Chance The Rapper Says There's "No Reason" To Sign A Deal In This "Dead Industry"
Chance The Rapper's success seemed to happen overnight. Even the anticipation over his Acid Rap project seemed to culminate only a week or so prior to its release. Since then, he's appeared on Lil Wayne's Dedication 5 mixtape (contributing what was arguably the best track), and toured with the likes of Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Eminem In The Studio With Chris Rock
We've heard plenty of rumors about Eminem's album since it was announced he's was working on a new one. While nothing can be said for sure about a release date, or when to even expect new music from Em, we've been given hints that something big is coming from the lyrical genius.
Eminem Announces New Album Title & Release Date
Eminem has finally given us some details on his upcoming album, which he has now announced will be a sequel to the seminal Marshall Mathers LP. MMLPII will be executive produced by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin, and the first official single "Berzerk" will see release this tuesday. The album will be released November 5, 2013. Watch a brief promo clip below, which includes an excerpt of the new single.
Eminem’s "Berzerk" & Drake’s "Hold On" Go Platinum, Jay Z’s "Holy Grail" Goes Double Platinum
The numbers are in, and these rap game heavyweights are still killing it. Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP II single "Berzerk" sold 115,000 copies this week, which put him at 1,110,000 total copies sold, solidifying the track's platinum status. The album is scheduled for release on November 5th.
Charts Don't Lie: January 12
There aren't very many changes in this week's Charts Don't Lie compared to last week. The main list of artists has remained the same, as we have yet to receive any new rap or r'n'b debuts on the Billboard 200, although Kid Ink's debut album My Own Lane will begin charting in the near future. Ink's RCA album is projected to move a solid 40-45k, which will land him within the top 3.
Eminem First Artist Since Beatles To Have 4 Top 20 Hits Simultaneously
Eminem narrowly edged out the Beatles to become the best selling artist of the last decade, and it seems he's still competing with the band, now matching a Billboard record previously set by the fab four. Em is the first artist to have 4 singles simultaneously rank within the Billboard top 20 since 1964, with "Berzerk," "Rap God," "Survival" and "The Monster" all charting high. It should be noted that this is for "lead" artist, and not featured.
Eminem Will Produce 4 Tracks On Ca$his' "The County Hound 2"
While Ca$his has departed from Shady records to form his own label, the rapper still keeps what he calls a "familial" relationship with Eminem. Apparently family makes beats for family, as Eminem will serve as producer or co-producer on 4 of the tracks on Ca$his' upcoming album, The County Hound 2. The album will also feature guest appearances from Obie Trice, King Los, Kuniva and more. View the the cover artwork in the gallery above, and the full tracklist below.
Charts Don't Lie: January 19
This week we welcome a new entry on Charts Don't Lie, Kid Ink. Kid Ink is a prime example of a rapper who took his internet fame way past the internet. The Alumni rapper is now signed to a major label, and was able to successfully release his debut album My Own Lane-- he actually surpassed the sales projections of 40-45k. Ink sold a respectable 50k, which isn't too shabby for an artist who is not quite mainstream yet, although it's only a matter of time until he gets there.
Eminem's Childhood Home Damaged In Fire [Update: Home Was Demolished]
Many are familiar with Eminem's childhood in Detroit home through his album covers. First featured on his seminal Marshall Mathers LP in 2000, and revisited on the cover of MMLPII, which dropped this week.
Paul Rosenberg Confirms Eminem Album To Arrive Post-Memorial Day
Fans have been waiting a fair amount of time for a new album from Shady Records' boss Eminem. We heard he was working on it in October, and we've heard various rumors and random details since, however nothing too concrete.
Eminem Releases Full Album Stream Of "MMLPII"
Although Eminem's highly anticipated album MMLPII has already sprung a leak, Em's manager, Paul Rosenberg, has attempted to stop people from streaming it/downloading it illegally by letting go a free iTunes stream of the album. The stream is only available in the U.S., so if that's where you're located, click here. Let us know your initial thoughts on the album, and check out Marshall's friendly PSA concerning illegal downloading below.
Lyrics Of The Week: September 25-31
We're back, folks. There's quite a bit of repetition in the game these days, and specific bars are often overlooked. This is an opportunity to take a closer listen and really consider what these artists have to say. We encourage your opinions. Keep in mind, these are the most noteworthy lyrics of the week, not necessarily the best. Also, it's hard to get everything right - if you notice any errors, don't hesitate to let us know in the comments section. Lines we're not sure about will be bolded.
Eminem & Rihanna's "The Monster" Sales Skyrocket
Eminem's newest collaboration with Rihanna was always expected to be huge, but this week it got a pretty surprising second wind. "The Monster" had a 123% sales increase in the last seven days, giving it the biggest sales week yet for the single, which officially dropped back in October. Apparently, the huge increase in sales can be attributed mainly to iTunes gift card purchases. The track wa spurchased a total of 433,000 times, an impressive gain on it's first and biggest sales week, which only managed to move 373,000 units.
Charts Don’t Lie: January 5
With the holiday season winding down, we're still seeing the affect it had on the charts and the sales. It seems like almost everyone on today's Charts round-up had an increase in sales and a rise up the Billboard 200 in the past seven days except for B.o.B. Unfortunately, Underground Luxury does not seem to be taking off in any way, and although it was released in time to give as a Christmas gift, it apparently wasn't. For his second week on the charts Bobby Ray sold 19,000 units, and dropped to #30.
Eminem Speaks On Success Of "Hi My Name Is," Not Compromising "Lyrical Integrity"
Eminem sat down with Zane Lowe for an extensive interview following the release of the Marshall Mathers LP 2. During the second part of the interview, which was released today, Em talks about his ability to make hugely successful records, although they may not be your typical 'pop' records lyrics-wise (as Marshall says, he never compromised "lyrical integrity").
50 Cent Discusses How Eminem Can Overtake A Record When Collaborating
50 Cent and Eminem have a long-standing relationship that is well-documented, and unfortunately due to both of their massive success, it is rare that fans get to hear the two of them featured alongside each other on a record. With Fif’s last album with Interscope, Street King Immortal, dropping soon, fans were treated to one of their collabos on the
All Eight Of Eminem's Solo Albums Charted This Week
Eminem sold an insane number of copies of The Marshall Mathers LP 2 this week, but it turns out it wasn't the only one of his albums flying off the shelves. The hype around Em's new record was apparently strong enough that ALL SEVEN of his previous solo albums showed up on the Billboard 200.
Eminem Covers Rolling Stone
Eminem's promo time isn't finished just yet. The rapper nabbed another magazine cover, this time for Rolling Stone's December issue. In the issue Eminem talks about channeling the Beastie Boys in his "Berzerk" single and how hip-hop saved his life. For now read exceprts of the interview below, and you'll be able to pick up a copy when it hits news stands on November 22nd.
Alchemist Sheds Light On New Eminem Album
Not much is known about Eminem's upcoming album, but Shady Records producer Alchemist had a few things to say about the project in a recent interview with MTV. "That's my boss. I deejay for him and I'm not at liberty to speak on much, but you know his caliber and what he does," Alchemist said of the level of secrecy around the album. The producer stressed that Em would be showing some evolution in his new material, indicating that the rapper is "clearly going to further territories" on the project.
20 References To Horror Flicks In Hip-Hop
As we've mentioned in previous features, the inspiration rappers draw from film can't be denied, and horror movies are no exception. Films such as American Psycho, The Omen, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Shining, The Exorcist and Rosemary's Baby have inspired many of your favorite emcees, and references to them show up regularly in their lyrics. From pioneers such as Public Enemy and the Wu-Tang Clan to contemporary acts such as RiFF RAFF and Durag Dynasty, emcees have been referencing horror movies since the beginning.