10 Surprising Credits On Kanye West's "The Life Of Pablo"
Kanye West's The Life of Pablo has finally arrived, and it's about as good as anyone could've expected. Agitated fans are starting to forgive Kanye for his ridiculous antics throughout the convoluted and unpredictable album rollout. The anticipation really started to build three weeks ago, when Kanye shared the first copy of a handwritten tracklist for his upcoming album, then-titled SWISH. There were 10 tracks listed, and at the bottom of the page appeared the words "KYLIE WAS HERE."
10 Rappers Who Have Used Ghostwriters
Early yesterday morning, Meek Mill revealed to the world that Drake's verse on "R.I.C.O." was co-written by a guy named Quentin Miller.
10 Rappers Who Sound Like Other Rappers
As soon as the "If Young Metro don't trust you, I'ma shoot you" drop appeared in the middle of Kanye's MSG performance last week, an audible "Damn..." came from the crowd seated in the theater with me. 'A Ye and Future song?!', we all asked ourselves, struggling to calculate just how many flame emojis we'd have to use when describing the track to those who missed the listening session. That little soundbite was indeed Nayvadius Wilburn's voice, but the verse that followed was not, though it might not have been until after the show concluded that you realized it.
Martin Shkreli To Ghostface Killah: "Without Me, You're Nothing"
Martin Shkreli had a few drinks last night and decided to record a video in which he threatened Ghostface Killah and demanded that Ghostface apologize for calling him the "Michael Jackson nose kid."
Action Bronson Confronted By Wu-Tang Affiliate; Ghostface Killah Responds
Action Bronson and Ghostface Killah got into a little tiff last month after Action responded to a Ghostface comparison on ESPN by saying “he’s not rapping like this no more.” However, Action quickly recognized his choice words and offered up an apology on twitter, but Ghostface
Ghostface Killah Goes In On Action Bronson: "I Gave You A Grace Period"
Action Bronson has been getting comparisons to Ghostface Killah since the beginning of his career, but just as the critique seemed to fade away, it's been reignited by Ghostface himself. Earlier this year, Ghost admitted that he'd heard a Bronson song, and actually thought it was one of his own verses. It was brought up once again on Bronson's appearance on SportsNation, where he suggested Ghost wasn't come as hard as him at this point in his career, “He’s not rapping like this no more,” he said, "just being honest."
Ghostface Killah Calls Drake "Brilliant"
Before a Ghostface Killah show in Toronto last Thursday night, reporters asked the Wu-Tang co-founder about Canada's biggest hip-hop export to the world: Drake. Drake's recent mixtape (that's being sold as an album) If You're Reading This It's Too Late hit number one on the charts last week.
10 Remixes That Were Better Than The Original
The remix. It can mean a lot of things. Today it usually means a trap or house DJ took a tune and chopped it up for the dance-floor, but there was a time in hip-hop where the remix was an opportunity to invite old friends and make new ones over a celebrated beat.
15 Superhero References In Hip-Hop
The inspiration rappers have drawn from comic book characters over the years is undeniable, whether it be superheroes, villains or relatively normal protagonists who happen to find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Some have even created comic books based on fictionalized versions of themselves, most notably the Wu-Tang Clan as a whole as well as individual members Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, RZA and GZA.
Biggest Beefs Of 2015
What's beef? Well, whatever it is, it sure has changed over the years. Beef is what ultimately lead to the murders of two contenders for 'best rapper ever.' In 2015, beef consists mostly of Twitter smack-talk and occasionally a diss track or two.
Ghostface Killah Says He Doesn't Accept Action Bronson's Apology
After responding to a Ghostface Killah comparison by saying "he's not rapping like this no more,” Action Bronson ate his words yesterday following a much-discussed video response from Tony Starks himself. He sent out the following tweets apologizing for his statement:
10 Best Hip-Hop Crews Of All Time
The hip hop crew is an essential part of success. Whether big or small, every rapper has an entourage. Sometimes it's full of rappers, and other times it's just his buddies from back in the day, nonetheless, weak links in a crew can water down the crew as a whole-- something we took into consideration when crafting this list. You have the multimedia approach that Odd Future takes, and also the full-on lyrical assault that Wu-Tang Clan makes. Both are great crews, but who would comprise a list of the best rap crews of all time?
Ghostface Killah Calls Martin Shkreli A Shithead; Shkreli Responds
In one of the wackiest stories of 2015, the man who submitted the winning $2 million bid for Wu-Tang's one-of-a-kind album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin was none other than Martin Shkreli, the since-disgraced pharmaceutical executive best known for raising the pri
The 5 Best Storytelling Rap Songs From The '90s
Storytelling is the second oldest profession, after prostitution. As the oral tradition evolved, it reached new heights in '90s hip hop, an era that place an emphasis on lyricism -- ideally #bars not for the sake of #bars, but #bars for the sake of humor, drama, or social critique. Obviously, tough decisions were made as we whittled this list down to five. Do you agree with our choices? Check out our honorable mentions below and click through the gallery for the top five storytelling rap songs of the '90s.
21 Rappers That Were Influenced By Nas' "Illmatic"
Illmatic turns 21 years old today, and since we can't buy it a drink, we've decided to take a look at 21 rappers who were influenced directly by the album. We did some digging to find quotes, interviews, lyrics, and examples of artists praising Nas' debut album, a record that changed hip hop forever.
Azealia Banks Wants To See Action Bronson "Get Fucked Up" Following Ghostface Apology
Action Bronson and Azealia Banks went back-and-forth on Twitter a few months back, and despite making some crude remarks over something a fan said (he mistakenly assumed it was Azealia herself), Bronson failed to make a public apology, something Banks took him to task for.
Review: Wu-Tang Clan's "A Better Tomorrow"
It's been seven years since the Wu-Tang Clan released their last proper album, 8 Diagrams, but of course, that doesn’t mean the members of rap’s greatest clan have been prepping for an early retirement. Not by a long shot. Since 8 Diagrams, there have been a number of efforts from Clan members, most notably records by Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Method Man. While the three collaborated on 2010’s Wu-Massacre, they have also been involved in a variety of other projects.
10 Classic, One-Producer Albums
Many of hip-hop's most classic albums have one thing in common: they were all produced (mostly) by one man. Dr. Dre, J Dilla, the RZA, Kanye West, Madlib, and many more have all laced MCs with a collection of beats that create a cohesive aesthetic through which full LPs can thrive. Singles and one-offs are cool, but to compile 10+ tracks and keep it dope the whole way through makes you a master of hip-hop.
Ghostface Killah Announces New Album "36 Seasons" With Tracklist [Update: Listen To Album Snippets]
Wu-Tang Clan have finally locked in a release date for A Better Tomorrow, all the while Ghostface Killah has been silently working on a solo album of his own. Ghostface just announced the new album today, which he'll be dropping in close proximity to A Better Tomorrow.
Ghostface Killah Confirms "DOOMStarks" Album With DOOM Will Be Out In 2015
Fans of superhero (or supervillain)-inspired hip-hop, rejoice -- You may just get the genre's holy grail next year. Ghostface Killah and DOOM, who've been talking about doing a joint album together for at least three years, will purportedly be releasing the long-delayed DOOMStarks project in 2015.