Find them onTrey AlstonEdit ProfileFind them onTrey Alston is a freelance journalist, primarily attuned towards covering hip-hop music. He loves the constantly evolving culture and the sacharrine sounds of cloud rap.
Contributions by Trey Alston Rappers owe viral stars more than head nodsA guest appearance in a music video or night out with the celebrity are not acceptable forms of reimbursement, but rappers tend to pay in clout, not coins.Trey AlstonThe pressure of album sequels in hip-hopHip-hop prides itself on lyricism and aesthetics, but also moves the fastest, so follow-ups come with enormous expectations, but many—including Kid Cudi, Eminem...Trey AlstonRanking Wiz Khalifa's six albumsUpon the release of 'Rolling Papers 2,' we revisit the moments he was polished, playful, inauthentic, arrogant and, ultimately, a bulletproof star.Trey AlstonT-Pain is hip-hop and R&B's ringleaderIt's time to celebrate the man who seldom gets the recognition he deserves for creating a playground for modern-day artists (and who never needed Auto-Tune in...Trey AlstonThe truth about Future, Drake, and toxic masculinityBoth men chronicle their past "conquests" in their music (albeit to differing public perceptions), but isn't drawing from life experiences just storytelling?Trey Alston5 Years Later: Black lives still matter and always willOn its anniversary, we celebrate #BLM's impact, picking up at the intersection of the Civil Rights Movement's benevolent work and the Black Panther Party's...Trey AlstonTyga’s toxic relationships have placed him in a tight spotThe five-year span of relationships that overshadowed his career really placed a dent in his ceiling but, as evidenced by "Taste" and "Kream," when unbound, he...Trey AlstonDrake, the greedy matador, is baiting the bull againHe got stung hard but recovered, so on his odd "Behind Barz" freestyle, he's blindly shooting, foolishly hoping to piss someone else off.Trey AlstonCardi B really is the King of New YorkIn the male-driven machine that is rap, a woman claiming to run its capital would hit some where it hurts, but she's got the accolades, influence, authenticity...Trey AlstonAltruism shouldn't excuse artists' troublesome personalitiesWhether it's attention, press, or probable album sales, artists get much more out of being charitable than just seeing happiness abundant.Trey AlstonThe murky parameters of modern music journalismThere are writers who prioritize celebrity relationships over journalistic integrity, and then there are ones who provide objective opinion despite some artists...Trey AlstonTeyana Taylor deserved so much betterShe's at the whim of a collective that sees her as a token of inclusivity, and that treated her and 'K.T.S.E.' as if they were inconsequential to the grand...Trey Alston