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Find them onDa’Shan SmithEdit ProfileFind them onDa'Shan is a music columnist based out of NYC, and the writer behind REVOLT's 'Master Class on Genres' and 'Charting Black Excellnce'. His analysis on Pop Culture and interviews with recording artists can be read on Billboard, VIBE, and Pitchfork.
Contributions by Da’Shan SmithCharting Black Excellence | 9 artists bound for mainstream success in 2019All of the following artists have a diverse catalogue that could help them break onto the charts and reach a wider audience come next year.Da’Shan SmithCharting Black Excellence | 8 narratives the Billboard year-end charts reveal about black artistry in 2018Let’s wrap up with eight final charting takeaways from 2018!Da’Shan SmithCharting Black Excellence | Travis Scott’s “SICKO MODE” shouldn’t be his first No. 1 songTravis Scott is underrated.Da’Shan SmithHappy Birthday JAY-Z: When Mr. Carter gave hip hop its own “A Star Is Born”“A Star Is Born” is rare amongst JAY-Z’s discography because it contains no animosity.Da’Shan SmithCharting Black Excellence | Mariah Carey's 'Caution' is an authentic reminder of her artistry'Caution' has an energy that will redirect music once again.Da’Shan SmithHow 53 Rihanna songs shaped four definitive 'RIHvember' erasWe look back at how Rihanna's four November albums shifted her public image from a culture figure to a living icon.Da’Shan SmithMaster Class: Travis Scott’s 'ASTROWORLD' is the ultimate time capsule for cloud rapWelcome to REVOLT’s Master Class on cloud rap, as brought to you by Travis Scott’s 'ASTROWORLD' album.Da’Shan SmithCharting Black Excellence | Kim Porter was a music museWe won't ponder what hit records may have been made through Porter’s inspiration, but we know that she experienced much of Bad Boy's 20-year history firsthand...Da’Shan SmithUnderstanding the dramatic urgency on Swizz Beatz’s 'POISON' album'POISON' is not just an album full of club bangers, it's so much more...Da’Shan SmithMaster Class: When hip hop gets political & consciousIt's the perfect time to mention hip hop's influential contributions to political matters.Da’Shan SmithHow Amerie's '4AM' EPs recall Prince's 'Purple Rain' soundtrackHer albums' moments of ethereality, electric guitar, and chasing love when the chemistry is too intense all recall the Purple One's magnum opus.Da’Shan SmithCharting Black Excellence | Revisiting Toni Braxton's "countless bops" because Beyoncé said soThis past Halloween Eve, Instagram timelines were blessed by Beyonce dressing as one of her idols, the one and only Toni Braxton.Da’Shan Smith