Most Disappointing Projects Of 2014
After giving everyone a positive spin with the Hottest Songs of 2014, we're getting brutally honest and critical today with the Most Disappointing Projects of 2014. Following 2013’s parade of ridiculously good albums, it was hard to keep pace and not get left behind from the jump.
#TBT: Eminem's Early Deep Cuts
Marshall Mather's career has been a roller-coaster ride of success, drug abuse, WTF moments and undeniable talent. Widely regarded as one of the best MCs of all time, Eminem has no shortage of recognizable tunes and hits.
J. Cole Lists Top 5 Rappers, Recalls "Worshipping" Eminem
J. Cole's address of white privilege on "Fire Squad" has consistently been misconstrued as an Eminem diss by fans and media alike. Cole has always been pretty vocal about his admiration for Shady, but he nevertheless took the chance to set the record straight in his recent interview with Angie Martinez.
Review: Shady Records "Shady XV"
Fifteen years of Shady Records represents an unusual time for rap music, transitioning out of the shiny suit era and into a bubble featuring new names. Aside from D12 and Obie Trice releases, the label’s existence was mostly tied to Eminem signing a certain Queens MC.
Trick-Trick Suggests Banning J. Cole From Detroit Following Eminem "Diss"
Trick-Trick may be a rapper, but he's primarily known as the creator of the "No Fly Zone" policy that he enforces in his hometown of Detroit. Trick has been known to ban rappers from the city if they do not actively support the Detroit rap scene or collaborate with artists from the region. We most recently saw some conflict arise from this when Rick Ross attempted to play a show in Michigan, but it appears J.
Spotify Names Their Most Popular Artists & Songs Of The Year, Pharrell Wins Big
By now, it's no secret that streaming giant Spotify has eclipsed nearly every other comparable service in its field, so its new list of the "top" (or most popular) music of the year is probably one of the best gauges of America's listening habits that we have. Including categories for male and female artists, albums and songs, the list includes several artists from the hip-hop/R&B world (alright, mostly the R&B one). Check out the lists below.
J. Cole Takes Shots At Iggy Azalea, Eminem & Macklemore On "2014 Forest Hills Drive" Leak
J. Cole is going a unique route with his upcoming album 2014 Forest Hills Drive. He's shying away from traditional promo and album campaign, instead getting the fans directly involved by hosting a listening session at his childhood home (which the LP is named after) and inviting fans to come through. He's also not dropping any singles leading up to the December 9th release date.
First Week Sales For "Shady XV" & "Hood Billionaire"
Last week, the guy with the best selling hip-hop album of 2013 and the guy with the best selling hip-hop album of 2014 (thus far) dropped new albums.
Stream Eminem's "Shady XV" Compilation
On Friday, Eminem and Shady Records will be dropping a two-disc compilation entitled Shady XV. Preceded by the massive, 66 track mixtape that we premiered for the label over the weekend, the project arrived on Spotify today for your streaming pleasure.
Iggy Azalea Wins "Best Hip Hop Album" At The American Music Awards
In the ongoing debate about whether or not Iggy Azalea is "hip hop," the judges at the American Music Awards have cast their vote as an overwhelming "yes." Beating out Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2, as well as Drake's Nothing Was The Same, Iggy's The New Classic took home the ceremony's award for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album.
Iggy Azalea Responds To Eminem's Mention On "Shady XV" Record
Eminem's compilation album Shady XV isn't supposed to be dropping until November 24th, but you know how things go on the internet, everything tends to arrive a tad early. Apparently Em isn't exempt from this general rule, and with album leaks circulating, fans (and blogs) have noticed a diss (of sorts) towards Iggy Azalea. The line in question appears on the Bad Meets Evil record "Vegas" off Shady XV's first disc.
Shady Records Plans To Drop Huge Mixtape In Support Of "Shady XV"
Eminem and his team at Shady have really stepped up their efforts in the roll-out of their compilation double-disc album, Shady XV. Rightly so, as the album celebrates 15 years of Shady Records. After giving us a cypher with Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf and Eminem, plus some short black and white cartoons, we'll be getting one more piece of content presumably before the album arrives on Monday: a mixtape.
Classic Rotation: Dr. Dre's "2001"
It was 15 years ago today that Dr. Dre released 2001, his 20-track, star-studded, cinematic LP. “It's a movie, with different varieties of situations. So you've got buildups, touching moments, aggressive moments…It's got everything that a movie needs,” Dre said of the album.
Samples Of The Week: November 13
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey". This week, see who Eminem, PRhyme and Azealia Banks sampled on their recent tracks, all of which can be found on HNHH.
Azealia Banks Criticizes Eminem For Rapping "I’ll Punch Lana Del Rey Right In The Face"
Eminem's new "SHADY CXVPHER" has attracted a fair amount of attention since hitting the web yesterday, namely because Em is still one of the biggest rappers in the game, and pretty much anything he does is going to get an insane number of eyeballs. However, very quickly the discussion turned from the technical raps of Em, Slaughterhouse, and Yelawolf, and toward a line in Shady's verse.
Eminem, Slaughterhouse & Yelawolf To Air "Shady CXVPHER" Tomorrow
Remember the classic cypher from Eminem and the Slaughterhouse gang a few years back at the BET Hip-Hop Awards? Well good news, the gang is about to do it all over again.
Taylor Swift's "1989" Projected To Have Best-Selling Week Since "The Eminem Show"
Some general music news here for those among us who care about album sales: it has been officially announced that Taylor Swift's fifth studio album 1989 is on track to have the biggest-selling week for any album in any genre since The Eminem Show sold 1,322,000 copies in 2002. Her sales are currently estimated to be upwards of 1,200,000 copies. It's important to note that, with only two months remaining in the calendar year, no other album to be released in 2014 has reached platinum status yet.
10 Horrorcore Tracks For Halloween
Violence isn't an odd topic in hip-hop music by any stretch of the imagination; there probably hasn't been a mainstream rap album to hit stores this year in which an emcee didn't at least threaten to kill someone. Gun violence and homicide are an epidemic in hip-hop. Cannibalism, torture, and crucification, on the other hand, are harder topics to come by.
Eminem Shares "Shady XV" Cover Art [Update: Tracklist Revealed]
Back in August, Eminem confirmed that a new project entitled Shady XV would be dropping later this fall. He also revealed that it'd be a double record, with one disc functioning as a greatest hits collection, and the other as a compilation featuring new music from him, Yelawolf, D12, Slaughterhouse and Bad Meets Evil.
Big Sean Says Eminem Collab Will Not Be On His Album, Confirms Kanye West, Chris Brown & Ariana Grande Features
The internet got excited when Big Sean confirmed that the long-awaited collaboration with Eminem was finally happening. In a recent interview he kept it brief, just saying that a "somethin'" would arrive sooner or later. Now, in another interview with Angie Martinez over at Power 105.1, the G.O.O.D. rapper explains a bit more on his studio session with Eminem, and says that the song will likely not land on his upcoming album.