Stream Murs & 9th Wonder's Surprise Project "Brighter Daze"
The Murs-9th Wonder connection has proven to be one of the sturdier creative partnerships in hip hop, dating back to their classic 2004 album Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition, which still slaps. The partnership has now even endured a 2012 collab called The Final Adventure -- before the ball dropped on New Years Eve, they shared their sixth full collaboration, a new project called Brighter Daze.
Talib Kweli Announces Album With 9th Wonder
Over year and a half ago, Talib Kweli, mentioned that he was working on an album with acclaimed producer 9th Wonder. It now appears the album is done or close to completion.
Stream Manolo Rose's New Project "Concrete Rose"
Starting off with "All About The Money" last year (after we learned that the track wasn't originally Troy Ave's), Brooklyn's Manolo Rose has been building his buzz with tracks such as "Run Ricky Run" and "Gun Fu," and now he's ready to release a full-length project. Concrete Rose is 14 tracks in length, and although it's called a "mixtape," it's currently not available for free.
Underrated Audio: May 3 - May 9
Underrated Audio is back on our mission to supply you with exciting new music you may have missed upon initial browsing, from artists who haven't quite broken the mainstream. The talent is there, the quality uncut.
Stream DJ Clue's "Banned From CD 2015" Mixtape
We've hear DJ Clue in the booth every Friday night spinning for Fabolous during his Friday Night Freestyles. Now the renowned NYC DJ is back with his own project, Banned From CD 2015, and it's stacked with features Clue has earned from years in the industry.
Stream Bad Lucc's New Album "Off The Porch"
L.A. native Bad Lucc has been waiting for this moment for a long time. Today his debut album, Off The Porch, has finally arrived. The 16-track project boasts features from Stoney The Dealer, Candice, Kay Cola, Travis Barker and of course, Lucc's old partner in crime, Problem. Stream it below and cop it on iTunes.
Behind The Beat: Ducko Mcfli
A year ago, Ducko Mcfli had never gotten his name on a beat with an artist outside of Nashville. He and longtime production partner SykSense had been putting in work for years, even catching the eye of Boi-1da, who signed the pair to a short-term production deal a few years ago. Finally, last March, they sent him one that stuck. He passed it along to his right-hand man, aka the biggest rapper in the world, and next thing you know, Syk and Ducko saw their names next to Drake's "Draft Day."
10 Raunchiest Rap Music Videos Of All Time
In the world of rap, “raunchy music video” is almost always code for “ass-shaking fiesta.” Thus, when narrowing down this list from 30+ videos to 10, I was forced to take multiple criteria into consideration. Is the song any good? Was it popular?
Behind The Beat: Salva
Last year, L.A.-based producer Salva became a household name in hip-hop circles by scoring collabs with a diverse list of artists that included Schoolboy Q, Young Thug, Freddie Gibbs, A$AP Ferg, Kurupt, Problem and E-40. With his all-over-the-place Peacemaker tape and its "Old English" single, the beatmaker gained himself a much larger following in the rap world, and so we had to hit him up to be featured on "Behind The Beat."
Nipsey Hussle, Problem, Flatbush Zombies & More Share "Rap Monument" Verses [Update: YG & More Added]
A couple weeks back, "The Rap Monument" -- a project which recruited 30 rappers for one epic track -- was revealed. While we're still not sure when the NOISEY and Hennessey-sanctioned song will arrive, we do know that the record is produced by Hudson Mohawke and S-Type, engineered by Nick Hook, and will feature verses from the likes of Pusha T, Danny Brown, Raekown, Action Bronson, and many more.
Samples Of The Week: October 30
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey". This week, see who Drake, T.I. and Que & Problem sampled on their recent tracks, all of which can be found on HNHH.
Stream Mila J's "M.I.L.A." EP
The last we heard from Mila J was in late August when the singer-songwriter recruited the power of Ty Dolla $ign and DJ Mustard for her hit single "My Main." The track, well-received by our readers as well as the mainstream radio, paved the way for M.I.L.A. (Made In Los Angeles) to finally reach our collective eardrums. Featuring the aforementioned hit as well as new collaborations with B.o.B and Problem, the short five-track EP is now available for streaming in full via Spotify. Give it a listen below and let us know what you think of the project.
Problem Announces "354: Lift Off" Tour And Mixtape
Diamond Lane's Problem has some big things planned for the coming weeks, namely a tour and an accompanying mixtape, both titled 354: Lift Off. Bad Lucc and Jon Connor will join him on the 21 date tour, the full schedule of which is below. You can buy tickets here.
Iggy Azalea Is Third Artist Ever To Replace Herself On The Top Of The Charts
Mariah Carey, OutKast, and... Iggy Azalea? Now that Ariana Grande and Iggy's song "Prolem" has replaced Charli XCX and Iggy's "Fancy" at the top of the charts, that's the list of the only artists in history to replace themselves with number one songs. Mariah did it in 1995 with "Fantasy" and "One Sweet Day, and Three Stacks and Big Boi did it in 2003-2004 with "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move."
Problem Responds To YG Diss
Earlier this year, YG stirred up some beef on his Hot 97 freestyle, lobbing subtle disses at fellow Golden State residents Tyga and Problem. Now, Problem has spoken on the diss in a new interview, and he doesn't seem that bothered by it.
YG On Whether He Dissed Tyga & Problem: "I Ain't Say Nobody Names"
DJ Mustard's sound is more present than ever these days. While we're now hearing various types of artists take on the signature west coast snap the DJ is known for, YG is definitely one of the first to take on the style. In a recent Funkmaster Flex freestyle, it was speculated that YG was taking shots at Tyga-- who made a lot of noise with his "Rack City" single, which happened to be produced by Mustard --as well as fellow west coast rapper Problem.
Stream Problem's "Understand Me" EP
Problem's has had quite a presence this year, but up until now, has not released a retail project. The rapper's Understand Me EP--a collection of 8 tracks, both old and new--will break that trend, dropping on iTunes December 10th. If you can't wait 'til then, Problem has made the project available to stream through Myspace. You can check it out here.
Problem Announces "Understand Me" EP; Reveals Cover Art & Trailer
While his "Separation Tour" kicks off next week in Sacramento, Problem is also gearing up for the release of a new EP titled Understand Me.
Problem Announces 'The Separation' West Coast Tour
At the end of next month, Problem will be embarking on a West Coast tour to promote his recent mixtape The Separation. The tour will be a short, 7-city tour starting on November 29th in Sacramento, California and will end a week later on December 6th in Pomona, California. Pre-sale tickets were made available today and can be purchased here.
Full Lineup Revealed For 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cyphers
The 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards took place in Atlanta, Georgia yesterday, and information about this year's cyphers has been revealed. Footage of the first cypher is already available - it features Asia Sparks, Bad Lucc, Problem and Astro flowing over beats provided by DJ Premier. Slaughterhouse, A$AP Mob and TDE (Isaiah Rashad included) each have their own cypher, and Jon Connor, Action Bronson, Rapsody, Travi$ Scott and Lil Kim make appearances among others. There's also a group consisting of Real Husbands of Hollywood stars, led by Kevin Hart (aka Chocolate Drop).