Michael Saponara

Trying to find my way one article at a time.


Billboard, HipHopDX, Genius, XXL, Vibe Magazine


Y'all Know I Don't Follow Suit: How Travis Scott's 'SICKO MODE' Became the Unlikeliest No. 1 Hit of 2018

Industry insiders help Billboard detail how Travis Scott's "SICKO MODE" went from radio-proof three-part rollercoaster ride to a year-defining smash within four months. "Who put this shit together? I'm the glue," Travis Scott emphatically raps to close out the second verse of "SICKO MODE." At the core of Scott's banner year, the Cactus Jack CEO proved to be the ultimate collaborator.

Lil Skies Delivers Back-to-Back Electrifying NYC Shows at Irving Plaza

Teens packed out the famed Irving Plaza on Monday night (March 26) as Lil Skies brought his Life of a Dark Rose Tour blazing through NYC for back-to-back entertaining shows on the same night. The 19-year-old maintained commanding stage presence much like a hip-hop veteran, as he delivered an energetic half-hour set leaving fans satisfied. Skies even brought out Ski Mask the Slump God for a special appearance to help close out the sold-out show, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

5 Things We Want to See From Nicki Minaj on 'SNL'

Nicki Minaj is gearing up for her highly anticipated appearance on Saturday Night Live, where she will hit the stage as the official musical guest for the third time in her decorated career on May 19. She teams up with SNL veteran Tina Fey, who has been tapped to host for the sixth time, closing out season 43. The pair are preparing to shoot a feature film possibly titled Get Ya Life Ugly shortly after their Saturday Night Live stint, according to Nicki.

Ranking Every Song From Kanye West's 'Ye' Album: Critic's Picks

Kanye West unleashed his highly anticipated eighth studio album, ye, on Friday (June 1). The 7-track project was premiered with a livestream on the WAV app to thousands of viewers spanning the globe. Yeezy was joined by family, friends, and members of the media outdoors at his creative safe haven in the mountainous Jackson Hole, Wyoming region for a unique listening experience with booming speakers surrounded by a bonfire.

Kid Cudi's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

Kid Cudi burst onto the scene when he helped craft Kanye West's genre-shifting 808s & Heartbreak album back in 2008. Since then, their special (and sometimes fraught) creative relationship has survived a number of highs and lows. On Friday (June 8), the duo added a new chapter to that legacy with their highly anticipated Kids See Ghosts joint album, the third installment of G.O.O.D. Music's summer domination that has already seen solo releases from Pusha-T and West.
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