Detroit rapper/singer/songwriter Persia Grai has been busy making waves in his own right. Opening for artists like Big Sean and getting airplay on Hot 107.5, his latest, “Calabasas,” exudes commendable honesty and vulnerability on a harmonious track produced by False Ego.
Touching on fear along the road to stardom, personal doubt and deaths in the family, the track comes to a hopeful conclusion: “The pendulums of pain & joy are truthfully what make life/Pain is no excuse to waste life..right?” Listen below.
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.
Grammy nominated rapper Big Sean recounts his 2015 success with a celebratory track called “What a Year.” Featuring Pharrell and Detail, the track is produced by the latter, Bobby Johnson, Frank Dukes, Maneesh and Amaire Johnson. Listen to the song below on SoundCloud.
In honor of his 46th birthday, Puff Daddy dropped a free album called MMM. Heavily inspired by Paid In Full, the album goes back to Diddy‘s roots and includes OGs Jadakiss, Lil’ Kim, Styles P and current favorites Big Sean, Future, Travis $cott, King Los and Pusha T. The “sonic motion picture” is high quality and is being heralded as one of Puff’s best in years. Listen below.
After premiering last night at the 2015 BET Awards, Big Sean‘s “Play No Games” is becoming one of the most memorable videos of the year. Featuring Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign, the visuals pay homage to 1990s beloved sitcom Martin. Enjoy the multi-colored madness below.
Big Sean dropped videos to two tracks off of his latest album, Dark Sky Paradise, which debuted at No. 1 in February. “All Your Fault” features a performance with Kanye West while “I Know” with Jhene Aiko showcases the elderly couple having the time of their lives. Check out both below.
Surprise. Chance the Rapper‘s new project with Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment, Surf, is available to stream and on iTunes now. Features include Big Sean, J. Cole, Busta Rhymes, Raury and more. Stream the entire album below and download free here.
430. Kid Cudi‘s “Maniac” and “Marijuana” videos were directed by Shia Labeouf. 1
429. Before he was president, Vic Mensa ran through Obama‘s backyard trying to escape the cops due to writing graffiti.2
428. Big Sean started writing “Win Some or Lose Some” in 2012. (3:50 mark)
427. Chance The Rapper got his Madonna collaboration after being recommended by Jay Z. 3
426. ScHoolboy Q hates ketchup.4
425. Will Smith introduced Afeni Shakur and Voletta Wallace, Tupac and Biggie‘s moms, for the first time at the 1999 VMAs.5
424. Epic wanted Ghostface Killah to add two more verses to “Cherchez La Ghost.” 6
423. Juvenile wanted to sign Young Buck to Cash Money, but had no interest in Lloyd Banks.7
422. Action Bronson was once in a tampon commercial. (0:10 mark)
421. Prodigy and Havoc (of Mobb Deep) were introduced to each other in the lunchroom at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan when they were 15.8
Migos were denied bail in case from Saturday night arrest at Georgia Southern University. (Read More)
Big Sean and Ariana Grande have broken up. (Read More)
Watch the official trailer to Dame Dash & Kanye West‘s new documentary “The Secret to Ballin.” (Read More)
More people downloaded Tyler, The Creator‘s Golf Media app than Jay Z‘s Tidal on its first day. Tidal has also been handing out pink slips to its staff.
Diddy announced Kanye West joined his production team called The Hitmen. (Read More)
MC Lyte dropped her first album in 12 years. (Read More)
Bobby Brown tells a Dallas crowd that Bobbi Kristina “is awake. She’s watching me.” (Read More)
420. Lupe Fiasco made his album Tetsuo and Youth for 16 core fans he often lurks on social media. (5:25 mark)
419. The Notorious B.I.G. wanted to drop Ready to Die on Halloween.1
418. Every year for Christmas, Kanye West‘s family would sing and play instruments, but Ye didn’t have a good voice, so he would sit in the corner. 2
417. Tupac‘s “Can’t C Me” was originally intended for Dr. Dre & Ice Cube‘s never released Helter Skelter album. 3
416. Kendrick Lamar (then known as K Dot) rapped for Charles Hamilton back in the day. (1:30 mark)
415. Pharrell‘s Astronaut BBC T-Shirt once flew aboard the United States Space Shuttle, Atlantis, to the International Space Station.4
414. Rick Ross and Bill Murray once recorded a song for a Christmas show, but Ross didn’t show up for the shoot. 5
413. Ab-Soul credits his extensive vocabulary to his mom reading him Dr. Seuss and Charlie Brown before bed.6
412. Missy Elliott‘s Supa Dupa Fly was recorded in two weeks and was entirely produced by Timbaland.7
411. Eazy-E asked Bone Thugs to write his verse on “Foe The Love of Money,” but they made hit pen it himself.8