Stalking SXSW: Instagram Photo Recap (Part 1)
There's a ton of reasons why you may have missed out on SXSW this year, but don't worry, we got you covered! We're bringing all the best of SXSW's hip-hop Instagram posts together for your viewing pleasure. Just cool pics, rappers with fans and even a glimpse at some of the performances. Don't worry we have people taking care of the professional quality stuff, which will be coming soon. In the meantime, sit back and see why you should've saved all you nickles and dimes to make your way to Austin, Texas this year.
G.O.O.D. Music To Have SXSW Showcase With Big Sean, Pusha T & More
While SXSW started off as a showcase opportunity for rising artists all of genres, in recent years we've seen the rap genre take on a bigger influence at SXSW, not to mention, bigger artists as well. So, it may not come as a complete surprise that G.O.O.D. Music is doing their very own showcase at the annual music conference, despite not really having any 'rising rappers' on the label (although it appears they've tapped a few for the showcase...see below).
Future Details Working With Drake And Messing With The Media
Future is pretty busy as of late between being one of rap's next big things and fathering a child with the wonderful Ciara. However, he still found time to sit down with the British DJ, Westwood, to spare some words about some of the exciting artists he has had the chance to work with as of late.
Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T & More Set To Perform At Pitchfork Festival 2014
Pitchfork's annual festival is usually more on the indie side than the rap side, but nonetheless they tend to incorporate a bit of hip-hop into the line-up. This year the festival has announced that Kendrick Lamar is headlining, as are Beck and Neutral Milk Hotel. In addition to those acts, Pusha T will take the Pitchfork stage, Grimes, Death Grips and more. Not much in the way of rap has been announced just yet, but there are plenty more artist announcements to come, as Pitchfork says these are less than half the acts they've got lined up.
Top Tracks Of The Week: Feb. 3-9
This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 10 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. Once again, this particular feature is cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio.
Future's "Move That Dope" Single With Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino Dropping This Week
Future is set to reveal the artwork and release date for his sophomore effort, Honest this week, and it looks like he'll be pairing the announcement with a new street single. Revealing the artwork on Instagram, Future Hendrix has got a pretty star-studded crew track on its way. "Move That Dope" features Pharrell, Pusha T, and Casino, and will be available February 7th according to King Push ( who also described the track as "fiiiiiiiiiiiiiire").
Best Rapper Ad-Libs Currently In The Game
When used properly, ad-libs can really accelerate the popularity of an artist. Just ask Big Sean or 2 Chainz. These between-the-lines phrases are designed to hype up listeners, adding extra energy to their verses. Ad-libs tend to be funny, serious, or flat-out ridiculous. Recently, acts like Migos have taken ad-libs to the next level. While some rapper ad-libs can be annoying, there are those who've properly honed the ad-lib craft, and the result is usually entertaining. Ad-libs can also function as a tag or trademark for rappers-- the instant you hear one, you know who's on the track.
15 Fine Art References In Hip-Hop Music
Many emcees (especially those in the limelight) display an appreciation for the finer things in life, and art is no exception. Although a less common source of inspiration, you will catch the occasional fine art reference in rap music, Jay Z's "Picasso Baby" being only the most recent example.
No Malice Says There Is "No Clipse Album In The Works”
After much back and forth speculation, we finally have official and decisive word that a Clipse reunion is NOT happening. No Malice spoke with FADER today, clearing the air on any rumors concerning a new album from the Virginia duo.
Pusha T Announces U.S. & European Tour Dates
The other week Pusha T announced some Canadian tour dates, but he hasn't forgotten about his American and European fans either. Today we receive tour dates for both, which will pick up where the Canadian tour dates left off.
Pusha T Confirms New Clipse Album [Update: Pusha Says He Never Confirmed Reunion]
There's been much confusion over whether or not Clipse are currently working on a new project. A rumor began circulating last week that Pusha T and No Malice were hitting the studio with The Neptunes, but there have been mixed reports from the rapping brothers themselves.
Pusha T Announces Canadian Tour Dates
There's no business like snow business. Just before setting off on tour with his GOOD Music partner Tity 2 Necklace, Pusha T has announced a trip through the great white north.
Pusha T In Studio With The Neptunes [Update: Studio Session Actually For New Clipse Album]
Pusha T is starting the New Year with a studio session that will definitely please fans. The 1/2 of Clipse is locking in a 20-day studio session with Pharrell and Chad Hugo aka The Neptunes. The rapper tweeted an image of studio time with the producers adding the caption "Starting now." Only good things can come of this. Peep the two studio pics we have in the gallery above. [via]
Pusha T Hitting The Studio With The Neptunes For New Album "King Push"
Pusha T has written some classic material with the Neptunes in the past, but while Pharrell has been putting in work this year (including some stuff on Pusha's MNIMN), Chad Hugo was nowhere to be found. It looks like Push may be the person to get the two beatmakers in the studio once again, with the announcement that he will be working with the duo on his upcoming album King Push.
2 Chainz Announces "2 Good 2 Be T.R.U." Tour With Pusha T & August Alsina
2 Chainz is still working on pushing his sophomore album, B.O.A.T.S. II: #METime, and in an effort to give it an extra push he's announced a new solo tour, the "2 Good 2 Be T.R.U." tour, for which he'll bring along Pusha T, August Alsina and Cap 1. Tity 2 Necklace will hit the road in February, starting out in Boston, and continuing his trek into the following month. He'll wrap up "2 Good 2 Be T.R.U." tour in Washington, D.C. on March 24th. Peep the full set of tour dates below.
Pusha T Says Pharell & Kanye West Are Pushing For A New Clipse Album
Pusha T finally released his debut album this year, but it hasn't stopped people asking about another Clipse project. In a new interview with Zane Lowe, the GOOD music rapper spoke of the current status of the duo, his brother's hesitations, and Kanye West and Pharell's offers to craft the album.
Pusha T Says Kanye West Rants In Private As Much As In Public
Kanye West has been known to go on a rant from time to time, and it isn't only when he has a large audience. Pusha T was asked about 'Ye's rants and says the G.O.O.D. Music honcho will often go on rants behind closed doors.
Pusha T Says He "Constantly" Runs Into Liars In Rap
Pusha T has always valued his street cred. From the early days of Clipse, Malice and Push's primary topic was always their drug-dealing pasts, and unlike his brother, Pusha has maintained that approach. In fact, the Virginia rapper has been more vocal than ever in targeting peers he sees as less-than-genuine, something he elaborated on in a recent interview with Noisey.
Charts Don’t Lie: October 27
Nothing too big transpired on the charts this week when it comes to hip-hop. That's not to say there weren't hip-hop releases-- there most definitely were, however, none could top Drake's Nothing Was The Same at #4 on the Billboard 200. And if DJ Khaled's low sales projections are correct, Khaled probably won't top Drizzy either next week.
Charts Don't Lie: October 20
This week everyone's favorite dope boy Pusha T finally made his Charts debut, with My Name Is My Name. The album, which has been praised highly by most, managed a #4 debut, selling on the lower-end of the projected amount, with 75k. While it's solid numbers for a rapper who's been in the underground for most of his career, what does it say about those supporting 'real rap'? That there aren't that many?