470. The art on Chance the Rapper‘s Coloring Book is a photo of him looking down at his daughter. He wanted the cover to depict “the future being bigger than himself.” (via)
469. Growing up, Anderson Paak used to recite Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg lyrics for show & tell & would often get in trouble for beatboxing in class. (via)
468. R.Kelly planned to collaborate with Tupac on an album before doing Best of Both Worlds with Jay Z. (via)
467. J. Cole snuck into LA Reid‘s son’s My Super Sweet Sixteen party hoping to get exposure as an artist & made an appearance in the episode. (via)
466. Pusha T held the the first-ever live music event at Calipatria State Prison. (via)
465. YG didn’t rap on “Thank God” due to being arrested on the prior song “1 AM.” The 1st verse by Big TC (Ty Dolla $ign’s brother) was recorded in actual prison. (via)
464. Pharrell‘s “Can I Have It Like That” was originally for Puff Daddy & “there was a couple of guys kinda fightin’ over it,” according to P. (via)
463. Rick Rubin has known Dr. Dre since he met N.W.A. while they were recording Straight Outta Compton, and Eminem‘s “Rap God” marked the first time they worked together. (via)
462. While she was in prison, Oprah sent Lil’ Kim three of her favorite books “for inspiration and motivation.” (via)
461. Some of Frank Ocean‘s favorite movies include A Clockwork Orange, Taxi Driver, Django, Alien, Spartacus, Psycho, ATL & Eraser Head. (via)
Remix album Marshall vs. Capcom mashes up Eminem and the sounds of Street Fighter V. Songs from the 15-track project include the MC’s earlier material including “Till I Collapse,” “Lose Yourself” and “Stan.” Listen below.
Fans of D-12‘s debut album, Devil’s Night, will delight in the group’s first project in four years. Their new Devil’s Night Mixtape takes it back to their 2001 content and features Eminem, Slaughterhouse’s Royce Da 5’9″, G-Unit’s Kidd Kidd, Young Buck, King Gordy and more. Stream the entire thing below.
Thanks to a user on a message board, Eminem fans can now hear some of his earliest efforts as an aspiring MC. Listen to an unearthed Eminem & DJ Butters mixtape called the New Jacks EP, which dropped in 1988. Download here and see its tracklist below.
01 – Irv Ski vs New Jacks
02 – Eat It
03 – Blown Away
01 – Take 87 & A Half
02 – Teachin’ You A Lesson
03 – Hard Motherfucker
The wait for Dr. Dre‘s first album in 16 years is now over. After watching upcoming biopic Straight Outta Compton, Dre was so inspired that he decide to hit the studio with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Game, Eminem and Ice Cube. Released yesterday exclusively on Apple Music, you can stream the album without it here.
440. Nas‘ I Am... was supposed to be a double album.1
439. While working on A.L.L.A., A$AP Rocky stated that he stopped smoking weed and having sex so that he could fully focus on the task at hand and give fans the best possible music.2
438. Raekwon wrote his “C.R.E.A.M.” verse around 2:30 in the morning on a stove, as he started to reflect on his struggle. 3
437. Mac Miller‘s Blue Slide Park was the first independently-distributed debut album by anyone to hit No. 1 since 1995’s Dogg Pound. 4
436. While recording The Chronic, Dr. Dre‘s house burned down, and he was shot in his legs forcing him to be on crutches.5
435. Jay Z‘s Vol 2…Hard Knock Life, Outkast‘s Aquemini, A Tribe Called Quest‘s Love Movement and Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star all dropped on Sept 29, 1998.6
434. DJ Quik was a ghost producer on Eminem‘s Encore. 7
433. Run the Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike) got their name from a line in an LL Cool J song called “Cheesy Rat Blues.” 8
432. Ice Cube was 16 years old when he wrote “Boyz N The Hood.” 9
431. Rakim had his own hot dog stand in the 10th grade. (3:43 mark)
Boxing movie Southpaw finally hits theaters this weekend, but the soundtrack is now available to stream. Eminem was originally slated to play Jake Gyllenhaal’s role, but bowed out. Still choosing to contribute to the film musically, Em’s “Phenomenal” and “Kings Never Die” with Gwen Stefani appear on the work. 50 Cent, Joey Bada$$, Bad Meets Evil and The Weeknd also made the cut.
Watch the latest video for Eminem’s new track “Phenomenal” off the Southpaw soundtrack. After being told to create a track for the film comparable to the magic of 2002’s “‘Till I Collapse” off The Eminem Show, Marshall penned the inspiring song. Watch the seven minute short film below.
Eminem and Gwen Stefani team up for their first collaboration together on the upcoming Southpaw soundtrack. The Interscope labelmates drop the guitar laced melody called “Kings Never Die,” which will be featured on the album July 24.
As the executive produce on the Southpaw soundtrack, Eminem drops his new song “Phenomenal.” The Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) directed boxing film is due in theaters July 24.