Nas is going to release a twentieth anniversary edition of his epochal classic Illmatic on April 15th via Sony Legacy. He's also going to be releasing a documentary about the creation of the album called Time Is Illmatic and performing the album front to back across the US, including Coachella. The rerelease contains previously unheard demos, remixes, and freestyles. Check out the anniversary edition artwork in the replies.
Everyone pack up and go home early - Future released the banger of the year yesterday. Check out the Mike WiLL Made It-produced "Move That Dope" featuring Pharrell, Pusha-T, and Casino in the replies. It's from Future's upcoming album Honest, slated for release in the coming months.
Grieves will release his new album Winter & The Wolves on March 25th via Rhymesayers Entertainment. Hear a new song called "Shreds" and peep the album art in the replies. In support of the album, he will be doing a world tour and appearances at SXSW. If you like what you hear, you can pre-order it on iTunes, Amazon, or FifthElement.
1) Rain Damage
2) Whoa Is Me
3) Over You ft. B. Lewis
5) Breath of Air
6) Astronauts ft. Slug
8) How's it Gonna Go ft. B. Lewis
10) Like Child
11) Long One
12) Kidding Me
14) Smoke in the Night
Head over to Complex to read an interview they did with Young Thug where he reveals that he has recorded some songs with Kanye West and is planning a collaborative mixtape with Chief Keef.
"I mean, I went to his house and we did a couple of songs. The fact that I was [making songs] so fast amazed him too, because he doesnít see a lot of people who rap like that. I donít really rap with a lot of people [because] everyone raps the same way. When I first heard he wanted to know who I was and do songs, I was smiling ear to ear like a clown."
"Itís well deserved; he did what he did, man... He went out there and hustled and grinded. Everything happens for a reason; the universe comes back around, thatís how it go." [...] ďI definitely feel like they should always have more of the culture up in there, for sure, because we definitely stand out just like any other genre,Ē Kendrick said when asked if he thought the Grammys undervalued hip-hop. ďWe part of the world. We part of the movement. So I think any awards, including the Grammys, should always push for more hip-hop because itís music as a whole,...
My text to Kendrick after the show. He deserved best rap albumÖ Iím honored and completely blown away to win anything much less 4 Grammys. But in that category, he should have won IMO. And thatís taking nothing away from The Heist. Just giving GKMC itís proper respect.. With that being said, thank you to the fans. Youíre the reason we were on that stage tonight. And to play Same Love on that platform was a career highlight. The greatest honor of all. Thatís what this is about. Progress and art. Thank you. #grammys
Hit the replies to see the album art for the standard and deluxe editions of Schoolboy Q's forthcoming Oxymoron. You can pre-order the album via iTunes, and there's a new song up for immediate download there called "Break the Bank," produced by The Alchemist. Still no complete track listing as of yet though. The record drops February 25th through Interscope Records / Top Dawg Entertainment.
Chuck Inglish will release his solo debut album, Convertibles on April 8th via Federal Prism/Sounds Like Fun. You can stream his new track called "Legs" featuring Chromeo in the replies.
01) Elevators (Feat. Buddy & Polyvester The Saint)
02) Swervin (Feat. Sir Michael Rocks & Polyvester The Saint)
03) Legs (Feat. Chromeo)
04) Came Thru/Easily (Feat. Mac Miller & Ab-Soul)
05) Attitude (Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid)
06) Mas O Menos
07) Money Clip (Feat. Vic Mensa, Retch, Hassani Kwess, Sulaiman)
08) Prism (Feat. Jade)
09) Game Time (Feat. Action Bronson)
10) Hurt You Back (Feat. Benny Cassette & Sabi)
12) Glam (Feat. Chance the Rapper)
Erik Nielson and Charis E. Kubrin, writing for The New York Times, have published an article that looks at a New Jersey Supreme Court case that will determine if rap lyrics can be used as evidence of a crime.
More than a decade later, this bias appears to persist, leaving rap music as vulnerable as ever to judicial abuse. Although appellate courts in Massachusetts and Maryland have recently reversed convictions after citing prosecutors for their improper use of rap lyrics or videos as evidence, most similar appeals are unsuccessful. Just this summer the Supreme Court of Nevada upheld the admissibility of rap lyrics as evidence in a first-degree murder case. A definitive ruling by the...
This article on The Daily Beast, by Rawiya Kameir, discusses how Jay Z's business side has led to him appearing not trustworthy.
Last fall, critics and fans wanted to see Jay Z take a principled stance by publicly condemning Barney's for its proven track record of racially profiling black customers; instead, he moved to donate 100 percent, rather than the original 25 percent, of his capsule line's revenue to charity. No doubt contracts and other constraints limited his choices, but it further entrenched the perception that he is actively retreating deeper into strictly self-serving territory. The same applies to his involvement with the Brooklyn Nets, whose Barclays Center eyesore is a...
Common has announced that he will be releasing a new album this year called Nobody Smiling, which will be entirely produced by No I.D. Check out a video in the replies of Common giving more details about the record in a recent interview.