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Jared Steinberg

Music Writer, Sound of Boston & Boston Hassle

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Music writer raised on disco and dance parties. Life-long Pop and Hip Hop devotee. I conduct artist interviews, review albums, videos, and live shows. Experienced in covering premiers. Constantly in search of beats that knock.

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WGBH Mass Mix: Artists Boston Has On Heavy Rotation for Thanksgiving

Our Mass Mix contributors are embracing the holiday season with a variety of songs. From hip-hop that feels like a home-cooked meal to a breezy indie-reggae song that sounds like a sunny day, here are the songs we're thankful for this month.

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On the Town: YBN Cordea at Agganis Arena

YBN Cordae gets it. At just 22 he’s playing a key role in helping hip hop find itself in 2019—an otherwise confusing time for hip hop heads. There is a battle for direction of the genre, waged between the “old heads” who put crisp, soulful beats, and clever rhyming above all else (see J. Cole), and the newer, trap-inspired, Soundcloud generation of rap artists (see Lil Pump) attaining worldwide success...

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Channeling The Universe: Maggie Rogers at The Wang Theater

Once-in-a-generation pop innovator Maggie Rogers pumped out magnetic energy through her unique electro-folk melodies, intense dance moves and rare stage presence that entranced audiences at the Wang Theater. Maggie Rogers' show opened with ethereal lighting on a white canvas draped in front of her band, illuminating her caped silhouette.

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On the Town: BJ the Chicago Kid at Great Scott

BJ the Chicago Kid is bringing the soul from Chicago’s South Side to Allston to promote his latest album, 1123. BJ serves up a blend of vintage and modern R&B with a laid-back hip hop sensibility. Born to church choir directors, Bryan James Sledge follows in a long tradition of legendary Chicago soul music dignitaries: Curtis Mayfield, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kanye and Chance...

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WGBH Mass Mix: Artists Boston Has On Heavy Rotation for Fall

There's no better time than fall in Boston. But what does this time of year sound like? This month, our Mass Mix contributors answer that question with songs that celebrate local music, Hispanic Heritage Month, and the spirit of the season. Here's what songs local luminaries have been playing on repeat.

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Stars and Spirits: Khalid at TD Garden

The newly minted king of music streaming, Khalid brought his R&B chill and dressed-down dorm vibes to TD Garden, laying down 32 tracks to promote his second full length album, Free Spirit. In front of a Tasty Burger outside TD Garden, a young fan says, "I only listen to hip hop, but for some reason, ...

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On the town - Lizzo at Agganis Arena

Lizzo is feeling “Good As Hell” as she comes off her performance at Coachella and brings the “Juice” to Agganis Arena on September 17th for a highly-coveted stop on her Cuz I Love You Too Tour. Hailed as a body-positive, feminist trail-blazer, the 31 year-old pop sensation’s witty dance anthems have pushed her first major-label album...

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A Heart to Break: Kim Petras at The Sinclair

Unapologetic pop star Kim Petras gave a glittered Sinclair audience infectious electro-pop dance beats and soaring vocals about boys, clothes, cars, and drugs on her sold-out headlining "Broken" Tour. " me up...for a good time!" announced happily hedonistic pop star Kim Petras as the ticking high-hats and breezy keyboards rang through, "Got My Number" a ...

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A House Party Get-down at The Sinclair: The Knocks

Pumping out summertime kickback jams with hip-hop heart and a disco shine, The Knocks thawed out an icy cold Boston crowd into a college house party sweat. In an homage to their breakout album, '55, fans wearing black satin bomber jackets were out in force, forming glossy silhouettes against the Sinclair's vintage brick walls.

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On the Town: J. Cole at TD Garden

Unapologetically hip hop, J.Cole is an artist who built his impressive following by focusing on the musical foundations of rap — beats, rhymes, and honesty. Describing his true ambition to “write the songs that raise the hair on my arms,” Cole carries on the traditions laid by Public Enemy, Nas, and Tupac, using his music to document and dissect...

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Bars Only: Logic at Boston Calling

Logic is bars-only. Rarely does a rapper come along that’s as dedicated as Logic to the art and craft of rhyming acrobatics. With a career that’s progressing as fast as his machine-gun flows, Logic’s undeniable talent has attracted rap royalty like Eminem, G-Eazy, Big Sean, and Wiz Khalifa, who all compete for highly coveted feature spots on his prolific albums...

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On the Town: Carly Rae Jepsen at House of Blues

Carly Rae Jepsen has come a long way from the catchy simplicity of 2012’s thunderous pop bombshell, “Call Me Maybe,” and if you’re looking for an excuse to sweat it out on a summer night in the city, look no further than her show on July 16th at House of Blues. Her newest album, Dedicated, is peppered with funky synth...

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The Groove Cyclone: Youngr Whips Sonia

Global indie-pop sensation and one-man band, Youngr whipped the Sonia crowd into a frenzy as he built his electro-fire beats and silky smooth hooks from scratch. A 360-degree fortress built of interlaced keyboards, mixers, guitars, and drums stood on an empty stage around a lonely, black leather stool. Youngr looked like a rock star from a time gone by, a snake-hipped, British rocker...

Video Interview: Oompa Talks About Her New Record, 'Cleo'

Boston Music Award winner and lyrical fire breather, Oompa, sits down with hip hop writer Jared Steinberg from Boston Hassle to chat about her new record, 'Cleo' , which drops August 10th. Oompa goes in depth about the concept behind the record, her blossoming rap career, and when she first fell in love with hip hop.

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On the town: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie at House of Blues

“I go by the name of A-Boogie and I’m from Highbridge, the Bronx…where it all goes down.” A-Boogie wit da Hoodie is a new-school rapper that came up in New York City’s defiantly old-school hip-hop culture, where artists still pound the pavement to hand out CD’s and Hot 97 radio DJ’s still have the power to break artists.

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On the Town - Lake Street Dive at Wang Theater

If you’re looking for a way around the New Year’s Eve $100 bar covers and champagne-fueled bar-fights, look no further than the classy as f&#k, Lake Street Dive at The Wang Theater. This group of hip-swaying, Motown-infused soul singers actually formed at Berklee...

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Lighting a Disco Inferno: Hayden James at Sonia

Australian electro wizard Hayden James ratcheted up the energy at Sonia to a literal breaking point. A disco ball spun slowly from the rafters, shining purple beams onto a glittering sea of smiling, starry-eyed partygoers when Hayden James, the DJ/conductor of the evening, took the Sonia stage by surprise to help the opening act, Cakewalk, ...

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Jazzy Beats and Real Talk: Mick Jenkins at Middle East

Chicago rap sensation Mick Jenkins gave hip-hop heads at the sold-out Middle East show something heavy but sweet to work with. Wu-Tang and Biggie were playing as low-lying smoke clouds filled air, bouncing off the shallow, Middle East ceiling as hip-hop fans were eagerly awaiting their headliner.

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Lasers and Mojo: Ghostland Observatory at The Paradise

Ghostland Observatory took The Paradise crowd on a laser-fueled journey into outer space with Aaron Behrens at the helm, dancing his way through the cosmos. In the dark halls of The Paradise Rock Club, fans stood around comparing how many times they'd seen the band, hastily cracking glow sticks.

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WGBH Mass Mix: Artists Boston Has On Heavy Rotation

Every month we're talking to local music luminaries about what music they just can't get out of their heads. This mix is a diverse collection of hip hop, Latino punk, folk anthems, and even a little Reggaeton — some familiar names and some we are excited to introduce.

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On the Town: Jedi Mind Tricks at The Paradise

Jedi Mind Tricks has steadily maintained their place in hip hop history as one of the most influential underground artists of all time, part of a balanced breakfast for dedicated hip hop fans. With deadly, soul-piercing rhymes produced purely for the love of music...

Went There: Oompa & STL GLD @ The Oberon

Oompa is a master of ceremonies during her live shows, providing the audience with the full gamut of her experiences, directing the audience from one song to the next, while hitting heavy poetic rhymes. Oompa entered the Oberon stage on August 3rd rocking a bright yellow jacket, stone-washed jean shorts, white-on-whites, and horn-rimmed glasses.

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Boston Calling: Boston Answering at The Strand

Local music takes a stand at Boston Answering, a one-night hip hop-centric artist showcase for Boston residents and a shot across the bow at Boston Calling. When you walk into the lobby of historic Strand Theater in Dorchester, you can almost hear stories emanating from the gold leaf paint-trimmed walls.

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Hip-Hop and Haute Couture: Billy Dean Thomas at The MFA

Rapper and style icon Billy Dean Thomas uses beats and fashion to bring cultures together for a massive late-night party at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Sneakerheads in rare blue and orange Nike Air Max trainers and matching track jackets stood shoulder to shoulder with runway accoutered fashionistas rocking 10-inch black leather heels, structured ...

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Album Review: Bando Wave by LouBands

LouBands brings the unwavering hip hop hustle, hunger, and entrepreneurial spirit to his latest album, Bando Wave. Boston-based rapper LouBands is wasting no time making a name for himself. He started rapping only two years ago, but has already attracted the creative support of Young Jeezy's producer, John Scott, to drop his latest album, Bando ...

An interview w/ Billy Dean Thomas & review of their Rocky Barboa EP

"Don't need no watch for me to tell you what time it is!" Billy Dean Thomas drops lyrical gems with their latest EP, Rocky Barboa. Packed with multilayered metaphors and deeply creative wordplay, the EP has the kinds of beefy rhymes that hip hop heads can chew on for years.

Artist Interview: The realness from Lewis M.

"It's the realness that makes hip hop", Lewis told me when I found him deep within the maze-like halls of Mass College of Art. A musical successor to DJ Premiere, Lewis M. brings a gritty, hard-hitting sound that simultaneously comforts you with a soulful backdrop of classical strings, horns, and flowing female vocals.

Video Premiere: Benji III - Crude

If you're lookin' for fresh beats and spooky, tripped out effects to amp up your Halloween, check out Benji III's video for...

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Album Review: November 3rd by Oompa

Oompa recalls hip hop's true spirit on November 3rd with beats you can feel, soul-driven melodies, and skillful wordplay of painfully honest experiences. November 3rd is local artist Oompa's debut album-a deeply confessional collection of songs over smooth soul beats. Through deadly rhymes Oompa tells honest stories of her day-to-day realities: grief, depression, discrimination, and self-sabotage.

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Album Review: Civilization by Sweeps

On his latest album, Civilization, local artist Sweeps explores time travel with hip-hop as his copilot. Packed with jazz-laced melodic rap beats and sci-fi thematics, local hip-hop producer Sweeps launches listeners through time and space with his latest album, Civilization. Blending 90s era hip-hop beats and 70s funk soul samples, Sweeps connects the past, present, ...

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EP Premiere: Sell My Soul by Rhoadse

Inspired by the glittered pop-mania eruption of the early 2000's, when high-gloss teen bop talents like Britney Spears ruled with undeniable catchiness and memorable dance moves, self-described "pop prince(ss)" Rhoadse brings us his TRL-inspired EP. Sell My Soul is a sampler platter for pop-hungry listeners, offering a variety of flavors from all-night dance bangers, to ...

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Album Premiere: Bl4ckPack by AZA

On his third album, Boston-based rapper AZA offers a bridge for social dialogue and brings listeners "only good karma" In a return to the conscious rap era of the 90s where artists like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest were front and center, AZA shares his unique perspective on social bias and his ...

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