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NEAR TRUTHS: THE KYNCL-LOUSADA DANCE HAS BEGUN
This oughta be interesting... (9/30a)
GRAMMY CHEW:
RAP EDITION
Michael and Kyle find a feast of hip-hop to chew on. (9/30a)
CHART FINAL: VERANO INVADES FALL
Like a broken record... which it is, figuratively speaking. (9/30a)
HITS LIST: COUNTDOWN
TO ECSTASY
We enter the month that was once known as Rocktober. (9/30a)
HIS OWN ARCHITECT:
THE STEVE LACY BUZZ
It was a surprisingly easy "Habit" to break. (9/30a)
GRAMMY SEASON
New categories! New rules! New WTF!
THE BIG DEAL
It's the one you didn't see coming.
RAID AT MAR-A-LAGO
"Who took my passports?"
HITS' 36TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Allow us to apologize in advance.
THE B-SIDE
Crystal Caines (RECORDS, LLC)
3/13/17

WHAT IT IS: With a resurgence of N.Y. rap by new talent (Young M.A.Desiigner) as well as established artists (Fat JoeRemy Ma), Crystal Caines comes as an added breath of fresh air in hip-hop. A frequent collaborator, A$AP Ferg, calls her the Missy Elliott for this generation. Caines, a triple threat from Harlem, N.Y., excels equally in producing, rapping and singing. Her debut track, “Run With Me,” which features Ferg, has been garnering buzz from blogs and N.Y. radio staples Hot 97 and Power 105. Crystal continues to introduce cutting-edge material in 2017, with Fader just premiering her newest track, “No Drama.”
BUZZ TRACK: “Run With Me”
INTERNET: 1.3m+ Spotify streams (279k+ of “Run”), 129k monthly listeners, included in popular New Music Friday and Most Necessary playlists; 640k+ “Whiteline” video views
PRESS: FaderComplexPitchforkXXLVibeDJ Booth2DopeBoyzHipHopDXHotNew-HipHopRap-UpOkayPlayerVillage VoiceNah RightThe SourceStereogumPigeons & PlanesWorld Star Hip HopSingersroom, much more
PUBLISHING: SONGS Music Publishing
MANAGEMENT: Ben Willis/INDIE POP