Check out the new Logic track “Wrist,” which he debuted on a recent Zane Lowe episode on Beats 1. Featuring the king of the coke flow, Pusha T, the two make a great team rapping about the realities of the drug game over a hauntingly operatic beat produced by 6ix. Listen below.
Opening with a classic Tupac line from Juice, Kid Cudi sets the tone for his latest track “Goodbye” that puts a spin on the Pink Floyd classic, “Goodbye Cruel World.” Produced by Dot Da Genius (aka WZRD) the production is dark, but simultaneously inspirational and will likely be featured on one of his two albums set to drop this year. Stream below on Soundcloud.
The ever unconventional Tyler, The Creator topped off the debut of his first ever GOLF runway fashion show (which included a garden setting, skits, mopeds, & skateboarders) with an explosive performance of his new song “Ego.” Beginning with dark synths, the track appears ominous at first, but evolves into delightful piece that sounds like a leftover from WOLF, but was actually made specifically for the occasion the day before. Listen below.
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 .
Vic Mensa‘s latest 7-track EP, There’s A Lot Going On, not only features the controversial “16 Shots” (inspired by the death of teen Laquan McDonald killed by police), but is also a campaign encouraging youth to vote. Free for fans who promise to vote in the presidential election, you can listen and download the album here courtesy of DatPiff.
After Pusha T confirmed that the sequel to G.O.O.D Music‘s Cruel Summer would be indeed be happening, Kanye West appeared on L.A.’s Real 92.3 to premiere “Champions.” The first single off of Cruel Winter features a slew of guests including Big Sean, Gucci Mane, Desiigner, Quavo, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz and Yo Gotti. According to Ye, 7 to 8 tracks have been recorded for the album and he hopes to do a 12-15 minute version of this song with every G.O.O.D. Music artist on it. Listen below.
Legendary North Carolina producer 9th Wonder has dropped quite a spontaneous gem. ZION, a collection of 36 unreleased and rare tracks, is a treat for any pair of ears and the good news is that it’s only a tip of the proverbial iceberg. According to watchLOUD, 9th revealed that he plans on “dropping every beat [he’s] ever made over the next few years,” so definitely stay tuned. Listen to the project below.
Maxwell returns to the R&B scene with a video to his latest single “Lake By the Ocean.” The esteemed singer serenades his woman in a tropical setting perfectly complementing the sultry song from his new album, BlackSUMMERSNight, in stores July 1st. Watch below.
Jay Z makes comeback after teasing the public with two bars on Drake’s “Pop Style,” he delivers with a fiery verse that boldly addresses Beyonce‘s Internet conversation piece, Lemonade. Remy Ma, Fat Joe, and French Montana also hold their own with solid bars that will be undoubtedly heard all summer long. Listen to the track here.
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.
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.
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.