Top Tracks: May 16 - May 22
This past week, we were finally able to take a deep breath and reflect on all of the major projects we've heard in the past month -- A$AP Ferg, Bankroll Mafia, Beyoncé, Drake, Skepta, Rittz, Chance The Rapper, and Post Malone have all dropped full-lengths in that relatively brief timespan. It would appear that the summer's first burst of high-profile albums has subsided, but as we await projects from Travi$ Scott, YG, ScHoolboy Q, and others, at least guys like The Underachievers and Casey Veggies have given us something new to chew on.
Staff Picks Playlist (May 20)
As if we didn't already have our fill with last week's dose of new projects, this afternoon The Boy himself Casey Veggies slid through with Customized Greatly Vol. 4 (it's been four years since the last one), we got a joint mixtape from two inmates, one of whom is Ty Dolla $ign's brother, Big TC and D.
10 Joint Projects That May Or May Not Come Out
For every Watch the Throne or What a Time to Be Alive, there are scores of joint hip hop projects borne of one epic late night in the studio that never crystallize into a fully formed release. As fans, we should know better than to let these glimmers of collaborative greatness get our hopes up. But the possibilities are too great to ignore.
Who's Going On Tour? Spring/Summer Tour Round-Up
A lot of big artists are going on tour this spring and summer. You have mega-stars like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Drake. You have rising stars Anderson .Paak and Bas. You have established vets like Snoop Dogg, Maxwell, and Cam'Ron. And everybody in between. It looks like some legendary tours are going down towards the end of the calendar year. Gucci Mane & Friends tour is scheduled to go down when La Flare gets released from prison in September and Kanye West is also shooting to kick off his The Life of Pablo tour in September as well.
Cam'Ron Is Going On Tour With G Herbo, Smoke DZA, The Underachievers, & Nyck Caution
This spring, Cam'Ron will hit the road for a 27-show North American tour presented by The Smokers Club. Joining him will be Smoke DZA, G Herbo, The Underachievers, Nyck Caution, Mobsquad Nard, G-Jet, and Liam Tracy. The tour begins in Vancouver on May 31 and weaves through the country before wrapping up in Norfolk, VA in July 14th. His farewell album Purple Haze 2 is due out later this year. This may be one his last tours. Check the full tour schedule below to see if Killa Cam is coming to a city near you.
Cam'Ron & Reebok Planning To Release "Purple Haze" Sneaker On 4/20
UPDATE Cam'ron has taken to Instagram to share a picture of his upcoming Reebok Ventilator Supreme collaboration. He doesn't show the whole shoe, but you can definitely see that it'll be swaddled in purple suede, and the iconic picture of Killa Cam in the pink fuzzy hat will appear on the sole. Check out the snippet below and keep it locked here for the final reveal.
Over The Hill: Rappers Turning 40 In 2016
Rap is traditionally a young man's sport. Generally speaking, the 'greatest albums of all time' were put out by youngsters. As rappers age, their albums usually become duller than the early work they're best known for. Almost every rapper has fallen victim to this trend.
Stream Berner & Cam'ron's "Contraband" EP
Berner and Cam'ron may not be the first two rappers we expected to make a joint project together, but we're happy to listen to the results. Taylor Gang and Dipset have come together for the Contraband EP, which has now been released on iTunes, and subsequently, as a free YouTube stream.
Cam'Ron & Berner To Release Joint "Contraband" EP
Killa Cam joined Berner and B-Real on "Ain't Nothin" back in April, and it looks like the chemistry between him and the Taylor Gang emcee was strong enough for them to come together as a duo. Berner and Cam'Ron are the latest rappers to join the wave of joint projects, as they have just announced the imminent release of an EP, Contraband, which is set to drop on November 10.
10 Times Rappers Were Banned From Countries
Tyler The Creator recently made headlines because he was banned from going to Australia and the UK, due to his controversial lyrics. Apparently lyrics from tracks like "VCR," "Blow," "Sarah," "Tron Cat" and "French" have been ruled so obscene, that the UK doesn't want him in their country. The craziest part? This is nothing new.
8 Rappers Who Had Their Careers Ruined By Diss Tracks
Some of the more brutal memes that sprung up in the wake of Drake's Meek Mill diss tracks were the ones shouting "R.I.P." or insinuating that Meek's career was dead. With a recent number one album, a good record deal and (most importantly) a ton of talent, Meek doesn't seem like he's going anywhere anytime soon, but people claiming that "diss songs can't ruin careers" in the wake of "Back To Back" are somewhat off the mark.
A3C Festival Announces Initial Line-Up
The annual A3C Hip-Hop Festival in Atlanta is returning this year for its eleventh instalment. The festival isn't until October, but today they've announced their initial line-up, with more artists to be announced in the months leading up to the event. In their first of three announcements, A3C announces performers De La Soul, Rakim, Cam’ron, Dame Dash, Just Blaze, Curren$y & Jet Life, Jean Grae, Cyhi the Prynce Pharoahe Monch, Soulection Executive Team, PNB Rock, The Difference Machine and Kool Keith.
Cam'ron Clears Up "Federal Reserve" & "Purple Haze 2" Delays
Even before he started last year's "First Of The Month" series, Cam'ron had two projects in the works that we still haven't heard.
Cam'ron Is Selling Mother's Day Cards
Cam'ron has a pretty close relationship with his mother, to the point that the two share the same shady hashtags on Instagram. Of course, the Harlem rapper had to do something special for his mom for Mother's Day, so he's put a picture of the two of them on a set of cards, so fans can share the holiday with their favorite rapper.
Cam'ron's Mom Throws Shade At Nick Cannon On Instagram
Cam'ron has one of rap's most interesting Instagram accounts, but it's less about his photos than it is his incredible caption game. Apparently he got it from his mama, who has her own hilarious account, and today decided to reference one of Cam's immortally shady hashtags.
Cam'ron's "Killa Crunch" Cereal Boxes Will Have $100 In Cash Inside
As a kid, you may remember finding a cheap toy at the bottom of your cereal box. At the time, you were thrilled to pull a plastic car out of your Cheerios, but as an adult, the standards for excitement are a little higher. Luckily, Cam'ron has you covered. Boxes of "Killa Crunch" will be available in select New York bodegas, and while they won't be filled with sugary flakes, they'll pack something much more sweet.
10 Things You Didn't Know About Big L's "Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous"
Big L is legendary for a few reasons. His punchlines, his freestyles, and his legendary album Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous are the basis to his influence.
SXSW 2015 Photo Diary
If you follow us on Instagram and Twitter, you've likely already seen more than a few moments from SXSW which we documented on social media. Incase you aren't all up on our socials, we're recapping the two showcases we sponsored and our other adventures at South By right here.
Cam'ron Planning Dipset Album For July, "Purple Haze 2" For December
After 2006's Killa Season, Cam'ron output was intermittent at best, but over the last year or so, Cam has caught his second wind. Part of this can surely be attributed to the peak in Dipset nostalgia over the last little while, with Cam's pink fur photo becoming an iconic and profitable image. Cam has taken advantage of the recycled hype, pulling into the cape game and getting the gang back together for a Dipset tour.