After being co-signed by Dr. Dre and making a splash with Malibu, Anderson Paak teams up with esteemed producer Knxwledge (Kendrick Lamar‘s “Momma“) . The duo known as NxWxrries is a match made in Hip Hop heaven forming their own highly enjoyable experience called Yes Lawd!. Listen to the project here.
470. The art on Chance the Rapper‘s Coloring Book is a photo of him looking down at his daughter. He wanted the cover to depict “the future being bigger than himself.” (via)
469. Growing up, Anderson Paak used to recite Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg lyrics for show & tell & would often get in trouble for beatboxing in class. (via)
468. R.Kelly planned to collaborate with Tupac on an album before doing Best of Both Worlds with Jay Z. (via)
467. J. Cole snuck into LA Reid‘s son’s My Super Sweet Sixteen party hoping to get exposure as an artist & made an appearance in the episode. (via)
466. Pusha T held the the first-ever live music event at Calipatria State Prison. (via)
465. YG didn’t rap on “Thank God” due to being arrested on the prior song “1 AM.” The 1st verse by Big TC (Ty Dolla $ign’s brother) was recorded in actual prison. (via)
464. Pharrell‘s “Can I Have It Like That” was originally for Puff Daddy & “there was a couple of guys kinda fightin’ over it,” according to P. (via)
463. Rick Rubin has known Dr. Dre since he met N.W.A. while they were recording Straight Outta Compton, and Eminem‘s “Rap God” marked the first time they worked together. (via)
462. While she was in prison, Oprah sent Lil’ Kim three of her favorite books “for inspiration and motivation.” (via)
461. Some of Frank Ocean‘s favorite movies include A Clockwork Orange, Taxi Driver, Django, Alien, Spartacus, Psycho, ATL & Eraser Head. (via)
Solange‘s latest, A Seat at the Table, is already drawing whispers as a potential top 10 album contender. With its quality R&B production and intention to provoke joy and healing while taking the listener on a “journey of self-empowerment,” the project is not one to be missed. Lil’ Wayne, Sampha, The Dream, BJ The Chicago Kid, Q-Tip and Kelly Rowland also offer incentive to listen below via Spotify.
$ilk Money (of group Divine Council) is the latest to get blessed with a godly verse from Andre 3000 on the “Decemba (Remix).” According to $ilk, the rare appearance over the synth-heavy track came together due to 3 Stacks’ admiration for the group.
“That *igga flew from Texas to New York just to see us perform. He was saying how we remind him of Outkast because he ain’t never heard anything like us,” he to Rolling Stone. Listen to the song here.
After a 5 year hiatus, rapping duo Sir Michael Rocks and Chuck Inglish are back with a fresh new cut interspersed with pulsing bass and catchy vocals. Featuring Maxo Kream, “Running Man” is definitely a strong comeback that reminds listeners of their unmistakable chemistry. Listen below via Audiomack.
Netflix‘s hit series, The Get Down, has quickly become a cult favorite with music fans. Loosely based on Hip Hop‘s humble beginnings in the late 70s, its soundtrack is just as colorful as the scenes portrayed throughout by director Baz Luhrmann. A mix of classic Hip Hop, R&B, Disco, Gospel, Funk and original tracks written and performed by executive producer Nas, the mood is celebratory, yet also heartfelt during the latter part of the album. Other contributing artists include Miguel, Raury, Nile Rodgers, Janelle Monae and Jaden Smith. Listen below via Spotify.
Detroit rapper/singer/songwriter Persia Grai has been busy making waves in his own right. Opening for artists like Big Sean and getting airplay on Hot 107.5, his latest, “Calabasas,” exudes commendable honesty and vulnerability on a harmonious track produced by False Ego.
Touching on fear along the road to stardom, personal doubt and deaths in the family, the track comes to a hopeful conclusion: “The pendulums of pain & joy are truthfully what make life/Pain is no excuse to waste life..right?” Listen below.
One of the most heralded newcomers, Mick Jenkins, drops his latest song “Spread Love” off of his long-awaited studio debut album, The Healing Component. Produced by Sango, the track offers good vibes that will be on the Chicago MC’s project dropping September 23. Listen below and RSVP for his tour here.
Update: Check out the trippy video to the track below.
Preparing for the release of his new album Atrocity Exhibition on September 30, Danny Brown drops his latest single “Pneumonia” featuring ScHoolboy Q. The energetic track is a definite crowd pleaser filled with raw bars over clanging production. TDE cronies Kendrick Lamar and Ab-Soul will also make an appearance on the final album. Listen below.
After announcing his own new Beats 1 radio show called .wav radio, Travis Scott debuted the Hype Williams-directed visual to Rodeo‘s “90210” starring the action figure displayed on the cover. The NSFW “Pick Up the Phone” featuring Quavo and Young Thug was also debuted the same night. Watch both below.
Sade and MF Doom fans: Rejoice! An 8-track mashup EP entitled SADEVILLAIN compiled by Portsmouth-based producer Seanh2k11 blends the two artists seamlessly. The juxtaposition of Doom’s raw lyrics mixed with Sade’s velvety vocals is a pure delight. Listen to the album below video DatPiff.
If you’ve been wondering where the quality female MCs have gone, look no further. Chicago’s Noname (formerly Noname Gypsy) provides a mystical project entitled Telefone that successfully fuses elements of Hip Hop and Neo Soul. Honest and reflective about matters of the heart, the album is a wispy mix of lyrical glory and wispy production that channels the likes of D’Angelo and Jill Scott. Listen below via Soundcloud.
Definitely the standout from the freshly released soundtrack to The Land, Nas and Erykah Badu pair up for a touching track called “This Bitter Land.” A glorious rendition of Dinah Washington‘s “This Bitter Earth,” the Classical collab is beautifully orchestral complete with strings and powerful lyrics that form a rare treat definitely worth hearing. The upcoming film executive-produced by Nas about teen skateboarders in Cleveland’s underground Hip Hop scene is out today.
Clams Casino is well-known by Hip Hop fans for his trademark production on myriads of killer cuts for MCs like Lil’ B, Big K.R.I.T., Mac Miller and A$AP Rocky. Now, his first studio solo record, 32 Levels, awaits him and is slated to drop next month. Check out his haunting, gritty second single, “All Night” featuring Vince Staples. Listen below .
Theophilus London has been out of the limelight since 2014’s Vibes dropped, but his behind-the-scenes work on Kanye West‘s “All Day” has helped rapidly spread his name among Hip Hop aficionados. His latest song, “Stay” is contagious and synth-laced with an upbeat tempo that juxtaposes his longing for isolation. Listen below on Soundcloud.
It’s no secret that Kanye West has become known for comparing himself to many innovators and musical geniuses over the years. Conductor Yuga Cohler not only agrees his Yeezus album shares similarities with Ludwig van Beethoven’s pieces, but conducted a 70-piece orchestra in Los Angeles to play a medley of his hits. The performance is striking and sure to delight Yeezy fans of all ages.
Listen on Soundcloud below and check out the time marks even further below for easy referencing.
Opening Song: Beethoven’s “Overture to Egmont, op. 84,”
10:00 “New Slaves”
16:53 “Blood On The Leaves” Leads into “Symphony No. 5 First Movement in C-Minor, Op. 67”
30:28 “Hold My Liquor” Mashup with “Symphony No.7 in A major”
37:16 “I’m In It” Mashup with “Symphony No. 5 Second Movement in A Flat Major, Op. 67”
44:55 Guilt Trip Mashup with “Fifth Piano Concerto in E-flat major, Op. 73”
53:00 “On Sight” Mashup with “String Quartet No. 14.”
Composed and arranged by Yugi Cohler and Stephen Feigenbaum. ymf.org
19-year-old Daye Jack has been buzzing after dropping Soul Glitch and recently touring with Pell. The Nigerian born MC/singer represents Atlanta with his latest vintage-inspired video “Finish Line.” The upbeat and Funky video features feel-good chords, synths and horns that provide listeners with a refreshing, uptempo vibe. Watch below.
Love has been terribly unkind to Eminem over the years. Read on to discover the evolution of Eminem’s most honest and personal songs about love and heartbreak over the past few decades.
The Game of Love
In his early days, Em touched on relationships and breakups with these two songs from his first solo effort.
Eminem feat. Eye-Kyu – “Searchin’” (Infinite, 1996)
The only true Hip Hop love song of his career features a 24-year-old Em romantically gushing, “I got some game that I’m preparing to run/The way your lips sparkle and glare in the sun.” This is a rare gem that doesn’t result in anguish or violence.
Eminem – “Jealousy Woes II” (Infinite, 1996)
Em vents about a money-hungry girl who leaves him for another man. “Leaving me in sorrow, Brandy never felt so brokenhearted/I fell apart when you departed,” he vents.
Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATL6FCtvDpc
Read my interview with the Bay Area legend E-40 here:
Read about how I defended Eminem as a teenager and eventually got the opportunity to meet him after creating my own fan site:
Update: Will now be adding landmarks on a national scale as time permits.
Map of Hip Hop landmarks in LA.