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.
Review: The Game's "Documentary 2"
The Game is a man of contradictions. His long-awaited follow-up to 2005's The Documentary begins with the Compton rapper hopping out of his car to bust some heads, and ends with a cheery hook sung by will.i.am and Fergie that sounds like it belongs in a Mary Kate & Ashley movie set in Los Angeles. In between, he's all over the place, sometimes slipping up with his lyrics, collab choices, or subject matter, but more often than not giving us some of his best material in years.
Stream The Game's "The Documentary 2"
The Game has been promising The Documentary 2 all summer, and while it may have taken a little longer than expected, the project has been made available today.
The Game Don't Change: The Making Of "The Documentary 2"
“My nostalgia is one hundred percent Compton and zero percent snitch" - The Game --------------------- 3:35 PM, HNHH HQ, one Monday in September: the elevator door groaned open. There stood The Game and his entourage. I couldn’t actually see his face, but I could still see him, amid the flood of bodies pouring out of the elevator and into the adjacent room -- a camo snapback floating above the crowd, cocked up and backwards at the jauntiest angle possible.
10 Artists That Dr. Dre Put On
Dr. Dre is one of the most legendary figures in hip hop history. From his early days with the influential N.W.A. through to his most recent release Compton, the 50-year old artist has conquered multiple industries. For us, his most important contributions have been to rap music.
Top Tracks: September 28 - October 4
10) The Game feat. Diddy - Standing On Ferraris In his search for another hit, The Game is an equal opportunity employer. The decidedly West Coast rapper is even willing to reach out to the figurehead of the label that was once at the forefront of the East Coast sound -- though he only grants him a speaking role. "Standing On Ferraris" didn't budge in its second week on the charts, holding strong at #10.
6 Artists Who Cut Ties With Their (Former) Crews
In August, former Hustle Gang member Spodee ruffled more than a few feathers during his interview with DJ Smallz when he stated, "I have the potential to be bigger than Tip or if not, just as big." Grand Hustle chief T.I. didn't let this sit quietly, he took to Instagram to address Spodee’s claims of outgrowing the label and going against the Grand Hustle family.
Forbes Hip Hop Cash Kings List Includes Diddy, Jay Z, Drake, & More
Forbes released its 2015 Hip Hop Cash Kings list, and there are few surprises. Diddy holds down the top spot, matching the $60 million he raked in last year. He can thank Ciroc for his financial success. Sorry, 50.
Hip-Hop's 10 Best Surprise Projects
Ever since Beyonce’s eponymous album took the world, and subsequently the internet, by storm, the concept of the surprise release has been a trend that a wide span of artists have adopted. From David Bowie to Kanye West, the unexpected drop has proven to be beneficial for a buzzworthy artist to make a big splash. Not just a splash, either. Usually, these surprise releases wind up being incredible instalments of quality music.
Listen To The New Episode Of Dr. Dre's "The Pharmacy" With Quincy Jones
Drake's OVO Radio has been getting a lot of attention due to its many exclusive releases, but Dr. Dre's The Pharmacy has also had its share of memorable moments, and this week's installment was no exception.
MTV VMAs: Top Hip-Hop Moments
The MTV Video Music Awards are upon us. The popular cable network has definitely changed drastically over the years - putting its once eponymous ‘Music’ on the backburner. Their flagship award ceremony acts a nice bit of nostalgic entertainment for the channel, still a celebration of the year in music.
Charts Don't Lie: August 29
The N.W.A. cart takeover is far from over. this week, nit only did Dr. Dre's new album (and accompaniment to the film), Compton, maintain its position at the top of the rap charts, but both the group's seminal album, Straight Outta Compton, and Eazy-E's effort, Eazy-Duz-It made it into the top 40.
Dee Barnes Has Responded To Dr. Dre's Apology
After Dee Barnes' essay addressing the exclusion of her assault from Straight Outta Compton, Dr. Dre issued an apology, making it out to "the women I've hurt".
Charts Don't Lie: August 22
This was Straight Outta Compton's week, and the sales reflect it. Dr. Dre's long-awaited third studio album made an impressive number one debut, becoming the third best rap sales week of 2015 behind Drake and Kendrick Lamar. Meanwhile, Future is still profiting from the support of the #FutureHive, sticking at 7, while Drake and Meek are still pretty neck and neck, despite the public's perception of things, placing at number 10 and number 13 respectively.
Straight Outta Compton Will Top The Box Office For A Second Week
Straight Outta Compton set box office records last weekend, but its success is far from over. Variety reports that the acclaimed N.W.A. biopic is the highest grossing film of the week, putting it at the top of box office earnings once again. Not only will Compton claim the top spot for two consecutive weeks, but it is also set to break the $100 million mark today (August 22nd).