"That’s my problem with fucking trap music: People are rapping about killing niggas and selling fucking drugs all day, but it sounds happy—that’s bullshit. That shit’s stressful: You’re not going to make no fucking money, somebody’s going to end up dead, and you’re not going to be able to pay for his funeral because his mom probably don’t fuck with him like that, and he don’t got health insurance. So now you have to do a fucking car wash to pay for somebody’s funeral and bury him in some cheap shit. Where’s that song?"
— Long Beach MC Vince Staples in our latest Rising interview.
"I think that for young sad girls on the internet to hear another sad girl their own age being really productive and making songs is a positive influence. Instead of just being depressed, do something with that depression. I hope people hear my songs and realize that writing music is kind of easy. Or that taking your sadness and turning it into a beautiful song is worthwhile."
— Prodigious 19-year-old singer/songwriter Greta Kline—aka Frankie Cosmos—is our latest Rising act. Read Jenn Pelly’s interview.