Staff Picks Playlist (April 22)
This week was pretty monumental. Of course, the sudden passing of Prince rocked the hip-hop world (and accompanying blogosphere) quite a bit, and many, fans and celebrities alike, are still in shock. Apart from that unfortunate news (and his wasn't the only death we reported on this week), we also had some pretty '
Top Tracks: April 11 - April 17
Is it just me, or have the past few weeks felt like the calm before the storm? After all of the TLOP hubbub died down (this is the first week in a long time that we haven't had a Kanye solo joint in our top ten list), we've had quite a lack of releases from rap's upper echelon. Teasers, singles, and release date announcements seem to keep flooding in, but this Friday, when A$AP Ferg releases Always Strive And Prosper, things will really get cooking.
Top 10 Waviest Max B Tracks
Ever since his debut in the middle of the noughties, Charly “Max B” Wingate has been an iconic figure for rap fans, and his prestige has only grown with time. The Harlem-born rapper first made his impression felt on the Diplomats capo Jim Jones' Harlem: Diary of a Summer with his drunken-uncle style hooks, and became an essential member of Jones' Byrd Gang team. Eventually, the two of them would fall out drastically and Max would find himself blackballed throughout the music industry not unlike one of his obvious progenitors 50 Cent.
Over The Hill: Rappers Turning 40 In 2016
Rap is traditionally a young man's sport. Generally speaking, the 'greatest albums of all time' were put out by youngsters. As rappers age, their albums usually become duller than the early work they're best known for. Almost every rapper has fallen victim to this trend.
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.
There's A Lot Of Rap On The "Entourage" Soundtrack
Entourage always featured plenty of hip-hop in its plotlines. It provided the debut of Kanye West's "Good Life," this classic 50 Cent gif, and of course, the entire Saigon story arc.
The Game & Jim Jones To Release Joint Album?
The East Coast and West Coast will apparently be coming together in the near future for a joint album. The Game may not be on good terms with his former G-Unit brethren, but he's obviously got no issues with the Dipset crew. The Game and Jim Jones announced over the weekend that they are prepping a joint album.
Top 10 Best Holiday Raps
We're a day away from Christmas, which means you have been subjected to the same five Christmas songs for the last 90 days. Mariah is a national treasure, but if we have to hear "All I Want For Christmas Is You" again, we'll go to her Bel Air home and drop off all the dogs that have spent the last two decades panicking to Daydream. We know that some of you are with us.
Jim Jones Says Dr. Dre Produced Four Unreleased Dipset Songs
Jim Jones is on a press run for his brand new EP We Own The Night Pt. 2: Memoirs Of A Hustler. Sitting down with Power 105.1's "The Breakfast Club," the Harlem emcee took some time to talk about the project among other topics. Most notable of that alternative category, is this little tidbit:
Jim Jones "We Own The Night Pt. 2" [Update: Stream The EP]
The latest release from Jim Jones has appeared on Amazon, complete with 30 second snippets of the EP's nine tracks. Titled We Own The Night Pt. 2: Memoirs Of A Hustler, the project serves as a sequel to the original Vampire Life project released in December 2013. Unlike the original We Own The Night, which featured a lone solo track, Memoirs Of A Hustler features a guest performer on every track. Supporting acts include Trey Songz, Yo Gotti, K Camp, Cam'Ron, Jadakiss, and Hell Rell among others.
Jim Jones Calls Dame Dash "The Real Culture Vulture"
Inexplicably, Vampire Life head honcho and Dipset rapper Jim Jones has called out Dame Dash on Instagram and Twitter today. Considering the two have collaborated together in recent times, plus the fact that Dame is close to Cam'ron, these shots leave us scratching our head for a further explanation. The Capo started off with what appears to be some subliminal shots, tweeting, "When u start to cut th people off tht r against u then u can focus more on th people who's wit u I promise it won't b as many as u thought."
Jim Jones Talks G-Unit And A$AP Mob, Says Dipset Had The "Most Influential" Style In Hip-Hop
XXL just published a lengthy interview with Dipset Capo Jim Jones, and in it, he gives his strong opinions on a number of issues. Most notably, Jones addresses his crew's former beef with G-Unit, the Dipset comparisons A$AP Mob frequently gets, and The Diplomats' ongoing legacy. Check out the full thing here, and read excerpts below.
Jim Jones & Dame Dash Give Update On Possible Dipset Reunion
Cam'ron has been releasing new music lately, with his A-Trak collaboration "Humphrey" and his "We Made It (Remix)." The new music has got people wondering on the status of a Dipset reunion, after all, both Juelz Santana and Jim Jones are slated to appear on Cam and A-Trak's
Jim Jones Facing Lawsuit For Embezzling $200,000 From "Vampire Life" Movie
Jim Jones' fiancee Chrissy Lampkin found herself in some trouble at the end of December when she was arrested for disorderly conduct and aggravated assault. Well, it looks like Jim Jones is also having some issues, although not exactly the same as his girl. He's being sued for embezzling $200,000 of Vampire money.
Jim Jones' Fiancee Chrissy Lampkin Arrested For Disorderly Conduct & Aggravated Assault
According to TMZ (via a police department source from Edgewater, NJ) "Love & Hip Hop" star Chrissy Lampkin, who is also Jim Jones' fiancee, was arrested around 3 AM this morning after an altercation with another woman in a New Jersey bar. The other woman was hospitalized after the incident, requiring stitches above one of her eyes. She apparently "bumped into someone" while sitting on the same couch as Lampkin, which led to the scrap.
Jim Jones Reveals Tracklist & Release Date For "We Own The Night" EP [Update: Stream The EP In Full]
Jim Jones just released his Vampire Life 3 mixtape late this summer, but he's already back with a new project. Sticking with eVampire-themed series, The Dipset rapper has unveiled the details of his new EP, We Own The Night, which is due out December 3rd.
Jim Jones Arrested For Driving High
Jim Jones was arrested early this morning in the Bronx for allegedly driving high, and at the same time, speeding down the highway. The rapper was pulled over at around 2 AM by the NYPD, and when the cops came over to his car, his eyes were bloodshot and he seemed to be out of it.
Max B Explains Beef With Jim Jones & The Byrdgang During Interview From Prison
For those unfamiliar, Max B (aka Charles Wingate) is an emcee from Harlem, New York City signed to Amalgam Digital, who rose to prominence through his affiliation with The Diplomats, particularly Cam'ron and Jim Jones. He was integral in the forming of Jones' ByrdGang collective, which was established in 2006. Unfortunately, Max is currently serving a 75-year prison sentence for kidnapping, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, aggravated assault and murder, stemming from a botched robbery that left a man dead that same year.
Jim Jones Claims He Was Victim Of Racial Profiling After Cops Search His Car
While Jim Jones has had his share of run-ins with the police, the rapper claims he was wrongfully searched earlier this week. The Dipset emcee was waiting to pick up a friend at Newark Airport, when he was pulled over by four squad cars.