Eminem Annotated A Bunch Of His Biggest Hits On Genius
While they're still not without their naysayers, more and more respected artists and writers have been going to Genius (formerly Rap Genius) to contribute annotations. We've seen Rick Rubin, A-Trak, Nas, The-Dream, Sasha Frere-Jones and more contribute words to the constantly growing lyrics site, and now Eminem has joined the roster of contributors. Em has shared some stories behind a few of his biggest hits on the site, including "My Name Is," "Lose Yourself," "Stan," "In Da Club," and even his closing freestyle in 8 Mile.
Top 5 "Shook Ones" Freestyles
Fabolous' latest giveaway is not your average freestyle--it was a major statement. Most rappers, wisely, would shy away from such a beat--"Shook Ones", the lead off Mobb Deep's legendary The Infamous. But Fabo gave it a good shot. The best? You decide.
Forgot About Dre: Tracking Dr. Dre's Last Five Years
"How nigga? My last album was The Chronic." Sure, it took Dre almost seven years to follow up his classic debut with another album, but along the way, he became one of the industry's biggest moguls. He discovered Slim Shady and built an empire around him with Aftermath (and Shady) Records.
AARP: Best Rappers Over 40
Isn't it crazy how some rappers just refuse to retire? Take Jay Z for example, he retired about a decade ago and that lasted all of no time at all. It's hard to put down something you truly love, and even though rap is a young man's sport, this list is dedicated to those who hardly age.
Yelawolf Releases "Love Story" Tracklist & Tour Schedule
Tracks like "Til It's Gone" and "Whiskey In a Bottle" have got us hyped for Yelawolf's next album, Love Story, which is scheduled to be out April 2. Today, he surprised fans by releasing a photo of the album's full tracklist, handwritten by Yelawolf himself, on Instagram. We already knew Eminem was executively producing Love Story, and it's now confirmed that he will rap on the album as well. Yelawolf writes Em's name down as the album's only feature, on the track "Best Friend". Who knew Em and Yelawolf were BFFs?
The 10 Best Movie Cameos By Rappers
Yesterday, we learned that Kanye West would be making an appearance in the upcoming sequel to one of Ben Stiller's best-loved movies: "Zoolander." It won't be the first time Mr.
50 Cent Details Upcoming Collaboration With Eminem Called "Champions"
Over the last year, 50 Cent has been more active in the music game than he's been in quite some time, yet we still have yet to hear his consistently delayed studio album, Street King Immortal. In an interview with MTV, Fif spoke of one song that will appear on the project that will be unlike anything we've heard from him over his last stretch of releases-- a collaboration with Eminem.
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
Kanye West Speaks On His Crazy NY Fashion Week
In an interview with Complex, Kanye spoke on his integration into the fashion world and the pressure he felt before debuting his "Yeezy: Season 1" show with adidas last Thursday. The interview solely focuses on Yeezy's fashion ventures, though Kanye says "Yeezy: Season 1" was created with the same "mentality and passion that brought College Dropout into existence." Throughout the interview, there are 'Ye quotables you don't want to miss.
Oh Let's Duet: Most Unlikely Grammy Performance Pairings
The Grammys bring all of recorded popular music together under one roof. It's the only time you can see Snoop Dogg and Billy Joel at the same party (because Billy's a Piru for life). After several years of awkwardly sitting rap's biggest stars next to pop's schmaltziest, some enterprising show producer decided to bring that contrast to the main stage, throwing rap artists and pop artists together to see what sticks.
5 Times The Grammys Got 'Best Rap Album' Right
The Grammys are coming right up, and we'll have the pleasure of watching Iggy Azealia, Common, Eminem, Childish Gambino, Schoolboy Q or Wiz Khalifa take home an award for the 'Best Rap Album.' In the past, the Grammys have picked some albums that had everyone scratching their head, but they've also got it right a few times. We're going to focus on those instances with this list.
5 Times The Grammys Got 'Best Rap Album' Wrong
With the Grammys coming up this Sunday, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the times they have upset us, the hip-hop community, the most. Because nobody is perfect and the Grammys are certainly no exception. While there are a few time they got the 'Best Rap Album' right (and we will take a look at the flip side of this list later today, so keep an eye out), there have also been quite a few instances where they picked the absolute wrong album, upon general consensus.
Top 15 Star Wars References In Hip-Hop
The teaser trailer for the first new Star Wars movie in nearly a decade dropped on Thanksgiving Day and we all began to process it in stages.
Tech N9ne Reveals Eminem Collaboration In The Works For "Special Effects"
Last week Tech N9ne announced a release date for his upcoming album Special Effects. The album is due out on May 5th, and while Tech may be putting the finishing touches on it right now, he's still missing one very essential verse. During a live show at the Diamond Ballroom, Tech revealed that he's awaiting a verse from none other than Eminem.
#TBT: Nate Dogg Features
Nate Dogg left an incredible body of work before his time came to an end. He crushed it on his solo projects, alongside 213, and also on dozens and dozens of legendary features. The latter of which is what we're focusing on today. We wanted to take a look at 10 of Nate Dogg's rawest features. He's ran with the obvious likes of Eminem, Fabolous, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, but also with E-40, Shaquille O'Neal, Mos Def and Mobb Deep. He's a fascinating artist to get in to because he roots go back deep to the early 90s when he was doing his part in pioneering the g-funk sound.
50 Cent Says He Has Song With Eminem On "Street King Immortal"
As we reported on over the weekend, 50 Cent took over New York Daily News for the day today. We're not sure exactly how involved he was (or is) in the editorial process for NY Daily News, but he was apparently going to help pick the news stories they ran today, choose photos, and attend meetings. Along with those duties, there was a live chat with the rapper on the newspaper's blog.
Eminem Visits Terminally Ill Fan In Michigan
Eminem may be hyper-aggressive on record, but when it comes to his fans, his inner-kindness comes shining through. Gage Garmo, a huge Eminem fan caught the rapper's attention when his friends got the hashtag, #GetGageGarmoToMeetEminem trending. The 17-year-old Garmo had been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer that gave him only a week to live. His last wish was apparently to meet his hero, Em, who upon hearing the story, agreed to come to the teen's house just outside of Detroit.
Iggy Azalea Thinks The Criticism Towards Her Stems From Misogyny
Iggy Azalea's rise to fame has not been without critics and haters, including some very vocal disapproval from similar or lesser celebrity stature, like Azealia Banks and Lord Jamar. Given the Australian rapper's penchant for putting on some weird Southern accent in her raps, and generally giving us bars about absolutely nothing over pop-driven instrumentals, the criticism from rap counterparts isn't unwarranted.
Eminem Sued Over Sample In "Rap God"
Eminem paid homage to a lot of rappers in his lyrical acrobatics on "Rap God," however, it seems that one MC who got a shout out of sorts was none too pleased about it. Mid-song on "Rap God" Em samples, however briefly, "Lookin' Boy" from Chicago rap group Hotstylz, allegedly without their permission. Now one of the MCs in the group, rapper Raymond Jones, is suing Eminem and his record label for a cool $8 million. All for a 25-second sample.
Royce Da 5'9" Doesn't Think J. Cole's "Fire Squad" Was An Eminem Diss
It's a combination of rap fans' thirst for beef and media's thirst for clicks that often turns ordinary statements into "shade". In the case of J. Cole's "Fire Squad", the speculation around a line made the rounds before many even heard the song themselves.