Sunday, April 30, 2023


Lawrence Burney and I reminisced about 'the blog era' of hip hop and Government Names for his Baltimore Banner column The Culture Report.

Monday, August 08, 2022

I wrote a piece for The Baltimore Banner that's kind of an overview of Baltimore rap since 2000, with a great song representing every year of the 21st century. 

Last month the Banner also published my profile of Infinity Knives and Brian Ennals.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

I recently wrote my first article for Bandcamp, and it's a look back at the life and work of Dwayne "Headphones" Lawson, a hip hop producer from Baltimore who passed away in November. I spoke to a lot of people who knew him and worked with him, including DDm, Kane Mayfield, Eze Jackson, Greenspan, and his Mania Music Group co-producer Brandon Lackey, and highlighted some of his best tracks. This was a real labor of love to show appreciation for a guy I had a lot of admiration for. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

This weekend marks 10 years since Khia "DJ K-Swift" Edgerton's tragic death. The Baltimore Sun ran a lovely piece about her by Brittany Britto and Wesley Case, and Wesley quoted me a little bit in the article.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

My first article for Pigeons & Planes is an extensive piece about Tate Kobang, and his recent show at Soundstage, where I helped get Tim Trees onstage with Tate for the first time, a moment that I'd been wanting to see for the last year. Tate's new mixtape Since We're Here is out now.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

I wrote the obituary of Reggie Reg, a Baltimore DJ and radio legend who passed away recently, for this week's Baltimore City Paper. Rest in peace.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

This week I put up my favorite albums of 2015, but I also contributed to the Baltimore City Paper's annual Top Ten Issue. I wrote about Future's DS2 in the Top Ten (nonlocal) Albums list, and in the Top Ten Baltimore Singles list, I wrote about songs by TT The Artist and Future Islands.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I had a really good conversation with David Turner about Baltimore club music and internet memes, and he quoted me a little in his excellent Pitchfork piece on the topic of club music and Vines.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I wrote about Baltimore producer D.K. The Punisher, who recently worked on Jill Scott's hit "Fool's Gold," in this week's City Paper. He'll be hosting Llamadon's Pizza Portal at the Metro Gallery this Friday.

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Sunday, September 06, 2015

Kane Mayfield is leaving Baltimore for a while after his show at the Metro Gallery this weekend, and I premiered a new song from a CD he gave away at the show, "Dream Killers," on Noisey.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Government Names in the New York Times! Thanks to Jon Caramanica, and shout out to Dylan for his brief, memorable early tenure at this site providing it with the lion's share of its notoriety.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Channel 10 Podcast, which is hosted by a couple of Baltimore rap dudes I go way back with, Articulate and Singodsuperior, asked me to come on as a guest, and Episode 20 went up this week. We talked for about an hour about in a wide ranging discussion about Baltimore, music, life, all that stuff. It was a lot of fun, thanks to go those guys for inviting me to participate.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Baltimore rapper Tate Kobang recently signed to 300 Entertainment off the strength of "Bank Rolls," his hit that features the beat from a circa 2000 Baltimore classic by Tim Trees. I spoke to both Tate and Tim Trees for The Fader.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In this week's Baltimore City Paper, I wrote The Short List, and the final Rap Sheet column, with news about Dirt Platoon, Wordsmith, and more.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

In this week's Baltimore City Paper, I wrote a big feature about Kane Mayfield and his debut album, The Return Of Rap, which just came out. I've known Kane and followed his music for years now and it's great to hear him put out a record worthy of his talent and get a chance to tell his story.

Also wrote The Short List and a new BPM column with news about DJ Technics, TT The Artist, Rod Lee, and more.

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Monday, March 02, 2015

Baltimore rapper and blogger Speed On The Beat recently invited me to take part in an e-mail Q&A for a 'roundtable' with a few other music writers and bloggers. In the last few days, Part One and Part Two were published, and I think it came out pretty interestingly, I tried to be honest and maybe a little revealing about my process, and it was cool to see how the other respondents answered the same questions.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

In the Baltimore City Paper, I reviewed the new Sisqo album Last Dragon that's out this week, and also wrote The Short List.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In this week's City Paper, I wrote a Rap Sheet column with news about Skarr Akbar and more, and also The Short List.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

In this week's City Paper, I wrote a BPM column with a bunch of Baltimore club news about DJ Chris J, DJ AngelBaby, and others, and also wrote The Short List.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

This week the Baltimore City Paper published its annual Top 10 issue, with lots and lots of year-end lists, and I contributed some things in the music section. I did year-end editions of my BPM column, with the best Baltimore club releases of 2014, and my Rap Sheet column, with the best local rap of the year. I voted in several other music lists, including Local Albums (where I wrote blurbs about Future Islands and Wye Oak), Local Singles (where I blurbed Lor Scoota), and Non-Local Albums (where I blurbed YG).

Also wrote The Short List this week as usual.

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