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Contributions by Da’Shan SmithFrom Sade to Drake: The game-changers of the Quiet Storm genreRevisiting its journey from the 70s until now, and how today's artists continue to reinvigorate the genre, this is REVOLT's Master Class on quiet storm.Da’Shan SmithLil' Kim Did It First: The multiple personas existing in hip hop's Queen BeeFrom petite boss Big Momma and ride-or-die Queen Bitch to the menacing Aunt Dot and mob wife Ms. White, we revisit the alter egos across all of Kim's albums.Da’Shan SmithWhy the best components of Drake's 'Scorpion' are his Quiet Storm momentsOn the LP, Drake discerns his ability to preserve the history and legacies of one of R&B's most successful slow jam genres, one that has consistently influenced...Da’Shan SmithThis Black Music Month, Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music reset the gears of hip-hopAs the unprecedented month of releases comes to a close, we celebrate the collective staying true to crafting soulful music, not caring for spins.Da’Shan SmithHow Diddy and Bad Boy infiltrated and conquered pop culture in the 2000sWith a stronghold on hitmaking, sleek branding, reality TV and evolving, Diddy solidified his crossover appeal, catering to a wide audience, and kept his label...Da’Shan Smith7 arguments for why each Beyoncé album could be her bestThe iconic introduction of 'Dangerously,' commercial crossover of 'I Am,' autobiographical aesthetic of 'self-titled'...this is the most comprehensive breakdown.Da’Shan SmithA comprehensive breakdown of the musicality in Tinashe's discographyLooking at her four mixtapes and three albums, many tend to forget the striking allure, diverse artistry, and otherworldliness of the singer's individualistic...Da’Shan SmithRevisiting Queen Latifah's 'Order In The Court' 20 years later Despite not receiving proper recognition as one of hip-hop's central footnotes, the album represented a larger frustration with issues that we consistently see...Da’Shan SmithRevisiting Brandy's 'Never Say Never' 20 years later Though most of the cuts had an electric sensibility directed towards the approaching new millennium, they helped finalize the standard for what a pop&B diva's...Da’Shan SmithThe modern intersectionality of Afrofuturistic music and queer artistry is something to celebrateAfrofuturistic projects have established a safe space for queer artists to express themselves in the mainstream while also pushing progressive thought.Da’Shan SmithSerena Williams is not just the greatest tennis player ever, but athlete. Period.She's overcome racism, elitism and life-threatening surgeries; bested her biggest rivals (repeatedly); evolved her technique—and all without a team.Da’Shan SmithA comprehensive history of the Electro-Hop&B genre in the 90s & 2000s The subgenre championed independent women willing to define their lives on their own terms.Da’Shan Smith