Dr. Dre Announces Anderson .Paak's Signing To Aftermath
For many, Anderson .Paak's consistent presence on Dr. Dre's comeback album, Compton, was an introduction to the multi-talented songwriter, so it's no surprise that .Paak has decided to sign with Dre's Aftermath imprint. Dre and Anderson delivered the news through a video on .Paak's Twitter today. "What's up to the new Aftermath representative," said Dre as he shook hands with the excited singer. "Anderson .Paak, baby". Anderson captioned the clip as "Aftermath gets the last laugh".
Meet Anderson .Paak: The Most Exciting New Voice In R&B
In 2014, Anderson .Paak ditched his old moniker Breezy Lovejoy for his current nom de guerre, which is a play on his given name, Brandon Paak Anderson. The thing about the name Breezy Lovejoy is that it is actually a perfect summary of .Paak's entire musical aesthetic -- his jubilant, raspy voice, lyrical warmth and spontaneity, and a free-spiritedness also evident in his septum piercing and his Twitter name: Andy.
Top Tracks: January 11 - January 17
Another week, and the rap game ain't slowing down. TDE proved its youngest member is one of its most prized assets, Tyga finally dropped his mixtape, Mike Will seriously upped the expectations for Ransom 2, and a random Thugger leak managed to crack the Top 5. And that was before the weekend...
Ice Cube Teases N.W.A. & Westside Connection Coachella Reunions
Ice Cube appeared on ‘The Talk’ Friday and snuck in some details about a possible NWA reunion. Ice Cube should probably be playing coy with this information, but from the look on his face O’Shea Jackson was doing everything he could to not spill all the details outright.
N.W.A. To Be Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
The fourth time's a charm. After being nominated four times, most recently this past October, N.W.A. has finally been granted a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Diddy, Jay Z, & Drake Among Forbes' 2015 Highest-Paid Musicians
In 2015, the big bucks come from touring. Just ask Katy Perry, who grossed over $2 million per show during her Prismatic World Tour. With $135 million earned in 2015, she is the year's highest-paid musician and the highest-paid celebrity of anyone not named Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao.
"Straight Outta Compton" Named Best Film Of 2015 By The AAFCA
"Straight Outta Compton" was not without controversy but ultimately was a critical and popular smash that has garnered over $200 million in the box office, by far the highest grossing music biopic of all time. With awards season beginning, the accolades are starting to pour in.
10 Essential Anderson .Paak Tracks
Anderson .Paak has had a huge year. He was one of the unique voices of Dr. Dre's Compton album, sure, but he's also released a number of his own tracks along with being featured alongside some of the biggest names in the business. His ability to transcend traditional rapping/singing techniques to create a unique voice of his own has made him a go-to as of late.
A HotNewHipHop Thanksgiving: 10 Things We're Thankful For
Thanksgiving is here, and while we gather with our families to reflect on what we are thankful for this year, we here at HotNewHipHop can’t help but reminisce on the year thus far with gratitude. We’ve been spoiled with albums and mixtapes, as well as a healthy amount of "comebacks." As analysts of the genre, we’ve been overwhelmed with remarkable material from artists upcoming and legendary alike. As fans, our excitement has us feeling young again.
Apple Music Will Shut Down Beats Music At The End Of The Month
Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine launched the Beats Music streaming service in January 2014, and about four months later, Apple purchased the entire Beats company for $3.2 billion, the largest purchase in the tech giant's history. It was assumed that Apple's acquisition of Beats signaled that the company intended to align itself with the Beats streaming service, though Apple Music was launched in June of this year, and Beats Music remained its own platform, though still under the Apple umbrella.
Dr. Dre's "Compton" & The Weeknd's "Beauty Behind The Madness" Go Gold
Album sales don't move as fast as they used to, but the biggest releases do manage to hit gold within a year, with a very select few making it to platinum status. The two most recent 2015 releases to get gold certification from the RIAA (which is measured on a different scale than Nielsen Soundscan, and doesn't include streams) are Dr. Dre's Compton and The Weeknd's Beauty Behind The Madness.
Dr. Dre Hints At New Music Coming Today
Dr. Dre already gave us a full album this year -- something most of us thought was a complete impossibility at this point. Today, we may be getting even more music from the legendary producer/rapper, though it's not clear how old or new the selection might be.Dre has promised some "unreleased" music will be premiered on his Beats 1 Radio show The Pharmacy today, and while we know he must have a huge bank of music from multiple eras -- so it's hard to predict exactly what we'll be hearing tonight.
Jerry Heller Sues Dr. Dre, Ice Cube & "Straight Outta Compton" For $110 Million
Jerry Heller, the former manager of N.W.A., is suing all those involved in the group's recent biopic, Straight Outta Compton, for (at least) $110 million, reports TMZ. Heller, now 75, has just filed a lawsuit against Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, the estate of Eazy-E, NBC Universal, and others for defamation and using his likeness in their film without his permission.
12 Self-Produced Hip Hop Albums to Hear
MCs and producers are traditionally two different people, but occasionally the hip hop world is blessed with an artist that can play both roles. Dr. Dre once claimed to be a "a producer who can rap and control the maestro," and when he said it, there weren't a whole bunch of dudes who were capable of doing it. Since then, artists like MF DOOM, Kanye West, and J. Cole have made some serious beats, and then blessed them with their own flow.
Dr. Dre Sued By Former Housekeeper
Raquelle Sagustume, a former housekeeper of Dr. Dre, is suing Dre and his wife, Nicole Young, on the basis of unfair working conditions during her 13 months working at the couple's estate. In the lawsuit, she claims that she was unjustly fired while she was in the hospital due to a work-induced panic attack.
Behind The Beat: Focus...
It takes a village to make an album. Dr. Dre was the executive producer, bossman, and visionary behind Compton, and he had at his disposal a team of some of the best hip hop producers money could buy, including Dem Jointz, DJ Dahi, and entire crew of Aftermath in-house artists.
Dr. Dre Wants To Tour Europe With Snoop Dogg, Eminem & Kendrick Lamar
Snoop Dogg guested on Dr. Dre's Beats 1 radio show "The Pharmacy" last night (Oct. 10), and as the legendary duo reminisced about their classic collaborations, Dre spoke of a wild concoction that he wants to employ in the future. European hip-hop heads will be happy to know that one of Dre's future dreams is to take a full live show to Europe and bring his most renowned collaborators with him -- Snoop, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar.
The Game Says He Recorded About 700 Songs For "The Documentary 2"
The Game and DJ Skee are old friends, having been the dynamic duo behind the legendary diss track "300 Bars." Both have had very successful careers in very different ways, and The Game stopped by Skee's talk show recently to promote The Documentary 2. The interview covered a variety of topics and gave many insights about the album, none greater than the fact that The Game apparently recorded 700 or so songs and eventually narrowed it down to 38. He recalled showing Dre 20 tracks and Dre telling him they were all trash.
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.