INTERVIEWS

Buddy: LA’s budding rap star (Interview)

They say a picture paints a thousand words, and Buddy’s debut album cover’s family portrait portrays exactly that. Except on his debut album Harlon & Alondra, Buddy’s vintage family portrait is just a compliment to the thousand words rapped over 12 picturesque, LA cityscape soundtracks. Scouted by Pharrell as a budding teenage rapper, Buddy signed…

Aminé: First impressions

They say first impressions are lasting impressions, so you better make yours count. While Aminé is in Auckland for New Zealand’s first FOMO festival tonight, SNIFFERS met the Portland ‘Reel It In’ rapper – and the banana boy dazzled us with his quick-wit and cheeky charm. But while we were sold on our first impression of Aminé, we wanted…

Saba Cleanses His Conscience On ‘Care for Me’ (Interview)

Saba is part of a new generation of Chicago poets, breathing new life into the Midwest. The ringleader of his own rap collective Pivot Gang, the tightly linked blood of millennial Chicago runs deep through Saba’s crew (consisting of Joseph Chilliams, MFn Melo, SqueakPivot, Dam Dam, Frsh Waters, daedae Pivot, Daoud and the late John…

LEISURE: A Second Wind

“Three of us were staying in this big room, and there was a lot of snoring going on. It was close quarters stuff,” laughs Josh Fountain. “We had a hot tub though,” chuckles Jordan Arts aka HIGH HØØPS. Alongside fellow songwriters, producers and multi-instrumentalists Jaden Parkes, Tom Young, and Djeisan Suskov, they make up the…

YG: Bompton’s king gets deeper than rap (Interview)

YG is really about what he raps, and his latest album Stay Dangerous comes as a menacing warning to the rap game – it ain’t safe for the rest of you rappers. The West Coast rapper has always repped Bompton with pride, and after three albums of brutal hood poetry, he demands respect where it’s…

Murda Beatz: Rap’s right hand man (SNIFFERS Cover)

Murda Beatz is a superstar in his own right. The 24-year-old Canadian beat maker is the producer behind your favourite rappers most successful hits, and he’s a testament to the fact that behind every great rapper is an equally important mastermind of production. The right-hand man to Drake’s ‘Nice for What’, Migos, Cardi B and…

SUPER DUPER KYLE: Raps ray of light 

In an industry clouded with controversy, Super Duper Kyle is raps refreshing ray of light. The California rapper makes lighthearted rap bops, but his free spirited optimism doesn’t mean that Kyle is completely carefree. In fact, his mindful conscience plays a large role on Kyle’s major label debut album Light of Mine – in the…

Boogie: Compton’s crucial offering (Interview)

Beginning his musical journey as a member of his church choir in his early teens, melody has run in Boogie’s veins for as long as the rapper has known. Growing up in Compton, California with his religious single mother, Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church choir was Boogie’s first experience of having a creative outlet. As Boogie,…