Wu-Tang Clan reunited last night on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to perform their new song, "Ron O'Neal." You can watch the collective performing the track here and you can check out the studio version in the replies. The cut is off the group's highly anticipated album, A Better Tomorrow, which is to be released later this year.
In what might be my favorite piece of tour novelties ever, Drake and Lil Waynehave released a Capcom-developed app based on Street Fighter called "DvsLW" to accompany their upcoming "Drake VS. Lil Wayne Tour." The app will apparently allow the crowd at the tour to "power up" the rappers during a rap battle portion of the concert by button mashing. They're also including trading cards featuring the rappers in the tours VIP packages.
According to a new interview with Complex, Kendrick Lamar has been hard at work on his forthcoming album, stating that he has around 30-40 songs done. The rapper expects to drop the project before the end of the year, and says he has been working with Dr. Dre, among others.
But now that Kendrick, 27, is a hysteria-inducing star, the world is waiting to see if he can deliver twice. Expectations are high. After good kid, good simply won’t be good enough. Unlike GKMC, which Kendrick planned years in advance, there’s no cover art in mind for the follow-up. As for a title, Kendrick says he’s “flirting with ideas.” He’s been working primarily with TDE’s in-house producers, Tae Beast and...
Death Grips have surprised us once again in true Death Grips fashion and dropped the first half of their new double album for free. This half is called ****** on the moon, and the full double album titled the powers that b is due out later this year. According to the band, Bjork is featured on all eight tracks. You can download the first half for free here and/or stream it in the replies.
CNN has released a short documentary called Brother's Keeper about the rise and fall of Clipse. Pusha T and No Malice are both interviewed, but a reunion seems highly unlikely at this point. You can check out the full video in the replies.
Hit the replies to hear/download a new OB O'Brien and Drake song called "Thotful." The song is essentially Drake's remix of Tinashe's "2 On" that turns into a new song "Thotful" with the help of his friend OB O'Brien. You can also hear O'Brien's own "Hazelton Trump."
It looks like RZA and Raekwon have settled their differences according to a note on Wu-Tang Clan's website. The note reveals that Raekwon will be appearing on the group's upcoming record A Better Tomorrow after all.
A teaser for Wu-Tang Clan's forthcoming Once Upon a Time in Shaolin has been confirmed to feature Cher's vocals. That's the "museum" album, not the commercially releasedA Better Tomorrow. She will be making appearances on two of the albums tracks, and recorded her pieces separately from the Clan. Check out the teaser in the replies.
Shabazz Palaces have released more info on their upcoming album, Lese Majesty, which is set to drop on July 28th via Sub Pop Records. The album will feature 18 tracks seperated between seven suites. Head to the replies to stream, "They Come in Gold."
Suite 1: “The Phasing Shift”:
01) “Dawn In Luxor”
02) “Forerunner Foray”
03) “They Come In Gold”
Suite 2: “Touch & Agree”:
04) “Solemn Swears”
05) “Harem Aria”
06) “Noetic Noiromantics”
07) “The Ballad of Lt. Major Winnings”
Suite 3: “Palace War Council Meeting”:
10) “Down 155th In The MCM Snorkel”
Suite 4: “Pleasure Milieu”:
11) “Divine Of Form”
Suite 5: “Federal...
Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever. I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop.
But let's take Jay-Z's line literally for a second. Is it actually true, as Major League Lacrosse claims, that lacrosse is, as sports go, pretty hard? Are its athletes as fit, on average, as athletes in other sports? Do they have equally strong muscles, or equally impressive aerobic capacities?
R&B auteur The-Dream just released a lyric video for an overtly political new track titled "Black." The video includes imagery from the Donald Sterling controversy and various social movements, and concludes with this written message: "Black isn't just a color. Black isn't just a race anymore. It's a feeling and a place from which one feels isolated by the world of the governing elite. Classism is the new racism. This is what black feels like." There's no announced single or album to accompany the song, but you can watch the video in the replies.
Welcome to hip-hop in 2014: on the newest DJ Khaled track "They Don't Love You No More," Jay Z raps "Haters wanna ball, let me tighten up my drawstring / Wrong sport boy, you know you soft as a lacrosse team," in a possible Drake diss. This didn't go over well with Major League Lacrosse, who took the opportunity to lambast Hov, claiming that he "wouldn't last one minute on a lacrosse field," and go on to say "he is more than welcome to come to any of our games and try."
Lacrosse is often called the fastest sport on two feet. Players are on the field dodging and shooting balls at over 100 miles per hour.
With that said we don’t think Jay-Z knows what he’s talking about when he calls...
The Roots' drummer Questlove has posted the first in a weekly series of essays over at Vulture exploring the history and current landscape of hip-hop and what it means for black culture. It's an interesting read and well worth your time.