First Week Sales For "Shady XV" & "Hood Billionaire"
Last week, the guy with the best selling hip-hop album of 2013 and the guy with the best selling hip-hop album of 2014 (thus far) dropped new albums.
19 Rappers Rapping Before The Fame
YouTube is perhaps most useful as a historical archive. When it comes to hip hop, the site is a veritable treasure trove of videos of rappers as they were before the fame, back when their music video budgets hovered in the single digits. These clips are not pretty, but grainier is almost better -- intense pixellation gives these videos the character of artifacts rather than modern footage, even if they are only a few years old.
Azealia Banks Criticizes Eminem For Rapping "I’ll Punch Lana Del Rey Right In The Face"
Eminem's new "SHADY CXVPHER" has attracted a fair amount of attention since hitting the web yesterday, namely because Em is still one of the biggest rappers in the game, and pretty much anything he does is going to get an insane number of eyeballs. However, very quickly the discussion turned from the technical raps of Em, Slaughterhouse, and Yelawolf, and toward a line in Shady's verse.
Eminem Details His Recovery After 2007 Pill Overdose
Eminem nearly died from a methadone overdose in December 2007. It was a defining moment that chartered the course he would take as he recorded his next two albums, 2009's Relapse and 2010's Recovery. In a new interview with Men's Journal, he detailed his recovery in the weeks and months after the overdose.
Eminem Says Kendrick Lamar Is Doing "Incredible" Things
Eminem is getting ready to drop his much-anticipated sequel to the Marshall Mathers LP next week, but we still haven't heard very much about the process behind the album. In a new interview with Billboard, Eminem opens up about his approach to recreating the vibe and feel of the 2000 project, his struggle with addiction, and his confidence in what Kendrick Lamar is doing right now.
10 Artists That Dr. Dre Put On
Dr. Dre is one of the most legendary figures in hip hop history. From his early days with the influential N.W.A. through to his most recent release Compton, the 50-year old artist has conquered multiple industries. For us, his most important contributions have been to rap music.
Joe Budden To Battle Hollow Da Don For "Eminem Presents: Total Slaughter"
Joe Budden's battle with Hollow Da Don has been on the table for a while now, but the new trailer for "Eminem Presents: Total Slaughter" has officially confirmed it. Budden and Hollow will be the headlining match, but we will also see Loaded Lux and Murda Mook face off during the event.
Big Sean Says Eminem Collab Will Not Be On His Album, Confirms Kanye West, Chris Brown & Ariana Grande Features
The internet got excited when Big Sean confirmed that the long-awaited collaboration with Eminem was finally happening. In a recent interview he kept it brief, just saying that a "somethin'" would arrive sooner or later. Now, in another interview with Angie Martinez over at Power 105.1, the G.O.O.D. rapper explains a bit more on his studio session with Eminem, and says that the song will likely not land on his upcoming album.
Eminem Turned Down A Leading Film Role Because It Wasn't Shot In Detroit
It seems Eminem turned down a leading role in the upcoming Hollywood science fiction film "Elysium" because his native city of Detroit wasn't chosen as the film's primary location. The lead role was instead given to Matt Damon, who was actually director Neil Blomkamp’s third choice. South African rapper Ninja of Die Antwoord (who was Blomkamp’s first choice) also turned down the role due to its location. Marshall is in no rush to return to Hollywood, though, as he made clear in a recent interview with Rap Fix.
Everything Dr. Dre Has Produced Since His Last Album
On Friday, Dr. Dre will drop Compton: The Soundtrack, his first project since 1999's 2001. He's kept busy in the 16 years inbetween, executive producing hip hop classics like Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP, 50 Cent's Get Rich Or Die Tryin', & The Game's The Documentary and contributing to the making of hundreds of other projects. He hasn't done it all by himself -- credit must be given to his frequent co-producers, such as Mark Batson, Mel-Man, & Mike Elizando -- but Dr.
Eminem's Celebrity Disses: A Chronology
It's been well over a decade since Eminem reveled in the center of seemingly every fiery controversy in popular culture. Never before had an artist dragged so many bystanders into his path of destruction. His assaults were ghastly, yet outstanding displays of rhyme, cadence and character. In the years of his prime, many would step foolishly into his crossfire, while others simply had it coming. The rest caught stray bullets.
5 Rappers Who Got Sober
Gucci Mane's gentle post-prison demeanor took many by surprise and even fueled a conspiracy theory that a Gucci clone had been released and the real Guwop was still in prison.
50 Cent Thinks Eminem Is Underrated, "More Hood Than So Many People Out There"
50 Cent recently sat down with Noisey to talk about his upcoming album, Animal Ambition, as well as his frequent collaborator, Eminem. Despite his massive success, 50 described Em as "underrated", which he said was due to his race. "Em is really underrated because people have always been talking about him like, "The WHITE rapper Eminem" instead of just "the rapper."
Fat Joe Passed On Signing Eminem Six Times
Eminem chronicled the first chapter of his rags-to-riches tale in the 2002 movie 8 Mile. The movie didn't get as far as the period when he was shopping around his demo tape in hopes of getting a record deal. One such recipient of an early Eminem demo was Terror Squad don Fat Joe. In a new interview, Joe revealed he passed on Eminem not once, but six times.
5 Times The Grammys Got 'Best Rap Album' Wrong
With the Grammys coming up this Sunday, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the times they have upset us, the hip-hop community, the most. Because nobody is perfect and the Grammys are certainly no exception. While there are a few time they got the 'Best Rap Album' right (and we will take a look at the flip side of this list later today, so keep an eye out), there have also been quite a few instances where they picked the absolute wrong album, upon general consensus.
Tech N9ne Reveals Eminem Collaboration In The Works For "Special Effects"
Last week Tech N9ne announced a release date for his upcoming album Special Effects. The album is due out on May 5th, and while Tech may be putting the finishing touches on it right now, he's still missing one very essential verse. During a live show at the Diamond Ballroom, Tech revealed that he's awaiting a verse from none other than Eminem.
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.
20 Dope Hip-Hop Songs Made For Film
On paper, recording a song for a film soundtrack is considered the ultimate form of selling out. The music itself is literally used as promotional material for a larger product. Music money is big, but movie money is on another level (ask Ludacris, who hasn't released an album since "Fast Five"). That being said, let's remove the negative stigma generally associated with the term "selling out" and call soundtrack inclusions what they really are: a honing in on a given artist's particular skill set to create something universally appealing to an established fan base.
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".
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.