#TBT: The Best Kanye West Beats From 2001-2005
"I miss the sweet Kanye, chop up the beats Kanye" - Kanye *** Now a titanic figure in American music, Kanye West first made inroads into the music industry as a producer for Roc-a-Fella records. His talents on the MPC were so immense that he only got his record deal as a rapper so that they label could have access to his production. Click through the gallery to revisit Kanye West's best productions from 2001-2005, the first stage of his career in which he worked with Jay Z, Ludacris, Talib Kweli, Alicia Keys, The Game, and many others.
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.
Scarface Announces "Icon" Tour
Houston veteran Scarface is setting out on his appropriately titled "Icon" tour at the beginning of next month. The tour begins on February 11 in Tulsa, OK, and proceeds to travel through Texas, the West Coast, the Midwest, and the South before finishing off on April 1 in Scarface's hometown. There are currently 28 stops on the tour, though Scarface has suggested that more dates will be added in the near future. Last year, Scarface released his first album since 2008, Deeply Rooted, with features from Nas, Rick Ross, and John Legend.
Hottest Albums Of 2015
2015 was a pretty phenomenal year for music. After the relatively dry 2014, we thought it was a drought, but the overwhelming amount of material made making our year-end list both very easy and very difficult. On one hand, there was a wealth of album to choose from, but on the other hand, a lot of great stuff had to be left on the cutting room floor.
Scarface Releases Statement Regarding BET Hip Hop Awards Arrest
You may have heard that Scarface was arrested earlier this month after an appearance at the BET Awards, but the Texas rapper wants to make sure you got the full story.
Scarface Arrested At BET Hip Hop Awards For Unpaid Child Support
Scarface had a night to remember last night. At the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta, he was honored with the "I Am Legend" achievement award. He has apparently had a warrant out for unpaid child support that forbade him from leaving the state of Texas. He ignored the order to come accept his award in person, and police were waiting for him backstage and promptly arrested him. Shoutout to blogger Freddy O for documenting the scene. Here's what he said:
Review: Scarface's "Deeply Rooted"
Despite his notoriety as a pioneer of Southern rap music and lyrical depth, Scarface remains low-key with his legendary status. And reasonably so. There’s a lot going on in the mind of the 44-year-old Geto Boy.
Stream Scarface's New Album, "Deeply Rooted"
Scarface has remained a fairly prolific artist since his debut solo album in 1991, but in delivering his 12 studio album today, the Houston rapper has broken a 7-year silence. The follow-up to 2008's Emeritus finds Scarface reuniting with Mike Dean on the book-ending tracks, while N.O. Joe supplies the beats for majority of the remaining tracks.Guest appearances include Papa Reu, Z-Ro, Rush Davis, Nas, Rick Ross, John Legend, Avant and CeeLo Green.
Scarface Reveals Tracklist & Cover Art For "Deeply Rooted"
Scarface is preparing a follow up to 2008's Emeritus, with Deeply Rooted. The album isn't due out until early September, but 'Face has revealed the cover artwork and tracklist for the project today. This information comes shortly after that of a new Geto Boys album, Habeas Corpus. The album features Z-Ro, Rick Ross, Cee-Lo Green, John Legend, Nas and more. Take a look at the tracklist below.
Geto Boys Announce New Album "Habeas Corpus"
The last Geto Boys album dates back to 2005's The Foundation, but the crew is set to reunite, and (attempt to) put their differences aside, for a new project: Habeas Corpus.
10 H-Town Classics To Celebrate Houston Appreciation Weekend
Yesterday (May 19), Drake announced the schedule for the second annual OVO-run Houston Appreciation Weekend (HAW), which kicks off tomorrow (May 21) with a Bun B tribute event and ends Sunday (May 24) with a Drizzy/Future "Jungle" show and a Boosie Badazz after-party.
#TBT: Devin The Dude
Devin The Dude has come a long way in his 20+ year rap career. Starting out in the Odd Squad (who later changed their name to Coughee Brothaz), Devin went on to release 8 solo albums from 1998-2013. He's still around, collaborating with the likes of King Chip, Snoop Dogg and Daz Dillinger in 2014, but it definitely seems that he has slowed down a little bit since his glory days. And he should; he's worked hard. And plus, all that weed smoke he rhymes about has to chill him out...by now at least.
#TBT: Scarface's Classics
Houston, Texas has birthed some incredible rappers. One of them goes by Scarface, and together with Geto Boys, he helped to put Houston on the rap music map. With a style all his own, the baritone MC has released 11 solo albums along with doing countless features and more. Some of those songs helped to shape hip-hop throughout the past 30 years.
#TBT: Nas' Portrait Albums
Nas' first four albums famously wore portraits of the MC in a different light. He was a kid on Illmatic. He was an adult on It Was Written. He was a pharaoh on I Am... He was Nostradamus on Nastradamus. The uniformed imagery paired with the super-strong material he was laying down creates a consistency that no other MC has matched. Not to add fuel to a dead fire, but Jay Z's Volumes just weren't quite as strong as Nas' first four albums...let's face it.
10 Rappers Who Shouted Out Scarface
Although the initial critical reception to the 1983 movie "Scarface" was pretty mixed, with plenty of harsh reviews, it has since gone on to not only become a rapper favorite, but cement itself as a classic. Although it was panned so hard by critics, it turned out to be a box office smash.
Scarface Says He's In Talks With Nas To Do Collaborative Album
Scarface announced a new album in April, Deeply Rooted, so one would think a retirement isn't in the near future for the Houston OG, however while discussing rumors of retirement with DJ Whoo Kid, the rapper confirms it's almost time for him to leave the genre. Face jokes about pulling a Dr. Dre. "It's time to go man," he says.
Top 20 Rap-A-Lot Records Tracks
Rap-A-Lot Records was founded by James "J Prince" Smith in Houston, TX in 1986, during hip-hop's Golden Age, as well as the time when Gangsta Rap was slowly starting to gain prominence. Stereotypically, Gangsta Rap is viewed as vulgar, and can sometimes promote violence against women without any really basis or message.
Scarface Announces New Album "Deeply Rooted"
Scarface recently made headlines for venting about the music industry executives who control hip-hop, saying they don't really care about the culture or the craft. Well, it looks like the Houston legend will be taking control of his own music and will be releasing a new album soon.
Scarface's Son Reported Missing In Los Angeles [Update: Scarface's Son Has Been Found]
Legendary rapper Scarface's son is currently missing and a search is underway to find the young adult. Scarface's son, whose name is Brandon Jordan, suffers from autism and has been missing for seven days, since last Wednesday afternoon, when he stormed out of his house in Leimart Park, Los Angeles. Jordan's mother, Melissa Lollis, has said, "He just got agitated, didn't want to talk about it no more, and just stormed out of the house with nothing."
5 Mob Films Essential To Hip-Hop
The inspiration rappers draw from mob films can't be denied. Flicks such as The Godfather, King Of New York, Casino, Goodfellas and Scarface have helped shape the persona of many of your favorite emcees. Artists tend identify with characters that rise above all odds and prosper, in a criminal field or otherwise. Tony Montana, Frank White, Vito Corleone, Sam Rothstein - the list of "inspirational" characters is a long one.