixtape At Recent Los Angeles Show

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Uncomfortably hot temperatures didn’t slow down or stop Curren$y from delivering a high energy performance in Los Angeles earlier this week [Tuesday, June 21]. While the audience didn’t necessarily need any warming up, the opening slots were filled by enthusiastic members of Curren$y’s Jet Life crew, including Corner Boy P and T.Y. The two each gave […]

New Rap Hope Dash Machete Might Just Kill You With Kindness

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Much like many rising artists, 19-year-old Dash Machete has a lot on her plate. Between being in school full time, holding a part-time job and working on cultivating her talents as an emcee, she is able to balance it all with a grace wise beyond her years. Her natural work ethic is coming into play in […]

[Watch] London’s Nolay Discusses Turning To Music To Work Through Depression

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For Nolay, a UK-based grime emcee, making music is therapy—it’s everything. As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, Nolay opens up during an in-depth interview series curated by Noisey, and explains how making music has helped her cope with her father’s schizophrenia and own mental health demons throughout her life. “I feel like all my demons leave when I enter […]

Get To Know: Houston’s Lyric Michelle Is Up To Somethin’

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This past weekend, Houston’s Lyric Michelle graduated with another college degree, declaring on social media that this would be her last time going back to school “for now.” From the ceremony, she posted the most epic photo of her class, revealing her gorgeous toothy grin. As she stood in her graduation cap and gown with […]

For Artists, On How To Use An Icon’s Legacy To Change The World

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The first 24 hours of a world without a living, breathing, smirking Prince is just about past us. The world is shook, and will never, ever be the same again. Your legend’s favorite legend has fallen. From here on out we’re charting tragic and unfamiliar waters. We no longer are spinning around the same sun […]

Coca Vango Turns His Ode To Vincent Van Gogh Into A Collection of Hustler Anthems

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Tupac’s poem dedicated to Vincent Van Gogh includes a line that reads: “and though u pour yourself into that frame and present it so proudly this world could not accept your masterpieces from the heart.” This sentiment echoes the same troubled and emotional complexities that Coca Vango presents in his new project, also dedicated to […]

Event Recap: Cardi B, Karen Civil, Tracy G & More Celebrate Female Empowerment

Last night’s 10th Annual Women on the Move “HerStory” event and panel discussion provided audience members with goosebump-raising realness and Twitter-worthy quotes for daaays. The event was co-curated by New York University’s Organization of Black Women, together with Women On The Move (lead by entrepreneur Amber Ravenel). This year’s focus landed on an ever-inspiring theme […]

Royce Da 5’9” Teases New Album At Listening Party in NYC

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Last night [Thursday, March 24], Royce Da 5’9” hosted a listening party to share some sounds from his forthcoming album, Layers, with friends, fellow musicians and music industry associates alike. The exclusive affair took place at One Art Space, an art gallery tucked away in the Tribeca area of Lower Manhattan. The spacious gallery is currently […]

The First Ladies Of Rap: MC Lyte

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The First Ladies of Rap and Hip Hop culture are all forward-thinking pioneers whose legacies, both individual and collective, are undeniable. While these women don’t technically require a proper introduction at this stage in their careers as veterans, there’s no better time than Women’s History Month to celebrate the achievements, challenges overcome and contributions each have made over the […]

Why “Live At The BBQ” Was One Of SXSW’s Livest Events

Music festivals and Hip Hop have always had an interesting relationship. Hip Hop only festivals such as A3C in Atlanta and the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival present a different formula, but mainstream festivals by nature typically only feature a sprinkling of rap’s finest on top of their indie rock and electronic infused schedules. While this […]

Here’s Why Anderson Paak Was The MVP Of SXSW This Year

The annual South By Southwest (SXSW) festival is an important weekend for a lot of people, in countless ways. Traditionally, it has served as a platform for new artist discovery, with hungry tastemakers looking to find the next big thing before the summer music festival begins. In a lot of ways, Anderson Paak has been the next […]

[Interview]: Vans Celebrates 50 Years Of Sneaker Culture Around The Globe

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For those who want to get technical, Vans, the game-changing sneaker company-turned-creative-empire, has more years on Hip Hop, historically speaking. Therefore, it’s really interesting and inspiring to think about all the ways the brand intersects with the culture itself. Sneakers have always played an important role and a presence in the world surrounding rap music, and […]