Following the release of “Believe In Flee,” Cam’ron announces the release date for “Purple Haze 2.”
It’s been nearly two years since Cam’ron released The Program and roughly five years since announcing the sequel to 2004’s Purple Haze. After releasing his new single, “Believe In Flee” this week, the rapper has officially announced a release date for Purple Haze 2. The rapper took to Instagram to share a teaser for the project along with a simple caption reading, “Purple haze 2.. Dec-16-19.” So, this December, you can expect to have the long-awaited seventh studio album from Killa Cam.The teaser for the project included a new snippet of music. Over pitched up soul samples, the rapper gets introspective about baby mama drama, legal troubles, the streets, and still succeeding despite the odds being stacked against him. The visual included shows Killa Cam hopping into a Lamborghini painted with a purple dollar bill pattern and driving to a graveyard.
Wiz Khalifa Sets A New Precedent With “Presidents”
Wiz Khalifa intends on hustling until the geriatric stages.
A betting man might see the title of Wiz Khalifa‘s latest in a foray of singles unleashed, and deduce that the topic of dead presidents would be discussed at length. In that respect, they’d be more or less correct, with “Presidents” making up the crux of Khalifa’s raison d’etre. Taking to a whimsical instrumental from Big Jerm & J Card, Khalifa makes it clear that expanding on his already considerable net worth remains a fixed goal. Offering up a melodic refrain to kick things off, Wiz rides the beat with a Bone Thugs-esque melodic cadence.It’s a curious blend between a filler vault cut and a bonafide radio single, with a polished feel masking some of the more phoned-in deficiencies. Yet Wiz remains an able sportsman even in the highest of states, and his ability to float over instrumentals in effortless fashion speak to his greater longevity. There’s no telling when this one was laced, though its general message remains timeless. The hustle, like the blunt circle, is an endless cycle.
Been like this ever since I was young
Khalifa man the one that they hating on
But I ain’t let it stay like that for long
Made my own way that’s the path I’m on
Skyzoo & Pete Rock Join Forces On New Song “Truck Jewels”
Skyzoo & Pete Rock join forces on new heat.
Skyzoo & Pete Rock are getting ready for the release of their new joint project, Retropolitan which is due out tonight. Over the past few weeks, they’ve been rolling out the project to build anticipation. Skyzoo, a top tier lyricist, and Pete Rock, a revolutionary producer, already sounds promising but it was further confirmed after “It’s All Good” as well as the Griselda and Elzhi assisted “Eastern Conference “All-Stars.” Now, they drop off a brand new cut off of the project titled, “Truck Jewels.””When I heard the beat that became ‘Truck Jewels’, it reminded me of a 70’s blaxploitation film. A scene out of one of the classics from that era of black culture” Skyzoo said. “Conceptually, it’s a song where the beat tells you to just go off, but as always I snuck in some jewels all throughout the verses. Hence the title. Definitely one of my favorites on the album.”
Quotable Lyrics Dissertated the corners they planted a Ki’s on
The key being there’s more than just what they lead on
In a pair of sneakers that Tinker had drew the street on
K. Michelle, Yung Miami, & Kash Doll Love Their Men “Supa Hood”
Go hood or go home.
Memphis singer K. Michelle has always been a public figure who doesn’t have a problem with sharing her opinion. When fans aren’t fawning over her music, they catch her weekly on Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, a reality series that K. Michelle has been apart of for seven years. The outspoken singer has boasted about her love of the ‘hood in the past, but she’s put the subject to song with the help of City Girls’ Yung Miami and Detroit rapper Kash Doll. The trio came together to create “Supa Hood,” a single where they each share what they love most about men who have a little, or a lot, of hood in them.This may be another R&B-ish single from K. Michelle, but keep an eye, and an ear, out, because she’s been promising her fans a country album for quite some time. The Southern singer is a country fan and is preparing her Nashville takeover, regardless of what the naysayers have told her. Whether it’s yodeling, opera, or R&B jams, K. can’t be stopped. Check out “Supa Hood” and let us know your thoughts.
If he call me and I’m sleep b*tch I’m waking up
It’s like every other week we be breakin’ up
The only n*gga that can smoke weed in my car
If we get pulled over stash the weed in my bra
Skyzoo & Pete Rock join forces on their brand new project.
Skyzoo and Pete Rock have finally unleashed their brand new joint project, Retropolitan. Skyzoo is stand-out emcee in his own right while Pete Rock is one of the greatest producers in hip-hop so you already know the combination of the two is just magic. The two came through with a project that’s meant to appease the taste of the hip-hop purists who’ve been longing for more of the traditional sounds.The two have been teasing the project for a minute. Starting off with “It’s All Good,” they followed it up with “Eastern Conference All-Stars” and now, they’ve released the twelve-track project in its entirety. The project features a few other emcees on it, although Skyzoo gets the majority of the job done on his own. Among the features as Griselda Records’ Benny The Butcher, Conway, and Westside Gunn, as well as Styles P and Raheem DeVaughn.
חמישה חודשים לאחר שהאלבום “ONXARD” יצא מגיע האלבום המדהים הזה .
תוך כדי האזנה לאלבום החדש של אנדרסון פאק , רואים שהכיוון של R&B\Soul מורגש פה בכל שיר , עם וויב מאוד יחודיי ועם אורחים מדהימים שעושים את האלבום הזה למיוחד מאוד .
פאק רוצה להראות כאן שהוא לא רק ראפר אלא גם זמר עם קול משובח ביחד עם אורחים מדהימים שעושים את האלבום הזה למה שהוא .
האלבום יוצא בלייבל של Dr.Dre – Aftermath והופק ע”י פאק בעצמו ועם מפיקים שונים : The Alchemist ,Terrace Martin , Fredwreck, Pharrell Williams (The Neptunes) , Pomo , Dem Jointz
האורחים באלבום :
Nate Dogg (R.I.P)
Tracklist1. Come Home ft. Andre 3000
2. Make It Better ft. Smokey Robinson
3. Reachin’ 2 Much ft. Lalah Hathaway
4. Winner’s Circle
5. Good Heels ft. Jazmine Sullivan
6. Yada Yada
7. King James
8. Chosen One ft. Sonyae Elise
9. Jet Black ft. Brandy
11. What Can We Do ft. Nate Dogg
Five months after the album “ONXARD” came out, this one comes out as an amazing album.
While listening to the new album by Anderson .Paak, you can see that the direction of R&B/Soul is felt here in every song, with a very unique wav and amazing guests who make this album very special.
Paak wants to show here that he is not only a rapper but also a singer with a good voice along with amazing guests who make this album what it is.
The album is released on Dr.Dre – Aftermath label and produced by Paak himself and with various producers: The Alchemist, Terrace Martin, Fredwreck, Pharrell Williams (The Neptunes), Pomo, Dem Jointz
Guests in the album:
Nate Dogg (R.I.P)
Tracklist1. Come Home ft. Andre 3000
2. Make It Better ft. Smokey Robinson
3. Reachin’ 2 Much ft. Lalah Hathaway
4. Winner’s Circle
5. Good Heels ft. Jazmine Sullivan
6. Yada Yada
7. King James
8. Chosen One ft. Sonyae Elise
9. Jet Black ft. Brandy
11. What Can We Do ft. Nate Dogg
Setting the stage for the remainder of his highly-anticipated Confessions of a Dangerous Mindrelease, Logic‘s first track on the record, sharing the titled of the album, is a deeply personal revelation. The Maryland rapper has never been shy when it comes to pouring out his heart on wax, but this time around Logic seems desperate to deliver an honest reflection of himself as a human being and as an artist.Last week Logic dropped off his “Homicide” collaboration with Eminem, a high-energy lyrical juggernaut that received an overflow of acclaim. The praise is deserved, as Logic lives up to the Confessions of a Dangerous Mind hype delivering a brutally candid album that details the rapper’s struggles with fame and disillusionment of social media. This is an album that is not only well-produced, but it’s lyrical complexities have created a record that is a 2019 standout
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind boasts features from artists including Eminem (obviously), YBN Cordae, G-Eazy, Wiz Khalifa, Will Smith, and a special guest appearance by Logic’s father on “Bobby.” Give the record a listen and let us know what you think.
1. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
2. Homicide ft. Eminem
5. Mama/Show Love ft. YBN Cordae
6. Out Of Sight
7. Pardon My Ego
8. COMMANDO ft. G-Eazy
9. Icy ft. Gucci Mane
10. Still Ballin ft. Wiz Khalifa
13. Keanu Reeves
14. Don’t Be Afraid To Be Different ft. Will Smith
15. Bobby ft. My Dad
16. Lost In Translation
While reports previously speculated that CJ Wallace, the son of the late Notorious B.I.G., would be following in his pops’ footsteps to pursue a musical career, the young Wallace has most recently announced his venture into entrepreneurship.
According to a new Forbes report, Wallace is joined by his stepfather Todd Russaw and Willie Mack to launch the Think BIG cannabis company. The venture will focus on vapes, apparel, “limited-edition top-shelf flower, pre-rolls” and more.
“Our challenge to the world is to first think bigger about your place in it. The rise of social justice movements like BLM, LGBTQ+ rights, and the fight for socially equitable democracies around the world is rising and cannabis is a big part of that conversation,” Mack tells Forbes. “I have been in the cannabis industry for over four years now and it is one of the fastest growing industries globally for a reason, because it touches every part of society; legal, finance, banking, creativity, art, design, legal, politics, education, science, beauty, cosmetics, agriculture, climate change! These two plants, cannabis and hemp, are going to change and maybe save the world.”
Where CJ Wallace is concerned, Think BIG is a part of carrying on the legacy of his legendary father: “In terms of legacy, I’ve always been curious about who Christopher George Latore Wallace really was,” he told the publication. “My second dad, Todd, has always instilled in me to make sure that I carry on the legacy in my own unique way, and that — because my name holds weight — I can’t do anything half-assed. I have to do my best.”
A part of this strategy includes the launching of limited edition t-shirts that commemorate the anniversary of Biggie’s death, by illustrating the intersection of Fairfax and Wilshire where the rapper was fatally shot in 1997.
“Growing up in LA, I have watched that corner change over the years, and have wondered why there wasn’t a memorial for him at that location,” CJ penned in an Instagram caption. “As a way to honor his life and legacy, we created this limited-edition T-shirt. This will serve as a memorial until we can build something to honor his life, music, and the creativity he gave to the world.
Rap concerts have a bad reputation with critics of the genre who claim that they have rowdy crowds at venues. The mischief that takes place at the enormous rock, metal, or country concerts is ignored but when trouble occurs at a rapper’s concert it is used by critics to insult the genre. This weekend, the critics were given more ammunition for their arguments.
Saturday night (March 9) was a hectic one for Kevin Gates. The “Change Lanes” rapper was in Corpus Christi, Texas, giving the crowd an immaculate performance when gunshots ended the night early for fans. According to TMZ, Gates was performing at the Concrete Street Amphitheatre and was close to the conclusion of his concert around 11:30 PM local time when gunshots rang out. The crowd began to flee in terror and Gate’s security came and pulled him off the stage after he tried to keep performing. He would not return to finish the show.
Police were already at the concert when the shots were fired. They investigated the situation and discovered that the gunshots came from a neighboring development adjacent to the theater. No one was injured during the incident.
The ensuing drama between Khloe Kardashian, Tristan Thompson, and Jordyn Woods has the entire culture locked onto social media. The most recent update has Khloe backtracking from her Woods hatred, and instead placing the full blame of the cheating scandal on Thompson. Originally, Khloe was enraged with Jordyn Woods over her Red Table Talk segment with Jada Pinkett Smith. “Why are you lying @jordynwoods ??,” tweeted Khloe angrily. “If you’re going to try and save yourself by going public, INSTEAD OF CALLING ME PRIVATELY TO APOLOGIZE FIRST, at least be HONEST about your story.” The reasoning for her change of heart is unclear.
On Friday (March 1), the infamous Perez Hilton took to social media to suggest some hypocrisy coming from Khloe. He suggested that the Kardashian dated French Montana while he was still in a relationship with Trina. “Did Khloe Kardashian start dating French Montana when he was still with Trina? And wasn’t Khloe friends with Trina???,” tweeted Hilton. French immediately caught wind of the tweet though and squashed the rumor. “I was single like a 💵 dollar bill 🙏,” he responded to Hilton. Obviously, French wants to distance himself from any conversation concerning the Kardashian/Thompson/Woods drama right now.
Tune in to our weekly mix of the biggest rap and R&B tracks.
This week’s FIRE EMOJI playlist is populated by an even split of surprise entrants and expected guests, starting with submissions from 2 Chainz‘ long-awaited Rap or Go to the League venture. Forgive 2 Chainz for allowing LeBron James a sizeable portion of the executive branch all to himself – the real treat rests in the apparent signs of progress and maturity 2 Chainz account for on his 5th studio album.
Songs like “NCAA,” “Money In The Way,” and “High Top Versace” featuring Young Thug, were easy choices to our list, even a blind pig would have resorted to making off the rip. With 2 Chainz’ choices, all punched in, the remainder of the selection process rested on the shoulders of two eclectic artists with an incredible eye for beautiful imperfections.
Tierra Whack’s latest single “Clones” shows her reliving the creative impulses she put forth on her surrealist debut. The flexible strength she deployed with every shifting vignette was put to use once again on “Clones,” this time in a far more static manner stylistically. After witnessing her purge her soul on “Clones” this past week, there can be little doubt left, over her possessive abilities.
Last but not least, when Solange hinted towards the imminent release of a musical project at the beginning of the week, she thereby stood a great chance of making the final grade on this playlist. Solange’s “Almeda” was our choice this week, for obvious reasons: it speaks to a general rap audience and a spiritual one all the same. Other artists who made their mark this past week include SAINt JHN, DaBaby, NBA Younboy, Lil West, Yung Bans, Roddy Ricch, Rich Homie Quan, YK Osiris, and Rich the Kid.
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Last night, Cardi B powered through a debilitating illness to shatter an attendance record held by Garth Brooks.
Cardi B made history last night by shattering an attendance record set by Garth Brooks, reports the Houston Chroniclecovering the landmark performance at the NGR Stadium. Friday night (March 1st) marked Cardi B’s debut at the NRG Stadium, a venue that bears a reputation like no other in the Deep South, for its ability to make even the most seasoned of performers quiver in the spotlight.
To put it mildly, tickets for the Black Heritage Night concert aka RodeoHouston, sold out in little over 40 minutes, all 75,580 of them, confirming their attendance the night of the show. As you’ll see in the above photo, Cardi B served the Houston crowd a sparkle-ridden Cowgirl outfit, as she delivered a medley of fan-favorites such as “Be Careful,” “Money Bag,” “Drip,” “Bickenhead,” “She Bad,” “Ring,” culminating in the live performance debut of her “Please Me” duet with Bruno Mars, albeit without the diminutive singer present.
As evidenced by the above photo showcasing her sparkle-knit costume, Cardi B even took a moment to “meet and greet” some of Houston’s finest backstage, which included Bun Bintroducing the starlet to her nieces, many thanks to QC’s Coach K who brokered the arrangement behind closed doors.
Finally, what makes Cardi B’s exploits all the more impressive, is that she completed the whole ordeal under duress. As she would later confess via Instagram, her illness was so prevalent that her management team made arrangements for a doctor to sit backstages, for emergency purposes. “I’m OD honored for all the love Houston gave me! I remember the first time I came to Houston I came out here to strip and people showed me maaaaaa love,” she wrote in her Thank You note H-Town.
Vince Staples pays tribute to Mac Miller and brings “FM!” to life.
Vince Staples was an immense part of Mac Miller’s Celebration of Life concert last year, paying tribute to his late friend with a performance and making sure that the Pittsburgh rapper’s legacy lives on forever. He decided to take things one step further by employing what can be considered the most realistic opportunity at witnessing a Mac Miller live show today on his Smile, You’re On Camera tour. While it’s evident that Vince Staples is the star of the show, a surprise headliner is highlighted after Vince’s set.
I’m in Montreal, Canada. The air is cold as I enter the venue to watch Vince Staples perform on his current tour. Right off the bat, Armani White is entertaining the crowd before the show was even advertised to begin. He only played a few songs but it was enough to get the room at an appropriate energy level. White is a very expressive performer, using his body movements to dictate the pace of the set. His movements are instinctive, rolling around on the floor during his final song and hyping up the crowd for the next artist: Buddy.
The floor is already full with fans excited to spend an evening out with their friends. There is a short intermission between Armani White and Buddy where the latter’s DJ plays songs from 21 Savage, J. Cole, and others. Buddy walks onto the stage for his first song, rocking an enormously oversized jacket (Compton is much warmer than Montreal) and busting out a hype rendition of 2017’s “That Much.” Once his jacket is taken off, the energy immediately skyrockets. Buddy says that he had difficulty getting into the country because, in his words, he was a “bad kid.” “I got a record,” he laughed. Thankfully he made it on time to set the tone further, playing “Black,” “Trippin'” and other favorites.
Buddy’s set is raw and authentic, taking the crowd to Compton with emotion and passion. His movements are calculated and rehearsed, dancing in front of a minimal set-up with no visuals. With so few production specs during Buddy’s performance, Vince Staples’ lighting and design were a shock to the crowd.
“Feels Like Summer” blares over the loudspeakers and Vince Staples makes his introduction to the crowd. Behind him is a prominent visual display of televisions showing security footage. In case you forgot, we’re at the Smile, You’re On Camera tour. One of the monitors shows a live reflection of the crowd singing the words back at Vince. Another displays softcore pornography.
From the start, the crowd is really into him. Vince leads into “Don’t Get Chipped” before finally announcing his arrival on stage. “Welcome to the show,” he says in a nonchalant manner. Before we’re eased into the next song, the production really starts to pick up. This is the point where you may realize you’re witnessing a performance that was carefully plotted from its blueprint stages. The lighting is perfect with fog gradually building behind the Long Beach artist. The lights begin to stutter, flashing at regular intervals as Staples walks along the stage. He appears immortal. “Lift Me Up” starts to play and one fan chooses this point to start crowd surfing.
The lighting is synchronized with each movement Vince makes during “War Ready.” The rapper is truly taking such an intimate venue to the test by making the space feel vast. He is confident, acting as though he’s at home on the stage.
At this point, the set-up changes. A short interlude fills the air with ocean sounds while the lights go black. After a few brief moments, strobes are shining on both sides of the balcony and it’s evident that Vince did some heavy scouting to find the perfect concert venue in each city. Three-point lighting reflects on his head with a microphone stand placed in the middle of the stage. Staples is standing with the swagger of a soul singer, creating a larger than life ambiance.
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The energy begins to diminish with moshpits shrinking in size before Vince makes a declaration. “Keep the energy. If not, there’s the door,” he screams. Instantly, we all perk up and get right back to the party, dancing to “GTFOMD.” His previous statement was the first true “Vince Staples” moment of the show. We know the rapper to be unpredictable in his words, often stirring up some controversy during his interviews. Just the other day, his comments about Jussie Smollett were met with shock and anger. His energy mirrors that of somebody who is unconcerned and laid-back, which could potentially be mistaken for apathy. Right when you might start to think that though, he circles around the stage and raps along to “FUN!” before handing out t-shirts to the fans in the front row.
Once you believe the show is finished, Mac Miller’s face pops up on the screen and speaks to the crowd. At first, it’s bizarre and a little unsettling. However, as footage of his “Tiny Desk” performance with NPR starts to barrel forward, it becomes more of a surreal experience. It sounds cliché but Mac feels like he’s right there, performing an intimate set before a couple of hundred people. It becomes clear that the full video will play, spanning four songs and officially making Mac Miller the headliner of the night. It’s bittersweet when the Pittsburgh star laughs awkwardly in between songs. His infectious smile spreads across the room. We’re in awe of what we’re watching.
The show officially ends with the words “Rest In Peace Mac Miller” displayed on the big screen, leaving the Montreal crowd crying, clapping and grinning from ear to ear.
Some of the strongest moments from the Smile, You’re On Camera tour take place between songs when Vince is just standing on stage with lights flashing on the pitch-black floor. From the dreamlike moments during the Mac Miller tribute to the overall fantastic production of Vince’s set, this tour will be implanted in your memory for a long time.
As We Proceed To Give You What You Need , Here’s thr latest tracks…
Gunna Links Up With Lil Baby & Turbo On “Derek Fisher”
Listen to Gunna & Lil Baby’s latest offering “Derek Fisher.”
If you haven’t noticed by now, today happens to be a huge day for new music releases. Everyone from Gunna & Offset to Lil Pump & Kehlani have all released new projects today, and it’s only right we highlight a few tracks from them. With that said, we’ve decided to highlight one of Gunna’s standout tracks from his Drip Or Down 2 album, and that being called “Derek Fisher” with fellow Drip Harder rapper Lil Baby.
Take a listen to the Turbo-produced banger and let us know what you think. Do these two have another hit on their hands?
Look for both of these ATL rappers to be hitting the road soon. Baby is about to embark on “The Generation Tour” next month, while Gunna is headlining his own “Drip Or Drown 2” tour, which you can peep tour dates right here.
Penthouse feel like heaven when I wake from a ménage
I got every kinda color car in my garage
Intercontinental with my bitch and a massage
Buy a lot of diamonds, I flash my money, I like to floss, yeah
My little shooters stay on point, all I do is throw assists
We locked in together forever, that’s if I’m poor or rich
Make ’em call me Papa Bear, the way I get that porridge
Walk inside the club and it start stormin’
– Lil Baby
Jay Rock Releases New Song With Mozzy & DCMBR “The Other Side”
Listen to new Jay Rock called “The Other Side” featuring Mozzy & DCMBR.
Coming off his Grammy nomination & win for “Best Rap Performance” for “Kings Dead,” TDE rapper Jay Rock decides to return to the scene today and share a new song called “The Other Side,” featuring Sacramento rapper Mozzy and DCMBR. The song looks to be an addition to last year’s Redemption album as it’s listed as track #15 now on iTunes.
Featuring vocals from DCMBR on the hook, listen as Jay Rock & Mozzy rap about life in the streets in this follow up to “Nobody Knows.” Take a listen and let us know what you think.
Nine Double O Five Nine
We Them zip holders
Brick runners, real hunters Costra nostra
Got dope for your nostrils too
First parking lot, 3 doors down (we got you, rock)
Gutta niggas with the shit and we got bread
Big chopper turn your dome piece to a drop head
Ain’t nothing like a project bitch
Making that cal fresh and cal work flip
Travis Scott & 21 Savage Reunite With Offset On New Song “Legacy”
Listen to Offset’s new collab “Legacy” featuring Travis Scott & 21 Savage.
The wait is over. After much anticipation, Offset finally released his solo debut today called Fatherof 4, which included a star-studded cast of features consisting of J. Cole, Cardi B, Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Quavo and many more. Looking to highlight one of the 16 tracks for y’all, here goes arguably the biggest feature off the album with “Legacy” featuring Travis Scott & 21 Savage.
Following up their first collab “Ghostface Killers,” listen to the Southside-produced banger and let us know what you think. Who laid down the hottest verse?
I done went bad, ever since I got cheques I don’t run and get mad That’s not how I react
But she throwin’ it back, I done threw it right back
I spent 40K flat
Don’t worry my nigga, get part of the clip so I got it right back
By the way, way that it’s going down, it’s been going up I can’t hold nothing back, I won’t hold you up
I can’t fit all my pain in this styro cup
Soula Boy & Ray J Are “Rich N Whippin” On New Single
Soulja Boy has been working on his star-studded upcoming album.
Draco always knows how to create a buzz, but this time it’s all about his music. Soulja Boy recently teased a clip of his latest Ray J-assisted trap single “Rich n Whippin” that’s currently only available in select markets. In recent months, Draco has once again become a viral sensation, reminding fans of his top-billing status in the rap game. What many people forget is that Soulja is a pioneer of turning viral buzz into chart-topping hits, so we can expect to hear more music sooner than later.Soulja also tweeted that he’s been in the studio with some heavy-hitters working on his next album. “I can’t wait to my album drop. Tory Lanez. Swae lee. Triple Redd. Bhad Bhabie. ASAP Ferg. Asian doll. Smooky margeila, chief Keef, money man, Nicki Minaj, Ronny j, Murda Beatz. Wow.”Do you think Draco and Ray J have a #1 single with “Rich n Whippin”?
Soulja Boy “Draco”
I can’t wait to my album drop. Tory Lanez. Swae lee. Triple Redd. Bhad Bhabie. ASAP Ferg. Asian doll. Smooky margeila, chief Keef, money man, Nicki Minaj, Ronny j, Murda Beatz. Wow
Gotta lotta bad b***hes watching me
Got a lotta designer drugs
I’m on a shopping spree
Rick Ross Shows Zero Remorse On Smif-N-Wessun’s “Let Me Tell Ya”
Smif-N-Wessun incorporate “Ross Fit” into their regimen.
Smif-N-Wessun are just about ready to unveil their first full-length project since 2011, all in the spirit of new beginnings. If you’re are an ardent follower of the New York rap scene, you might recall hearing about the legal stipulation that led to them changing their name to the Cocoa Brovaz, albeit momentarily. The group released one album under the legal pseudonym before relapsing back into position.Smiff-N-Wessun owes it to their unending stream of fans to recreate the magic they displayed as pioneers of an epoch in which elements of Boom Bap and Dancehall/Reggae became suffused into one. But to their credit, Tek and Steele have been able to muster the energy they had in 1995, even as the Patois signifier loses its shock appeal to the senses.On “Let Me Tell Ya,” the Duck Down veteran are met with an equally yearnful Rick Ross, himself a victim of circumstances (health) which have in turn derailed his career. Smif-N-Wessun are just about ready to drop, but not before signaling their intent with an ever-so-hungry Rick Ross, one day before The All is set to debut. Hit us with your thoughts.Quotable Lyrics:I miss the old Kanye, can’t f*ck with new lanes
Throwback sneakers and my new chains
Suicidal if my contract was like Lil Wayne‘s.
Eminem & Redman’s First Collaboration Was “Off The Wall”
Despite only having rapped together once, Eminem and Redman’s chemistry was exceptional.
It’s no secret that Eminem and Redman are one of hip-hop’s most respected friendships, consistently singing each other’s respective praises. Yet sadly, the pair only linked up on record once; technically twice, if you count Eminem’s production on Red’s “I See Dead People.” When they did link up back in 2000, it was on the unlikeliest of places – The Nutty Professor II soundtrack. Perhaps a worthy home for a song like “Off The Wall,” as zany, twisted, and maniacal as Eddie Murphy in a fatsuit.”Probably got a fanatic waiting upstairs in the attic, with an automatic calling me up there,” spits Em, at the arguable height of his lyrical dexterity. “My man, Stan, with a gat in his hand, staking my house out in a tan, tinted sedan.” Never one to be outmatched, Redman matches Em’s pace and then some, going back and forth with his own imaginative bars. “Flash the gat, your town, bogarting, your wallet, your chain the main target,” he menaces. “Beef is like cold engine – don’t start it, bust in the air and hit an airplane pilot.”Respect to Doc and Slim, and let us hope that they once again find their paths crossing on wax. Do you remember this one?Quotable LyricsPopped the trunk and pulled out the shotgun pump
Knock wood, it’s all good; thank God for vodka
Cause wit my luck, I’ll probably get shot by a stalker
Probably got a fanatic waiting upstairs in the attic
With an automatic calling me up there
My man, Stan, with a gat in his hand
Staking my house out in a tan, tinted sedan
Pull your mouth out till you can’t finish a damn
Ham sandwich, or your can spinach and Spam- Slim
Kehlani & 6LACK Unite For Smooth, Reflective “RPG”
Kehlani & 6LACK level up accordingly.
Kehlani‘s upcoming While We Wait mixtape is set to arrive shortly. Now, the singer has come through with a new single, “RPG,” featuring the perpetually laid-back 6LACK. Taking to lovely, yet slightly melancholic production, Kehlani sets it off over a descending piano progression. Putting her relationship under the microscope, Kehlani sits her partner in the hot seat, proceeding to lay it all on the table. “You told me I’m beautiful,” she sings. “Cause I told you you don’t tell me enough.”The song itself seems to draw from the “Role-Playing-Game” mythos, with Kehlani employing several references to gaming culture in her lyrics. “But you can pick a player just so I can get my way, and I think you do this ’cause you realize I won’t wait,” she sings. “Don’t you think that we’re too old to play your game?” 6LACK follows suit, lamenting how he’s been “been working with a lag, a fucked up past.” As any gamer knows, lag is a scourge upon the ideal experience.Quotable LyricsDon’t you think that we’re too old to play your game?
And we ain’t go through all of this to stay the same
But you can pick a player just so I can get my way
And I think you do this ’cause you realize I won’t wait
I see right through every look in your eyes
I hear right through every fairytale lie
Won’t say a word, but the stories you write- Kehlani
Busta Rhymes Hops On Davido’s “Fall’ Remix With Prayah
Busta Rhymes joins the Afrobeats wave on the grandest scale.
One year after the fact, and 112 million streams later, Davido’s “Fall” has been re-released as a remix, and not through his own admission. Nope, that honor belongs to a legendary Brooklyn rapper with a predilection towards dialect.Busta Rhymes had been quite active on social media building hyping up the “Fall” remix, which includes himself, alongside Davido and his artist Prayah, signed to his DMW imprint under Sony Music. The label is also home to rising Afrobeats stars like Dremo and Mayorkun, who put pen to paper well before Prayah was thrust into his current push up the ranks.News of the Busta Rhymes-assisted “Fall” remix is a welcome break to fans who’ve been enduring the long wait for his Dr. Dre-produced LP, which is apparently nearing completion, and wholly-produced by the one Dr. Dre. The “Fall” remix was submitted to Prayah’s YouTube channel in the beginning stages of his deployment.Davido is fast becoming a household in America, in the most serendipitous circumstances. His father, a wealthy Nigerian business magnate, had Davido his spend the summers of his childhood in Atlanta, where the Afrobeats star was indeed born, before settling back in his native country.Quotable Lyrics:Money fall on you
Banana fall on you
Prada fall on you oh
‘Cause, I’m in love with you.- Davido
Eric Bellinger Taps Chris Brown & OG Parker For “Type A Way”
Eric Bellinger and Chris Brown achieve peak “wingman” status.
On “Type A Way,” Eric Bellinger makes his intentions clear from the jump. Speaking to a potential love interest, Bellinger vows to “turn her to a fiend,” “make her scream,” and “call him zaddy.” Coming on strong is an understatement, but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Showcasing a strong sense of vocal control as he weaves into falsetto, Bellinger sets the tone for his upcoming opus Rebirth 2, not to be confused with Lil Wayne‘s bizzare, yet oddly trendsetting foray into “rock music.”Chris Brown comes through for the second verse, holding with down with his signature sense of confident swagger. For a man as prolific as Breezy, he somehow manages to keep the quality relatively consistent. His effort here is no exception. “She gon’ make it disappear with the lights on, know my batting average, lay down on my mattress,” sings Brown. “I’m a pro, don’t need the practice.” All the while, OG Parker showcases his versatility, holding it down with a crisp, pop-friendly backdrop.Lookout for Rebirth 2, set to arrive tomorrow.Quotable LyricsTurn you to a fiend
Yeah, fresh, ride in
Make you scream, uh
Make you call me zaddy
Come, uh, over to the floor
Give you rounds, make you want more
Drop it, make it wobble
Lil Wayne & Lil Pump Bring The Bounce On “Be Like Me”
Lil Pump & Lil Wayne never asked to be role models.
It’s a veritable “Lil” fest on the latest Harverd Dropout single. Lil Pump and Lil Wayne may be separated by a vast stylistic canyon, but somehow, fate has brought them together. “Be Like Me” finds them taking to a bouncy instrumental, minimalist in its arrangement but ultimately prime to be destroyed by any capable emcee. As it happens, Pump offers up an admirable effort, though he admittedly hits cruise control for the most part. “Everybody want to be like Ye, And everybody wanna be like Ye, everybody wanna go and smash Kim K,” he raps. “You can talk shit about me everyday, but I’m still rich at the end of the day.”Luckily, Wayne wastes little time in setting the course, galvanizing the track with an impressive verse. “You followin’ my lead, my chopper isn’t clean, and Lil Pump, he got the pump, I got the M-16,” spits Wayne. “My pockets stuffy, they gon’ need some antihistamine, n***s always bit the steez, the bitches never bit the D.” At the very least, Wayne’s flow constructs are dynamic, and while it doesn’t take much to steal the spotlight from Pump, the effort remains appreciated nevertheless.Keep an eye out for Harverd Dropout, arriving tomorrow. The project features Offset, Lil Wayne, Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert, and more.Quotable LyricsYou followin’ my lead, my chopper isn’t clean,
And Lil Pump, he got the pump, I got the M-16
My pockets stuffy, they gon’ need some antihistamine
N***s always bit the steez, the bitches never bit the D
Quavo & Offset Link Up For “On Fleek”
Listen to Quavo & Offset’s new collab “On Fleek.”
Although it encountered a couple setbacks & delays, Offset’s highly anticipated solo debut, Father of 4, finally arrived yesterday. Produced by mostly Metro Boomin & Southside, the 16-track project contains a star-studded cast of features including J. Cole, Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Quavo, Gunna, Cardi B, and more. Looking to highlight one of the early standouts for y’all, here goes the popular song “On Fleek” with fellow Migos frontman Quavo.
Co-produced by Zaytoven, Doughboy, & Metro Boomin, take a listen to the Migos-collab (sans Takeoff) and let us know what you think. Stream Father of 4right here if you haven’t done so already.
Get in there, I’m about to die (get in there)
She lovin’ how a young nigga vibe (vibe)
Migo gang we the top five (top five)
All these surfers tryna ride (surfers)
Big boy money in the vault (big boy)
Look at this honey I bought (bought)
Hit it from the back, say aww (say aww)
Hit it in the back of my loft (my loft)
Gunna & Playboi Carti Flash The Patty Wrist On “Same Yung N*gga”
Playboi Carti returns the favor on Gunna’s latest “Drip of Drown” project.
Gunna and Playboi Carti quietly delivered a sneakily good record on Die Lit, to very little fanfare. “No Time” was just the type of record to go unpronounced by the fleeting rap connoisseur – props to anyone who remarked upon their first outing on Drip Season 2, before the Gunna’s luxuriate benchmark was put in place – an era in which Carti was still finding his footing in absurdist territory.When Gunna and Carti intermingle, the notion of musical authorship gets tossed out the window. They both bring their own stylistic underpinnings to the table, even though at times, Carti is hard to defend in a Binary World. Sadly enough, disguised experimentation like Carti’s personally-affect style, takes years to build as a whole.On “Same Yung N*gga” the focus is simple: Gunna plays the cheeky bugger who hides room key in an impossibly remote location, while Carti assures himself $50,000 on the back end, just in case it snows. In my own estimation, Gunna’s Drip or Drown 2 is as polished a project as he’s ever put out, except for maybe Drip Season 3, if my vote were soaked in nostalgia.Quotable Lyrics:My Balmain busted and my jeans Amiri
Won’t touch you once but still can make you feel me
He feel hot but then walk right in a D&G
Got three condos, I still won’t give my b*tch a key.- Gunna
Offset & Cardi B Give “Clout” Chasing A Bad Rap On “Father Of 4”
Offset and Cardi B fend off the Celina Powell’s of the World on “Clout.”
While his children all receive equal billing on the cover, Offset saves the nuptial dance for his lawfully wedded wife. On “Clout,” the 12th track on an album highly-apologetic in tone, Offset allows wife Cardi B a certain degree of “owner privileges,” for as long as it takes for him to even the score. An ever-so boisterous Cardi B challenges the devil-worshippers in the crowd to keep using her name in vain because, in the end, it’ll only deepen her pockets.On the other side of things, Offset makes “Clout” his very own confessional booth, albeit without conjuring any incriminating evidence from the past. When he raps, “Shorty DM me, I’m straight,” you get a sense he is A) repeating a self-emanating mantra B) remains unconvinced in his better judgment, and C) knows full well Cardi B is breathing down his neck. To his credit, Offset is in a good position to usurp his fellow Migos‘ members, as the group’s preeminent soloist, all the while pronouncing his “philandering ways” dead in the water.Quotable Lyrics:Bitches is Brandy, they wanna be down
Soon as these bitches got something to sell
They say my name, say my name, Destiny Child
Everybody wanna be lit, everybody wanna be rich
Everybody wanna be this, if I was you, I’d hate me bitch
Read my rhymes, n***a, suck my dick.- Cardi B
ELHAE & Big K.R.I.T. Give Thanks On “Sanctuary”
ELAHE & K.R.I.T. thank God for the woman.
This weekend marked the arrival of singer ELHAE’s Trouble In Paradise album, a proper update on ELHAE’s musical whereabouts as the Atlanta crooner once more leans in on his mastered topic of love through the span of thirteen tracks.With the release comes a visual accompaniment to project select “Sanctuary,” a rich track that finds a guest appearance in southern emcee Big K.R.I.T. as the two men trade off on their praises of the “greatest gift to mankind”: the woman.”Getting K.R.I.T. was a no-brainer for me. I’ve been a fan for so long,” ELHAE tells Complex of the collab. “It was really special for me to be able to work with him. We had a lot of fun shooting the video too, laughing in between takes, trying not to get attacked by bugs’n shit. I love this record and I hope my fans appreciate it as well.”Quotable LyricsLet the church say “Amen”
Every time that you walk in
Lord knows I need saving
Yeah, whenever you do it like that
Offset Asks CeeLo Green For Deliverance On “North Star”
CeeLo Green helps Offset finds his way on the righteous path.
Offset added a layer of depth to the expressions like “lane switch” and “autopilot” after he survived a scary car accident with his life in his hands in 2018. Offset’s vocabulary now a differentiated level of gratitude, normally associate with MaMa Dukes. On his solo debut, Offset explores a genesis of ideas, which point to an insurrectionist moment taking place right before he got around to figuring out the song lyrics, and the enveloping idea of the whole project. Why else squander such a symbolically important first chance at the altar? I am most certainly referring to his prospects as a solo artist, not the cards he’s been dealt.Similar in nature to the choice he made in recruiting Big Rube on the album’s intro, CeeLo Green’s contributions to “North Star” help the insurgent rapper set an apologetic tone, once again. When CeeLo Green sings of the North Star for its intended purpose as a guiding light, it’s made all the more conceivable. Who better to deliver a hoarse but melodic singing voice, within the state of Georgia. I think you know the answer.Quotable Lyrics:I’m beginning to question what I believe
It’s so lonely in the light, it’s lonely, I repeat
But I cannot cry
And I’m acting like I cannot die
But I’ve gotta burn brighter
To be the North Star.- CeeLo Green
Soulja Boy Drops A New Tyga Diss Over Blueface’s “Thotiana”
Soulja Boy responds to Tyga with a “Thotiana” freestyle of his own.
Grab the popcorn, it doesn’t look like Soulja Boy & Tyga are quite done with each other yet. After Soulja laughed at Tyga for getting kicked out of Floyd Mayweather’s party Saturday night, T-Rawww decided to get at Soulja on wax, and hit him with a “Thotiana” freestyle Monday morning, rapping, “Seven million records, nine months, where Soulja at?/ I can make the same song, Bitches still play that/ Running around saying that you made me, why you say that?”
Well fast forward some hours later, and Soulja Boy has a response for Tyga, where he mentions sleeping with his baby mama (Blac Chyna) with their child in the next room. “Niggas don’t want drama/ Word around town, I f*cked his baby mama/ Yeah, ka-boom/ With your son in the other room,” Soulja raps.
Take a listen Big Drako’s freestyle and let us know what you think. Which rapper has the upper hand?
First off, who’s Tyga?
Big Drako, everybody now I’m on fire
Say you had the biggest comeback you a liar
Yeah bad bitch thick thighs like Malia
Smoke DZA is back with his 2nd EP in a month’s time.
Smoke DZA is back in the mix with another EP-sized gift to his fans. Prime Location, Vol. 1 comes to us with the East Coast watermark synonymous with his jive-talking style – which in turn invokes feelings of “Black Nostaljack” to quote the iconic Camp Lo record.
Just as the vocal sample on “Harsh Reality” kicks into high gear, an unnamed narrator takes to the podium, preaching the powers of the pelvic floor, I kid you not. “Legend Has It,” the second of three songs on the EP, transitions from a Pimper’s paradise scenario to a less glamorous poke-hole, demonstrating Smoke DZA’s award-winning stovetop technique. “Luck of Draw” closes things off in a less impeachable position.
Prime Location, Vol. 1 is produced in its entirety by CThaSound with contributions from Benny the Butcher and Wallo. Give’er a listen, and do share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Prime Location, Vol. 1
1. Harsh Reality ft. Wallo 2. Legend Has It 3. Luck of Draw ft. Benny the Butcher
Lisa VanAllen reacts to the new R. Kelly sex tapes that emerged.
R. Kelly is looking at some serious time if he’s convicted for the sex crimes he’s been accused of. Over the past week or so, there’s been more evidence that came out that seems to prove Kelly’s guilt. One of his alleged survivors, Lisa VanAllen, spoke to TMZ and revealed that the details that have emerged about the new sex tapes sound all too familiar.
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The details that Avenatti brought forth revealed that Kelly allegedly coached the teens he was having sex with during intercourse, choking her and calling her out by name.
“What [Michael Avenatti] stated thus far and what I know, it’s very familiar to me, what he’s talking about. I feel like they have a strong case,” she said.
VanAllen was one of the two young women who were in the original R. Kelly sex tape that resulted in the 2008 trial that he was acquitted in. She also backed up Avenatti’s claims that Kelly and his team had intimidated witnesses during the 2008 trial.
“There was a lot of intimidation,” she said. “I think he was acquitted — not because he was innocent because they clearly said that was him on the tape — but they also said that they were unable to prove beyond reasonable doubt that that was a 14-year-old.”
VanAllen is currently readying the release of her new book, Surviving The Pied Piper which details her time with Kelly including a run-in with Foxy Brown.
Soulja Boy‘s made a great case over the past two months as to why he’s one of the greatest to ever do it. The rapper pulled out receipts proving that he’s influenced pretty much every major rapper in the game right now, even going as far to say that he’s the reason why Kanye’s ego is as large as it is today. However, the rapper’s claim seemed empty to many until other artists came out to vouch for him. Now, T-Pain has come through to back-up the claim that Soulja Boy is the GOAT of the rap game.
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Speaking on Big Boy’s neighborhood, T-Pain made a bold claim that’s bound to upset a few hip-hop purists by putting Soulja Boy at the top of the ranks. T-Pain, who remixed Young Drako’s “Speakers Going hammer” remix, claimed that Soulja Boy was one of the greatest to ever do it but he feels the rapper needs to solidify this with some new music.
“Soulja Boy is the greatest artist of all time,” he said. “All I want for Soulja Boy is for all what he’s doing — and everything that he’s doing — is to come with some music to back it up.”
Pain’s feelings about the SouljaConsole wasn’t on par with his feelings towards Soulja’s music. However, Soulja Boy seemed to overlook that. He reposted the clip to Instagram with the caption, “Y’all heard the man.”
Anderson Paak is ponying up another swan song in Ventura County.
Anderson .Paak just announced the progenitive project to 2018’s Oxnard, titled Ventura, the third solo project in succession to honor a unique setting to play an immersive role in his musical upbringing. Not only that, the project is dropping sooner than later (April 12) along with plans to promote the album on the road – alongside Earl Sweatshirt, Noname, Thundercat, Mac Demarco, and Jessie Reyez, given the ordinance of time and place.View image on Twitter
“Growing up in Oxnard gave me the grit and the church to find this voice of mine. One town over I went further and found my depth,” Paak told Complex with regards to his inspiration on the project. “The duality of each place inspired me greatly and from that I made two albums at the exact same time but held one back because that would have been too many songs to perform live for you all! I like ending things on an even number so welcome to Ventura.”
The full tour schedule is included in the above thumbnail. Paak didn’t provide the press with any other details concerning Ventura or its accompanying tour. He did, however, allude to Dr. Dre‘s “heavy involvement” in the production phase. The tour kicks off on May 17 in Nashville, coming to a close a month later in San Francisco – stay tuned.
The Las Vegas strip will be consumed by lovers of Skrillex, Travis Scott, and J Balvin in the month of April.
The Palms Casino Resort is planning quite the extravaganza for the opening weekend of its brand new KAOS venture. The hotel conglomerate described its KAOS club as the apex experience for lovers of the high stakes club-goers. To be precise they called it “a spectacular new entertainment experience consisting of a fully integrated 73,000 square foot dayclub and 29,000 square foot nightclub, which will completely redefine the daylife and nightlife experience in Las Vegas,” in a written statement issued to the press.
The notion of a “dayclub” or “daylife” might seem farfetched to the average consumer, but Las Vegas is, after all, 100% strewn together in that capacity: nonstop stimulation. In Las Vegas, business propositions need to be fun and profitable, in order to gain sustenance. A majority of Las Vegas residents are either loan sharks, concert promoters, or hospitality experts, which is why KAOS has gone to great lengths to incorporate every strata of Sinfulness in their day-to-night operations.
To mark KAOS’ unveiling on the weekend of April 5-7, The Palms Casino Resort has arranged for a medley of performing acts to help inaugurate the venue, as it lumbers towards the many A-list residencies it aims to accommodate in not-so-distant future. This is how the itinerary is shaping up thus far, barring the inclusion of “special guest performances” on April 7th, which haven’t been announced.
Ariana Grande is set to headline Manchester’s Pride Festival.
Ariana Grande was accused of cultural appropriation twice in the past two months. Once, for ripping off Soulja Boy, 2 Chainz and Princess Nokia with “7 Rings.” She was later accused, again, of cultural appropriation when she got a tattoo that was supposed to read “7 Rings” in Japanese but actually translated to “small charcoal grill.” After it was announced that she would be headlining Manchester’s Pride Festival, she faced backlash for from several people who claimed that she was expecting the LGBTQ community but she insists that’s not the case.
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Ariana Grande went straight to her iPhone Notes to offer an explanation to her fans after someone tweeted, “idk …. ariana headlining pride when she’s straight (as far as we’re all aware) …. and doubling the price of tickets …. kinda smells like exploitation of the lgbt community to me.” The user later clarified that she wasn’t blaming Ariana and understood the singer’s connection to the city.
“hi my love.i have nothing to do with ticket pricing — manchester pride sets those rates, and they’re mostly out of my control,” she explained. “the lgbtq community has been so special to me and supportive throughout my entire career. the relationships i have with my lgbtq fans, friends, and family make me so so happy.”
She added, “and also i wanna visit a city that means so much to me. lgbtq representation is incredibly important, and i’m always proud to share the stage with lgbtq artists… i’m not claiming to be the hero of the community or the face of the lgbtq rights movement — i just wanna put on a show that makes my lgbtq fans feel special and celebrated and supported.”
It’s the year to make a Michael Jackson documentary, apparently.
With HBO’s controversial Leaving Neverland set to arrive at the beginning of March, it’s no surprise that other heavyweight networks have taken notice. BBC, the British broadcaster responsible for many acclaimed series, has officially unveiled their own upcoming Michael Jackson documentary. The running title, Michael Jackson: The Rise and Fall, seems to suggest a more introspective and historical take than HBO’s own, which centers around the testimony of two alleged abuse survivors. BBC’s film will draw from the findings of “Jackson expert” Jacques Peretti, and will arrive later this year.
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A report from Variety indicates that The Rise And Fall will center around MJ’s Jackson 5 days, subsequent solo career, Neverland Ranch escapism and “This Is It” tour. It’s unlikely that HBO’s own documentary will spill over into this one, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see some of the darker content covered in BBC’s film; it does, after all, cover the “Fall.” Still, Jacques Peretti’s title as an MJ expert isn’t for nothing. The man has a wealth of experience, having already created three prior MJ documentaries: Michael Jackson: What Really Happened, Michael Jackson’s Last Days: What Really Happened, and Michael Jackson’s Secret Hollywood.
The doc will premiere on the BBC later on this year. Clearly, there’s something to be said about this renewed interest in the King Of Pop, which has found his name in all manner of headlines. Questions of legacy remain complex, and it’s likely the debate will rage on until the cows come home. Either way, we’ll have plenty of content to peruse in the interim.
In the wake of his illustrious tear through hip-hop, it’s time to analyze which J. Cole feature is the best.
Following the release of 2017’s All Amerikkkan Bada$$, Joey Bada$$ claimed that he’d secured the last of J. Cole’s coveted guest verses. After popping up on “Legendary,” the New York MC told Ebro that those bars were Cole’s last non-canonical appearance:
“Cole already told me has was getting me my verse. And literally, he told me like ‘yo, Joe you are the only person I got on my feature list. I ain’t doing no more features.'”
Known for working in self-imposed isolation, it seemed plausible that Joey’s claims were verified fact. Come 2018, it became clear that the Dreamville figurehead had recalibrated his stance. In the months that followed, Cole went on a prolific run that made each impromptu verse into a cultural event. Deemed a headline in itself, this spree of hook-ups carried the power to supersede the primary artist but paid off in dividends with cherished mainstream publicity. In fact, the trade-off between newsworthiness and the potential to be overshadowed– or “renegaded”— by Cole was noted during his contemplative verse on 21 Savage’s “A Lot”:
“Ok, no problem, I’ll show up on everyone album, you know what the outcome will be. I’m batting a thousand it’s got to the point where these rappers don’t even like rapping with me.”
Through careful mediation, his decision to keep his appearances sporadic meant that they retained a sense of occasion that most features severely lack. Now that he’s earmarked Revenge Of The Dreamers III for an April release, the curtain is being drawn on this illustrious tear through the hip-hop landscape. By way of a crescendo, Cole commandeered the headlines once again with a spot on Offset’sFather of 4. Just like the polarising album itself, Cole’s contribution to “How Did I Get Here?” sparked debate about whether or not it was up to his lofty standard.
Derided by some as “the worst” of the bunch, it gives way to a discussion about the cream of the crop from his recent guest verses. Split between likeminded peers and rappers that fly in the face of his lyrically-inclined sensibilities, one of the most riveting attributes of Cole’s whistle-stop tour through hip-hop was the varied array of MCs that he interacted with. By disregarding any generational or artistic constraints, his recent campaign can be divided into three distinct categories– The Outreach Program, The Meeting Of The Minds and The In-House. By pinpointing the highpoint from each category, the seemingly insurmountable task of choosing his finest feature becomes less daunting.
Without further adieu…
The Meeting Of The Minds
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Prior to picking up the mic, J. Cole was an avid student of the game. Once inspired by the MCs that adorned his childhood bedroom’s walls, it’s clear that Cole still extracts as much joy from the artform as he did in his formative years. Perched atop the industry, this lifelong love affair now manifests in teaming up with contemporaries that capture his imagination. Whether it’s fellow top-tier lyricists or artists on the intersection between hip-hop and R&B, this whirlwind of features was filled with labours of love. Split between criminally overlooked link-ups and acclaimed appearances, these features allowed Cole to flex his creative muscles and display the full scope of his versatility.
Sparked off in emphatic fashion on Royce Da 5”9’s “Boblo Boat,” his appearances on Anderson .Paak’s “Trippy,” Rapsody’s “Sojourner”and Wale’strunk-knocking “My Boy” saw him seamlessly veer between painstakingly honest to braggadocious dependent on what the track required. Blessed with his chameleonic ability to ride the beat and intercept the headspace of its primary artist, this became very apparent on 6lack’s Grammy-nominated “Pretty Little Fears.”Dubbed a “personal verse” by the East Atlanta singer/rapper, Cole employed a melodic flow and the full extent of his poetic range to salute the love of his life for weathering the storm alongside him.
With that said, none of these artistic forays brought the fire out of Cole quite like Jay Rock’s “OSOM.” In contention for Redemption’s finest track, his alliance with Jay Rock brought a venomous grit out of him that is often overlooked in favour of his astute pearls of wisdom. Over a foreboding beat from Pops & Crooklin, Cole joins Jay Rock in exorcizing the demons of the past by letting suicidal thoughts, drug-induced sedation and enemies disguised as allies bubble to the surface. Reminiscent of Pac and Biggie at their most poignant, its unflinching realness and combative delivery feels like a retort to everyone that’s ever mislabelled him as boring. In the words of Jay Rock himself, “He put the real in his verse. I put the real in mine.”
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“Dreamville stacked like the Warriors”, proclaimed J. Cole on “Album Of The Year Freestyle” and it’s a line that’s felt prophetic ever since. Over the course of 2018, his proteges helped make the label into a veritable force to be reckoned with. Despite their own considerable merits, it’d be disingenuous to act as if his features didn’t help to draw the uninitiated towards their projects. Armed with their own idiosyncratic traits, the Dreamville roster is one of the most diverse in modern hip-hop and 2018’s release slate gave Cole a chance to take his adaptability to new heights. On Milky Way’s breakout track “Tribe,” he immersed himself in Bas’ multiculturalist production to turn in a joyful verse over wistful Spanish guitar. For all that he was preaching to the congregation, Cozz’ impeccable lyricism led Cole to bring his A-game to “Zendaya” whilst the ‘Ville’s resident songstress Ari Lennox led him to embrace the sensuality of R&B on “Shea Butter Baby.”
No matter how riveting these collabs/co-signs were, none carried the sheer magnitude of his rendezvous with the heir to his throne. Unveiled just weeks before Dicaprio 2,J.I.D and J. Cole’s “Off Deez” transcended the average feature and became a watershed moment in Dreamville history. Whilst J.I.D’s supporters have been extremely vocal, this hypnotic CHASETHEMONEY joint was all it took for him to go from errantly slept-on to toast of the genre. Centered around lyrical barrages that pitted their penmanship against everyone else, it’s a track that legitimized his student in the eyes of the unacquainted and became a genuine passing of the torch moment as Cole declared “J.I D the closest thing to me.” A testament to their prowess and skill, “Off Deez” strikes the perfect alchemy between style and substance, serving as a pre-emptive victory lap for the album that was waiting in the wings.
The Outreach Program
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As expressed throughout “Middle Child”, Cole counts the preservation and prosperity of hip-hop among his list of obligations. Positioned as an adjudicator between its past, present and future, Cole practiced what he preached by extending his services to artists that he could’ve viewed as adversaries. Born of divergent schools of thought, the concept of Cole trading bars with MoneybaggYo on “Say Na”, 21 Savage’s “a lot,” orOffset’s “How Did I Get Here,” would’ve seemed jarring on paper but benefited from his decision to treat each verse as an olive branch. An ambassador for lyricism, Cole’s dalliances with the new school allowed him to test his mettle against the trap-based beats and ad-lib laden cadences that have garnered a stronghold in the mainstream. By placing an oar into their world, Cole not only broadens his horizons but drags the more curmudgeonly sections of his audience into areas of the hip-hop galaxy that they’d likely cordoned off.
Crafted from sheer happenstance, Moneybagg Yo’s description of how Cole’s verse on “Say Na” came to be demonstrates his desire to break down barriers: “[Cole] was like, ‘This a good song, they gon’ rock with it,’ but that ain’t what I’m looking for. I want to come to your world.’ So I got the trap J. Cole.” Although this Resetstandout felt like more of a comfortable fit than his Offset hook-up, it was a little scant to have any true replay value and lacked the insight or lateral thinking that makes a Cole verse so captivating. Conversely, these are all attributes that his spur-of-the-moment appearance on 21 Savage’s “a lot” possessed, and then some. From debunking rappers “faking they streams” to his GOAT aspirations and the heavy price that fame exacted from Tekashi 6ix9ine, Cole’s bars pack a punch without ever raising the tempo above 21’s glacially paced flow. Teamed with the new lease of life that it underwent after 21’s incarceration, it’s the only logical choice from this category.
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At this profitable stage in his career, Cole could’ve languished in his comfort zone and let complacency take hold. Instead, he refused to fester after KOD’scompletion and expanded his catalogue in fascinating ways. In this respect, it is hip-hop fans that ultimately won out over any individual guest spot. All things considered, it’d be a disservice to award top billing to anything other than “Off Deez.” Granted, “a lot” and “OSOM” will live long in the memory and are a shoo-in for any “essentials” playlist but Cole and Dreamville’s hotly-tipped MC trading scattershot rhymes will be fondly remembered as the moment that a new star came to the fore. Above all else, the cultural significance of this guest verse clinched the top-spot and it’s sure to only grow in acclaim as the years roll on.
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Tyga is back in the news for allegedly neglecting to pay for his luxurious habits.
TMZ has learned that Tyga is being sued by a rental company over allegedly neglecting to pay for a pair of luxury vehicles, to the tune of $128,000 in damages. Midway Rent-A-Car filed claims in which they’ve accused Tyga of neglect over a 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider and a 2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost back that were both rented in 2016. Midway contends that Tyga was a cordial customer like any other until the payments stopped coming in, all in the final months of their contractual agreement.
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Midway claims Tyga stopped responding to their notices, so they were forced to repo both vehicles, ahead of schedule. According to the documents obtained by TMZ, Tyga owes $44,000 on the sportier 458 Spider, and another $84,000 on the Ghosty. This isn’t the first time the LA rapper finds himself quibbling over disputed transactions.
Last weekend, Tyga was apprehended by a number of individuals who once loaned him a Maybach. As you may have heard, the confrontation ended with Tyga getting yanked from the club, at which point he inadmissibly pulled a hammer out to settle the dispute, once and for all. The ill-fated confrontation would later incite another round of ridicule from Soulja Boy, who has since promised to deliver a scathing diss record with Tyga as its subject. TMZ contacted Tyga, in the hopes of clearing up his side of the Ferrari-Ghosty predicament, to no avail.
Drake’s illustrious 2018 gains the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s approval.
According to the IFPI, the organization that oversees Global sales data in the music industry, Drake was the runaway “Best Selling Artist” relative to Worldwide outreach. What differentiates the IFPI designation from Drake’s other marked achievements in 2018, is the inclusion of the many listening platforms that are completely alien to North American consumers.
Drake has his knack for marketing to thank for the viral success of “God’s Plan” which engendered a social movement centered around “positive altruism,” while the release of “In My Feelings” was aided by the accompanying dance craze promulgated by Shiggy. Even the issuance of the “Nice For What” music video raised a timely social issue: that of female empowerment, enacted by a host of leading women.
At a standstill, the social embeddedness of each song made Scorpion all the more accessible to people on generalist terms. Before long, cattle ranchers in SouthEast Asia were taking part in the many crazes associated with the project, because in a sense: the science of FOMO knows no bounds. Drake clued in at a critical juncture of social evolution. Through deduction, Drake weighed the viral impact of each release before it hit the ground, like a ballplayer calling swish from their preferred sweet spot on the court.
De La Soul are legends in the game. Their vast discography spans across nine studio albums, released between 1989 and 2016. Unfortunately, the majority of their catalog did not fare well in the jump to the “Streaming Era.” As of this writing, only 2016’s and the Anonymous Nobody… and 2004’s The Grind Date are available on all major streaming services. Luckily for fans, it would appear that change is underway. Posdnuos, Dave and DJ Maseo recently confirmed that their entire discography will be arriving on streaming platforms, though the victory is somewhat of a pyrrhic one. View image on Twitter
Sadly, the legendary trio will not be seeing the majority of the royalties. Citing a lack of negotiation decorum, their label Tommy Boy seems to be content with withholding the lion’s share. As it shakes out, De La will be rewarded with ten percent of all total royalties. “Uh oh,” they write, in a foreboding statement. De La Soul hit Sway In The Morning to clear the air about the process, revealing some of the hurdles they had to face.
“We’re completely missing a significant part of this digital era because of all the infractions that exist with the back catalog,” explains Maseo. “Now fast forward to 2019, Tommy Boy has been able to acquire the catalog back [from Warner Bros], but there’s still some infractions around the catalog for the release, things that we’re sure that still aren’t cleared that might have more potential issues now dealing with the new medium. Also, for what’s on the table for De La is unfavorable.”
In this day and age, the idea that music industry higher-ups can still brazenly lord over the artists they depend on is abhorrent. Hopefully, De La Soul can find themselves in a more favorable situation. Keep your heads up, boys.
Michael Avenatti believes R. Kelly’s enablers could be targeted by prosecutors.
R. Kelly‘s inner circle could be subject to criminal liability for their roles in allegedly aiding the singer in allegedly sexually abusing underage girls. Prosecutors believe R. Kelly’s used his inner circle to help lure in underage girls. They allege that he met a 16-year-old girl who was celebrating her birthday at a restaurant, his manager was the one who her a business card with the singer’s number on it, telling her that Kelly wanted her to call him. Prosecutors claim Kells sexually abused the girl once a month for a year after she got the singer’s number from her mom’s purse.
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Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for two of the alleged victims, said that over 10 associates of R. Kelly could be exposed to criminal liability for being staying silent or helping Kelly in his alleged sex crimes. Avenatti said that Kelly was dependent on the people on his team to help him target underage girls, lure them, and pay them, off to keep him quiet for years.
“[R. Kelly] could not have accomplished this for 28 years without the assistance of others who looked the other way because they didn’t want the R. Kelly gravy train to end,” he said.
Avenatti said that he expects Kelly’s insiders to turn on him if prosecutors for after them. “His handlers and enablers are going to look to save their own butts as opposed to R. Kelly,” he said.
This is the 13th album of Jigga released in June 2017. Some of the songs accompany us in 2018, a very real album Unlike his latest albums, The Story Of OJ talks about the industry that has changed and so does Smile in cooperation with the poet and mother Gloria Carter. Smile and he accepts her as she is.
Family Feud reveals the truth about his betrayal of someone else and how it affects his relationship with Beyonce, who are currently in a state of peace between them, an excellent production by DJ Guru.
In Legacy Jay Jay talks about his legacy he is going to bequeath in the future in the background you can hear a very accurate simulation of Someday We’ll All Free by the singer Donny Hattaway.
In general, this album is one of the albums that I love both in terms of lyrics and realism, as well as the whole album that make it, in my opinion, masterpiece alongside his debut album at the time: Reasonable Doubt.
זהו האלבום ה13 במספר של Jigga שיצא ביוני 2017 חלק מהשירים מלווים אותנו גם ב2018 , אלבום מאוד אמיתי להבדיל מהאלבומים האחרונים שלו , The Story Of O.J מדבר על התעשייה שהשתנתה וכך גם הוא , בשיר Smile בשיתוף פעולה עם המשוררת ואמו Gloria Carter בו מספר שבחיים תמיד צריך לחייך והוא מקבל אותה כמו שהיא .
בשיר Family Feud נחשפת האמת אודות הבגידה שלו עם מישהי אחרת ואיך זה משפיע על מערכת היחסים שלו עם ביונסה שכרגע הם נמצאים במצב של שלום בית ביניהם, הפקה מעולה של DJ Guru.
בשיר Legacy ג’יי זי מדבר על המורשת שלו שהוא הולך להוריש בעתיד ברקע ניתן לשמוע סימפול מאוד מדוייק של Someday We’ll All Be Free של זמר האראנדבי\סול Donny Hattaway .
בגדול האלבום הזה הוא אחד האלבומים שאני אוהב גם מבחינת הליריקה והאמיתיות שבו וגם סימפולים לאורך כל האלבום שעושים אותו לדעתי מאסטרפיס לצד אלבום הבכורה שלו דאז : Reasonable Doubt .
Tracklisting – רשימת שירים
1.Kill Jay Z
2.The Story of O.J.
3.Smile (Ft. Gloria Carter)
4.Caught Their Eyes (Ft. Frank Ocean)
6.Family Feud (Ft. Beyoncé)
7. Bam (Ft. Damian Marley)
12.Blue’s Freestyle/We Family (Ft. Blue Ivy Carter)
A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here…. Thank You 4 Your Service
The album itself is the latest album of ATCQ that actually talks about America during the election campaign of Donald Trump until the moment of his election as president of the United States. This album is also a farewell album from one of the legendary members of the band, Malik Taylor aka Phife Dawg, who died last year of diabetes. During the peak period of success of the composition.
This album also features Consequnce, the fifth member and fourth member who left after the first album and returned especially to this album and the last tour, Jarobi White.
The album itself is divided into two parts and includes collaborations with artists such as Elton John, Jack White (of White Stripes), Busta Rhymes, Marsha Ambrosious and many other good artists including a winning combination with Anderson.Paak.
For me, one of their best albums was their classic albums.
האלבום עצמו הוא האלבום האחרון של ATCQ שבעצם מדבר על אמריקה בתקופת הבחירות של דונלד טראמפ עד לרגע בחירתו לנשיא ארה”ב , האלבום הזה הינו גם אלבום פרידה מאחד מחברי ההרכב האגדי , Malik Taylor aka Phife Dawg שנפטר בשנה האחרונה ממחלת הסכרת שבה היה חולה מאמצע שנות ה90 בתקופת שיא ההצלחה של ההרכב.
באלבום הזה מתארח גם Consequnce החבר החמישי והחבר הרביעי שעזב אחרי האלבום הראשון וחזר במיוחד לאלבום הזה וסיבוב ההופעות האחרון שהיה , Jarobi White .
האלבום עצמו מחולק לשני חלקים (רשימת שירים מצורפת מטה) ומכיל בתוכו שת”פים עם אמנים כמו Elton John,Jack White (of White Stripes) ,Busta Rhymes ,Marsha Ambrosious ועוד הרבה אמנים טובים כולל שילוב מנצח עם Anderson.Paak .
מבחינתי אחד האלבומים הכי טובים שלהם שהיו כולל האלבומים הקלאסיים שלהם .
The new album, released in November 2017, opens with 2018 and brings with it many interesting combinations and surprising guests.
The first single released by Travelin ‘Light together with Anderson.Paak talks about Cavalli’s return to the game and today’s hip-hop culture “Brooklyn has changed as well as me,” Cavalli traveled around the world and was probably influenced by other genres, the single was produced by Kaytranada, Which adds Anderson.Paak’s own drums including the drums he himself plays in the background, in “All of Us” Cavalli with Jay Electronica and singer Yummy Bingham (De La Soul’s Much More Song) talks about black America and the government’s attitude towards the urban black community in America This year, the song is actually a direct continuation of the last albums of 2016:
Common – Black America Again
A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here….Thank U 4 Ur Service
The One I Love – An R&B song featuring BJ The Chicago Kid that holds the chorus in an amazing way, a simple love song that reminds a lil’ bit in his voice of D’Angelo.
Another interesting combination here is the song “Write at Home” by Jazz\Hip-Hop musican Robert Glasper in a great jazz jukebox with Bilal Oliver (in 2000 for Soul and R & B lovers, who released the single “Soul Sista”), He also collaborated recently with The Roots on “It Ain’t Fair” “From the Motion Picture movie” Detroit “.
From all of his recent albums, this album really brings a very surprising side to Kweli.
האלבום החדש והשמיני במספר יצא בנובמבר 2017 ופותח איתו גם את 2018 ומביא איתו הרבה שילובים מעניינים ואורחים מפתיעים .
הסינגל הראשון שייצא Travelin’ Light ביחד עם Anderson.Paak מדבר על החזרה של קוואלי למשחק ועל תרבות ההיפ הופ של היום “ברוקלין השתנתה וגם אני” , קוואלי הסתובב בעולם וכנראה הושפע מז’אנרים אחרים , הסינגל עצמו הופק ע”י Kaytranada , ביט קלאסי שמוסיף את הוויב של Anderson.Paak כולל התופים שהוא עצמו מנגן ברקע. בשיר “All of Us” קוואלי ביחד עם Jay Electronica והזמרת Yummy Bingham (De La Soul’s Much More Song) מדבר על אמריקה השחורה והיחס של הממשלה כלפי הקהילה השחורה האורבנית באמריקה ולשינוי שיקרה עוד השנה , השיר בעצם מעין המשך ישיר לאלבומים האחרונים של שנת 2016:
Common – Black America Again
A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here….Thank U 4 Ur Service
The One I Love – שיר R&B שבו BJ The Chicago Kid מחזיק פה את הפזמון בצורה מדהימה , שיר אהבה פשוט שקצת מזכיר בקול את D’angelo לדעתי .
שילוב מעניין נוסף שיש פה הוא בשיר Write at Home בוויב ג’אזי מעולה של Robert Glasper בשיתוף עם Bilal Oliver (לאוהבי הסול והאר אנד בי – בשנת 2000 הוציא את הסינגל Soul Sista) שלאחרונה שיתף פעולה עם The Roots בשיר “It Ain’t Fair” מתוך הסרט “Detroit” .
מכלל האלבומים האחרונים , האלבום הזה באמת מביא צד מאוד מפתיע של קוואלי .
Tracklisting – רשימת שירים
1.The Magic Hour 2.Traveling Light (Ft. Anderson .Paak) 3.All of Us (Ft. Jay Electronica & Yummy Bingham) 4.She’s My Hero 5.Chips (Ft. Waka Flocka Flame) 6.Knockturnal 7.Radio Silence (Ft. Amber Coffman & Myka 9) 8.The One I Love (Ft. BJ The Chicago Kid) 9.Heads Up Eyes Open (Ft. Rick Ross & Yummy Bingham) 10.Let It Roll Lyrics 11.Write at Home (Ft. Bilal, Datcha & Robert Glasper)
השמעה לאלבום המלא ברצף : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTCYAdo8epk
CyHi The Prince – No Dope On Sundays
The fourth album by GOOD Music – Getting Out Our Dreams, the Kanye West label with Sony Music, was released on November 10, 2017 and opens 2018 with the collaboration of Pusha T, Kanye West, Estelle and other artists such as ScHoolBoy Q, the legendary R & B lineup Jagged Edge and more.
Nu Africa is one of the first singles to come out with CyHi talking about a newer Africa released rather than with the customs of the past, there is an excellent monologue and verse of Ernestine Johnson.
One of my favorite songs here in the album is God Bless Your Heart, which is a sort of Jazzy beat which sampled Roy Ayers – Searching is in the background.
האלבום הרביעי במספר של חבר G.O.O.D Music – Getting Out Our Dreams , הלייבל של קנייה ווסט בשיתוף עם Sony Music , האלבום יצא ב10 לנובמבר ,2017 וגם פותח את 2018 בשיתוף פעולה של חברי הלייבל : Pusha T , Kanye West,Estelle לצד אמנים אחרים כמו ScHoolBoy Q , הרכב הR&B האגדי Jagged Edge ועוד .
Nu Africa הוא אחד הסינגלים הראשונים שיצאו ובו CyHi מדבר על אפריקה החדשה יותר משוחררת ולא עם מנהגים של פעם , יש כאן מונולוג מעולה וverse של Ernestine Johnson .
אחד השירים האהובים עליי כאן באלבום הוא God Bless Your Heart שהוא מעין ביט ג’אזי מאחר ומסומפל פה השיר של Roy Ayers – Searching ברקע .