140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (September 12)
Breaking news: The NFL is corrupt! Because rappers wanting to be athletes and vice versa is sort of a running motif, a few have weighed in with their thoughts about the Ray Rice/NFL cover-up situation. Some made more sense than others.
Samples Of the Week: August 28
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey". This week, we cover a wacky batch of samples from Action Bronson, Yelawolf and Travi$ Scott. This is the weirdest edition of Samples Of The Week yet.
Stream Statik Selektah's New Album "What Goes Around..."
Tomorrow, Statik Selektah will drop his new album What Goes Around on iTunes, but a day ahead of time, the Spotify stream is available.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (July 11)
After a short hiatus, 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week returns to some trouble in paradise. There's friction within the once untouchable MMG empire.
Action Bronson Reveals New Album Title
Action Bronson has been known to troll us in the past. Last August, the rapper announced an album title (Romanian Waitresses), which he later clarified was a joke following its circulation onto rap blogs across the web.
Action Bronson Announces UK Tour Dates
For all those UK fans of New York native Action Bronson, good news has arrived today, as the rapper has announced a set of tour dates overseas. In a weird, magic trick-filled YouTube video, Bronsolino starts by talking to a bird, before making the tour date announcements, announcing each city and venue he'll be at. The five-stop tour will kick off on May 12th in Manchester, and wraps up on May 17th in London.
Mad Decent Reveal Line-Up For Block Party 2014: OutKast, Action Bronson & More
Following the news of Power 106's Powerhouse line-up, which enlisted Nicki Minaj, ScHoolboy Q, YG and more as performers, we've received yet another festival line-up today. This time it's for Mad Decent's annual Block Party, and they've been able to nab OutKast as a headliner, which will make up another date in OutKast's reunion 40-date festival run.
20 Funny Hip-Hop Videos For April Fools'
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who don't believe every hip-hop video has to be about models sitting on the hood of a rented car. The idiots who believe you cannot fill a three and a half minute run time with close-ups of your friends mean-mugging and call it a day.
Damn Son, Where'd You Find This: 10 Unexpected Samples In Hip-Hop
When sampling, producers usually try to find obscure and/or rare source material to draw from, both because they don't want listeners to associate their final product with a song they already know, and because they'd likely to avoid copyright issues. But sometimes, out-of-the-box ideas will come to fruition, and lead producers to sample from well-known, but unexpected places.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (March 15-21)
Dissecting the foibles of the hip hop community as expressed in under 140 characters on Twitter. Not just used as a device to flood people's timelines with your new track, album, video, or clothing line, sometimes rappers truly channel the unfiltered interaction with fans. Each week we take a look at some of the most memorable twitter moments from some of the genres biggest personalities.
5 Hip-Hop Tours That Are Worth The Ticket Price
Lets be real, most of us can't even afford to buy CDs at retail value. At least that's what we tell ourselves as we pirate just about every record we can get our hands on. That being said, there are some things in life that just aren't accessible for free on the internet no matter how badly we want them to be. One of those things is food. Another is live performances. "Bullshit! 50 is streaming his SXSW performance for free on March 11th," you might say. Well, first off, stop being a smart ass. Second, while it's true you might be able to "see" Mr.
Roots Picnic 2014 Announce Snoop Dogg, Jhene Aiko, Action Bronson & More To Perform
The annual Roots Picnic is going down this year at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia on Saturday, May 31. The seventh annual event has announced the performers lined up today. Of course the Roots will be headlining, alongside Snoopp Dogg. Other artists tapped to perform include Action Bronson, Janelle Monáe, A$AP Ferg, Jhené Aiko, Just Blaze, Rudimental, Araabmuzik, and Biz Markie, among others. Peep the full line-up in a flyer in the gallery above. Does it look like a solid line-up to you? Who'll be attending?
Action Bronson Announces Second Leg Of "Blue Chips 2" Tour
Action Bronson kicked off a tour for Blue Chips 2 at the beginning of January, and following some new dates with none other than Eminem (he and Action are managed by the same guy), Action has returned with even more tour dates for a second leg of the "Blue Chips" tour.
Review: Curren$y's "The Drive In Theatre"
Only a handful of artists release as much content as Curren$y does. Some can match the quantity, but none can top the quality. Spitta Andretti is known for releasing album-quality mixtapes at a constant rate, giving fans all they can digest. 2013’s New Jet City was one of the hottest mixtapes of the year, and his latest offering The Drive In Theatre doesn’t disappoint either.
N.O.R.E.'s Good Belt Gang To Release Compilation "Resource Room" [Update: Stream The Project]
With N.O.R.E.'s ensemble, the Good Belt Gang, releasing tracks left, right and center for the past few months, we have been keenly anticipating their compilation, Resource Room. On February 11th, he will be releasing the Good Belt Gang project in full.
Action Bronson Shoves Security Guard Who Attempts To Take His Joint On Stage
When you bumrush Action Bronson during a live performance, things never seem to end well. We've seen the result documented on video footage, and in the end, the person usually ends up being slammed by Bronson, or receiving a time-out of sorts.
Party Supplies Talks On "Jericho" EP With Action Bronson & Alchemist [Update: Bronson Clarifies]
We know that Party Supplies and Action Bronson work well together, as evidenced by their two collaborative efforts Blue Chips and more recently, Blue Chips 2.
Action Bronson Announces "Blue Chips 2" Tour Dates [Update: New Dates With Eminem Added]
Action Bronson certainly spends a lot of time on the road. Following his co-headlining stint with Danny Brown, Bronsolino has announced a new set of dates in support of his well-received Blue Chips 2 mixtape. Bronson will kick things off January 10th in his hometown of New York, before the round in the US, and closing things off one month later in Hawaii.
5 Rappers Who Should Have Their Own Sneaker Line
It's official. Kanye has left Nike to team up with Adidas and their Y-3 line. In case you were living under a rock for the past 24 hours, Kanye left Nike because he was not receiving any loyalties. Apparently, because he is not an athlete, Nike could not pay him any royalties; which didn't fly with 'Ye.
Joe Budden Says New Slaughterhouse Album Is "By Far" Their Best Project, Will Feature Action Bronson
Joe Budden certainly seems confident in the new Slaughterhouse project. The New York wordsmith also made sure to stress that his feelings about the LP are sincere, realizing just how often "rappers say that" to promote their albums. "The Slaughterhouse album is great," Budden said in a recent interview with Hot 97. "It's much better than the shit we did last time. I won't call it shit. That was a figure of speech, but it's much better music. It's the best music we've ever made by far."