I write about hip-hop business ventures for several publications. My work has been published by MEL Magazine, The Cauldron-Sports Illustrated, Backchannel, Green Label-Complex Media, The Sports Fan Journal. My top work has been featured on REDEF and on the Medium homepage.
Kawhi Leonard is clearly taking “the leap.” He is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, the 2014 Finals MVP, arguably the eighth best player in the NBA, and will definitely make his first All-Star team in February. He will also be the ONLY player on either All-Star team still rocking cornrows. Cornrows are an endangered style.
The right song can unite a sports fan base like none other. Jay Z’s ode to New York City, “Empire State of Mind” became popular at the perfect time –during the 2009 New York Yankees’ World Series run. Jay Z and Alicia Keys performed the song at Game 2 of the World Series and the song dominated New York radio for well over a year. Some songs can also unite a team to taunt their opponents.
The past year has been good to streaming music services. Spotify recently reached 50 million paying subscribers; Apple Music, while growing more slowly, has more than 20 million. And together, the two platforms have contributed to an unusually robust 2017 for hip-hop albums. Migos’ album Culture became the Atlanta group’s first album to debut at #1—with 59 percent of its sales equivalent coming from streaming.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".