Proof was two albums into a promising solo career when Mario Ethridge shot and killed him during an argument over a game of billiards in 2006. He was a childhood friend of Eminem, member of D12, and author of unimpeachable rhymes. If he were alive today, he would be 42 and still slaughtering 90% of the current rapper population on the mic. Click through the gallery to revisit 10 of his best moments. RIP Proof.
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.
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.
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.
Eminem & Rihanna Set To Perform At 2014 MTV Movie Awards
Before Eminem and Rihanna embark on their three city-tour in August, they will have a little practice come this Sunday. MTV announced today that Eminem and Rihanna will be performing at this year’s MTV Movie Awards.
Busta Rhymes' New Album Will Feature Eminem, Lil Wayne & Kanye West
Busta Rhymes recently revealed his long-awaited Cash money debut would be a sequel to his 1998 classic, Extinction Level Event: The Final World Front. We've already heard his take on the twerk trend with Nicki Minaj, but according to Busta, he's got plenty of other big features up his sleeve.
Eminem To Appear On Zane Lowe's First Beats 1 Radio Show
Zane Lowe and Eminem have created some good dialogue in the past, and they'll join forces once more for the inaugural Beats 1 show on the newly-launched Apple Music streaming service. Zane Lowe's radio show is slated to go live this coming Tuesday, and Lowe teased fans about his Eminem interview with a picture on Instagram. Em will reportedly discuss the forthcoming film "Southpaw."
Corey Feldman Compares Himself To Eminem During Attempted "Today" Show Comeback
If you didn't catch 80's child actor Corey Feldman's "Today" Show performance, it's an exercise in celebrity self-entitlement and the surreal circus that is life in 2016. After his musical number was panned by by publications and plebeians alike, Corey Feldman wept publicly. Returning to the "Today" Show for his comeback performance, Corey Feldman started off hot, comparing himself to the white GOAT Marshall Mathers.
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?