journalism highlights

+‘s career as a music journalist began in 2009 writing for Chicago Tribune offshoot The Mash, writing cover stories, going to music festivals and participating in photo shoots. In 2011, + interviewed Big Freedia for notable Chicago publication Chicago Reader, as two non-traditional hip-hop artists ostensibly talking shop.


+ photo copyright Jim Newberry

New Orleans bounce queen Big Freedia talks to Local MC Emanuel Vinson

+ wrote for Radio Free Chicago from 2010 to 2011, throughout his freshman and sophomore years of college. He reviewed music, covered the 2010 Pitchfork and Lollapalooza Music Festivals, conducted interviews, and posted best-of lists and digital mixtapes.

R.I.P. Eyedea

the tape was an L.A.-based online publication co-founded and edited by Willie Schube and Tristan Rodman. It’s emphasis is on longform music writing and observation, with semi-monthly issues covering a variety of topics and methodologies. + came on shortly before its 2011 relaunch, starting with a review of Sufjan Stevens’ epochal comeback Age of Adz.

UPROXX tracks the best of pop culture by tapping into the film, TV, music and sports zeitgeist on the internet.” The Smoking Section is its mainstream hip-hop/black news section. + was a semi-frequent contributor.

Started as a media collective by journalist and publicist Jake Krez, + took on editorial duties for IXI at the start of 2015. + steered Side by Side into being a hub for emerging female artists creating music and visual work around Chicago (and the world). + STARTED PRODUCING CONTENT FOR VAM, “YOUR WEEKLY ONLINE CHANNEL FOR ALL THINGS CHICAGO UNDERGROUND.” IN LATE 2015. He now runs #mtvxonews 🌐

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