I ran around Philly with battle-rapper-turned-cross-genre-trickster Tierra Whack, for The FADER’s 2019 Now issue.
A rare interview with the extraordinary Chicago rapper Noname, who invited me into her rap and comedy worlds, for The FADER’s 2018 Fall Fashion issue.
Behind the loose lips and famous friends is a real, complex person, for VOGUE’s September 2018 issue.
I spent a couple of cold days in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with the rapper and her adorable family, for The FADER’s 2018 Earth issue.
From midtown to Jersey to the Bronx with Cardi B, who was making compelling music even before “Bodak Yellow,B for The FADER’s 2017 Summer Music issue.
Behind the Odd Future-offshoot’s success as a band is real friendship, for The FADER’s 2016 America issue.
I went all the way to Lagos, Nigeria, to the home of afropop star Davido, for The FADER’s 2016 Global issue.
Before she manifested her musical career, when she was simply a social media and reality TV phenom, Cardi B showed all the signs of stardom to come.
With his friends, Drake made OVO an institution. Oliver El-Khatib and Noah “40” Shebib explain how, for The FADER’s 100th issue in 2015.
These new corsets turn extreme body goals into big profits. But do they even work? And for whom? For the FADER’s 2015 Fall Fashion issue.
Selected essays and criticism
I wrote a personal essay about my heritage, and a life lived bouncing from country to country, for the November 2018 issue of VOGUE.
There are flashes of brilliance on Queen but they’re mostly eclipsed by chaos.
Kanye West, wyd?!?!
She proves that her charm and talents go beyond any single medium.
The lawn was once a unique marker of American life and class mobility. In Los Angeles and beyond, the drought has changed what that looks like.
Drake’s 2016 project exposes the limits of cultural appropriation discourse and critical conversation on social media.
In rough times, people turn to the stars for guidance. Insiders explain why.
Kanye, too, knows showmanship can get you as far as substance
Solange, in focus.
If something doesn’t exist on the internet, did it ever exist?
The deaths of Prince and Afeni Shakur exposed the online and offline intersection of collective grief.
Yet more on the ‘Ye beat. This time, he has faith again.
A new world of social consciousness has opened up between the public and even the poppiest of stars, and many are cashing in, for The FADER’s 2015 Now issue.
The Memphis rapper’s first-ever interview.
A candid chat with the OVO signee.
How African medical students created a new genre of Cuban music.
In prison for a crime he says he didn’t commit, Big TC finds hope in Islam, for The FADER’s 2017 Faith issue.
The force behind shows like Girlfriends and Being Mary Jane has made hit programs for black girls for over 20 years, but she’s just getting started, for The FADER’s 2016 Producers issue.
Allen Iverson’s longtime photographer uses his lens to remind us that the basketball legend has always been human first.
The R&B legend responds to her recent Twitter controversy and explains her approach to social media.
Uncle Luke went to the Supreme Court for hip-hop, and he wants more credit.