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Syce Magazine and the appeal of dead tree fanzines


Phil Ade graces the cover of the debut issue of Syce Magazine.

By Chris Richards

Last Thursday night -- while local rap rookie Phil Ade was performing alongside D.C. soulman Raheem DeVaughn at Commonwealth -- we happened upon a team of young fans handing out these quaint little assemblages of collated paper. Could this be the youthful dead tree lust we'd been reading about? Before we knew it, we were holding a copy of the debut issue of Syce Magazine, a new local hip-hop fanzine with Ade on its cover.

Click Track spoke with Latasha Russell, the magazine's executive editor, who explained the magazine's mission: "We hope to promote D.C., Maryland, and Virginia -- all DMV artists. And not just rappers, but singers and producers. Fashion, style, everything." In addition to the Ade cover story, there are short features on even fresher faces, including Nike Nando, Lyriciss, Pert McFly, Ra the MC and others.

The writers on Syce's masthead are young -- between 18 and 21 -- and Russell says they hope to release a fall issue in November. For now, pick up a copy at Commonwealth and follow Syce on Twitter.

By Chris Richards  |  August 2, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  Coda , Local news  | Tags: Lyriciss, Nike Nando, Pert McFly, Phil Ade, Ra the MC, Syce Magazine  
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