Rick Ross feat. Nas – “One of Us”

Rick Ross is back with a new  CalvoDaGr8-produced single called “One of Us” featuring Nas.  Set to appear on his new album, Black Market, out on Dec 4, he announced that features on the album will also include Mariah CareyChris Brown,  and Future.   Listen to the new cut below.


Pimp C feat. Juicy J and Nas – “Friends”

As one half of one of Hip Hop’s most praised duos, UGK, the late legend Pimp C is accompanied by Juicy J and Nas on “Friends.”  Their interpolation of TLC’s “What About Your Friends” will appear on his third posthumous album, Long Live the Pimp, due out December 4.  Listen to the track below via Soundcloud.

Video: Pusha T – “Untouchable” (Produced by Timbaland)

Newly named president of G.O.O.D. Music, Pusha T, is back with his new single “Untouchable.”  Produced by Timbaland, the track lives up to its name with its lyrical bounty and a Biggie sampled beat.  Look out for the song on his highly anticipated sophomore solo album, King Push.  Listen below.

Update: Watch the newly released video below.

Erykah Badu – “Phone Down” (CDQ)

After streaming a live video of her new joint “Phone Down” on Periscope, Erykah Badu debuts the CDQ version on her Soundcloud.  Praised for her fantastic version of Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” she dedicates the sultry track to Aubrey as well and will be releasing her new mixtape, But U Caint Use My Phone soon.  Enjoy the splendor below.

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 46

460. Lil’ Wayne once arrived to a party late and got scolded by Stevie Wonder for talking during his piano performance. (2:33 mark)

459. 50 Cent moved from the bedroom in his grandmother’s house directly into Mike Tyson’s old mansion after the success of Get Rich or Die Tryin‘.1 

458. The Gucci pair of flip flops Future raps about on “Thought It Was a Drought” were borrowed by his grandmother and were never returned.2 

457. Aaliyah was supposed to be in the The Matrix Reloaded.3

456. Growing up, Method Man played 4 years of lacrosse and 5 years of football.4

455. Wu-Tang was slang for Olde English in RZA‘s Stapleton neighborhood & he used it as inspiration for the Clan’s name.5

454. NasStillmatic was recorded in LA, the Bahamas, Atlanta and was finished in NY. (4:18 mark)

453. The Neptunes recorded Jay Z‘s “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)” and “Southern Hospitality” the same night.6

452. Travis $cott‘s “Maria I’m Drunk” came about after Justin Bieber Facetimed him from Hawaii hoping to work together.7

451. Nate Dogg stated he never walked into Death Row studio without a gun and saw someone get their ass beat at least once a week. (29:45 mark and 29:51 mark)

1. [http://www.gq.com/story/50-cent?currentPage=1]
2. [http://www.xxlmag.com/xxl-magazine/2015/09/future-xxl-cover-story-fall-2015/]
3. [http://www.mtv.com/news/1453366/aaliyahs-matrix-role-to-be-given-to-nona-gaye/]
4. [http://www.brobible.com/entertainment/music/article/method-man-wu-tang-lacrosse/]
5. [http://hiphopwired.com/2012/10/17/rza-explains-the-origins-of-wu-tang-clan-to-funkmaster-flex-video/]
6. [http://read.tidal.com/article/23-things-you-might-not-know-about-jay-zs-the-dynasty-roc-la-familia]
7. [http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6693044/travis-scott-justin-bieber-maria-im-drunk-collaboration]

Noname Gypsy feat. Saba – “Open Apology”

As a teen poet who did most of her writing at Harold Washington Library, Chicago rapper Noname Gypsy bumped into the then unknown Chance the Rapper.  Now in her early 20s, she has been making waves appearing on Chance’s Acid Rap and Surf. Listen to her latest heartfelt track “Open Apology” with Saba below.

Santigold – “Can’t Get Enough of Myself”

It’s been three years since Santigold dropped her stellar sophomore album, Master of My Make-Believe, and now the Philadelphia singer is back with her contagious, international sound.  “Can’t Get Enough of Myself” is upbeat and jovial.  Enjoy her long-awaited, new song below.

Album Stream: Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder -Indie 500

After premiering their cover art on Jimmy Fallon, Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder team up to drop their new album  Indie 500.  Featuring Jamla’s Rapsody, Pharoahe Monch, Problem, Bad Lucc and Khyrsis, the work is now available for streaming.  Listen below.

Kali Uchis – “Ridin’ Around” (DJ Dahi Remix)

Colombian songstress Kali Uchis shows off her homeland in her DJ Dahi remixed “Ridin’ Around” video.  Off of her Por Vida EP, the co-directed video with Felipe Holguin Caro is visually appealing with its colorful edifices, dirt bikes and card games.  Watch below.


Album Stream: MED, Blu and Madlib – Bad Neighbor

After dropping the solid “Finer Things” from their new collaborative project Bad NeighborMED, Blu and Madlib‘s entire album is now available for streaming.  Check out the tracklist below and listen via Spotify.

  1. Greetings
  2. Serving (feat. Hodgy Beats)
  3. Peroxide (feat. Dam-Funk & DJ Romes)
  4. Get Money (feat. Frank Nitt)
  5. Streets (feat. Oh No & DJ Romes)
  6. The Stroll (feat. AMG)
  7. Knock Knock (feat. MF Doom)
  8. Mad Neighbor
  9. The Strip (feat. Anderson .Paak)
  10. Finer Things (feat. Likewise & Phonte)
  11. Burgundy Whip (feat. Jimetta Rose)
  12. Drive In (feat. Aloe Blacc)
  13. Belly Full (feat. Black Spade)
  14. Birds
  15. The Buzz (feat. Mayer Hawthorne)

Frank the Butcher feat. Royce Da 5’9″ & Killer Mike – “Eat What You Killed”

Listen to the impressive new Royce Da 5’9″ and Killer Mike track called “Eat What What You Killed.”  The two go bar for bar in an lyrical sparring match over production by Boston producer and designer Frank the Butcher.  Listen below.

Album Stream: D-12 – Devil’s Night Mixtape

Fans of D-12‘s debut album, Devil’s Night, will delight in the group’s first project in four years.  Their new Devil’s Night Mixtape takes it back to their 2001 content and features Eminem, Slaughterhouse’s Royce Da 5’9″, G-Unit’s Kidd Kidd, Young Buck, King Gordy and more.  Stream the entire thing below.

Video: Freddie Gibbs – “Fuckin’ Up the Count”

Freddie Gibbs is finally back with a new track called “Fuckin’ Up the Count” produced by Boi-1da and Frank Dukes off of his upcoming album called Shadow of a Doubt.  With a release date of November 20, the project will feature a myriad of artists including Black Thought (The Roots), Gucci Mane, E-40 and rising artist Tory Lanez.  Watch his latest below.

Video: Big Grams (Big Boi & Phantogram) – “Fell In the Sun”

Phantogram fan Big Boi (of Outkast)  made it a point to collaborate with rock duo (Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter) on his sophomore solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.  Both artists have now come together as Big Grams for a 7-track project by the same name.  Due out September 25, you can check out their first dreamy bass lined offering called “Fell Into The Sun.” .

Update: The video for the track is now available for streaming below.

Video: Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise, Thundercat – “These Walls”

Watch the new video for Kendrick Lamar‘s “These Walls” off of his heralded sophomore studio album, To Pimp a Butterfly.  A cameo by Terry Crews offers comic relief as a prisoner tells a tale about a wild night with K Dot and some strippers.  Watch the short film directed by Colin Tilley and The Little Homies below.


Random Hip Hop Facts Part 45

450. Though Kanye West used auto-tune all over 808s and Heartbreak, producer Yung Guru revealed it was Yeezy who gave Jay Z the “Death of Auto-Tune” concept. 1

449. Kendrick Lamar’s first car was his dad’s old ’92 Cadillac Seville with Lamborghini doors.

448. After J. Cole graduated from St. John’s in 2007, he finally received his degree in 2015.  He stated that the reason he had never obtained it was because he still owed money to the school for an overdue library book. 2

447. The scene of police asking skaters to move in Lupe Fiasco‘s “Kick Push” video was not staged. 3

446. Missy Elliott used to play with sharp objects as a teen.  “In high school, I used to play with knives and razors and carry around a rusty ass machete. But I couldn’t come in this industry that way.  So I had to act like I had some sense.  Be humble and respect everyone,” she told Vibe magazine. 4

445. Eazy-E used to keep rolls of bills in his sock and licorice-Rizla-papered joints on the inside of his baseball cap. 5

444. Freddie Gibbs‘ name was inspired by character Tommy Gibbs in Blaxploitation film Black Ceasar.  (6:55 mark)

443. DJ Premier used to play guitar in church and alto sax in school.6

442. The original Higher Learning cast was supposed to include Tupac, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow and Juliette Lewis.7

441. RZA stated that he did not allow women into Wu-Tang‘s recording studios until 1997 because they were considered  a distraction.8


1. [http://www.complex.com/music/2012/03/interview-young-guru-talks-about-working-with-jay-z/12]
2. [http://allhiphop.com/2015/04/10/j-cole-finally-gets-his-college-degree/]
3. [http://www.complex.com/music/2014/12/lupe-fiasco-twitter-life-lessons/on-kick-push]
4. [http://www.vibe.com/2014/07/what-millennials-should-know-about-missy-elliott-supa-dupa-fly/]
5. [https://escobar300.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/the-last-days-of-eazy-erare-swindle-article/]
6. [https://books.google.com/books?id=9U1ABAAAQBAJ&pg=PA46&lpg=PA46&dq=e-40+marching+band&source=bl&ots=ZlZJSfx-yG&sig=ty8F9GgAVCegfCe3MapmSTw1WNE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CDQQ6AEwA2oVChMI84mvxfS4xwIVhk6SCh3bJQal#v=onepage&q=e-40%20marching%20band&f=false]
7. [http://www.vibe.com/2011/11/oral-history-tupacs-acting-career-told-through-his-co-stars-and-producers-pt-2/]
8. [http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2010/08/raekwon-the-making-of-only-built-for-cuban-linx/6/]

Love Is Evol: A Collection of Eminem Songs About Love and Heartbreak

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

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