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.
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.
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.
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".
Eminem Says Hip Hop "In A Good Place Right Now"
In a new interview with the New York Times, Eminem stated his belief that hip hop is in a good place in 2015. The interview mostly addressed Eminem's role and experience working on the soundtrack for the upcoming 50 Cent-produced film Southpaw, but also took the time to share his opinion on the state of the genre. Here's what he had to say:
The Progression Of Fantastic Flows
Soooo, I was assigned an article about tracing the origin of a lot of the flows in hip hop to different regions around the country. Originally, I thought that would be fairly easy to do, and to a certain extent it is, but the article really went in a different direction the more research I was doing. While there are clear regional influences in today's music, it's almost minimal in the grand scheme of things. Hip Hop as a genre was born in New York, did a lot of growing up out in California, and has even spent some formative years in places like Houston, Chicago and Miami.
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.
Eminem & Rihanna Do The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge On Stage In Detroit
Dr. Dre had one of the more memorable ice bucket challenges we've seen thus far, and the hip hop mogul decided to pass the task on to Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and Eminem. We saw K.Dot's video earlier in the week, and now Eminem has taken the plunge-- on stage at The Monster Tour no less. That's right, Em got the very special honor of having Rihanna douse him in ice water, for which he quickly returned the favor. From the footage we've seen, it's not clear who the two stars have challenged, but chances are they've picked some high profile candidates.
Photos: Big Sean Links Up With Eminem & Royce Da 5'9" In Studio
Big Sean has talked about collaborating with his fellow Detroit emcee, Eminem, for quite some time now. It looks like the two finally locked in studio time together alongside Royce Da 5'9", not to mention, Big Sean also got some solo time in with Royce Da 5'9".
Review: Shady Records "Shady XV"
Fifteen years of Shady Records represents an unusual time for rap music, transitioning out of the shiny suit era and into a bubble featuring new names. Aside from D12 and Obie Trice releases, the label’s existence was mostly tied to Eminem signing a certain Queens MC.
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.
50 Cent Thanks Eminem For Giving Him A Shot, Describes Him As One Of His Favorite People
In case you hadn't noticed, it's been a slow news day, folks. As such, we thought we'd bring this moment of homage to light, given Ferrari F's recent departure from Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope / Shady Records.
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.
8 Iconic Hip-Hop Tours
Expectations are high for both Drake's "Would You Like A Tour" and Kanye West's "Yeezus" tour, which kick off this weekend, so we've decided to take a look back at some of the most iconic hip hop tours in history. While there are plenty of festivals and performances that will never be forgotten, we're focusing solely on tours, from Yeezy and Jay Z's Watch The Throne stint, to Diddy's No Way Out, as well as tours including Eminem, Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne, J. Cole and more!
Dr. Dre Wants To Tour Europe With Snoop Dogg, Eminem & Kendrick Lamar
Snoop Dogg guested on Dr. Dre's Beats 1 radio show "The Pharmacy" last night (Oct. 10), and as the legendary duo reminisced about their classic collaborations, Dre spoke of a wild concoction that he wants to employ in the future. European hip-hop heads will be happy to know that one of Dre's future dreams is to take a full live show to Europe and bring his most renowned collaborators with him -- Snoop, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar.
D12 Reveal Cover Art & Release Date For New Mixtape
Two days ago we premiered a new record from D12 rapper Swifty McVay, "Funeral," but that's just the tip of the iceberg. D12 have been working together again, and today Swifty has unveiled the cover art and release date for a new mixtape from the early '00s group.
Rick Rubin Breaks Down The Creation Of Eminem's "Berzerk" Single
Veteran record producer Rick Rubin, who's responsible for Eminem's new 'Berzerk' single, opened up about it during a recent interview conducted at the video shoot for the track.
Big Sean Confirms Eminem Collaboration
Although previous rumors of Detroit rappers Eminem and Big Sean working together were quashed, it now appears that we'll be hearing a collaborative track after all.