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Random Hip Hop Facts Part 47

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)

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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 DriverDjango, Alien, Spartacus, Psycho, ATL & Eraser Head(via)

Pusha T feat. Jay Z – “Drug Dealers Anonymous”

After his appearance on the remix to “All the Way Up,” Jay Z attempts to break the Internet again by joining Pusha T for his latest offering “Drug Dealers Anonymous.” Set to appear on King Push, both MCs drop strong verses about their former lives of crime as Jay references Damn, Daniel and B.G.  Listen to the track below without the need for Tidal.

 

Fat Joe, Remy Ma feat. Jay Z & French Montana – “All The Way Up” (Remix)

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.

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Video & Album Stream: Beyonce – Lemonade

This weekend, Beyonce debuted her stunning new visual album, Lemonade, on HBO.  Much to the surprise of many, the work focuses on a dramatic, yet heartfelt and honest journey coping with infidelity.  Songs feature vocals from artists like The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar while cameos include Jay Z and Serena Williams.

Watch the entire video below without Tidal here.

Listen to the entire album here.

 

 

Drake feat. Jay Z & Kanye West – “Pop Style” & “One Dance” feat. Wizkid & Kyla

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.

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Random Hip Hop Facts Part 46

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. NasStillmatic 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)


1. [http://www.gq.com/story/50-cent?currentPage=1]
2. [http://www.xxlmag.com/xxl-magazine/2015/09/future-xxl-cover-story-fall-2015/]
3. [http://www.mtv.com/news/1453366/aaliyahs-matrix-role-to-be-given-to-nona-gaye/]
4. [http://www.brobible.com/entertainment/music/article/method-man-wu-tang-lacrosse/]
5. [http://hiphopwired.com/2012/10/17/rza-explains-the-origins-of-wu-tang-clan-to-funkmaster-flex-video/]
6. [http://read.tidal.com/article/23-things-you-might-not-know-about-jay-zs-the-dynasty-roc-la-familia]
7. [http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6693044/travis-scott-justin-bieber-maria-im-drunk-collaboration]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 45

450. Though Kanye West used auto-tune all over 808s and Heartbreak, producer Yung Guru revealed it was Yeezy who gave Jay Z the “Death of Auto-Tune” concept. 1

449. Kendrick Lamar’s first car was his dad’s old ’92 Cadillac Seville with Lamborghini doors.

448. After J. Cole graduated from St. John’s in 2007, he finally received his degree in 2015.  He stated that the reason he had never obtained it was because he still owed money to the school for an overdue library book. 2

447. The scene of police asking skaters to move in Lupe Fiasco‘s “Kick Push” video was not staged. 3

446. Missy Elliott used to play with sharp objects as a teen.  “In high school, I used to play with knives and razors and carry around a rusty ass machete. But I couldn’t come in this industry that way.  So I had to act like I had some sense.  Be humble and respect everyone,” she told Vibe magazine. 4

445. Eazy-E used to keep rolls of bills in his sock and licorice-Rizla-papered joints on the inside of his baseball cap. 5

444. Freddie Gibbs‘ name was inspired by character Tommy Gibbs in Blaxploitation film Black Ceasar.  (6:55 mark)

443. DJ Premier used to play guitar in church and alto sax in school.6

442. The original Higher Learning cast was supposed to include Tupac, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow and Juliette Lewis.7

441. RZA stated that he did not allow women into Wu-Tang‘s recording studios until 1997 because they were considered  a distraction.8

References:

1. [http://www.complex.com/music/2012/03/interview-young-guru-talks-about-working-with-jay-z/12]
2. [http://allhiphop.com/2015/04/10/j-cole-finally-gets-his-college-degree/]
3. [http://www.complex.com/music/2014/12/lupe-fiasco-twitter-life-lessons/on-kick-push]
4. [http://www.vibe.com/2014/07/what-millennials-should-know-about-missy-elliott-supa-dupa-fly/]
5. [https://escobar300.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/the-last-days-of-eazy-erare-swindle-article/]
6. [https://books.google.com/books?id=9U1ABAAAQBAJ&pg=PA46&lpg=PA46&dq=e-40+marching+band&source=bl&ots=ZlZJSfx-yG&sig=ty8F9GgAVCegfCe3MapmSTw1WNE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CDQQ6AEwA2oVChMI84mvxfS4xwIVhk6SCh3bJQal#v=onepage&q=e-40%20marching%20band&f=false]
7. [http://www.vibe.com/2011/11/oral-history-tupacs-acting-career-told-through-his-co-stars-and-producers-pt-2/]
8. [http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2010/08/raekwon-the-making-of-only-built-for-cuban-linx/6/]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 44

440. NasI 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

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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 Pound4

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

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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)

 References:

1. [http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/nas-my-life-in-20-songs-20140415/nastradamus-0901716]
2. [http://www.complex.com/music/2015/03/asap-rocky-new-verse-alla-album]
3. [http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2015/03/10-rappers-difficult-verses-ever-interview/]
4. [http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/465212/mac-miller-on-way-to-indie-history-at-no-1-on-billboard-200-chart]
5. [http://wdmv362radio.com/Blogs/dr-dre-talks-snoop-dogg-eminem-50-cent-kendrick-lamar-more#2R6G6FFiabygw36p.99]
6. [http://www.mtv.com/news/1712939/vma-2013-black-star-talib-kweli-mos-def-brooklyn-hip-hop/]
7. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/interviews/id.1691/title.dj-quik-against-all-odds]
8. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.24486/title.killer-mike-el-p-credit-run-the-jewels-name-to-ll-cool-j-line]
9. [http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2015/05/ice-cube-25-years-amerikkkas-most-wanted/]

Hip Hop News 6/5

Jay Z cancelled LA’s Made In America show, but added a  free New York concert.  (Read More)

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Summer Jam will also only be able to be exclusively streamed on TIDAL. (Read More)

It appears Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will shut down Disneyland for North’s 2nd birthday. (Read More) 

SoundCloud will start paying money to independent labels. (Read More)

Game has been charged with a felony and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. (Read More)

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Method Man to star in VH1‘s “The Breaks” movie. (Read More)

Spotify royalties grew to $300 million in Q1. (Read More)

Ludacris and his wife welcomed baby girl named Cadence Gaëlle. (Read More)

Karrueche & Chris Brown‘s reunion ended in an explosive fight. (Read More)