About the creator of Cypher Sessions

Every once in a while you need to clean up the About Me section. That’s what is happening right this minute.

Cypher Sessions was created by Denver, Colorado’s very own Daniel Paiz. This guy has been writing rhymes since he was eight years old (promise I’m not biting, Common!) and has been running this site since 2012. After a few degrees up at CU-Boulder (BA ’13, MA ’18, respectively), he’s returned to the Mile High City.

The focus of this site is to discuss new Hip-Hop that is underground or not getting enough attention from mainstream and pop music sites. It’s also to build with the Denver creative community, and highlight individuals who have a story to tell. This is done via articles, interviews, mixed media utilizing video and audio aspects, and more.

While music is the focus of the site, there is also a focus on poetry, sports, pop culture, film, and social commentary. There are so many ways in which we absorb and learn about each other; thus, it’s important to discuss different perspectives via different creative endeavors.

For media inquiries, check out Daniel on IG and Twitter at the handle @plumaspoetic.

Random but here are the artists that have won Album of the Year in our Annual Year-End Awards articles:

2012: Lupe Fiasco: Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Part 1

2013: Run The Jewels: Run The Jewels

2014: Run The Jewels: Run The Jewels 2

2015: Lupe Fiasco: Tetsuo & Youth

2016: A Tribe Called Quest: We got it from here… Thank You 4 Your Service

2017: Rapsody: Laila’s Wisdom

2018: Black Thought: Streams of Thought, Vol. 1

2019: Big K.R.I.T: KRIT IZ HERE

2020: TBD

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