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. 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 | The significance of Normani and Khalid's "Love Lies" hitting No.1 on pop radioThe last time a song with solely black artists reached that summit position was 2016—ironic considering pop music frequently borrows from black-rooted (and now...Da’Shan SmithStan culture and its influential effect on today's hip-hop sceneLike at-home A&Rs, stans have found a new way to push their respected faves to the top, crowning G.O.A.T.s and extending their fandom to not just the artist...Da’Shan SmithOn the dreamlike production and songwriting of Pharrell, as exhibited in "R.E.M."Recorded by both Beyoncé and Ariana Grande, Pharrell has alchemized a case of a song being good no matter whose hands it ends up in, especially when he's...Da’Shan SmithWhy Nas' "Not For Radio" deserved more recognition this summer The 'NASIR' opener allowed for a raw listen to a gritty interpretation reflecting the current state of affairs.Da’Shan SmithRanking Rihanna's 15 most underappreciated music gemsWhile we wait for #R9, we revisit the singles, features, and deep cuts that have been ignored, snubbed, panned, or simply require some more attention.Da’Shan SmithA Rap Playbook: 26 great examples of lyrical wordplayThere’s been some internet buzz about who the best to ever do it is when it comes to entendres, alterations, rhyme schemes, syllables, synonyms, and more.Da’Shan SmithAn argument for "Hello" being Beyoncé's best songThe cut boasted the attitude of 'Sasha Fierce,' but the theatrical flair of 'I Am,' and was a bit R&B, pop, and hip-hop, ultimately becoming the central...Da’Shan SmithRevisiting how Jeezy's 'The Recession' brought hood politics to the forefront of trap music10 years later, we recall the LP's triumphant sound and Jeezy's confident mindset as a superhero out to save the hood by any means necessary.Da’Shan SmithRevisiting how Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' era set the pop industry standard On the King of Pop's 60th birthday, we recall how the LP balanced pop choruses, lyrical structuring, and R&B-fueled instrumentation, while embodying past...Da’Shan SmithMaster Class: 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' and its long-lasting impact on floetic R&B and hip-hop20 years later, we chronicle the LP's influence—of poetry, writing, and applying personal experience to cultural implications—on everyone from Jill Scott to...Da’Shan SmithMaster Class: How New Orleans, New Jersey, Miami and Baltimore run Bounce, Bass and Club mixesLong before Drake's "Nice for What," French Montana's "Pop That," or Beyoncé's "Freakum Dress," regional dance music proved to be infectious for black listeners...Da’Shan SmithRevisiting the "Female Rap Bible," Lil Kim's 'Hard Core'As the 1996 debut album re-charts, we look back at Kim as the fantasy that every man wanted, but also the gangstress breaking from the shadows of her mentor.Da’Shan Smith