Official Video: Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”

Kendrick Lamar loves surprising audiences whether it’s randomly doing a show outside of the Staples Center or performing on a truck throughout LA.  This time around, he treated his New York fans to the world premiere of  “King Kunta” in Times Square.  Check out the official video below along with the Times Square version.

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Hip Hop News 4/1

Beyonce previewed a new music with Jay Z on Instagram. (Read More)

Kendrick Lamar hits No. 1 again and spits an unreleased verse from To Pimp a Butterfly.  He also spoke on his collaborative album with J. Cole. (Read More)

Drake is opening an OVO pop-up shop in L.A. for one month.  (Read More)

Tyga got served legal papers at his own sneaker release party. (Read More)

Waka Flocka Flame was reportedly filmed having sex in a hotel room. (Read More)  

Footage has surfaced of Game sucker-punching a player during a basketball game and the victim may have been a police officer.

Rich Homie Quan is being sued for assault. (Read More)

Gangrene feat. Samuel T. Herring & Earl Sweatshirt – “Play It Cool”

Rock Star called upon Alchemist and Oh No to put together their latest compilation inspired by GTA V called Welcome To Los Santos.  Listen to the first track released off of the project is a collab between Gangrene, Samuel T. Herring (of Future Islands) and Earl Sweatshirt called “Play It Cool.”  See the rest of the diverse tracklist below.

1. Gangrene – Play It Cool feat. Samuel T. Herring (of Future Islands) & Earl Sweatshirt
2. Ab-Soul – Trouble feat. Aloe Blacc
3. Tunde Adebimpe – Speedline Miracle Masterpiece feat. Sal P & Sinkane
4. MC Eiht & Freddie Gibbs – Welcome to Los Santos feat. Kokane
5. Phantogram – K.Y.S.A
6. Vybz Kartel – Fast Life
7. King Avriel – 20’s 50’s 100’s feat. A$AP Ferg
8. MNDR – Lock & Load feat. Killer Mike
9. Popcaan – Born Bad feat. Freddie Gibbs
10. E-40 – California feat. Dam-Funk & Ariel Pink
11. Wavves – Leave
12. Curren$y & Freddie Gibbs – Fetti
13. Little Dragon – Wanderer
14. Action Bronson & Danny Brown – Bad News

Action Bronson & Earl Sweatshirt – “Warlord Leather” (Produced by Alchemist)

Following the release of Action Bronson‘s Mr. Wonderful and Earl Sweatshirt‘s I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, the two collab on new track “Warlord Leather” produced by Alchemist.

Snoop, Pharrell & Charlie Wilson – “Awake”

Listen to the second feel-good single from Snoop DoggPharrell featuring Charlie Wilson called “Awake” off of their upcoming album, Bush.


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Lupe Fiasco – “Atomic Misphilosophy”

Listen to an unreleased anti-war track by Lupe Fiasco called “Atomic Misphilosophy” that was supposed to be on his scrapped  Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 2.

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 41

Did you know?…

410. Long before working with Adidas, Kanye West once destroyed a pair of their sneakers on film. (4:46 mark)

409. Drake‘s producer Noah40Shebib mixed and mastered So Far Gone at the  Beverly Wilshire hotel on a pair of AKG 240 headphones and a iHome clock radio. 1

408. Snoop Dogg used to record with 213  in the studio at VIP Records in Long Beach, a record store that Ab-Soul‘s grandfather founded. (6:46 mark)

407. Dr. Dre and Suge Knight once had their own custom lowrider shop called Let Me Ride Hydraulics2

406. “Ken Kaniff” on Eminem‘s Slim Shady LP was the only skit not voiced by Em.  A Detroit rapper named Aristotle did the vocals. 3

405. In 2007, J. Cole tried to hand Jay Z  a CD full of beats outside of his Roc the Mic studios.  Jay replied, “Man, I don’t want that,” and Cole considered him to be evil at that point.  4

404. Logic can solve a Rubik’s Cube in under a minute.

403. When Method Man first met Mary J. Blige, she told him she woke up to his song “Bring the Pain” every day. 5

402. Tyler, The Creator named the roach in the “Yonkers” video Nissan, and yes, he really bit into it. (12:50 mark)

401. J Dilla was  present when DJ Premier recorded “Devil’s Pie” with D’Angelo. 6

References:

1. [http://www.gq.com/entertainment/music/201111/noah-shebib-40-drake-take-care-producer]
2. [Vibe Magazine, September 1995]
3. [http://watchloud.com/13-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-slim-shady-lp/8/]
4. [http://www.complex.com/music/2014/08/from-struggle-to-stardom-how-your-favorite-rappers-were-discovered/j-cole]
5. [http://uk.complex.com/music/2011/10/method-man-25-essential-songs/]
6. [http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2oav69/iama_dj_premier_and_royce_da_59_are_prhyme_ask_us/cmlfhau]

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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LA Hip Hop Events Calendar

Hip Hop music, concerts and events in and around Los Angeles.

 

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HipHopDX Article: Just The Two Of Us: Chronicling, Defending & Meeting Eminem

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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:

http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/editorials/id.2132/title.just-the-two-of-us-chronicling-defending-meeting-eminem

LA Hip Hop Landmarks

Update: Will now be adding landmarks on a national scale as time permits.

Map of Hip Hop landmarks in LA. 


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Hip Hop News 3/31

If you missed Jay Z‘s Tidal press conference, watch it below.  Tidal has 16 artist stakeholders including Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole and Madonna.  (Read More)

Jay Z is also likely headed to trial over the “Big Pimpin'” sampling lawsuit. (Read More)

Lil’ Wayne‘s Free Weezy Album  is expected to drop next month. (Read More)

J. Cole‘s Forest Hills Drive goes platinum. (Read More)

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50 Cent and French Montana beef on Instagram. (Read More)

T.I. opened a restaurant in Atlanta. (Read More)

Starting May 2, Chris Brown will be headlining his very own Vegas residency.  (Read More)

De La Soul reaches Kickstarter goal  to create their new album. (Read More)

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Michel’le says Dr. Dre shot at her. (Read More)

Young  Dro was arrested for theft. (Read More)

Hip Hop News 3/30

Drake‘s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late goes platinum. (Read More)

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Kanye West joined Travi$ Scott and Young Thug on the Rodeo Tour in LA. (Read More)

Danny Brown storms off Glasgow stage after getting hit with drink.

Big Sean announces a collaboration with BAPE that’s dropping next month (Read More)

Destiny’s Child reunited at Stellar Gospel Awards. (Read More)

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A$AP Mob is being sued by concertgoer due to injury from A$AP Ferg crowd-surfing. (Read More)

The Game has been allegedly charged with battery. (Read More)

Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose call off custody battle. (Read More)

Rich Homie Quan sued for assault after the incident at Liv. (Read More)

Hip Hop News 3/27

Dr. Dre is working on an album inspired by film Straight Outta Compton, but it may not be released.  (Read More)

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Kanye West and Dame Dash confirmed they are buying Karmaloop. (Read More)

Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp A Butterfly debuts 6 songs on the Hot 100. (Read More)

50 Cent teams up with Disney. (Read More)

Lil Durk‘s manager was shot and killed in Chicago last night. (Read More) 

Beastie Boys confirm group is over . (Read More)

Check out the trailer for A$AP Rocky‘s new film DOPE that sparked a bidding war at Sundance.