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".
Charts Don’t Lie: December 1
Eminem found his way back to #1 on the Billboard 200, after spending a week at #2. The rapper sold the same amount that some rappers do opening week (if not more) and he's in his third week on shelves with MMLP2. Em's standard for success has undoubtedly been raised higher than the average rapper, so if we were to compare those sales to that of Yo Gotti's opening week for I Am, you may not seem too impressed. But nonetheless, Yo Gotti did well for himself, selling more than any of his past releases, with 47,469 copies, and debuting at #7.
Word Up: Hip-Hop Through The Wire
The Wire is a critically-acclaimed T.V. show, probably one of the greatest ever. Although it didn't have a large audience while it aired, its fan base has since grown ten-fold, and many fans of the show are within the hip-hop community.
Tech N9ne Says He Wants To Work With Eminem & Get Beats From Kanye West
We recently heard Tech N9ne go crazy (and spit super fast) on Hopsin's "Rip Your Heart Out," which is just one of several collaborations the two rappers have done together.The same day "Rip Your Heart Out" dropped, we hit up DJ Skee's Skee Live show and got to talk to Tech about his music and who else he'd like to work with in the rap game. Tech Ninna revealed a desire to work with the self-proclaimed "Rap God" and fellow lyrical rapper, Eminem.
D12 Recording New Music With Eminem?
Could D12 be working on a comeback with long-time homie Eminem? According to an article posted in the Detroit Free Press, it appears so.
Origins: The Samples From Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2"
Eminem took things back to basics on his new LP. The Detroit rapper recruited one of Hip Hop's pioneers, Rick Rubin, to help him channel some classic sounds and ideas, many of which came through sampling. The late 80s era of hip hop they pull from is well-represented in plenty of small vocal snippets and interpolations not instantly evident to the casual rap listener. Many of the musical samples also harken back to the days of Run DMC, where rock-based loops were the norm.
Big Sean Talks Eminem's Reaction To "Hall Of Fame," Kanye's Baby North & His Relationship With Naya Rivera
Big Sean recently caught up with Sway Calloway of Shade 45 to discuss Eminem's involvement on his highly anticipated Hall Of Fame album, among other things. Unfortunately, he made no mention of any direct musical collaboration during his studio session with Em.
Asher Roth Responds To Eminem's Diss
You may remember Asher Roth's track from Asleep In The Bread Aisle where he addressed Eminem comparisons, and if you don't-- Eminem sure does. On a track from his recently released MMLPII Em goes at Asher for what he claims to be a backhanded compliment. "Quit actin' salty, I was countin' on you to count me out/Ask Asher Roth when he round-a-bout dissed me to shout me out/Thought I was history/But goddamn honkey, that compliment's like backhanding a donkey," said Em on "Asshole," making reference to Roth's "As I Em".
Eminem Talks On "Bad Guy" Following Up "Stan," Connecting With Rick Rubin & More
Eminem's new album, Marshall Mathers LP 2, may not have been what everyone expected. It definitely was not an obvious reminder of its namesake, the first Marshall Mathers LP, but as Eminem explains in his interview with Zane Lowe, he was going more for a "subliminally nostalgic" record-- not just a "blatant throwback." Was he successful?
Review: Eminem's "Marshall Mathers LP 2"
The Marshall Mathers LP dropped in 2000 and became the fastest selling solo album of all time, influencing a whole generation of artists with its unique and in-depth look into the bizarre world of Eminem. The album was sandwiched in between Slim Shady LP and The Eminem Show – two other classic albums that are every bit as influential today as they were a decade ago.
Kendrick Lamar & Eminem Have Not Recorded Together
Label mates and both being Dr. Dre collaborators, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem were photographed together, and people ran with it as evidence that the two were working on something in the studio together, but it appears that has yet to happen.
Eminem Speaks On Past Addiction To Painkillers & Near Fatal Overdose In "How To Make Money Selling Drugs"
Eminem isn't the most media-friendly or public person, however, a lot of what he wouldn't share in an interview comes out through his lyrics. Thus we've often heard Eminem rap about drugs, whether it's when he was taking them consistently, or when he was trying to sober up. For the documentary film by Matthew Cooke "How To Make Money Selling Drugs," Eminem spoke on his past drug addiction, shedding light on a near fatal overdose in 2005.
50 Cent On "In Da Club": "It's Chasing Me, I Keep Running From It"
50 Cent made quite a splash when he released his breakthrough single, "In Da Club" in 2003. In fact, the track was such a phenomenon that casual listeners still define Fif by it to this day. The NY rapper talked to Complex about his attempts to escape the iconic hit, his respect for Miley Cyrus, and how Eminem's lack of interest in areas outside of music has benefited him. Read some excerpts from the interview below:
Eminem Reveals "Deluxe Edition" Artwork For "The Marshall Mathers LP 2"
Eminem has already given us the tracklist for the deluxe edition of his upcoming Marshall Mathers LP 2, and has now revealed the cover. The deluxe artwork incorporates the same image from the original album cover, but comes from a new perspective. Em's old Detroit house is seen through the backseat window of a car, illustrating the distance that now exists between him and his former-self.
Danny Brown Talks On The Time He Met Eminem
Danny Brown has been relatively quite since releasing Old, and while we haven't really been getting any new music from him (apart from "Sweeney Song"), he's still making the interview rounds from time to time. Yesterday he sat down with Sway Calloway on RapFix and shared some of what he's been up to since Old. Among his adventures, Danny had some involvement in Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" video, he's visited South Africa, and he met Eminem.
Universal To Reissue Classic Albums From Eminem, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne & More On Vinyl
Vinyl was once an inseparable part of hip hop culture, but as technology has advanced, the format has naturally fallen out of favor (even in the DJ world). Universal Music is making an effort to give collectors another (or in some cases, first) chance to own some of genre's seminal albums on wax. The label's intention with the project is to “spotlight iconic, genre-defining albums” from the past releases of Def Jam, Interscope, Priority and Virgin Records.
Charts Don’t Lie: January 26
This week the charts remained relatively calm, with no hip-hop new-comers to speak of yet. However, Ty Dolla $ign recently dropped his new Beach House EP, so we'll have to see how well that does sales-wise next week. This past week was Kid Ink's second week on the Billboard 200, and while he wasn't able to maintain a spot within the top 20 of the Billboard 200, he was pretty close, dropping to #21 after a #3 debut. Although Ink is signed to RCA, this is his debut effort and while he's pushing towards the mainstream, he hasn't quite broken down the barrier yet.