Kid Cudi Interviews Pee-wee Herman For Talkhouse Podcast
Rapper, singer, and actor Kid Cudi is a noted film and TV buff, though it's rather surprising too discover he's a devoted fan of Pee-wee Herman, the television, theater, and film character played by Paul Reubens. Herman was immensely popular in the '80s and still retains a widespread following today. For its latest episode, The Talkhouse Film podcast organized a conversation between Reubens and Cudi, which coincides with the recent Netflix premiere of "Pee-wee's Big Holiday," the first Pee-wee Herman film in almost 28 years.
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$AP Ferg releases Always Strive And Prosper, things will really get cooking.
L$D: Psych-Rap Tunes To Trip To
Drugs and rap have been pretty synonymous since the 90s, but recently there's been an influx of rappers talkin' about harder drugs than the chronic. Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap tape was perhaps the most illicit example of an ongoing trend that's taking place amongst the newer artists.
20 Hip Hop Artists Who Threw Out The Ceremonial First Pitch
The pitcher's mound is a stage, a very different stage from the one rappers and singers are accustomed to standing upon. The ceremonial first pitch is ostensibly a celebration, and throwing the ball 60 feet in a particular direction may not seem like much of a challenge. But much can go wrong. From Kendrick Lamar to Snoop Dogg to MC Hammer to 50 Cent (!), here are 20 hip hop artists who took the mound for the ceremonial first pitch.
Top Tracks: March 28 - April 3
Although they haven't rapped on a track with each other since 2009's "Forever," Drake and Kanye West are usually placed side-by-side in the upper echelon of hip hop's current stars, the ones who have the potential to "break the internet" when they drop surprise material.
Top Tracks: March 21 - 27
The top tracks lists of the last few weeks got a little stale, with some songs (Drake's "Summer Sixteen," Travi$ Scott's "Uber Everywhere" remix, Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz's "Gotta Lotta") appearing week after week without much in the way of competition showing up to unseat them. Well, that changes this week, where the top nine tracks on the site are all newcomers.
Questlove Is Scoring A Movie Starring Kid Cudi & Zoe Kravitz
Questlove will provide the musical score for the upcoming thriller/romantic drama "Vincent N Roxxy", Rolling Stone reports. Directed by Gary Michael Schultz, "Vincent n Roxxy" follows a "small town loner" played by Emile Hisrch, who runs away with a punk rocker, played by Zoe Kravitz. Kid Cudi makes an appearance as a character named Suga.
The 10 Best R&B/Rap Covers Of Classic Songs
Searching "rap covers" online is like walking into a minefield of acoustic guitars and webcams, leftovers from a war that began with Ben Folds' famous version of Dr. Dre's "Bitches Ain't Shit." An earnest-sounding white dude with a guitar and an angelic backing choir singing things like "Lick on these nuts and suck the dick" was (believe it or not) novel at some point, but now that approach has been beaten to death. Last year, for example, a ten year old covered "Trap Queen."
The "Internet Rapper" Phenomenon
Since debuting in 2008, XXL's annual Freshman Class feature has had its fair share of questionable choices (such as Kidd Kidd appearing a full eight years after we first heard him on "Mrs. Officer") and flops, not to mention numerous omissions of rappers who've gone onto stardom. It's never exactly been considered a finger-on-the-pulse-type source for new talent, but rather a conversation starter and surface-level barometer for casual hip-hop hobbyists.
Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Mike Dean, & Plain Pat Hit The Studio Last Night
It was another eventful weekend in the world of Kanye West's Twitter account, as Kanye effusively praised Will Ferrell and announced the title of his next album: Turbo Grafx 16.
Kanye West's "The Life Of Pablo" Features Are Incredible
Last night, Kanye West revealed the final The Life of Pablo tracklist. Now, we have the features. They are: Chance the Rapper, The-Dream, Travi$ Scott, Rihanna, Young Thug, Kid Cudi, Post Malone, The Weeknd, Ty Dolla $ign, Frank Ocean, Desiigner. Relive the madness that was Yeezy Season 3 here and checkout the tracklist below.
Travis Scott Suggests Kanye West Isn't Sleeping Or Eating While Finishing "SWISH"
Travis Scott has been working with Kanye West for a minute, and naturally, Travis has also been a part of Ye's long-awaited 7th studio album SWISH. Scott recently spoke with Billboard, where he shed some light on Kanye's work ethic while putting the finishing touches on the LP.
Kid Cudi Shares New "Especial" Tour Dates
Kid Cudi let down his legion of fans when he cancelled his "Especial" tour days before it was set to kick off in December, citing production issues and personal issues. But it looks like he's going on tour -- forreal this time. Cudi posted tour dates on Twitter this afternoon. 11 dates in total, the rescheduled tour kicks off January 31 in Madison, WI and finishing up on February 14 in Charlotte.
Andre 3000 Hints At New Music, Praises Kid Cudi's New Album
We've been waiting for a solo album from, Andre 3000 for years, and while we may never get exactly that, the Atlanta legend is looking to release some form of project somewhere down the line.
Kid Cudi Took A Bunch Of His Fans To See "Star Wars"
If you're a Star Wars fan, there's a good chance you've already seen the new The Force Awakes. Perhaps you've even turned down a couple of invitations to see the movie from lesser nerds since. With that being said, Cudi gave fans an offer they couldn't refuse last night, announcing that he'd fill a movie theatre with fans to watch the movie. Naturally, this was his third time seeing it. Putting up all the info on Twitter, Cudder easily packed the venue, and inspired much Instagram flexing from the lucky fans who got in.
Kid Cudi Calls Out Copycat Rappers
Kid Cudi's new album, Speedin Bullet to Heaven, found the rapper further descending the rock n roll rabbit hole-- or, at least, continuing to stray from his rapping roots. Nonetheless, it's safe to say that Cudder was among the first generation of 'Internet' rappers, rappers that helped the blogosphere become what it is today.
Top Tracks: December 7 - December 13
We're quickly approaching the holidays, which means the year-end lists are in full effect. While many of us are looking back at the abundance of great music that's dropped over the past 50 weeks, some of our favorite rappers are showing no signs of showing down. Shortly after dropping his Black Friday remix package with Kendrick Lamar, J.
Review: Kid Cudi's "Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven"
As one of the most significant rappers of the past decade, for better or worse, Kid Cudi's stamp on the genre has been inescapable. I mean, lets face it, Kanye's last 3 albums have not only featured that man in some right, but they've also had Cudi's fingerprints all over. Loathe though I am to stroke his ego, there's no mistaking that a great deal of non-street rap in the last few years may have been kids raised on Kanye, but Cudi was their babysitter.
6 Artists That Probably Influenced Kid Cudi's "Speedin' Bullet To Heaven"
Kid Cudi has been a bit of a WTF story over the past few years. Mr. Rager exploded onto the scene with a couple of mixtapes and a couple solid albums, some that people may even call classics of the 2010 era. He caught the attention of Kanye West and Jay Z while appealing to the indie crowd with MGMT samples. At one point, he was destined to be the next greatest thing in rap music. Then he stopped making rap.
First Week Sales For G-Eazy, Rick Ross, Curren$y, & Kid Cudi
G-Eazy took home the top-selling hip-hop album this week. According to HDD, his sophomore album When It's Dark Out moved 93,000 units and 97k sales-plus-streaming (SPS), well ahead of Rick Ross' Black Market, which moved 57k units SPS. Curren$y's Canal St Confidential sold 18k units SPS, narrowly ahead of Kid Cudi's Speedin Bullet 2 Heaven, which sold 15k.