Nas & Zach De La Rocha Hit The Studio With Run The Jewels
Although they're still in the process of rolling out one of the more unique projects ever attempted, Meow The Jewels, Killer Mike and El-P are also currently at work on RTJ3. As last year's RTJ2 showed with appearances by Gangsta Boo, Travis Barker and Zach De La Rocha, these two guys are friends with some awesome people, and it looks like they'll be capitalizing on that again for the follow-up.
Hip-Hop Albums That Represent Major Cities
Have you ever been listening to a hip-hop album from top to bottom and realized that every word, every beat and every cadence is an almost perfect representation of the city you're from? Have you ever taken a step back and noticed how much an album "sounds" like a very distinct place? That is the power of hip-hop albums; they serve as city soundtracks.
Classic Rotation: Raekwon "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx"
Throughout the 90s, the Wu-Tang Clan had an all-star run of releases, both as a group and as solo artists. Jumpstarted by 36 Chambers and followed by Method Man’s Tical and Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Return to the 36 Chambers, Raekwon’s collaborative Only Built 4 Cuban Linx was primed for greatness.
Mac Miller's Journey To Finish His 3rd Studio Album
Mac Miller is almost done with his third studio album. "It's coming," he said earlier this month. The finish line is in sight, but it took a while for Mac to get to this point. We take a look back at Mac's road to finishing the album, starting nearly 20 months ago when he said he had four half-finished LPs on deck. Indeed, the road has been long and arduous. But, as they say, life isn't a destination, it's a journey.
Marvel Remixes Album Covers From Nas, The Roots, & Pete Rock & CL Smooth
In a stroke of branded content genius, Marvel is planning to release 50 reimaginations of classic rap album covers as comic book covers featuring characters from the Marvel universe.
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.
15 Must-See Hip-Hop Documentaries
For those of you late in the game, after premiering this past winter at Sundance, the documentary “Fresh Dressed” is now available to the public. Directed by Sacha Jenkins, the film is an incredibly dope example of the multifaceted culture that is, hip-hop. The film maps the history of hip-hop in connection to fashion, all within the evolving framework of the Black community.
Meek Mill Reveals Pre-Jail "DWMTM" Songs Will Be Released Soon
Meek Mill's 5 month jail sentence had quite an impact on him, to the point that he came out of the pen rejuvenated and ready to record a whole new LP. Dreams Worth More Than Money is said to have been complete before Meek went away, but he scrapped the original records for w hole new batch upon release.As satisfied as fans are with the LP, there has been some demand to hear the unreleased songs, namely, a track called "Scarface" rumored to feature both Jay Z and Nas.
10 Songs Created By Hip-Hop Couples
Couples making songs together is a natural thing. From the Sonny & Cher days to present-day power couple Beyonce and Jay Z, it only makes sense for a couple talented people to create music together, especially when they're in love.
Nas Pens Open Letter About Race & War In America
Recently we've seen a few rappers, some political-minded and some not, speak out in the wake of the tragic Charleston shooting.
Sprite Is Putting Lyrics From Nas, Biggie, Drake & Rakim On Their Cans
Sprite has always had a connection to rap music. As an advertiser, they were one of the first brands to promote their product with the assistance of rappers, and to specifically target an urban audience in so doing. Not only that, but when most brands did try to incorporate rappers into their ad campaigns they went the mainstream, pop-friendly route, whereas Sprite tapped more credible, "real" hip-hop artists such as Curtis Blow and Heavy D. Thus it may come as no surprise that they're digging into their hip-hop roots once more with their latest ad campaign, "Obey Your Verse."
Watch "The Real Hip-Hop," A New Mini-Doc From Nas X The Guardian
Nas dropped a six-minute documentary on Monday in partnership with The Guardian called "The Real Hip-Hop" that explores the role and influence of breakdancing and hip-hop in the slums of Uganda, Cambodia, Yemen, and Colombia. Though Nas does not appear in the film and his role in its production in his unclear, shoutout to him for participating in a video that offers a mouthpiece to impoverished urban youth around the world.
"DOPE" Soundtrack Features Nas, Digital Underground, A Tribe Called Quest & More
This summer we'll see A$AP Rocky make his acting debut in the film "DOPE," executive produced by Pharrell. Although Rocky's name has been used heavily in the promotion of the film, he said during his CRWN interview that his role is actually pretty small. Other cast memebers of the '90s centric film include Shameik Moore, Zoe Kravitz, Tyga, Vince Staples, Forest Whitaker, Chanel Iman and more.
10 Drumless Hip-Hop Tracks
What's that? Hip hop without the drums? Does that exist? Is it even possible? Well, it does exist in some form. While hip hop is almost defined by its drums, there are instances where rapping takes place over an absence of drums. Whether it's Nas kicking off his Untitled album or Outkast getting galactic on ATLiens, some cool tracks have been created without that classic boom-bap rhythm.
Rap Industry Recap: April
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Schoolboy Q Playing Osheaga 2015
With Coachella's two weekends officially heralding the start of summer festival season, we're now in full swing with lineup announcements. The latest to share is Osheaga, an annual festival held in Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau. This year, Kendrick Lamar is among the three headliners, and Nas, Schoolboy Q, Tyler, the Creator, FKA Twigs, RL Grime, Hudson Mohawke, Action Bronson, Run The Jewels, Charli XCX, Toro Y Moi, Brodinski, G-Eazy, Cashmere Cat, SZA, Raury, Sango and Bishop Nehru also appear on the lineup.
Nas Says New Album Coming This Summer
After giving us a teaser with the old school-flavored "Season," produced by the legendary J. Dilla back in October, Nas has kept pretty quiet. While the song hinted that he was working on new music/a new album, Nas hasn't spoken directly to that.
Classic Rotation: Mobb Deep's "The Infamous"
Mobb Deep’s second studio album, The Infamous, turns 20 years old today. Through quality bars, samples, beats, and skits, Havoc and Prodigy were able to impact the trajectory hip-hop by delivering a record that is in the GOAT discussion for many.
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.
10 Rappers We Want To See Live With The Roots
The Roots have collaborated with nearly everyone in hip hop. As the rap scene's resident band, they've made music with everyone from Jay Z and Kanye to Rae Sremmurd and Miley Cyrus. There's literally nobody they can't pair up with, and their residency on Jimmy Fallon's talk shows has proven that.