Allison Hazel is an NYC-based writer, blogger, and music journalist. Allison got her start in the music industry as a publicity intern for Universal Music Group/Republic Records. With a foundation in public relations, she transitioned to journalism. Her published bylines include Audacy, Essence, Billboard, and more.
Allison holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from Delaware State University. She is also a member of Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
Last week, Rolling Loud concluded its multi-city run in New York City, staging the hip-hop music festival in the genre's birthplace for a weekend to remember. The festival kicked off on an unseasonably chilly Friday and ended on a rainy, show-stopping Sunday.
What better way to gear up for the summer than Governors Ball! New York's signature festival delivered music, art, food, drinks, and of course good vibes this past weekend (June 10-12). For the second time in its 11-year history, the three day festival returned to Citi Field in Flushing, Queens.
After a two-year postponement, Broccoli City Festival took over RFK Stadium in D.C. for its 10-year anniversary! Hosted by Rodney Rikai, Gia Peppers, and Little Bacon Bear, the Hip Hop/R&B festival went down Mother's Day weekend.
Rappers give other rappers chains to symbolize respect and camaraderie. Here are the surprising moments when rappers gave other rappers chains.
Since the popularization of hip-hop in the late 1970s and 1980s, rappers have supported their artistry with eye-catching imagery. As a result, many album covers have become iconic contributions to the culture.
The past twelve months have added up to a great year for music as many artists pushed the envelope with genre-blending albums post-pandemic. For Black music in particular, it was the year of experimental and anticipated comebacks.
For nearly a decade, Dawn Richard has paved her own lane, experimenting musically with genre-blending solo projects. Formerly a member of the pop quintet Danity Kane and hip-hop trio Dirty Money, Richard is continuing to pioneer Black women in electronic music to the forefront with her latest project.
On the night of this year's Academy Awards, Jon Batiste stood tall at the podium. Wearing a dark blue tuxedo with a pinned floral embellishment, the jazz singer warmly scanned the room. "God gave us 12 notes. It's the same 12 notes that Duke Ellington had, that Bach had, Nina Simone...", he recited during the captivating acceptance speech.
Universally recognized as a sensational funk-soul duo, Lion Babe has effortlessly delivered their first-ever digital album Rainbow Child. A colorful and soulful musical journey, Rainbow Child is accompanied by symbolic artwork and brilliant visuals.
When it comes to dealing with stress or trauma, a coping mechanism helps maintain emotional wellness. And in a post-pandemic world where mental health is at the forefront, WILLOW 's 'COPINGMECHANISM' is a timely and transparent body of work.
Last year, more than 50 Oklahoma-based artists set out to record Fire in Little Africa, an album that commemorates the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Rappers, singers, and producers spent several days working tirelessly from their respective locations, aiming for musical excellence.
With a career that spans three decades, the proclaimed Queen of Hip Hop Soul continuously reigns supreme. Mary J. Blige popularized the blending of Hip Hop and R&B music in the early ‘90s with her debut album 'What’s The 411?'
Britney Spears is back in the studio! TMZ reports that the pop star has teamed up with Elton John on an upcoming record. According to sources, Spears is a huge fan of John, and the collaboration was actually EJ's idea.
Just hours before #NewMusicFriday, Drake announced that he's dropping a new full-length project titled 'Honestly, Nevermind.' The Certified Lover Boy follow-up marks the rapper's seventh studio album. The "Way 2 Sexy" rapper shared the news on Instagram Thursday along with the album artwork.
Los Angeles jurors convicted Eric Ronald Holder Jr. of first-degree murder in the death of Nipsey Hussle. Born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, the beloved rapper was fatally shot on March 31, 2019 near his Marathon Clothing store in South Los Angeles.