Behind The Beat: J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League was formed in 2003 when Rook and Colione, two established producers in their mid-twenties, teamed up with Kenny Barto, a young Full Sail University student in Tampa, Florida. Their discography hides the years of hard work each put in perfecting their craft. You won’t find obscure local artists or years of mixtape instrumentals among their early production credits. The first 3 entries in their discography on Wikipedia are Young Jeezy, Mary J. Blige, and Juelz Santana.
Lupe Fiasco Drops New Single "Pick Up The Phone" On His Website
Lupe Fiasco says he's going to drop three albums in 2016 and then retire. Last night he shared his latest single "Pick Up The Phone" and its available on his website. It's unclear which of three albums it will appear on -- DROGAS, DROGAS light, or SKULLS.
9 Ways Hip Hop Artists Have Reacted To Recent Violence
The fiber of the American people has been tested over the course of the last two weeks, in which four incidents of terrible violence have prompted wide-spread protests and rapidly deteriorating race relations. July 5: Alton Sterling is shot and killed at the hands of two police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana July 6: Philando Castile is shot and killed by a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota July 7: Five police officers are shot and killed at a protest in Dallas. July 17: Three police officers are shot and killed in Baton Rouge, LA.
10 Rappers Turned Social Activists
Materialism and humanitarianism are often at odds in hip hop. Actavis and activism do not always go hand-in-hand. But hip hop is a world unto itself, and countless rappers have used their platform to fight for the underprivileged.
The Biggest Star From Each XXL Freshman Class
The XXL Freshman list continues to be a conversation point between rap fans. Every year, there's talk of who was left off, or who shouldn't have been included, but time seems to be the only deciding factor in the conversation. Over the course of 9 covers, we've seen many artists featured in these special issues go many different ways. Some years have been stronger than others, but every issue has spawned at least one certified star, and today we're looking back at the artists that made the biggest impact following their appearance.
10 Infamous Hacking Moments In Rap History
A hacking spree took the internet by storm this past weekend. Industrious hackers seeking revenge, entertainment, or some other perverse pleasure hacked into several prominent social media accounts, including those of Kylie Jenner, Bon Iver, Tenacious D, Keith Richards, Mark Zuckerberg, Drake, and the NFL
Vote For Your Favorite "Panda" Remix
Desiigner's "Panda" was crowned the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 Monday afternoon. It marked the culmination of a wild four months in which the 18-year old Brooklyn rapper went from complete unknown to G.O.O.D. Music signee, The Life of Pablo feature, and internet sensation.
Listen To Lupe Fiasco's "Conversations #2"
Just over a week after the first installment, Lupe Fiasco has shared "Conversations #2," part of the series with which Lupe wishes to tell the "story of an album," that album being Drogas, the first of three albums he intends to release this year. Similar to the last conversation, the latest audio recording involves Lupe's politically-minded friends and men who sound like important community leaders.
Lupe Fiasco Releases "Conversations #1" Ahead Of "Drogas"
After a lengthy silence, Lupe Fiasco came out of hiding earlier in the week to reveal his three-album plan had changed slightly. Fans may recall that Lupe teased three different titles for albums he'd be releasing one after another this year, ending with the final release of his career, Roy.
Lupe Fiasco Scraps "Roy," Says Three Albums Still Coming This Year
Earlier this year, Lupe Fiasco promised he would be releasing three albums this year. It’s April, and we don’t have anything from the talented Chicago emcee aside from cover art for the first release DROGAS. We have faith in Lupe, and today he gave us an update via Twitter.
#TBT: Lupe Fiasco
About ten years ago, it seemed like Lupe Fiasco was going to be the next great force in hip hop music. In 2006 he released the great Food & Liquor, and followed it up in '07 with the equally awesome The Cool. Lupe had a little bit of a difficult time following that one, and it didn't help that Atlantic Records was skeptical of releasing the album for fear of commercial appeal. It wasn't until 2011 that Lasers came out to extremely mediocre reception.
Lupe Fiasco Reveals "DROGAS" Cover Art
Fresh off a six week US tour, Lupe Fiasco took to Twitter this morning to reveal the cover art for his upcoming album DROGAS, which stands for "Don't Ruin Us God Said." The artwork features what appear to be rusty barnacled headphones (any other interpretations?) hovering above a white supernova, which looks kinda like the void in the face on the cover of Flying Lotus' You're Dead!
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Release Stacked Album Featuring Drake, Future, & More
One of the respected names in the beat game, production trio J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League surprised fans this morning by releasing a new album called J.U.S.T.I.C.E. For All containing 13 never-before-heard songs. The project is absolutely stacked with features; artists appearing on the album include Drake, Rick Ross, Lupe Fiasco, Future, Chris Brown, T.I., Wale, R. Kelly, Jeremih, & Jeezy. Gotdamn.
Lupe Fiasco Says "Roy" Will Be His Last Album
Lupe Fiasco is planning to drop three albums this year, DROGAS, Skulls, and Roy, released in that order.
Lupe Fiasco Says "DROGAS" Is "Coming Soon," Shares Artwork
Lupe Fiasco plans to drop a total of three albums in 2016, and he recently revealed the titles of each: DROGAS, Skulls, and Roy.
Lupe Fiasco Announces U.S. Tour
Lupe Fiasco has huge plans for 2016. The rapper is scheduled to release three new projects in the new year, and on top of that, he's about to head out on a U.S. tour. He's calling the month-long stint the "Tour For The Fans".
Lupe Fiasco Reveals Titles For All 3 Albums Planned For 2016
Lupe Fiasco recently surprised fans by revealing that he would be dropping three albums in 2016.
Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco & More Mourn The Death Of DJ Timbuck2
The city of Chicago is mourning the death of DJ Timbuck2, real name Tim Jones, who died of cancer-related causes yesterday (Dec. 20). He was 34 years old. At that young age, Timbuck2 was already one of Chicago's most established DJs. He was the host of Go iLL radio on 107.5 WCGI, which aired every Saturday night, and he was responsible for showcasing local artists and helping them break into the mainstream. "He was an innovator and pound for pound (arguably) the best DJ in the city," wrote prominent Chi-Town hip-hop blog FakeShoreDrive.
Lupe Fiasco Plans To Release 3 Albums In 2016
Lupe Fiasco recently told his fans that he was working on the sequel to his 2007 album The Cool, but the announcement was relatively underwhelming as he revealed that the album is set to arrive in winter 2017. Not to worry, though -- fans may have to wait two more years for The Cool 2, but today, Lupe announced he plans to release three albums in 2016.
Lupe Fiasco Updates Fans On "The Cool 2"
Lupe Fiasco has previously mentioned The Cool 2, letting fans know that "its gonna be a while but we hard at work." He gave another update today, and he wasn't joking... it's going to be a while.