Gregory Dale

Freelance Writer

Gregory is a freelance writer, based in the Philadelphia metropolitan region. He holds B.A. in Journalism and spent five years as a writer/editor for the AFRO American Newspaper, a 125-year-old publication based in Washington D.C. and Baltimore. He has also freelanced for Genius, The Washington City Paper, Philadelphia Weekly,, TheGrio.Com, CBS Radio, Maryland's Prince George's County Gazette Newspaper and the National Newspaper Publishers Association. He has written about politics, crime and socioeconomic issues, however, covering hip hop is his passion.

Why not a hip-hop museum for Philly? | Opinion

When Meek Mill released his fourth studio album Championships in November 2018, it was the perfect comeback story. After being incarcerated for nearly five months at a state prison in Camp Hill for a controversial probation violation ruling, the Philly native was finally released in April of that year.

JUICE WRLD: 1998 - 2019

In his short time on this planet, Juice WRLD, born Jarad Anthony Higgins, experienced some dark days. But he was able to flip his pain into success, which birthed a mantra that he endorsed until his untimely death on December 8. He had just celebrated his 21st birthday six days earlier.

John Legend's 'Get Lifted' Turns 15

For an emerging artist, John Roger Stephens' decision to don the moniker "John Legend" was an audacious move. But now, 15 years after his debut album, Get Lifted, hit the shelves, it's apparent the name couldn't be more fitting.

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Looking Back At Wale's The Mixtape About Nothing, A Decade Later

Ten years ago this month, a young rapper by the name of Wale released a mixtape that, at the time, was something of an oddity for D.C.'s nascent rap scene. Themed mixtapes were basically unheard of at the time, especially one based on the hit TV show Seinfeld, which wasn't remotely connected to hip-hop culture.

How Fabolous Found His (Loso's) Way

In 1993, director Brian De Palma joined forces with Al Pacino for Carlito's Way - a film that arguably changed the course of rapper Fabolous' career. Pacino dusted off his "bad guy" acting chops and starred as Carlito Brigante, a Puerto Rican drug dealer who wants to put his life of crime behind him.

Kurtis Blow, One of Hip Hop's Founding Fathers, Turns 60

Rev. Run of Run D.M.C. owes his life to Kurtis Blow - and that's not hyperbole. Not only did hip-hop's founding father make his career, Run met his wife, Justine Simmons, after performing with the older rapper. Not bad for a fledgling MC. "I was just absorbing things, being on the road with Blow," Run told TIDAL.

Lil Uzi Vert & What Happens When Artists Fight With Their Labels

Just under two years ago, Lil Uzi Vert was on the top of the world. After building his fan base with mixtapes like 2016's Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World and The Perfect LUV Tape , his debut album Luv is Rage 2 debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.