Eminem Brings Out Rihanna And Royce Da 5'9" At Lollapalooza
Last night, Eminem returned to Chicago's Lollapalooza for the first time since he headlined in 2011. Closing out Friday's music, he delivered a hit-filled setlist, complete with two surprise guests: Rihanna and Royce da 5'9". Em's "Monster" tourmate joined him onstage for "Love The Way You Lie," "The Monster" and "Stan," and his "Bad Meets Evil" collaborator helped out on "Fast Lane." Watch performance videos of all of those tracks below.
Top 10: Sophomore Albums Of The 2000s
In music we tend to glorify the debut album, always craving the newest and shiniest thing out. The downside of that is usually we're slightly disappointed in the follow up sophomore album, possibly what led to the phenomenon known as the "sophomore slump".
Top 10: Dual Threats
After covering rappers and a producer in our first couple instalments of Top 10, we decided to combine the two for this week's. In the past decade especially, the producer credit has gotten it's fair share of the spotlight, whereas before, the role was much more in the background. With increased exposure, comes increased opportunity to capitalize on it.
Joe Budden Loses "Total Slaughter" Battle Against Hollow Da Don [Update: Watch The Battle]
Tonight, the very first edition of Eminem's Pay Per View rap battle series "Total Slaughter" took place, and while plenty of matches went down, everyone was waiting on the showdown between Hollow Da Don, and Slaughterhouse rapper Joe Budden.
Eminem, Dr. Dre, Odd Future & Danny Brown Take Over Wembley Stadium
This weekend Eminem made history by becoming the very first rapper to headline Wembley stadium. In fact, he performed two sold out dates in a row at the 90,000-capacity venue, and he made sure to bring some friends along for the ride. The biggest news from the show was Dr. Dre's surprise appearance, showing up to perform a medley of hits, including "Still D.R.E.," "Next Episode," "Nuthin’ But A G Thang" and “Forgot About Dre." The stadium show also boasted opening slots from fellow Detroit rapper, Danny Brown, and students of Em's early horrorcore records, Odd Future.
Hollow Da Don Says His Battle With Joe Budden On "Total Slaughter" Is Rigged
If any of you are looking forward to watching Hollow Da Don battle Joe Budden on the debut episode of "Eminem Presents: Total Slaughter" tonight, we've got some disheartening news for you, straight from one of the rapper. Earlier this morning, Hollow claimed that, barring any surprises, Budden will get "the automatic win" in the battle. Read all of his tweets on the subject below. As long as Joe doesnt stumble or do horrible they will give him the automatic win, I heard this from a credible source...TAKE ALL BETS BACK
Busta Rhymes Thinks Modern Hip-Hop Lacks "Balance"
In the wake of Busta Rhymes' huge new single with Eminem, "Calm Down," hip-hop publications have been scrambling to interview him, and most of the resulting articles have produced headlines that are quite eye-catching.
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