As recent research has revealed, rap lyrics have been introduced as evidence of a defendant's criminal behavior in hundreds of cases nationwide, frequently leading to convictions that are based on prosecutors' blatant mischaracterizations of the genre. Ignoring many of the elements that signal rap as form of artistic expression, such as rappers' use of stage names or their frequent use of metaphor and hyperbole, prosecutors will present rap as literal autobiography. In effect, they ask jurors to suspend the distinction between author and narrator, reality and fiction, to secure guilty verdicts.
Kevin Gates will be releasing a new mixtape titled Luca Brasi 2 on December 16th, the follow up to last year's excellent The Luca Brasi Story. You can check out the artwork in the replies, as well as a new track titled "I Don't Get Tired (#IDGT)."
No, real talk. He has it. He has the album and he told me what he likes. Thatís my A&R right there. He has a sophisticated ear. Heís in somebodyís elementary [school] right now knowing all the lyrics. Telling íem, Watch.
Here's your feel good story of the day. Tyler, The Creator and his crew held their Odd Futureís Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival over the weekend. Aaron McCann, an aspiring stand up comedian who cites Tyler as one of his biggest influences flew all the way over form Ireland to attend the show. He also booked a comedy gig while staying in Los Angeles and reached out to Tyler via Twitter to extend an invitation. Lo and behold, Tyler accepted the invitation and showed up to the gig. You can find a video of the show in the replies.
Nicki Minaj recently faced criticism for Nazi imagery appearing in the lyric video for her recent single "Only." Nicki released an apology, while the video's director has issued a statement on Myspace admitting that elements of the video are "...representative of Nazism." The lyric video can be viewed in the replies.
As far as an explanation, I think its actually important to remind younger generations of atrocities that occurred in the past as a way to prevent them from happening in the future. And the most effective way of connecting with people today is through social media and pop culture. So if my work is misinterpreted because itís not a sappy tearjerker, sorry Iím not sorry....
In a new interview with The Fader, hip-hop producer Metro Boomin says that the final touches are being put on Metro Thuggin, his much anticipated collaboration with Young Thug, and that the project will be out soon.
It's really at the end of mixing now. Just fine tuning and making sure everything's perfect. Once you put it out, you can't go back, so it's just little things like that. It'll be out soon just for the simple fact that I don't want to keep people waiting. As a fan, I find that irritating. That's what helps me in my career: I know how to relate to people, knowing what they want. I'm still on the blogs, reading everything, downloading the songs. I already know how I used...
Run The Jewels started it as a joke but it soon became a reality thanks to a Kickstarter. Now it's officially going to happen. Meow The Jewels has finally met their goal with 12 days left to go. You go internet!
Hip-hop producer Young Chop will be releasing a new full length record, Still, on October 28th. The album will feature contributions from Chief Keef, Lil Durk, and Lil Herb, among others. Hit the replies to check out the artwork.
1) Still ft. Chief Keef
2) All I Got ft. Fat Trel
3) Valley ft. Chief Keef
4) Some Of Mine ft. King100James
5) Finer Things ft. Lil Herb
6) Tre 073 ft. Lil Dave
7) Never Gonna Change ft. Johnny May Cash, Y.B., J-Rock & B-Moe
8) Ainít Fuckiní With Her ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Cap 1
9) Murder Team ft. Lil Durk
10) Bang Like Chop ft. Chief Keef & Lil Reese
Run the Jewels' sophomore album RTJ2 came with a preorder package that promised the album would be remixed entirely with cat noises if it was reached. A fan started a kickstarter to reach the $40,000 price tage, and El-P promised to follow through with the project if it was reached, with the proceeds going to charity. Now, Zola Jesus, Danny Brown's in-house producer Skywlkr, and Just Blaze have all promised to contribute production as well. Additionally, Just Blaze will release all the drum kits he used between 2001 and 2005 for free if the goal is reached.
Future has announced Monster, a new mixtape that's out October 28th. The follow up to this years Honest will be executive produced by Metro Boomin. Check out the title track and the art in the replies.
After more than a decade of false starts and teases, Dr. Dre's perpetually delayed Detox has apparently been renamed. The news comes from an Aftermath producer who says it was changed about two years ago, but declines to actually disclose the new title.