The fifth annual OVO Fest, taking place in Toronto and put on by the city's own Drake, is the latest festival to announce Outkast as headliners. The recently reunited duo will headline the August 3rd date at Molson Ampitheatre. Special guests are yet to be announced, but when I attended last year Kanye West, TLC, A$AP Rocky, and Lil Wayne (among many many others) performed unannounced. I'm sure the milestone fifth year will be even more jampacked and thrilling. Tickets are on sale February 21st.
The pioneering hip-hop group De La Soulrecently offered their entire discography for free - the interesting bit is that it seems that the move wasn't cleared with their label, Warner Music Group. ReCode has an interesting look at how the albums aren't available for digital purchase anywhere and were made available through a Russian piracy site.
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.
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.
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...
We don't have any specific dates yet besides the already-announced Coachella and Governor's Ball gigs, but it appears that OutKast will be headlining over forty different festivals throughout this year.
Well, I'm doing a mix tape right now with everybody on the scene that's doing well. Danny [Worsnop] from Asking Alexandria, Andy [Biersack] from Black Veil Brides is singing on it. It's all rap, but they're singing all the choruses on it. There's Jacoby [Shaddix] from Papa Roach. There's Deuce, and we've got Craig Mabbitt [from Escape the Fate] singing on it. There's more too, but every track is going to be someone.
On Drake's "Jodeci Freestyle," J. Cole rapped "Iím artistic, you ****** is autistic, retarded." Following some outcry, he has issued an apology. Drake has since joined Cole with his own apology via his website, claiming responsibility for the lyric as it was on his song.
The RIAA has changed it's rules regarding digital sales and platinum eligibility, meaning that once Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail is released to Samsung Galaxy users, it will essentially have gone platinum.
Going forward, sales of albums in digital format will become eligible on the release date, while sales of albums in physical format will still become eligible for certification 30 days after the release date.
Not only do we believe itís sensible and logical to align digital album rules with those we have maintained for digital singles since the programís inception, we also consider todayís move in line with our larger efforts to modernize the G&P Program to reflect the new music...
Is there any reason you wouldn't want to listen to a Juicy J remix of a Passion Pit song? The answer, of course, is "no." You can stream the official remix of "Constant Conversations" from last year's Gossamer in the replies.