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.
Big Sean Confirms Eminem Collaboration
Although previous rumors of Detroit rappers Eminem and Big Sean working together were quashed, it now appears that we'll be hearing a collaborative track after all.
Let The Beat Drop: Hottest BET Hip-Hop Awards Cyphers
The beauty of a cypher is that it gathers artists from different walks of life and allows them to share their fortes. In a hip-hop cypher, competitors and spectators alike gather to hear some of the hardest bars around. The nicest emcee goes home with the respect of onlookers and a metaphorical prize that comes with murdering everything on sight. The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards have potential to include some classic cyphers. This year’s contenders include David Banner, Treach, Remy Ma, T-Rex, and Tsu Surf.
The 10 Hottest Freestyles On Tim Westwood TV
Tim Westwood may not look like your average hip-hop personality, but the 57-year-old gangly white dude, always rocking a different color polo, is an industry legend, and he's been there from the beginning. In the late 80s, Westwood was one of the first DJs in Europe to play hip-hop on mainstream radio. As host of the revolutionary BBC Radio 1 Rap Show, started in '94, he became arguably the #1 importer of American hip-hop to the UK and beyond.
10 Sophomore Albums Compared To Debuts
Kendrick Lamar is gearing up to release the sequel to his debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, as you well know. With the release of the untitled album’s first single (or rather "statement") “i” this Tuesday putting everyone in a frenzy, it’s only a matter of time until we get the full product. While Kendrick is a lyrical and creative genius who looks to be a mainstay in hip-hop for years to come, the bar has been set high for his second album.
Eminem Sues New Zealand Political Party For Copyright Infringement
Eminem and his publishing company have initiated a lawsuit against a New Zealand political party for their allegedly unauthorized use of his song "Lose Yourself." The copyright infringement lawsuit targets the National Party of New Zealand and states that the current prime minister, John Key, used the rapper's "Lose Yourself" music in his re-election campaign without Em's permission.
Mike Shinoda Talks Possible Fort Minor Follow-Up, First Hearing Eminem
If you slept on Mike Shinoda's Fort Minor side-project, you missed out on one of the dopest hip-hop albums of the 2000s. If you didn't, then you know why the possibility of a The Rising Tied follow-up is as exciting as it is. In an interview with Montreality, Shinoda touched on the possibility of the project, claiming, "There's a distinct possibility that there will be some Fort Minor music in the future. And, whatever that is, you know, when that happens, I don't want it to sound like the last thing... I like to keep things moving."
Sadboys: The Saddest Rappers & Their Saddest Songs
I don't know where you were when the sad wars hit, but if Yung Lean and his Sad Boy affiliates ushered in an era where 15-year-old Swedish kids crying over pokemon cards, clad in North Face, are spawning articles in swanky East Coast outlets, now seems like the time to honor the tradition of hip-hop tear jerkers that broke your heart but didn't actually make you cry that one time. That was just something in your eye, right? No, it was allergies, wasn't it?
Eminem Sets Guinness World Record For Most Words In A Hit Single
Eminem is known for his technical ability, and while he's put his sheer rapping talent on display on plenty of songs, "Rap God" took the showmanship to another level. Turns out, the blindingly fast delivery from the Marshall Mathers LP II single has earned it a nod from Guinness World Records for having the most words in a hit single.
Eminem's Wraps Up "The Monster Tour" With Special Shade 45 Interview
Eminem's joint tour with Rihanna "The Monster Tour" came to a close recently, and with that Shade 45 has released a special podcast they did centered around the tour, including backstage interviews from the tour with Eminem, Mr. Porter and The Alchemist. The special show was hosted by Reef, and also includes music from Em, ScHoolboy Q, among others. At around the 30-minute mark Eminem makes his appearance, as per usual, plenty of jokes follow.
Eminem's "Shady XV" Album To Be Double Disc, More Details Emerge
Over the weekend rumors began to fly that Eminem had a new album up his sleeve, and shortly thereafter, the man himself confirmed that Shady XV was a reality. The new album has already locked down Black Friday as a release date, aka November 28th.
Is There An Eminem Project Called "Shady XV" Coming This Fall? [Eminem Confirms Project]
Eminem just wrapped up his much-talked about Monster Tour with Rihanna, but it seems he may not be taking a break anytime soon. A new trailer for "The Equalizer" film hit the net today, and in the closing moments it listed that Eminem's upcoming song, "Guts Over Fear" with Sia was scheduled to appear on a project called Shady XV. Beside the title are the words "Black Friday", which suggests the effort is set for a November release.
Eminem & Rihanna Do The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge On Stage In Detroit
Dr. Dre had one of the more memorable ice bucket challenges we've seen thus far, and the hip hop mogul decided to pass the task on to Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and Eminem. We saw K.Dot's video earlier in the week, and now Eminem has taken the plunge-- on stage at The Monster Tour no less. That's right, Em got the very special honor of having Rihanna douse him in ice water, for which he quickly returned the favor. From the footage we've seen, it's not clear who the two stars have challenged, but chances are they've picked some high profile candidates.
Eminem's Celebrity Disses: A Chronology
It's been well over a decade since Eminem reveled in the center of seemingly every fiery controversy in popular culture. Never before had an artist dragged so many bystanders into his path of destruction. His assaults were ghastly, yet outstanding displays of rhyme, cadence and character. In the years of his prime, many would step foolishly into his crossfire, while others simply had it coming. The rest caught stray bullets.