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.
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.
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.
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.
"PRhyme Time" Remix Contest For Royce Da 5'9" & DJ Premier's "Courtesy"
Music fans rejoiced when news broke that Royce Da 5'9" and DJ Premier were teaming up to create PRhyme, a rapper-producer duo as well as the title of their debut album together. With Royce's undeniable wordplay and Premier's adaptation of music from Adrian Younge's catalog and signature scratches, hip-hop enthusiasts are in for a treat, when the album drops on December 9th.
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.
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.
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 Confirms He Will Produce a Full Nas Album
DJ Premier has provided Nas with some classic material over the years, including what could be argued as the emcee's most definitive cut, "NY State Of Mind". There has been talk of the two sitting down to record a full project together for some time, but it has yet to materialize-- and things did not look good when the beatmaker didn't even appear on Nas' last album, Life Is Good.
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".
Review: Royce da 5’9" and DJ Premier’s "PRhyme"
When Royce da 5’9” and DJ Premier announced that they’d be making an entire project together, hip-hop heads everywhere got excited. Premier is a legendary figure in hip-hop and Royce is widely revered for his ability to spit quality bars. With three years having passed since Royce’s last project, he’s still managed to remain active with work related to Slaughterhouse and Shady. Premier’s name will be relevant in hip hop discussions no matter what.
Wale Is Working With J. Cole & DJ Premier On "The Album About Nothing"
Wale recently made headlines for an altercation he had with a Twitter troll, who he approached IRL at a WWE match this weekend, leading to a bit of a scuffle. While he's still having a tough time controlling his temper, the DC has still found time to work steadily on his 4th official project, The Album About Nothing.
DJ Premier & Royce Da 5'9" Announce "PRhyme" Album, Reveal Features
Nine days ago, DJ Premier and Royce Da 5'9" appeared together in a brief video that hinted at a joint project entitled "PRhyme." Now, the duo have confirmed that a joint album is on the way and have revealed plans for several high-profile features.
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.
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.
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.
Wale Reveals That Pete Rock And DJ Premier Are Working On "The Album About Nothing"
Though no release date has been announced, anticipation is already building for Wale's upcoming album, The Album About Nothing. Previously, we reported that J. Cole and DJ Premier were working with Wale on the release, and now, we can add legendary producer Pete Rock's name to that list. This morning, Wale took to Twitter to shout-out his new producers, tweeting:
Stream Royce Da 5'9'' & DJ Premier's "PRhyme"
NPR has slowly but surely become a go-to destination for some of the dopest hip-hop around.
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!"