If you're looking for something to pass the time this afternoon, Noisey has been posting webisodes about the Chicago rap scene, titled "Welcome To Chiraq." Part 5 of the 8 part series features the SaveMoney crew (Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa). Check out all of the episodes on Noisey, or head to the replies. Fair warning: there is language and some drug use, so be cautious if you work for, like, an accounting firm or something.
Watch Grieves' new video for “Shreds” in the replies. Winter & The Wolves releases on March 25th via Rhymesayers Entertainment. European and US tour dates for the album support tour are in the replies, with more to be announced soon.
The fifth annual OVO Fest, taking place in Toronto and put on by the city's own Drake, is the latest festival to announce Outkast as headliners. The recently reunited duo will headline the August 3rd date at Molson Ampitheatre. Special guests are yet to be announced, but when I attended last year Kanye West, TLC, A$AP Rocky, and Lil Wayne (among many many others) performed unannounced. I'm sure the milestone fifth year will be even more jampacked and thrilling. Tickets are on sale February 21st.
The pioneering hip-hop group De La Soulrecently offered their entire discography for free - the interesting bit is that it seems that the move wasn't cleared with their label, Warner Music Group. ReCode has an interesting look at how the albums aren't available for digital purchase anywhere and were made available through a Russian piracy site.
Beyoncé saw the release of two remixes to her single "Drunk In Love" today. One was by Detail, who released a seven minute version of unused vocals and production from when he worked on the original version called "Drunken Love;" the other was by Kanye West, who extends the track and throws in a verse of his own. Hear the Detail remix in the replies.
Drake has taken to his blog to apologize for his comments regarding Rolling Stone's decision to replace him on cover with the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
After dwelling on it for a few hours or days you will come to the conclusion that you brought it on yourself almost every time. So here I am having that moment. I once again apologize to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way. I respect Rolling Stone for being willing to give a kid from Toronto a shot at the cover. I guess this is a day to learn and grow.
I was like, 'You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn't deserve it, go get better—make better music... It felt cheap. It didn't feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won? This is how the world works: He made a brand of music that appealed to more people than me, Hov, Kanye and Kendrick. Whether...
Nas is going to release a twentieth anniversary edition of his epochal classic Illmatic on April 15th via Sony Legacy. He's also going to be releasing a documentary about the creation of the album called Time Is Illmatic and performing the album front to back across the US, including Coachella. The rerelease contains previously unheard demos, remixes, and freestyles. Check out the anniversary edition artwork in the replies.
Everyone pack up and go home early - Future released the banger of the year yesterday. Check out the Mike WiLL Made It-produced "Move That Dope" featuring Pharrell, Pusha-T, and Casino in the replies. It's from Future's upcoming album Honest, slated for release in the coming months.
Grieves will release his new album Winter & The Wolves on March 25th via Rhymesayers Entertainment. Hear a new song called "Shreds" and peep the album art in the replies. In support of the album, he will be doing a world tour and appearances at SXSW. If you like what you hear, you can pre-order it on iTunes, Amazon, or FifthElement.
1) Rain Damage
2) Whoa Is Me
3) Over You ft. B. Lewis
5) Breath of Air
6) Astronauts ft. Slug
8) How's it Gonna Go ft. B. Lewis
10) Like Child
11) Long One
12) Kidding Me
14) Smoke in the Night
Head over to Complex to read an interview they did with Young Thug where he reveals that he has recorded some songs with Kanye West and is planning a collaborative mixtape with Chief Keef.
"I mean, I went to his house and we did a couple of songs. The fact that I was [making songs] so fast amazed him too, because he doesn’t see a lot of people who rap like that. I don’t really rap with a lot of people [because] everyone raps the same way. When I first heard he wanted to know who I was and do songs, I was smiling ear to ear like a clown."
"It’s well deserved; he did what he did, man... He went out there and hustled and grinded. Everything happens for a reason; the universe comes back around, that’s how it go." [...] “I definitely feel like they should always have more of the culture up in there, for sure, because we definitely stand out just like any other genre,” Kendrick said when asked if he thought the Grammys undervalued hip-hop. “We part of the world. We part of the movement. So I think any awards, including the Grammys, should always push for more hip-hop because it’s music as a whole,...
My text to Kendrick after the show. He deserved best rap album… I’m honored and completely blown away to win anything much less 4 Grammys. But in that category, he should have won IMO. And that’s taking nothing away from The Heist. Just giving GKMC it’s proper respect.. With that being said, thank you to the fans. You’re the reason we were on that stage tonight. And to play Same Love on that platform was a career highlight. The greatest honor of all. That’s what this is about. Progress and art. Thank you. #grammys
Hit the replies to see the album art for the standard and deluxe editions of Schoolboy Q's forthcoming Oxymoron. You can pre-order the album via iTunes, and there's a new song up for immediate download there called "Break the Bank," produced by The Alchemist. Still no complete track listing as of yet though. The record drops February 25th through Interscope Records / Top Dawg Entertainment.
Chuck Inglish will release his solo debut album, Convertibles on April 8th via Federal Prism/Sounds Like Fun. You can stream his new track called "Legs" featuring Chromeo in the replies.
01) Elevators (Feat. Buddy & Polyvester The Saint)
02) Swervin (Feat. Sir Michael Rocks & Polyvester The Saint)
03) Legs (Feat. Chromeo)
04) Came Thru/Easily (Feat. Mac Miller & Ab-Soul)
05) Attitude (Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid)
06) Mas O Menos
07) Money Clip (Feat. Vic Mensa, Retch, Hassani Kwess, Sulaiman)
08) Prism (Feat. Jade)
09) Game Time (Feat. Action Bronson)
10) Hurt You Back (Feat. Benny Cassette & Sabi)
12) Glam (Feat. Chance the Rapper)
Erik Nielson and Charis E. Kubrin, writing for The New York Times, have published an article that looks at a New Jersey Supreme Court case that will determine if rap lyrics can be used as evidence of a crime.
More than a decade later, this bias appears to persist, leaving rap music as vulnerable as ever to judicial abuse. Although appellate courts in Massachusetts and Maryland have recently reversed convictions after citing prosecutors for their improper use of rap lyrics or videos as evidence, most similar appeals are unsuccessful. Just this summer the Supreme Court of Nevada upheld the admissibility of rap lyrics as evidence in a first-degree murder case. A definitive ruling by the...
This article on The Daily Beast, by Rawiya Kameir, discusses how Jay Z's business side has led to him appearing not trustworthy.
Last fall, critics and fans wanted to see Jay Z take a principled stance by publicly condemning Barney's for its proven track record of racially profiling black customers; instead, he moved to donate 100 percent, rather than the original 25 percent, of his capsule line's revenue to charity. No doubt contracts and other constraints limited his choices, but it further entrenched the perception that he is actively retreating deeper into strictly self-serving territory. The same applies to his involvement with the Brooklyn Nets, whose Barclays Center eyesore is a...
Common has announced that he will be releasing a new album this year called Nobody Smiling, which will be entirely produced by No I.D. Check out a video in the replies of Common giving more details about the record in a recent interview.
Ryan Hemsworth, who released one of our favorite dance records of the year, has posted a 10-song remix pack on twitter for free download. It includes unreleased remixes for Future, Disclosure, Chief Keef, and Beyonce among others. Full tracklisting is in the replies.