Michael Saponara

Trying to find my way one article at a time.


Vibe Magazine, Billboard, DailyMixReport



Kanye West's '808s & Heartbreak' Turns 9: Ranking the Album's Tracks

After completing his transition to global superstar, and a trilogy of ground-breaking educational themed albums, Kanye West was looking for his next mountain to climb. Disaster then pierced the heart of West, who seemed unbreakable through his ascension. His mother, Donda West, whom he was very close with, unfortunately passed away from cosmetic complications in November 2007. Yeezy also broke off his year-and-a-half-long engagement with ex-girlfriend Alexis Phifer in early 2008.

RZA & DJ Mathematics Talk 'The Saga Continues', Politics, & Wu-Tang's Evolution

“We said Wu-Tang is forever, so we’re always going to keep that theme going, whether it’s performed by us or the next generation that’s inspired by us." So says RZA of the inspiration behind the Wu’s latest offering, The Saga Continues. DJ Mathematics has been in the Wu-Tang Clan camp for a long time, as RZA even had him design the iconic “W” that has become synonymous with the legendary group.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Talks Helping Puerto Rico & Notching First Top 40 Hit: Exclusive

After embarking on an all-encompassing media tour of NYC Tuesday (Oct. 17), Hamilton director Lin-Manuel Miranda's night culminated at the TIDAL X concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to continue his non-stop relief efforts for Puerto Rico. Billboard caught up with Miranda on the red carpet prior to the star-studded event where he continued to advocate for the people of Puerto Rico as he has since day one of the post-hurricane crisis.

8 Highlights From Brooklyn's Star-Studded TIDAL X Concert With JAY-Z, Stevie Wonder, Cardi B & More

"€Hip-hop was started with blacks and Puerto Ricans hand-in-hand. Hip-hop has to be a huge supporter of Puerto Rico because it doesn'€™t exist without them,"€ Vic Mensa told Billboard prior to Tuesday night (Oct. 18) TIDAL X concert for disaster relief at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. When artists come together and use the power of music to heal, the unthinkable can be reached. All ticket proceeds were donated to a handful of foundations to help those victimized in the recent natural disasters.

Lil Uzi Vert's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

Born Symere Woods, Lil Uzi Vert has rose to prominence as the leader of the youth in part because of his refusal to conform and marginalize his unique persona. Hailing from Northern Philadelphia, Uzi carved out a lane for himself as more of a rock star than a conventional hip-hop artist, striking fear into older rap heads. With co-signs from producer Don Cannon and DJ Drama, the 23-year-old'€™s SoundCloud run culminated in "€œXO TOUR Llif3"€ winning Song of The Summer€ at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.
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