Watch 2016 BET Hip-Hip Award Cyphers
Well here it is. The most anticipated & exciting part of every BET Hip-Hop Awards Show is arguably the cyphers, and now that this years show just finished up being aired on television, we can see how this year's crew did.
Lil Uzi Vert Calls Ab-Soul "One Of The Best Rappers"
A couple of days ago, Ab-Soul called out the new generation of "lil" rappers, seemingly implicating Lil Uzi Vert, as he then tweeted, "We don't pass on PRIMO beats in this sport kids!" He was likely referring to Uzi's refusal to rap over the beat to Gang Starr's "Mass Appeal" when asked to freestyle during a HOT 97 interview earlier this year.
DJ Premier Says He Smoothed Things Over With Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Uzi irked a few individuals in the hip hop world when passed up a DJ Premier beat while laying down a freestyle at HOT 97 earlier this year. None moreso than Ab-Soul, who took to Twitter earlier this week to express his displeasure with Lil Uzi. "All these new "lil" niggaz is weak as the time it took to create earth...," he wrote. "We don't pass on PRIMO beats in this sport kids!"
Ab-Soul Calls "New Lil" Rappers "Weak"
Ab-Soul isn't the first rapper in the game to take issue with some of his colleagues. We recently saw Pete Rock lay out his feelings about some of the new wave of artists, including Lil Yachty and fellow rappers that are heard to understand on wax. Yachty took it in stride (sorta), but now Ab-Soul has stepped in to also throw shade at this new generation of rappers, the same that Pete Rock was referencing.
Classic Rotation: Jay Z's "Reasonable Doubt"
Take a blind swing at any of the coke rap icons from the mid-2000s and you're bound to hit something Jay Z related. Pusha T's "I ain't spent one rap dollar in three years, holla" line from Clipse's iconic collection of stovetop sermons, Hell Hath No Fury, directly echoes a Jay lyric from a decade prior: "Without rap, I was crazy straight/Partner, I'm still spending money from '88." The plush, high thread count sound Rick Ross made a career off of before he heard his first Lex Luger beat?
#TBT: Gang Starr
The celebration of 4/20 is generally a joyous one in the hip hop community, but the day before is always saddened by the anniversary of a legend's passing. Guru, of Gang Starr, passed away on April 19, 2010 after a fight with cancer, and from that day forward rap music has been without one of its brightest stars.
Classic Rotation: Gang Starr's 'Hard To Earn'
1994 was a ground-breaking year for hip hop music. 1994 is to hip hop what 1969 is to psychedelic rock or what 1977 is to disco. 1994 was the year in which hip hop exploded from the underground onto the mainstream. Looking back, Illmatic and Ready To Die dominate the historical landscape, and obscure lesser-known but still-classic albums from artists like O.C., Warren G and Gang Starr.
Vote For Your Favorite "I Love Kanye" Remix
Almost all the tracks on The Life of Pablo are great. The one I've probably played the least is the one that doesn't have a beat, "I Love Kanye," the a cappella track that landed between "Freestyle 4" and "Waves." Still, it's an essential part of the album, finding Kanye amused by the tendency of the public to pit different "Kanyes," defined by each mini-era throughout his music career, against one another.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Announce "This Unruly Mess I've Made" Tracklist
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will release their sophomore album This Unruly Mess I've Made on February 26th. Mack has now shared the tracklist... The standout features are YG, Chance the Rapper, Idris Elba (!!), & the gawd Anderson. Paak. Macklemore recruited several OGs for the project, notably Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee & Grandmaster Caz, KRS-One, & DJ Premier.
#TBT: DJ Premier's 1990s Productions
DJ Premier was born in Texas in 1966, before moving to New York City during his teenage years. It was there that he would become an integral part of hip hop's blossoming in the 80s and 90s. Along with Guru, he was half of the seminal duo Gang Starr. With Nas, he produced three of the tracks off Illmatic, one of the great classic records of the golden era.
De La Soul, Pro Era & More To Perform At J Dilla Weekend 2016
New Era and Ma Dukes (J Dilla’s mom) have unveiled the full lineup for the upcoming J Dilla Weekend 2016, honoring the late beatmaker and emcee. This is the second J Dilla weekend, after the event in 2015 was deemed a “resounding success” by the organizers. The event will take place in Miami, Florida, at a to be determined venue.
DJ Premier Says He Studies Rich Homie Quan & Young Thug
At 49, DJ Premier may be pretty old by hip hop standards but he's still one of the most active artists in the industry.
DJ Premier Announces Solo Album Featuring Nas, Dr. Dre & More
DJ Premier has been involved in countless classic projects throughout his career, and he's still at it. Last year, he gave us the collaborative PRhyme project with Royce Da 5'9", and he's still promising a similar project with Nas somewhere down the line. Before that, he's got a solo project in the works.
Royce Da 5'9" Hints At "PRhyme 2," Requests Features From Kendrick Lamar & Eminem
Royce Da 5'9" has decided to conceptualize another new project with DJ Premier on Twitter today. He started out by launching the hashtag, "#PRhymeTWO," before hitting Premier with some motivation, writing "I need to let these ideas out my brain bruh." From there, he called out to Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, and The Game, looking for potential collaborators -- "real lyricists" who are "ready to spar".
DJ Rhettmatic Confirms Dr. Dre X DJ Premier Collab
DJ Premier recently posted a cryptic but promising Instagram picture of him posing with Dr. Dre, "PUTTIN' IN WORK, according to Premier's caption. As is turns out, he really was putting in work with The Good Doctor. According to an Instagram post authored by DJ Rhettmatic. the two got together to produce one of the songs on the upcoming Compton: The Soundtrack.
Rap Industry Recap: July 2015
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings to movie deals to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
Stream The NBA 2K16 Soundtrack, Curated By DJ Mustard, DJ Khaled & DJ Premier
Earlier this month, it was announced that the soundtrack of 2K Sports' NBA 2K16 video gmae would be curated by a triumvirate of hip hop's finest DJs, namely DJ Mustard, DJ Khaled and DJ Premier. Today, the whole thing is available for streaming on Spotify. Check each Dj's tracklist below, and stream it at the bottom of the page.
Dr. Dre & DJ Premier Spotted "Putting In Work" Together
DJ Premier recently posted an Instagram photo of him posing with none other than Dr. Dre in an undisclosed location. "PUTTIN' IN WORK...#premierwuzhere," read Premier's caption.
DJ Mustard, DJ Khaled, & DJ Premier To Curate NBA 2K16 Soundtrack
2K Sports announced in a press release that the NBA 2K16 soundtrack will be curated by DJ Mustard, DJ Khaled, & DJ Premier. With 50+ tracks and six new exclusives, it will be the biggest soundtrack in the history of the franchise. Pharrell curated the 2K15 soundtrack.
Classic Rotation: Gang Starr's "Hard To Earn"
1994 was a very important year for hip hop music. What 1969 was for psychedelic rock, or what 1977 was for disco, 1994 was for hip hop. It was an absolutely shaping year that prepared an underground art for mainstream explosion. Albums like Illmatic and Ready To Die spearheaded the movement, but albums by O.C., Warren G and Gang Starr also helped to sculp the scene.