︎How DMX Met the Devil in God’s Country
︎In the late 2000s, the rapper went to the Arizona desert to make an album he hoped could save him. Then Sheriff Joe Arpaio — and his own demons — got in the way [December 2021, Rolling Stone]

︎Feature: How Hyperpop, a Small Spotify Playlist, Grew Into a Big Deal
︎A report on Spotify’s Hyperpop playlist and the online music communities, and young artists, that have been grouped together under its banner. [November 2020, The New York Times

︎Feature: Ecco2K
︎A shortform profile of Swedish musician and designer Zak Arogundade, bka Ecco2K, for The New York Times’ Up Next column. [June 2020, The New York Times]

︎Feature: Leak This
︎How online communities forming around stolen rap music are creating a new age of leaks at the expense of the artists they stan.
[The FADER’s 2019 20th Anniversary Issue]

︎Cover Story: Playboi Carti
︎The 22-year-old rapper has already gone through multiple eras and become a generational icon. Tucked away at home in Atlanta, he says he’s growing up and making the best music of his life. [The FADER’s 2019 Summer Music Issue]

︎Cover Story: Blueface
︎The rapper has perfectly engineered his viral success, polarizing the internet along the way. How long can he make it all last? [The FADER’s 2019 Spring Style Issue]

︎Feature: Working On Dying
︎A Philly production family is bringing internet rap’s most haunting sounds to the mainstream. [The FADER’s 2018 Now Issue]

︎Feature: YNW Melly
︎In the midst of legal ups and downs, the Florida rapper seeks to rise above it all on his debut project, I Am You. [The FADER’s 2018 Fall Fashion Issue]

︎Cover Story: SOB X RBE
︎Four childhood friends from Vallejo try to take over the world by doing what they’ve always done: sticking together. [The FADER’s 2018 Summer Music Issue]

︎Cover Story: NBA YoungBoy
The teen rap prodigy was raised in Baton Rouge, and he’s taking his city’s sound to new heights. Now he just needs to leave. [The FADER’s 2017 Paradise Issue]

︎Oral History: DMX’s Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood
︎The remarkable true story of how DMX’s Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood was made. [The FADER’s 2017 Faith Issue]


︎Feature: The Summer Without a Song
︎2020 seems to be without an anthemic song of summer. Is this because of the pandemic or a sign of how splintered the music industry is now? [July 2020, Wall Street Journal]

︎Feature: How loops are changing the sound and business of rap production
︎With rappers recording at a nonstop clip, and sampling more difficult than ever, hip-hop producers are increasingly outsourcing their melodies to a global network of loopmakers. [April 2020, Pitchfork]

︎Feature: Five Stadiums’ Worth of Music Fans Are Tuning In to Wild Instagram ‘Battles’
︎Superstar music producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz are drawing hundreds of thousands of people to watch songmakers go song for song on livestream. [April 2020, Wall Street Journal]

︎Interview: A conversation with Pop Smoke
︎Less than two weeks before Pop Smoke’s tragic death, he spent a day with Complex as he celebrated the release of Meet The Woo 2. This was his final editorial interview. [April 2020, Complex]

︎Interview: Engineer Kesha Lee on the long and demanding journey to Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake
︎A conversation with Grammy-winning engineer Kesha Lee on the two and half year process of making Uzi’s long-awaited sophomore album. [April 2020, Pigeons & Planes]

︎Feature: The many phases of Clams Casino 
︎At home in New Jersey with one of the most important producers of the decade. [October 2019, The FADER]

︎Report: NYPD requests Pop Smoke, Casanova, more removed from Rolling Loud lineup due to gang affiliation
︎I obtained an NYPD document calling for five rappers to be removed from the Rolling Loud lineup in New York. [October 2019, The FADER]

︎Report: Tay-K’s “The Race” video and lyrics are being used as evidence in rapper’s sentencing
︎I reported from the courtroom in Dallas during Tay-K’s capital murder trial. [July 2019, The FADER]

︎Report: Hackers are leaking Lil Uzi Vert songs on Discord
︎I reported on a Discord “groupbuy,” where users crowdfunded thousands of dollars to buy unreleased Lil Uzi Vert songs. [April 2019, The FADER]

︎Essay: YNW Melly may be put on trial but his lyrics shouldn’t be
︎Online, many have pointed to the lyrics of the Florida rapper’s two-year-old song “Murder On Mind” as evidence of his guilt. They’ve been used against him before. [February 2019, The FADER]

︎Interview: Sada Baby is Detroit’s most charming rap star
︎With unforgettable similes and electrifying dances, the rapper has become one of his city’s brightest stars through natural charisma. [September 2018, The FADER]

︎Interview: How Lex Luger found his way back
︎The Virginia native on getting “looped out,” dealing with addiction, and returning to music. [August 2018, The FADER]

︎Review: Travis Scott’s Astroworld
︎On his highly anticipated third album, the Houston rapper is at his most effective, ceding room to his talented guests and picking his spots more carefully than ever. [August 2018, The FADER]

︎Feature: Tink is finally free
︎After nearly four years in label limbo, the Chicago rapper and singer has been released from her deal with Timbaland. [February 2018, The FADER]