The age-old question under which almost all hip-hop music is scrutinized: does it pass the car test? There isn't a precise recipe for passing the car test. What goes in the living room, livens up an elevator, or tears the roof off of a nightclub, may not be suitable for the cabin of your automobile. If you asked me, I would say that passing the car test requires a certain bold, yet uninvasive presence, allowing you to balance your attention between the rhymes, the rhythm, and the road.
Dr. Dre Shares Release Date & Promotional Photo For N.W.A Biopic
The actors who will portray Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E in the upcoming N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton, were revealed earlier this week, and now Dr. Dre has given us the official release date for the film.
Jerry Heller, Former N.W.A. Manager, Dies At 75
Jerry Heller, the former manager of influential West Coast rap group N.W.A, has passed away at the age of 75. His cause of death is not yet known.
Dr. Dre & Kendrick Lamar Guest At Game's "The Documentary" 10th Anniversary Concert
Game's debut album, The Documentary just celebrated its tenth anniversary this weekend, and on top of making hip hop heads world-wide feel old, the Compton rapper decided to toast the occasion with a special concert.
RIP Nate Dogg: A Look Into The Work Of The Hook King
On March 15, 2011, Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, who we know better as Nate Dogg, passed away from complications of multiple strokes. He left behind a body of work that includes the best hooks rap has ever seen.
Eminem's Top 5 Songs From Movie Soundtracks
Eminem's lengthy career has been littered with various endeavors, but the projects he attaches himself too always seem to make sense-- he's not out here making frivolous moves just 'cause. From producing for select artists, to forming his own label Shady Records, to working on movies like "8 Mile," it's usually something that hits home for Em. It was announced the other month that the rapper would be executive producing the upcoming film, "Southpaw," which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whittaker and Rachel McAdams.
The 10 Most Iconic '90s Hip-Hop Album Covers
The '90s is a decade that becomes more legendary with time. The magical aura that surrounds Led Zeppelin IV or Ziggy Stardust begins to surround albums like Illmatic and Reasonable Doubt. In the case of '90s hip hop, cover art was a vital piece of any album's identity, and many artists created images that would be as recognizable as their beats and lyrics, if not more so.
Rihanna, Diddy, & The Weeknd Among Forbes' Highest-Paid Celebrities Of 2016
Forbes has released its Highest-Paid Celebrities of 2016 list, comprised of the 100 celebrities who earned the most money between June 2015 and June 2016 to crack the Top 100. Taylor Swift took the #1 spot with a whopping $170 million earned. A few hip hop & luminaries made the cut as well:
Hip-Hop Albums That Represent Major Cities
Have you ever been listening to a hip-hop album from top to bottom and realized that every word, every beat and every cadence is an almost perfect representation of the city you're from? Have you ever taken a step back and noticed how much an album "sounds" like a very distinct place? That is the power of hip-hop albums; they serve as city soundtracks.
5 Things We Want From The Game's "Documentary 2"
In the past few weeks, we've been stoking our curiosity about rappers' new albums by coming up with wish lists of the various things we'd think would ensure dopeness. We've already dreamed up idealized versions of Childish Gambino's upcoming project and Lil Wayne's quickly approaching Free Weezy Album, and now it's time to tackle a long in-the-works sequel to one of Cali's most celebrated albums of the 2000s.
Scott Storch Reunites With Dr. Dre
The recent comeback of production legend Scott Storch has been an inspiring story. His hit streak in the early and mid-'00s came to an end due to his struggles with addiction, which eventually caused his financial ruin. After declaring bankruptcy last summer, Storch vowed to get sober, and a few months later, he managed to score a big placement on Rick Ross' Black Market single "Sorry," featuring Chris Brown.
Classic Rotation: Eminem's "Slim Shady LP"
"In my entire career in the music industry, I have never found anything from a demo tape or a CD. When Jimmy played [Eminem’s demo], I said, 'Find him. Now.'” -Dr. Dre
Ranking Fabolous' Friday Freestyles From Worst To Best
The first time I ever heard Fab was when I was 12. I heard “Can’t Deny It” and realized that he was beyond nice. You see, Fabolous is a gladiator. You can throw him in the octagon and he’ll walk out unscathed. I always refer to him as the Vince Carter of rap because at any moment, he could unleash an array of tricks that could leave you in awe. Fab is an extraordinary talent that can mesmerize you with his pen game. Lyrically, he’s been as consistent as anybody else in the rap game. Every time he drops a bar, you’re liable to do the ugly face.
5 Things We Want From Dr. Dre's "Straight Outta Compton" Soundtrack
Tomorrow, Dr. Dre is dropping... something. Ice Cube said as much in an interview earlier this week, calling the release in question "an album inspired by the "Compton" movie," referring to the August 14th N.W.A. biopic that he, Dre and director F. Gary Gray have been working on. But will this be just another "music inspired by the film"-style soundtrack? Or something bigger?
Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre & Suge Knight Sued Over "Doggystyle" Song "Ain't No Fun"
Snoop Dogg's ""Ain't No Fun (If The Homies Can't Have None)," though never released as a single, is one of the most recognizable records on Snoop Dogg's 1993 debut, Doggystyle. It's also one of the most well-known hooks from the late Nate Dogg. However, a new lawsuit claims that the record actually belongs to two lesser known rappers, according to TMZ.
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".
Dr. Dre Selling Former Mansion For $35 Million
Despite being one of the richest rappers in the game for some time, Dr. Dre is moving up. The legendary producer sold his partially owned company, Beats By Dre, to Apple for 3 Billion dollars earlier this year, and it seems a $35 million dollar mansion simply isn't enough for him anymore.
Producer Claims Dr. Dre & 50 Cent Deliberately Cut Him Out Of "P.I.M.P." Money
50 Cent and Dr. Dre are now being sued over "P.I.M.P," one of a handful of classic tracks off 50's Get Rich or Die Tryin', released via Aftermath Entertainment. The "P.I.M.P." production credits go to Mr. Porter and Brandon Parrott, the latter whom apparently never got paid for the now-Gold certified track.
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...
Royce Da 5'9" Once Turned Down A $250,000 Deal With Dr. Dre
Royce Da 5’9” is gearing up to release Layers in April, and sat down for a quick interview with Complex to discuss his past and where’s at in his career. The Detroit rappers speaks on his sobriety, his friendship with Eminem, and more. We’ve broken down the highlights for y’all below.