With the passing of legendary artist Prince at his Paisley Park mansion last week, celebrate his life with a mix of some of his greatest hits by DJ R-Tistic. Listen to the hour long set entitled “The Purple Mix” below on Soundcloud.
After getting shut down by the police, LA rappers YG and Nipsey Hussle still managed to release the visual for their new anthem “FDT (Fuck Donald Trump).” Directed by Austin Simkins (Salty State), the track filmed in South LA is slated to be on YG’s anticipated album, Still Krazy. Watch below.
Black Thought (The Roots) and Styles P (The Lox) team up to craft a lyrically profound track “Making a Murderer” filled with fiery bars and punchlines. The superior production by 9th Wonder on the track alone is worth a listen with its brassy horns and airy flutes. Listen below.
As Drake‘s Views from the 6 release date nears, the rapper decided to drop not one, but two new tracks today. “Pop Style,” which reunites Watch the Throne’s Jay Z and Kanye West is a slow and hypnotic track sure to become a massive hit. “One Dance. “a sensual song inspired by elements of Island rhythms featuring Wizkid and Kyla, will also undoubtedly be a crowd pleaser. Listen to “Pop Style“ here and “One Dance” right here.
After TDE CEO Top Dawg revealed 2016 would be extra busy for the label with a hectic release schedule, a dark, new ScHoolboy Q video for new single “Groovy Tony” dropped last night. Directed by Jack Begert and The Little Homies, the ominous track is accompanied by raw visuals of Q as a mouthless mobster in a rugged, industrial setting. Watch the video below.
The hype for A$AP Ferg‘s new album is heating up as he drops his second single, “Let It Bang,” with ScHoolBoy Q. Due out April 22, Always Strive and Prosper, is also set to feature Missy Elliott, Rick Ross, Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign. Watch below.
Decades ago, Common and Ice Cube were engaged in one of the most infamous beefs of all time. Disses were harsh, but Minister Louis Farrakhan helped dead the rivalry at a summit. Today, the two join forces for the very first time on “Real People” off the Barbershop :The Next Cut soundtrack. Listen to the very first collaboration from the legendary rappers below.
After Flying Lotus dropped his trippy project contemplating the afterlife, leftovers from You’re Dead have now surfaced for your listening pleasure. The tracks are short, powerful instrumentals called “You’re DEad! – TDC Alt Experiment,” and two Thundercat collaborations titled “You’re Dead! – Haleys Line//thundercat” and “NO Feeer Thunnderrrcatt2010.” Enjoy all three exquisite pieces below.
After his untimely demise, Beats 1 radio premiered Phife Dawg‘s posthumous release “Nutshell” produced by J Dilla. The new video includes testimonials from Mike G of The Jungle Brothers, Posdonus and Maseo of De La Soul, Jarobi White and Pete Rock. Watch the new video below.
Kanye West reworks his spiritually rich intro to The Life of Pablo, “Ultra Light Beam,” with another uplifting work. Like, the original, “Ultralight Prayer” is a hymn-like, Gospel track featuring powerful choir vocals along with words spoken by Kirk Franklin. Listen to the song below.
Former Odd Future member Domo Genesis displays a new soulful and upbeat sound complete with a catchy hook provided by Anderson Paak. Complete with soft keys and a guitar solo, “Dapper” is a breath of fresh air that will appear on his debut, Genesis. The album will also feature Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Juicy J and Tyler, The Creator. Listen below.
R&B duo Tweet and Missy Elliott were known for hits like “Oops (Oh My)” and “Turn Da Lights Off” during the start of the new millenium, They recently teamed up for a brand new soulful track “Somebody Else Will” co-produced by Timbaland. Listen to the mellow, yet empowering track as Tweet harmonizes about moving on from a toxic relationship below.
Puff Daddy dropped his latest video for “Auction” off of his MMM album, which dropped last year as a free mixtape on his birthday. Directed by legendary video director, Hype Williams, the black and white visual provides the perfect, minimalist backdrop for seasoned collaborators Lil’ Kim and Styles P along with newcomer King Los. Watch below.
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. Nas‘ Stillmatic 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)
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.