Listen to the contagious new track from Nikki Jean and Ab-Soul called “Champagne Water.” Produced by Nikki & Double-O (of Kidz in the Hall fame), the song will be on her upcoming EP with the same name.
Did you know?…
390. Contrary to popular belief, Nas stated that he did NOT write Will Smith’s “Gettin Jiggy With It.” 1
389. LL Cool J once got arrested for humping a couch.
388. Death Row had plans to open an East Coast office run by Eric B. 2
387. Originally, Timbaland, Pharrell and will.I.am were supposed to make a beat for the Shrek the Third soundtrack. 3
386. Eazy-E used to record in the studio with the lights off. 4
385. Vic Mensa was electrocuted by a transformer that sent 15,000 volts of electricity through his body while trying to sneak into Lollapalooza. 5
384. Q-Tip wrote and produced on Mariah Carey’s “Honey.” 6
383. After recording “Two Lips” for J Dilla’s foundation, Joey Bada$$ was given a folder of 30 unheard Dilla beats to choose from to use for his album. 7
382. The entire Junior Mafia Conspiracy album was made on a tour bus. 8
381. Jarobi left A Tribe Called Quest to go to culinary school. 9
Check out the remix of Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s “Knicks (Remix)” featuring Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and Ransom.
Listen to a new leaked Drake track called “How About Now” rumored to be either a new track from Views From The 6 or a leftover from Nothing Was The Same. The song samples Jodeci’s “My Heart Belongs to You” and randomly appeared on a teenager’s Soundcloud from Marietta, Georgia.
Listen to the new Jay Rock song called “Parental Advisory” produced by SmokeyGotBeatz. TDE has stated he will be dropping his solo album by next year.
Listen to T.I.’s new album Paperwork before it’s out in stores October 21. Executive produced by Pharrell, it features Young Thug, Skylar Grey, Usher, Trae Tha Truth, Young Jeezy and Chris Brown.
Listen to the new T.I. track featuring Pharrell. Executive produced by Skateboard P himself, Paperwork drops October 21 and will feature Usher, Chris Brown, Jeezy, Lil‘ Boosie, The Dream and Rick Ross.
Watch the new video from Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk called “Gust of Wind” off of P’s latest album, G I R L.
Watch the new Flying Lotus video featuring Kendrick Lamar called “Never Catch Me.” Directed by Hiro Murai, the visuals showcase the joyful spirits of two children that linger on even after their untimely demise.
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380. Redman developed a foot fetish after working at a women’s shoe store as a teenager.
379. Tupac was planning on opening a restaurant called Powamekka Cafe, a play on the words “power” and “Mecca.” 1
378. Dr. Dre can’t stand N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton and says he threw it together in six weeks so that the group could have something to sell out of the trunk. 2
377. Tommy Hilfiger sales reached an all-time high after Snoop wore an oversized shirt by the designer on SNL in 1994. 3
376. Andre 3000 originally submitted the “Rosa Parks” instrumental to R& B group Total. 4
375. Nas’ I Am… intro samples the Amityville Horror score.
374. Jay Z’s “Picasso Baby” video was inspired by artist Marina Abramovic’s MoMA performance. 5
373. Queen Latifah named Naughty by Nature. She also managed the group along with OutKast, Monica, Fu-Schnickens, SWV, Faith Evans and many others.
372. Kid Cudi used to work at the BAPE NYC store and had to chase customer Kanye West down before leaving the store to take off a clothing sensor. 6
371. Biggie’s “Warning” beat was originally meant for Big Daddy Kane. 7
Listen to SBTRKT’s sophomore album called Wonder Where We Land offering a wonderfully eclectic sound and mix of artists including Raury, A$AP Ferg, Vampire Weekend‘s Ezra Koenig and Sampha.
Watch the new Pharrell video “It Girl” from his album G I R L. The animated work was directed by Mr. Fantasia Utamaro.
The wait is over. Listen to Kendrick Lamar’s new track “i” from his follow-up album to good kid, m.A.A.d city. The track, which preaches love, peace and self-love, is produced by Rahki and samples The Isley Brothers’ “That Lady.”
Listen to the hot, new song from Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) from their upcoming album RTJ2 out October 27. Michael Winslow also appears on the track adding robotic vocals.
Check out the remix of ScHoolBoy Q‘s “Studio” featuring Nas and BJ the Chicago Kid originally off of Q’s Oxymoron album.
Listen to the new track from produced SBTRKT and 18-year-old Atlanta singer/songwriter Raury called “Higher” from SBTRKT’s new album Wonder When We Land out 9/23.
Listen to the new track from Logic and Childish Gambino called “Driving Ms. Daisy” off Logic’s upcoming full-length debut on Def Jam.
Listen to the soulful new song from TDE label president Punch called “A Project Mind” featuring Jay Rock and BJ the Chicago Kid.
In recent years, the art of battling has built an impressive following of Hip Hop aficionados around the world with freestyle king Dizaster becoming one of its most notable competitors. Co-signed by Drake, Method Man, Raekwon, Crooked I and Eminem, his almost flawless track record and knack for mercilessly ripping apart his opponents speaks for itself.
With its raw edge and competitive grittiness the URL (Ultimate Rap League) has become the UFC of the rap game. Trailers for upcoming bouts feature bellowing announcers who promote verbal sparring like Pay-Per-View matches. It’s no surprise professional boxers and fighters tune into the matches as well.
“It’s just like fighting. We say messed up things, but fighters beat the shit out of each other, and people respect them. We don’t even hit each other. This is real grown-up shit. We’re not slapping each other around. We are defeating each other intellectually,” he declares.
It’s no surprise the word “nerd” immediately came to ScHoolboy Q’s mind when he was introduced to Ab-Soul years ago. The former AP English student from the suburbs of Carson, California has earned a reputation for being the most conscious member of TDE with his intellectually stimulating tracks and vast vocabulary.
Diagnosed with Stevens–Johnson syndrome at a young age, his music has been both deeply personal and political. His work has recounted health and financial struggles, slandered the government and mourned the untimely death of his girlfriend, Alori Joh.
Since gaining popularity in the mainstream due to the success of his colleagues Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q, fans old and new have been left yearning for the rapper’s third studio album These Days… to carry on the group’s blazing torch.
Upon first listening, the introductory track is soft and introspective expressing Ab-Soul’s fear of the future due to his grief-stricken past as labelmate SZA sings, “These Days… God’s Reign/Scared to live, scared to live these days.”
He fuses natural imagery and agile wordplay on his lyrical exercise dedicated to weed “Tree of Life. “I’m Canibus smokin’ cannabis, sippin’ Actavis,” he spits over a Joey Bada$$ sampled beat produced by Curtiss King and DJ Dahi.
Like Dead Prez, he attempts to entice women with mind sex on the J. Cole produced “Sapio Sexual” and trades bars with Rick Ross on the dense “Nevermind That” juxtaposed by B.J. the Chicago Kid’s silky voice on the hook.
The venomous verse by K Dot on “Kendrick Lamar Interlude” revisits Section 80‘s jazzy “Life Is a Traffic Jam” and provides one of the record’s most memorable moments before leading into the heart-wrenching “Closure.” The song touches on the loss of his soul mate and failed relationships as he prefers to solemnly sing instead of rap. “I don’t regret a second that we shared, hell no/In fact I often wish that you was here, right now,” he emotes.
The album ends on a strong note as Ab-Soul spits lines like, “Don’t I flow like I don’t bleed? Every cut is just dumb/After me there will be none I told you there is only one” on “W.R.O.H.” before hidden interview snippets and freestyles close out the work.
Overall, These Days…is well-executed and contains lyrics that definitely resonate. Listeners can delight in diverse production ranging from Skhye Hutche’s buttery smooth “Feelin Us” to the ghoulish Haunted Mansion influenced “Ride Slow” produced by Mac Miller under alias Larry Fisherman, but content-wise, it shies away from what made Control System great.
“Hunnid Stax” with ScHoolboy Q pales in comparison to their former “Druggys with Hoes” collaborations and “Twact” sounds like a generic club hit thematically similar to “I’m Faded.” If you’re looking for political commentary or rebellious lines like “Motherfuck the government, motherfuck the system,” keep a copy of Control System on deck.
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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Whether grumbling about skyrocketing Cigarillo and gas prices on “Almighty Dollar” or the disappearance of weed after a party on the DJ Premier produced “Doobie Ashtray,” Devin the Dude has built a legacy for laying down mellow and relevant tracks since 1992. Known for collaborations with Dr. Dre on the classic “Fuck You” and Andre 3000 and Snoop on “What a Job,” the Houston rapper has managed to become known as one of the rap game’s most underrated MCs.
As a former b-boy who listened to Slick Rick and Too $hort, the up-and-coming rapper sat by his radio every Saturday recording new songs off of college radio. The frequent talent show contestant grew up idolizing Scarface, and after graduating high school, Devin Copeland was blessed with the opportunity to become a member of his group Facemob while also forming the Odd Squad aka the Coughee Brothaz.
After being hesitant about going solo, he decided to go through with the decision in 1998. The MC, whose named derived from one of his favorite Quincy Jones albums, The Dude, was invited to join Rap-A-Lot records where fellow H-Town legends the Geto Boys were also notoriously signed.
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Read about how I defended Eminem as a teenager and eventually got the opportunity to meet him after creating my own fan site: