Best Hip-Hop Break Up Tracks
Today, we take enjoyment from the misery of others. It's no secret that most artists experience creative highs at their personal lows. Sadly, there's nothing like a good travesty to really make someone look deeper and pull meaning from their experiences--unless you're Robin Thicke; then it's just an opportunity to embarrass yourself in front of a nation with an album filled with contradictory lyrics and lazy instrumentals (sorry, Robby, I'm still a fan).
Top 10: Rappers Bodied On Their Own Shit
Guest features have been an important part of hip hop throughout its history, and have become increasingly popular in recent years. It's a great way for artists to cross promote between each other's fan bases, as well as give each track a signature shakeup for a verse or two. The only problem with letting other rappers spit, is once in a while they body you on your own shit. See what I did there? Here's 10 of the best times it happened, with a few that just missed the cut.
Busta Rhymes Broke The Windshield Of A Tour Bus The First Time He Heard Eminem
If any rapper was going to shatter a windshield by banging their head, it would be Busta Rhymes. The "Break Your Neck" MC is clearly a fan of the violent head bang, and in a hilarious new interview, he reveals that the dance move once decimated the entire windshield on Wyclef Jean's tour bus. The music that spurred on this incident? Eminem's Slim Shady LP, obviously.
Samples Of The Week: July 3rd
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".
Busta Rhymes On Collaboration With Eminem: "It Started To Feel Like We Was Really Battling Each Other."
The world was waiting for Busta Rhymes and Eminem's "Calm Down" all weekend, as Busta announced the track last Friday and dropped it on Monday. What we got was exactly what was expected of the syllabically gifted pair: a thrilling, battle rap-esque epic. Before the track was even released, Busta caught up with Power 106's Ricki Martinez to talk about working with Em on the song.
Eminem's Daughter Hailie Graduates High School With Top Honors
Some of the earliest criticisms of Eminem centered around his many references to his daughter Hailie, who was just a toddler when songs like "'97 Bonnie & Clyde" (the lyrics of which had Em taking her and her recently-murdered mother out for a drive) first dropped. If Em's original detractors were to be believed, this girl's life was in danger of being ruined, but now it seems that quite the opposite has happened. Hailie Mathers, now 18, has graduated her high school with top marks and is headed to Michigan State University.
Daylyt Signs To Shady Records [Update: Label Source Says It's Not True]
Daylyt has seemingly appeared at the top of the game from out of nowhere. After making his television debut last week on the Shady Films reality series "Road to Total Slaughter," the battle rapper turned heads on Ab-Soul’s These Days… with an extended verse hidden on the album's closing track. The hype surrounding the rapper, meanwhile, keeps on coming in.
Busta Rhymes & Eminem's "Calm Down" Record Dropping Next Week [Update: Artwork Revealed]
At the beginning of the year, producer Scoop Deville sat down with Vlad TV and revealed that he had produced a monster collaboration between Busta Rhymes & Eminem. After months of anticipation, it appears that the record, "Calm Down", will finally be arriving next Tuesday, July 1st.
The Progression Of Fantastic Flows
Soooo, I was assigned an article about tracing the origin of a lot of the flows in hip hop to different regions around the country. Originally, I thought that would be fairly easy to do, and to a certain extent it is, but the article really went in a different direction the more research I was doing. While there are clear regional influences in today's music, it's almost minimal in the grand scheme of things. Hip Hop as a genre was born in New York, did a lot of growing up out in California, and has even spent some formative years in places like Houston, Chicago and Miami.
Eminem Is The First Artist Ever To Earn Two Digital Diamond Awards
Eminem is no stranger to receiving accolades, and today he has yet another to add to his growing list of achievements. While his latest album, Marshall Mathers LP 2, is already 2x platinum, his older music continues to rack up sales as well, going way beyond the average.
10 Rappers Who Switched Their Style Up
Superman isn't Superman if he inexplicably switches from superpowered do-gooder, to some sort of motorcycle-riding anti-hero, to maniacal villain, and back and forth between the extremes. Such mythology is a big part of the hip-hop culture, as well as proper marketing. Any marketing novice and comic book savant knows that consistency is key to building one's image/brand. A rapper who constantly switches up can lose a fan base or market, or even worse: he or she gets labeled as a fake for wearing different styles (there's nothing worse than not being real).
Ranking Eminem's 8 Albums From Worst To Best
It's written in hip-hop lore: The story of a Detroit kid who fought severe personal poverty in hip-hop's battle underground, all the way to mainstream dominance. There's arguably been no other hip-hop star that's reached the level of cultural omnipresence that Eminem has at the turn of the millennium. He was hip-hop's greatest hopes and society's biggest fears all in one.
Justin Timberlake, Eminem Win Billboard Music Awards
Last night the Billboard Music Awards went down, and we saw performances from Iggy Azalea, John Legend, a Michael Jackson hologram and more. The event was hosted by Ludacris, and a multitude of awards were also given out during the night. Justin Timberlake led the pack with seven awards to his name, but Eminem also took home two for himself. Check out the full list of winners from the event below. Top Artist Justin Timberlake Top New Artist Lorde
Odd Future Will Open For Eminem At Wembley Stadium
Earlier in the month, it was announced that Eminem would be making hip hop history by becoming the very first rapper to headline Wembley stadium. Not only that, when tickets went on sale last week, Em managed to sell out the gigantic venue almost immediately, resulting in a second date being added. The opening act for the momentous occasion has now been announced, and it happens to be none other than Tyler, The Creator and his Odd Future cohorts.
Eminem Plans To Release Spike Lee-Directed "Headlights" Video On Mother's Day
Eminem's been making some big announcements as of late, including founding his own rap battle league and becoming the first rapper to headline London's Wembley Stadium.
Eminem Will Be The First Rapper To Headline Wembley Stadium
Eminem holds a few titles as a rapper, one of which being the best-selling hip hop artist of all time (not to mention the second-best selling male artist of all time, only bested by... Garth Brooks?). The Detroit emcee is about to conquer yet another feat, as he will be headlining Wembley Stadium on July 11th, making him the very first rap artist to do so.
Joe Budden To Battle Hollow Da Don For "Eminem Presents: Total Slaughter"
Joe Budden's battle with Hollow Da Don has been on the table for a while now, but the new trailer for "Eminem Presents: Total Slaughter" has officially confirmed it. Budden and Hollow will be the headlining match, but we will also see Loaded Lux and Murda Mook face off during the event.
Eminem & OutKast To Headline Austin City Limits Festival
Eminem teased us recently about a big Texas-related announcement coming on 4/22, and as we hypothesized, the announcement is that the rapper will be headlining this year's Austin City Limits festival. Alongside Em, OutKast will be headlining as well-- if you're located in Austin, that in and of itself sounds like something not to miss out on.
20 Dope Hip-Hop Songs Made For Film
On paper, recording a song for a film soundtrack is considered the ultimate form of selling out. The music itself is literally used as promotional material for a larger product. Music money is big, but movie money is on another level (ask Ludacris, who hasn't released an album since "Fast Five"). That being said, let's remove the negative stigma generally associated with the term "selling out" and call soundtrack inclusions what they really are: a honing in on a given artist's particular skill set to create something universally appealing to an established fan base.
Eminem Teases Upcoming Announcement For Texas
Eminem may be headlining a stadium tour with Rihanna, but it looks as though he's got something else big cooking, although we won't find out what until tomorrow. Em isn't so big on his socials, but he took to his Instagram account to post a photo of himself on a horse in cowboy mode, with the caption, "Texas - "Square Dance" with me! Announcement coming 4/22."