Lyrical Allegiance: Picking Pacquiao/Mayweather Sides Through Song
For the majority of a decade, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have been busy cementing their legacies as boxers, all while manifesting a near mythic pop culture status - established largely in part to their potential matchup.
Jay Z, Drake & Eminem Are Among Billboard's "Money-Makers" Of 2014
Yesterday, Billboard released its annual "Money-Makers" list, which rounds up last year's top earners in the music world. In 2014, hip-hop only had three moguls who managed to crack the top 25: Jay Z, Eminem, and Drake.
Rap Industry Recap: April
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
Undercover Folk Songs From Yelawolf's "Love Story"
If you checked out the review for Yelawolf’s most recent effort Love Story, you may have noticed that there is quite a split on the merit of the record among fans and staff alike. The record is a celestial, immersive journey that does its darndest in attempt to assemble a collage of sounds, genres, and stories in effort to produce something fresh.
Shady Music Publishing Signs Rapper/Producer Astray
You may have never heard of him, but apparently he has the ear of Paul Rosenberg and Eminem. A songwriter and producer by the name of Astray signed with Shady Music Publishing/Universal Music Group Publishing, as announced on twitter by Eminem's manager and the artist himself.
Review: Yelawolf's "Love Story"
After Yelawolf’s first major-label album Radioactive proved to be, well, just that; and failed to meet the standards set by his 2010 mixtape Trunk Muzik, it felt as though - with his second effort Love Story - an explanation or apology was due. He seemingly traded in his trademark mud-coated country roots for pop-pandering.
Yelawolf Speaks On The Making Of "Love Story"
Yelawolf's new album, Love Story, is in stores and online today. The rapper has hinted at what to expect from his sophomore album with the "Son's of Anarchy"-featured track "Til It's Gone" as well as "Whiskey In A Bottle" and most recently, "Best Friend." All these songs have a country and southern edge not often heard in hip-hop, and in comparison to Yela's first album, Radioactive, it's definitely a change of pace-- in a good way, though.
Stream Yelawolf's "Love Story"
Although he's released mixtapes and collaborative EPs with Ed Sheeran and Travis Barker in the interim, it's been almost four years since Yelawolf dropped his debut album, Radioactive. Today, he finally drops a follow-up, the more rootsy, rock-influenced Love Story. Led off by the singles "Box Chevy V," "Till It's Gone," "Whiskey Bottle" and "American You," the full, 18-track project is now streamable on Spotify.
Poetic License: The Art Of Writing
Poetic license is not a new concept. The idea of poetic license can be traced back to the Greco-Roman classical era and is derived from the Latin words, 'poeta' ('maker') and 'licentia' ('to be permitted,' 'liberty'). The concept was encouraged by a Greek philosopher by the name of Aristotle (maybe you've heard of this dude?). In one of the first-ever treatise to describe poetry and literary theory, the philosopher referred to something called "poetic effect"-- which, today, we would call poetic license.
"Empire" Really Wants Eminem & Oprah For Season 2
Fox's Empire is a certified hit, so they don't have to rely on celebrity guest appearances for ratings, but it doesn't mean they won't try to get them if they can. Last season we saw stars like Mary J. Blige, Rita Ora, and Snoop Dogg made their way into the show, but the producers have their hearts set on a couple of guest spots for season 2, and if they get their way, they'll be the biggest names yet.
Tech N9ne Breaks Down "Special Effects" Features, Including Eminem's 24-Bar Verse
While staying independent, Tech N9ne has managed to acquire a large, loyal, and varied fanbase. Like his following, Tech's choice in collaborators has grown increasingly eclectic over the years, and his upcoming studio album, Special Effects, sports the widest range yet
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.