Thursday, May 31, 2012
Juvenile choppin' it up with the Breakfast Club expressing his feelings about Cash Money Records and the Hot Boyz crew. I hope to see Juvenile get back on top of things, he really help make Cash Money to the powerhouse it is today.
Common Ground is one of the many groups that go unnoticed by the mainstream audience. But if you ever heard any of their music you'll say "WTF", why haven't I heard of these guys before or these guys should be on the radio or TV. People just don't realize a little over 90% of the industry is made up of Underground artist. Most artist that sign with a major label never get released or if they do release a CD the sells are so poor they get dropped. TRUTH...
Justin Combs worked hard in high school to improve his football game and earn a 3.75 GPA . He recently received a $54,000 merit-based scholarship to UCLA, where he'll play football. In April, Forbes named Justin Combs' dad, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, the wealthiest artist in hip- hop. Some say the family should return Justin's scholarship, arguing that Combs should pay for his son's education and taxpayer money should go to students with greater financial need. Other say Justin Combs earned the scholarship through his grades and athletic ability, and deserves to keep it. I'm on the fence with this one but I do think ultimately Diddy should donate the money to a worthy cause. It's just the right thing to do.
Cortez stos by the ForbezDVD Live Show and speaks on various topics. Pretty much everything Cortez is talking about is true, "The Industry" stereotype rappers. After Kanye West released his first CD in the middle of the "Gangsta Rap" era he changed the game. Now "The Industry" is looking for skinny jean, Pee Wee Herman shirt wearing rappers with a Mohawk rappers. Skinny jeans or not, its' all about the skill of an Emcee not the outfit. It's the people who make up these trends "The Machine" is just there to capitalize off of it.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Fresh off his debut studio album "Unexpected Arrival," Diggy Simmons talked to Fuse about establishing himself in hip hop without using his family connections. Much respect from me to him for not claiming the throne before he earned it. But frankly despite his maturity I feel as though he has smart people around him. Marketing experts to be more specific. Anyone in HipHop knows if Diggy would have been appointed or given a major deal with no street cred it wouldn't have sold. So I believe it was a smart decision but not not totally his. Eddie Murphy's brother from the K-1 Posse did that same thing, along with Warren G and a few others.
This is one of those topics that always starts controversy amongst the HipHop culture and the other genres of music. For one HipHop didn't invent sampling we took it to the next level. I'm quite sure other artist in other genres of music have sampled also. But you see no ones speaks about all the music Elvis just straight stole from black artist. I mean he took the instrumental, the lyrics, and the chorus. I say this if you can't identify were the sample came from let it ride. But in MC Hammer's who took the entire Rick James track and removed the vocals. He needed be sued for that type of robbery. Trust me you will rarely find any original music out there. How do you guys feel about sampling?
New release from Homeboy Sandman, who is basically saying "I'm a independent artist and I control my own destiny". I like Sandman he really pushes the envelope on just being yourself. I mean selling 50,000 cd's might not seem like a lot but when you are independent you probably make around 7.00 a cd which is a lot more money than the average American make even with several degrees. And that's not including the money from being on tour. So the lesson here kids is you don't have to sell your soul to the major corporations to be successful. But you must be willing to do the work first before you can reap any benefits of the independent artist lifestyle. You Are Your Brand..!!!
Music video by Jay-Z & Kanye West performing No Church In The Wild feat. Frank Ocean & The-Dream. Now you know we don't feature many mainstream artist or songs. But for those who are familiar with this site know it's always been about the message. This video sends a powerful message so take it and run with it. Hope you enjoy..!!
Saigon is known for speaking his mind and he does he always gets backlash. I truly respect an Emcee willing to keep it as real as possible. Some say this is a stunt to promote his incoming CD, I say good job. When you are underground independent artis you have to be very creative to move units. Most artist wouldn't take this route they rather sell their souls to the corporations for pennies on the dollar. That fact is he's not lying about the practices of the "Industry" its ALL TRUE. So I applaud him for taking a route less traveled.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Washington's own Oddisee sits down with UK rapper Kinetik for this exclusive interview for The Hip Hop Chronicle UK. In this candid interview, Oddisee speaks on why he keeps coming back to London. The conversation moves on to Oddisee's powerful song "Gentrification". Kinetik finds out the best spots to get a coffee in London (while Sumit was away getting chessecake) Finally, Oddisee speaks on his brand new project "People Hear What They See", which is out June 5th.
BootLegKev sat down with Swizz Beatz for a really dope interview. We spoke on multiple topics including: Him bringing Reebok back, his new record "Street Knock", his lack of production as of late, working with his wife Alicia Keys on her new project, why he isn't going to put out another solo album any time soon, working with Dre recently on The Detox and being floored by his creative process, how the new version of The Detox sounds, the difference between beat-makers and producers, based on the new material he has done with DMX is he "back", his future plans with DMX, the potential of him and Meek Mill collaborating on music, and much more dope shit. Real HipHop is not Dead its Underground.
This is a very interesting topic on how HipHop went Pop because of the Pussification of the art for by Major Coporations. It's like the song says "They Paved Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot". Just a small glimpse into the corruption of a great thing gone Bullshit.
Pusha T definitely come hard a Lil Wayne and the YMCMB crew I'm not sure how this beef got started but its looking like its gonna be a good one.
Monday, May 28, 2012
One of the original members of Little Brother Rapper Big Pooh is still making his mark on the Underground HipHop scene. With his new release "Pay It Forward" he is till doing his thing and full speed. In this video he is talking about starting out as a group and now doing his solo career.
Man I am really starting to like the Game more and more every time I hear him spit. Nas was doing a show at the Supperclub L.A. in Los Angeles when Nas realize The Game was behind him he offers him the mic and he did a serious freestyle. Mad respect for his work ethic he's been on every new artist Cd in California lately. He is definitely on his grind, check it out..!!!
Another dope rapper from the South, Mississippi to be exact. I must say that I had no idea when I first heard him spit. I grew up in a Era when all the rappers sounded like the area they were raised in. I really am feeling those new artist that come with their own flavor and sound despite their geographic. Make sure you check out the video he kind of reminds me of Drake but without the singing...lol.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Two of SMACK/ URL's top level MC's settle their differences through 3 rounds of verbal combat. Fan favorite and Philly native Tech 9 faces off against another fan favorite and Queens, NY MC DNA. The is a fast paced and lyrically entertaining battle that is sure to entertain. To purchase tickets for URL's next event log on to WWW.NOME2.EVENTBRITE.COM - To see the worlds best MC Battles, Freestyles and latest in Hip-Hop culture log on WWW.URLTV.TV
Papoose fearlessly entered the 5 Fingers of Death on #SwayInTheMorning. DJ Wonder he really killed it...wow flow is nice and very lyrical. They don't make many Emcees like this go check it out.
Raekwon the Chef stop by to holla at the Breakfast Club, its always good to see old school HipHop veteran still making money. Not many rappers are smart with their money Raekwon is one of the few that is. Check this interview out very informative.
Just when you think your having a bad day, for someone else its much deeper than that. This song touch on so many nerves its ridiculous, but mental illness is a subject most of us avoid to talk about. This video is a example of when ignorance meets neglect. Big up to Wasted Nation for help keeping Real HipHop relevant.
I'm definitely feeling him on this one, I love my daughters to death and I've always been in their lives emotionally and financially. But I know I wasn't always leading a good example of what a man should be. We all made mistakes in the past just be sure to confront them and learn from them our children are always watching us.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
The HipHop scene is really coming back with a vengeance since the fall of Death Row Records. This young new "Hippie" HipHop movement is really taking flight and I can honestly say...I love it. It's definitely breaks all the stereotypes of West Coast Rappers. This whole movement is coming with its sound which will surely leave a mark in HipHop history.
You know every time we feature artist or are not considered to be "Underground" there must be a reason, well here it is. We love dope freestyle and we show respect to any artist that have skills. I remember Wale when he is in D.C. being originally Baltimore myself I remember his more "Hardcore" stuff.
Wiz came by to record a Juan Epstein podcast (available at rosenbergradio.com or dontgetgassed.com) and dropped some gems about Amber, Kanye, and working with Dr. Dre!
Brooklyn-born Jay-Z is one of the most successful and creative hip-hop artists of all time. His remarkable rise to fame was heralded by his first album Reasonable Doubt, released in 1996, which broke new ground for rap, telling the bittersweet story of a street hustler from Brooklyn with striking, coded lyrics supported by rich soul samples. The programme uncovers the unusual story of how and why Reasonable Doubt was made, and the moral maze its story presents. Jay-Z collaborated with many major producers, like DJ Premier, Irv Gotti, Clark Kent, Knobody, Sean Cane and Ski who show how they created their soulful samples. Other contributors include Mary J Blige, Foxy Brown, Sauce Money and Memphis Bleek, Kanye West and Barry Michael Cooper, who analyse the inner core of the album - the voices, rhythms, lyrics and conflicting emotions that make this album a classic. The programme uses new interviews, rare performance footage and home movies and featured songs include Can't Knock the Hustle, 'Ain't No Nigga, Brooklyn's Finest, Dead Presidents II, D'Evils, Can I Live, Regrets and others. Reasonable Doubt is the one Jay-Z chose to be his Classic Album because of the power of its music and poetry and because of the disturbing and precautionary story it tells.
Exodus 23:1 the heat is on now. Lil Wayne acknowledging this beef definitely give's Pusha T some validation. Check it out..!!!
Slaughterhouse in the building! Joe Budden, Crooked I, Royce da 5'9" & Joell Ortiz on the Westwood 1Xtra show! NOT TO BE MISSED! Probably the best underground powerhouse since the rise of the WuTang Clan. These is band of brothers are ripping the stages up across the globe. I'm not going to lie I wasn't sure about skills of Joe Budden but he has definitely proven me wrong. Their concert is a must see lots of energy and stage presence. Basically this group is form of dope Emcees who were never really had great promotion by "The Machine". But true talent last the test of time.
iTunes not on the New Cd. Check it out...!!!
Check out Tech N9ne and Mayday as they honor our troops this Memorial Day with the video to "The Noose", from the album Tech N9ne Collabos -- Welcome To Strangeland. Tech has come a long way being one of few rappers that start and remain independent by choice. Artist like him see the big picture knowing that little money given to artist or should I say fronted to artist. Because you end up having to pay that money back out of your royalty check with interest. This is the reason we need to support underground independent artist because in order for them to stay creative and not be sucked in by "The Machine". But since being original doesn't pay as much more and more rappers sign their souls away for pennies on a dollar.
Friday, May 25, 2012
I think Iverson really got the crowd going with his return back to the Philadelphia Arena. If only he can put his ego to the side and attend practice like every last one of the greats before and after to him. Suit up and get back to work...!!! But I'm not sure if the League is going to allow him back I believe they used him as a example. I know he's not making as nearly as much money playing overseas.
MUST See Crazy Dwayne Wade Tight Pink Pants and Lebron James Postgame 6 Heat vs Pacers 2012 NBA Playoffs
This clip follows Curren$y over 24 hours recording a new EP and promoting The Stoned Immaculate, catching a plane to Salt Lake City and performing to a sold out audience. Pre-order Curren$y's new album "The Stoned Immaculate" on iTunes NOW!
Guilty Simpson & MED featured MCs. Quakers is a 35-person hip-hop collective, centered around three producers - Fuzzface (Geoff Barrow), Katalyst (Ashley Anderson), and 7Stu7 (Stuart Matthews). Quakers 41-track album is out now on Stones Throw.
Tito Lopez entered the 5 Fingers of Death with out flinching on #SwayInTheMorning. Watch above as he glides over 5 beats with his impressive freestyle flow. Seriously Tito Lopez is by far the best I've seen do this Five Finger Of Death Freestyle correctly. He actually changes is rap flow from fast, slow, side to side. This guy is the truth
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Kendrick Lamar stopped by Streetz Iz Watchin' on Shade45 with the Aphilliates last Friday. He speaks on who he's listening to at the moment, his previous situation at Def Jam, staying true to himself as an artist and focusing on his debut album.
Nas and Complex go way back. How far back? You might not remember, but God's Son actually appeared on the cover of Complex's first-ever issue back in the Spring of 2002. A decade later, it's only right that we reconnect with the NYC icon for the first issue after our blockbuster 10th Anniversary celebration. It's the beginning of Complex's second decade, and we're taking it back to the essence.
Complex catches up with Large Professor,the innovative and intelligent Flushing, Queens–bred producer/MC, who started his career as Main Source’s front man and a ghost producer for Eric B. & Rakim, has amassed a catalog of timeless, sample-based classics, collaborating with a lengthy list of legendary artists from his borough and beyond. As we celebrate Nas week, it seemed only right to get with Large Pro, the producer who introduced Nasty Nas to the game. Let’s take a sec to think back. There are his Main Source hits (“Looking at the Front Door,” “Fakin’ The Funk,”), his work with Nas on Illmatic (“Halftime,” “One Time 4 Your Mind,” “It Ain’t Hard To Tell,”) and Stillmatic (“You Da Man,” “Rewind”), not to mention his unforgettable appearance with A Tribe Called Quest on Midnight Marauders’ “Keep It Rollin’.” Add on solo joints like “The Mad Scientist,” poisonous production for Kool G Rap and Big L, and hard-hitting remixes for Beastie Boys, Common, Mobb Deep, and Gang Starr, plus guest spots with Lord Finesse and The Beatnuts, and you’ve got a hip-hop resume jam-packed with rawness. With his fourth solo album, Professor @ Large, dropping June 26th, we met up with Large Pro at Fat Beats Headquarters in Brooklyn to break down the stories behind his classic records. In Part One, Extra P gives us the extra details about Big Daddy Kane’s deadpan reaction to him showing up late for a session, hanging out with Q-Tip during the making of The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders (he also shares which of the two albums is his favorite), and creating “Live at the Barbeque,” tracks for Illmatic, and the unreleased gem “Understanding” Nas. FULL STORY HERE
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Machine Gun Kelly gives a tour of his bus, and then takes us backstage at a performance. I don't question MGK skills but its still up in the air about how I feel about his style. Really it was DMX who endorsed this guy and made me pay attention to what he brings to the mic.
Even though this movie didn't too well in the Box Office it is one of my favorite movies of all time. The plot I thought was very unique in it self and be a writer myself I appreciated the breath of fresh air. Not to mention The Rza did the entire sound track...lol you know I'm a diehard Wu Tang fan.
A couple of weeks ago some of Oddisee's friends decided to test his forthcoming album "People Hear What They See" on some random people on the streets of DC and London as an experiment... without telling him. These were the results. Background Track: Oddisee ft Olivier Daysoul "Let It Go, Instrumental" (from People Hear What They See)
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Shawn Edwards sits down with the Big Willie to talk about his 3 year hiatus, Barack Obama, and Jaden coming for him in this exclusive interview for Men in Black 3. In Men In Black™ 3, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back... in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him -- secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind. Two-time Academy Award® nominee WILL SMITH (Agent J) has enjoyed unprecedented success in a career encompassing films, television, and multi-platinum records. For his memorable portrayal of Muhammad Ali in Michael Mann's Ali, he received his first Academy Award® nomination and that was followed by his second nomination for the true-life drama, The Pursuit of Happyness. Smith is currently filming and producing After Earth under his Overbrook Entertainment production banner costarring Jaden Smith and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. His extraordinary list of blockbusters includes I Am Legend and Hancock. He also thrilled audiences in such huge hits such as I, Robot, Independence Day, Men in Black and Men in Black II. He does not limit his work to acting and, along with partner James Lassiter of Overbrook Entertainment, he produced, among others, Hitch, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Secret Life of Bees, Seven Pounds, Lakeview Terrace and The Human Contract, which marked the feature directorial debut of Jada Pinkett Smith. Overbrook's most recent success was Columbia Pictures' The Karate Kid, which was released June 11, 2010 and grossed over $343 million worldwide. Smith won four esteemed titles at the 11th World Music Awards in Monte Carlo and an NAACP Image Award for Best Actor for his performance in Seven Pounds in 2009. Smith has also earned several Kids' Choice Awards for movies such as Independence Day, Wild Wild West, Shark Tale, Hitch, and Hancock. Smith received the first ever Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance in 1989 for "Parents Just Don't Understand" and has also won three additional Grammys for "Summertime," "Men In Black," and "Getting Jiggy Wit It." Smith has made it a mission to help others through his humanitarian efforts. Among the issues most important to Smith are children's education and outreach; in many and varied ways, Smith has long supported schools across the country. Smith has focused his efforts to make a difference through the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, which Smith and his wife founded in 1997. Also through the Family Foundation, Smith is part of the Kanimambo Foundation, a non-profit organization that implements innovative programs in Mozambique to improve the state of education, orphan care, and HIV/AIDS education and medical assistance. Among his many accomplishments, Smith was honored by the Museum of the Moving Image in 2006 and received the Simon Wiesenthal Humanitarian Award in 2009. He was given the prestigious Simon Wiesenthal award based on his "commitment to education, cultural diversity, and social responsibility." Smith serves as an ambassador for Nelson Mandela's 46664 Foundation, the African response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. In 2008, Smith became a National Board Member for Malaria No More, a foundation with a simple goal: to end malaria deaths everywhere. Smith has also long been active in the Make a Wish campaign, granting wishes and supporting the foundation's efforts to better the lives of children with life-threatening conditions for over a decade and a half.
In this Interview with Montreality, Jeru The Damaja speaks about: - His story - The type of student he was at school - Books that he's been reading lately - What he would call his book, if he were to write one - Jobs he's had as a teenager growing up - What he spent his 1st big paycheck on - The key to success - His upcoming projects, what to expect - A memorable tour story - His live shows - His 1st paid show - What he has in his pockets - His favorite airport - Music he's been listening to - Artists he'd like to collaborate with - What keeps him motivated
Monday, May 21, 2012
9th speaks on the importance of the history and culture of hip hop, working on full albums, a new album with Murs "The Final Adventures of Murf and Beef Dog", Sean Price/"Mic Tyson", Wale and his style change, his track with Lil B, HaLo's "Plan B", and more. It was great having him come down with Rapsody to The Green Room Ft. Lauderdale for another great "Brown Bag Wednesday".
Sunday, May 20, 2012
TIS catches up to rap artist Talib Kweli as he breaks down the Illuminati and why it is a popular word in todays society, religion, God, if the dead birds were a sign, what's going to happen in 2012, big oil companies, and more. www.TRUTHISSCARY.com
For my fans of the The Game Tia Mowry explains why she is leaving and it may be a sign that its run is over. BET apparently was not paying the cast much money, especially since the writing appear to go down also. I never really watched the show but I did notice the decline in the quality of the show once it went to BET.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
The Next 48 Hours crew follows Mystikal for it's final day. Mystikal makes an appearance on Sway In The Morning on location at Fly Kicks in Austin, TX. He also completes Vice.com, Hot 97 and XXL Magazine interviews, visits Spotify private party as well as the Fader Fort gifting suite. Mystikal makes his finale performance at the AllHipHop Breeding Ground Showcase at #VIBEHouse. Cameos from Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Mia X, Don Trip, Curren$y and several others as Mystikal makes his first appearance at SXSW in 2012.
Master P definitely paved the way for independent Labels making it big into the mainstream market. Not many artist or can say they were able to do that successfully. I was never a fan of Master P music but I do respect his business savvy and business mind.
Jim Jones gives Meek (before signing to MMG) an example of what could happen if the right decisions. I love to see artist sharing the information instead of keeping it to themselves. This is the only way we can take HipHop back from the corporations...Knowledge is King!!!
For those unable to make the live showdown, the event will also be available live June 9th on pay-per-view via the KOTD Ustream channel. This is one event that underground rap enthusiasts' won't want to miss, and is sure to go down as the most explosive match-up in battle rap history. Broadcast in high-quality audio and video for you to enjoy with thousands of people from all over the world. There will even be a chat where you can interact with fans from everywhere, LIVE as battles happen. There will be exclusive interviews and 2 camera angles with a live editor on site! It doesn't matter if you live across the sea in the UK , Australia or here in North America, you can order the PPV and be apart of history first hand. Its the next best thing to being there live. Contribution by Calvin Hussey
Friday, May 18, 2012
Lecrae sits down with Hard Knock TV's Nick Huff Barili for an in-depth interview. This is part 2. Topics in this interview include Tupac (2Pac) and his duality, resistance by media and radio in hip hop to support artists that talk about Jesus, Kanye West, and misconceptions that people have about Lecrae's music which he hopes to answer with his latest mixtape: Church Clothes.
Ab-Soul "Terrorist Threats" ft. Danny Brown & Jhene Aiko Prod. by Willie B of Digi+Phonics || MixedByAli Directed by APLUSFilmz
Wowwww! This is a side of Will Smith we haven't seen before! Anyone who works in Hollywood will tell you that Will is the nicest guy, but everyone loses there cool every now and then. At the Moscow premiere of Men in Black 3 a reporter showed Will a little TOO MUCH love and tried to kiss him on the lips! Will was not having it and SLAPPED the overzealous reporter right in the face! It was only a split second of anger, then in true movie star fashion Will went on to the next outlet and was his fun bubbly self again!
Thursday, May 17, 2012
In the Sweetbox interview by DJ Princess Cut featuring Def Jam's Big K.R.I.T. Check it out as K.R.I.T. speaks on everything from his influences and rise from the underground to him becoming one of the premier rappers and most sought out producers in the game today. The album titled "Live From the Underground" will release June 5th!!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The debaters got together to discuss UK Hip Hop labels/groups or the lack of them. During the debate the guys found themselves making comparisons with the America scene and how they've been able to develop hugely successful Hip Hop labels over the years i.e Death Row Records and more recently Young Money Cash Money. Here are a few of the issues and questions the guys covered: - Who could have been the face of UK Rap? - Could Wiley have done more? - What influence did So Solid Crew have on the UK urban scence? - Is the UK scene a long way behind the America rap scene?
The famed Brand Nubian rapper details new projects he's been working on, including his new album "New York," set for Summer release. Sadat X also shares his thoughts on the current state of hip-hop and the importance of artists being original.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Its obvious B.I.G. was going to back his new girl back in the day before he passed and help promote her. Still some people feel like that was the only reason she was with him. Either or I think she is a dope Emcee I'm not sure if she writes all her rhymes but I would like to see someone take HipHop back for females. I will be checking out her new stuff I will keep you posted.
The first Forbes 400 Summit was surreal, amazing and, in the end, moving. We gassed up a Gulfstream 450 one warm September morning and flew one of the most successful recording artists of all time, Jay-Z, to meet the most successful investor of all time, Warren Buffett, on the latter's home turf of Omaha, Neb. The intent was to capture their very different perspectives on success and wealth and to talk about the social obligations that come with each. They ended up finding out they had more in common than anyone would have expected between a 40-year-old rapper from the Brooklyn projects and the 80-year-old sage of compounded returns.
I got to sit down with my boy Big Sean, we speak about the success of Finally Famous, the direction of his new album (he reveals that there WILL be Kanye production on it, and Kanye and Wiz will be featured on it), being "hotter" than Wiz Khalifa on MTV's list, being apart of the new wave of MC's who are currently running the game, being in the studio with Kanye during the recording process of Graduation, meeting Jay-Z for the first time, the new G.O.O.D. Music Album, and he also reveals he will be on Mike Posner's new single
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Thisis50 & Young Jack Thriller recently spoke with Juvenile for an exclusive interview. He talks about not signing Young Buck, Drake remaking his famous "Back That Ass Up", doubts a Cash Money reunion, upcoming album & says he is waiting for a holla back from 50 Cent. Juvenile Doubts A Cash Money Reunion, Speaks On Buck, Drake & Breaks Down Why Went To Jail
Like his name suggests, Ab-Soul is not easily defined. His diversity shows in his music as he can effortlessly shift from slow flow to rapid fire and everything in between. Here's a look at him discussing some of the many musical influences that shaped him into the artist he is now. He talks about everyone from OutKast to Jay-Z to Twista and how growing up working in a record shop played a key role in expanding his world musically. This is the story of Where It All Began in hip-hop for Ab-Soul.
Friday, May 11, 2012
SOPA is powered by the capital of 'old media'. These are folk who want to maintain an old, outmoded and redundant status quo to the detriment of all of us. Napoleonic justice (guilty till proven innocent) was flawed in its day, and there can be no reason to bring it back today for the pipedream of the 'old media' tycoons that the genie can be put back in the bottle. This TED talk about SOPA is creative commons, unaltered non-profit media. You are free to copy and mirror it as much as you want, as long as its non profit and unaltered. They want to stop the sharing of information and censor everything we do. Wow....are we becoming the next China? Time Warner is one of the major sponsors of this Bill pouring millions of dollars into lobbyist pockets. Big business already owns Wall Street now they are trying to own the way most of us communicate.
They caught up with the TDE homie SchoolBoy Q, to touch on various topics. Q Confirms that there will be a Black Hippy Album under specific stipulations. He also clarifies the Label deal between Top Dawg Entertainment and Interscope Records / Dr. Dre's Aftermath. How the side effects of drinking "Lean" are currently affecting his health. Finally, Q Compares his dislike towards LeBron James to other's hate towards Kobe Bryant.
The art of battling is based on charisma, heart, knowledge, and lyrical content. And just off of that statement most of your favorite rappers don't even come close to this. It takes a special Emcee to be able to make songs and battle, considering most battle rappers are not capable of making good rap albums. So you have to show your respect for Emcees like Jadakiss, Rakim, KRS-ONE, Mos Def, Immortal Technique, etc... for the skill they bring to the mic.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
What does it matter that he was black? Because if he were white he'd still be alive. I never understood why people act like racism dosen't exist. The only people who say that are racist. Remember slot of people in the US will not speak out agaist racism because their friends and family are racist. This problem will never end until we truly break the cycle and seriously I don't think the human race is intelligent enough to do that. Because we are the "King" of the jungle with no natural enemies above us except for ourselves. Maybe its natural for us to kill one another to help keep the population down. Things that make you go..Hmmm?
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Man all I can say about this guy is I respect is work ethics and business superiority. He always makes me laugh because I think we have the same ego...lol. Big up to French Montana doing is thing on the Bad Boy label hopefully he got a better deal than the other former artist of Bad Boy.
This is another underground super power Collaboration of HipHop artist, produced by Large Professor. Man....underground is getting stronger by the day.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Hailing from New York, Soul Khan and Koncept of the Brown Bag AllStars spoke with Ryan Maxwell from Hip-Hop Kings at the end of their five-city U.K Tour. Soul Khan and Koncept wrapped up "The Kings English Tour" with a performance at Sedgwick Avenue in Leeds, and in-front of the Hip-Hop Kings crown gave an in-depth interview. Ryan spoke about their U.K experience, their tour schedule, Koncept's "Awaken" and Soul Khan's upcoming music and thought's about rap battles (KOTD / Grindtime / Dont Flop). Check out the Hip-Hop Kings youtube channel for more exclusive content.
I've been a fan of this brotha since day one, he is still one of dopest lyricist out there but as always he has to work twice as hard to prove it. The price of being a Revolutionary is not cheap,trust me I pay it everyday. Big Ups to Tech N9ne one of my favorite underground HipHop success stories.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Check out some behind-the-scenes footage of Krizz Kaliko's latest music video, "Hello Walls". Krizz Kaliko's "Kickin' And Screamin" Album in stores 5/15! Featuring Tech N9ne of course one of the main artist apart of the Strange Music Crew.
Despite being on both of B.o.B.'s albums "The Adventures of Bobby Ray" and the recently released of "Strange Clouds," Playboy Tre playfully bashes his partner B.o.B. in this exclusive back room banter in the green room of Fuse studios before B.o.B. performs for his album release.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
HipHollywood spoke with an emotional LL Cool J Friday night at a charity event in Beverly Hills, where the NCIS LA star remembered his friend, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. "It hurts, the Beastie Boys helped me break into the business. I wouldn't be here, talking about the things we are doing today, if it wasn't for them," said the Rapper turned Actor. Yauch, also known as MCA, passed away Friday morning after a long battle with cancer. LL, who like the Beastie Boys, helped build the Def Jam dynasty, struggled to put into words how much he will miss Yauch. "A lot of people think it's about the fact that they were the first white rappers, but hey, those first white rappers bought into the business one of the biggest, greatest black rappers ever". LL hosted an event benefiting St.Vincents Meals on Wheels but recently was bestowed the honor of introducing the Beastie's when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Thisis50 & Young Jack Thriller recently spoke with Hopsin for an exclusive interview. He speaks on why he would never sign to a major label, how he felt about other people on the XXL Freshmen cover, what he does for fun, being the top 5 most viewed interview on thisis50, shows his real eyes & much more!
The Dispute between 50 and Game probably will be never resolved but I didn't think they made a awesome duo. I do think that lyrically Game is better than 50, but 50 have that charisma mixed with dope beats which is one of the reasons he is successful.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
One of the Illest young new Emcees out to date, I'm really feeling this guys flow and compassion for the art. As always I'm always hoping if and when he chooses to go mainstream I hope he remains true to himself.
In 2009, Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys announced to fans that he'd been diagnosed with cancer. R.I.P. MCA you and the Bestie Boys will always be the pioneers "White Rapper" movement you were actually true Emcees and didn't attempt to "Act Black". And that's why you guys got so much love and respect from the HipHop community.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
I'm truly happy for Tech N9ne to see all of his efforts be rewarded, he stuck to his guns and didn't change his style in order to be apart of the "Machine". Most artist wouldn't do that because we all are struggling to make a dollar nowadays so its extremely hard not to be apart of "The Matrix"
J Spade, Blade Brown & Little Torms do their thing on Tim Westwood Tv these UK Emcees have come a long way...
Producer extraordinaire Just Blaze sat down with Hard Knock TV's Nick Huff Barili for an in-depth interview. Just Blaze starts off by talking about Hip Hop incorporating more EDM sounds and how he was ahead of the curb incorporating dance elements into Hip Hop tracks like Joe Budden's "Fire" back in 2004. As the interview continues Justin talks about signing XV and how he thinks XV has the potential to be one of the next ones. He also states that he has 5 records with him for Kid With The Green Backpack album. Before we let him go we had to ask Just about his relationship with Jay Electronica after making classics like Exhibit A and Exhibit C. He says that since Jay moved out to London they haven't had a chance to work together but that they talk and are friends. Just says that he has heard the album, but doesn't know if Jay will call it Act 2 or Act 3 but hopes that they will have time to work on it before Jay has to turn it in. Just ends the interview by saying that he is working on tracks for Drake, Rick Ross and one of the biggest pop stars in the world among others. Can you guess who it might be??? Side note: This interview took place at 4am in hotel lobby. Just Blaze had a flight in the early morning, was just getting back from gig and was recovering from being sick the previous four days yet he still took time to make sure this interview happened. Our gratitude and deepest RESPECT!!!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The famed producer breaks down his business relationship with Cash Money and why he's still fighting to get paid from the label. Mannie also shares his thoughts on why he thinks Cash Money is repeatedly involved with similar lawsuits. Just imagine this dude "Baby" walking around with hundreds of thousands of dollars in his suitcase profiling around and he won't give this man his what he owes him.
After all the rumors of Mobb Deeps break and Prodigy being gay it appears they are coming back with a vengeance to silence all the credits and the haters. Personally I don't care about his personal life just as long as they keep putting out dope music I'm good with that.
90.5FM KSJS/Open University present an exclusive interview with Schoolboy Q after headlining a show in Oakland, CA at the New Parrish. Schoolboy Q spoke on difference in headlining shows and performing along with other acts, as well as using Kendrick's success as motivation to achieve greatness. He also spoke on the track "Blessed" and how the words were so strong, that a visual was not something he was looking to pursue for that track. Shout outs to Gene Maze (Tastemaker), A-Mack, Moosa, Dave Free, MixedbyAli, Punch and the entire Top Dawg Ent. Also shoutouts to Schoolboy Q, Ab Soul for just being cool as fuck, and letting us conduct this interview.
In this episode of "Fresh to Death" Unsa Suhail gets an exclusive interview with the mighty 9th Wonder to discuss the producer "brotherhood" and creating a regional sound in hip hop. 9th Wonder also touches on the impact of the digital age, while also elaborating on westcoast emcees Fashawn, Blu, and Kendrick Lamar. He also hints at the possibility of signing Sacramento's newest sensation Chuuwee. Footage taken at The New Parish (Oakland, CA). Event by Tastemaker Live and presented by Open University, in association with KSJS Hip Hop.