Puff Daddy Leads An All-Star Lineup For Notorious B.I.G. Tribute Show
Perhaps it has to do with the name change, but Puff Daddy has been teasing a reunion tour on radio shows recently. Now that tour is coming to fruition and will kick off with an incredible lineup of artists at a show in Brooklyn on May 20 – one day before Christopher Wallace would have turned 44.
#TBT: Nas' Deep Cuts
As one of the great emcees of all time, Nas has released 11 studio albums over the course of his career. His debut, Illmatic, is almost unanimously considered one of greatest rap records ever made. Upon hearing any one of the album's 10 tracks, "classic" is the first that comes to mind. But for every classic, there are about a dozen lesser-known or virtually forgotten cuts the arsenal of Nasir Jones.
French Montana Reveals He Has A Collaboration With Nas & Kanye West, Updates Fans On "Mac & Cheese"
It seems as though French Montana has been prepping his album Mac & Cheese forever.
Listen To Tsu Surf's "Newark" Mixtape
Tsu Surf comes through with his new mixtape, Newark, dedicated to his hometown. Surf earned his stripes as an elite battle rapper, but he's quickly proving himself as a conceptually-minded urban storyteller, and Newark is his most anticipated release yet.
#TBT: Swizz Beatz-Produced Bangers
When you think of club-ready hip hop music that was bumpin' from 2000-2010, Swizz Beatz is one of the elite names that should come to mind. The Bronx producer-DJ-rapper-fashionista-artist can virtually do anything under the sun, but he was at his most potent through the aforementioned years when he was producing rap bangers for the likes of Jay Z, T.I., DMX, and many more.
Stream Styles P "A Wise Guy and a Wise Guy" LP
Styles P's eighth studio album A Wise Guy and a Wise Guy was originally slated to drop on October 9. He just dropped the project's lead single "My Party" feat Jadakiss and presumably planned to roll out a couple more singles periodically in the lead up to the release date. But after the album leaked last week, the L.O.X. veteran decided to go ahead and throw it up on iTunes. Ain't mad about it.
Styles P Opens Up About His Daughter's Suicide
Styles P is a veteran rapper who, unlike a lot of the newer generation of MCs, isn't super outspoken about his personal life and his emotions either on wax or on social media. Nonetheless, the rapper decided to share with his fans on Instagram last night, revealing an incident dear to his heart; his daughter committed suicide just last month.
Statik Selektah Announces New Album "Lucky 7"
Last August, Statik Selektah continued his run of guest-heavy, eclectic albums with the jam-packed What Goes Around..., and now he's announced that this will be the third summer in a row that we'll be getting a new album from him. Today he's shared artwork and a release date for the similarly gambling-inspired Lucky 7, which will drop on July 7th via Duck Down Music.
Review: Curren$y "Pilot Talk III"
After a near-decade of hustling, Curren$y has finally landed his prominent role in the rap scene. It wasn’t easy work, but anyone who has watched the New Orleans-native go from Lil Wayne’s sidekick to stoner rap’s most consistent contributor will tell you that much. For his third Pilot Talk album, Curren$y didn’t reinvent the wheel, but he definitely refined it. His vision is clearer now more than ever: funny rhymes + some swaggy braggadocio + luxurious production = success. It also equates to a pleasant listen each time.
Ticket Giveaway: See The LOX Live In Brooklyn
Next Thursday, April 2nd, The LOX will be hitting Brooklyn venue The Wick for a show with Skyzoo, DARK, Chris Rivers & Nino Man, and we're hosting a ticket giveaway so you can go for free. Tickets can be purchased here, but follow the instructions below for the chance for free admission.
The LOX Announce "3rd Sermon" Mixtape, Dropping At Midnight Tonight
Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch just released their EP The Trinity: 2nd Sermon last week (stream it here), and now the trio's announced that they'll be surprising us tonight with a third installment, arriving in mixtape form.
Stream Styles P's "Phantom And The Ghost" LP
After surprising fans on The Lox EP a few months ago, Styles P is back today with his own new solo effort Phantom And The Ghost, which was released in conjunction with the newly formed NewMusicCartel Music Group. The LP hosts 14 records and comes with features from his fellow Lox members Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, as well as other artists like Rocko, Vado, Chris Rivers, Raheem DeVaughn and more. You can hear those artists tackle production from Harry Fraud, Joe Milly, Buda Da Future, Vinny Idol, among others as well.
Cover Art & Tracklist Revealed For Styles P's "Phantom And The Ghost"
Styles P will be following up 2013's album Float with Phantom And The Ghost on April 29th. The rapper recently dropped off a new joint from the LP, "Sour" which features Jadakiss and Rocko. Today he follows that up with the tracklist and official album art.
Styles P Announces New Album "Phantom And The Ghost" & Release Date
Styles P released his sixth studio album last year, Float, and he's on track now to release his seventh. He's released an album per year since 2011, and in addition to that, the rapper is also working on a new LOX album. P took to Twitter to announce the title and release date of his forthcoming solo project, which will be called Phantom And The Ghost. Styles says it'll arrive on April 29th.
50 Cent Is In The Studio With Jadakiss & Styles P
50 Cent seems to be making amends with his former New York rivals. A week or so back, we saw Fif getting on a track with Fat Joe, which many thought would be out of the question, based on their past differences. As with much of the feature-heavy music being released these days, the two rappers weren't actually in the studio together, but new photos indicate that 50 has hit the lab with a couple more rappers that may surprise you.
Jadakiss Says “Grammy’s Aint Hip Hop”
Talking to the Breakfast Club, Jadakiss and Styles P find themselves to be free agents for the first time in a while, after Def Jam was reluctant to give them their full support. Jadakiss also find himself angered at the outcome for "Best Rap Album," as many were when Kendrick Lamar's heralded album lost to Macklemore's. On the subject, Jadakiss says: "60/40, the white man still win," says Jadakiss. "Grammys ain’t Hip Hop. We they do the Hip Hop categories on the Grammy’s. Every nominee, only one or two are really Hip Hop."
The LOX Release New EP "The Trinity" Without Warning [Update: Stream The EP]
Beyonce seems to have spearheaded a trend with her preemptive album drop last week. In the early hours of the morning, both Angel Haze and The LOX dropped new projects without warning.
Full Album Stream For Styles P's "Float"
Styles P and producer Scram Jones are releasing their new effort, Float, on April 20th. We've already had a chance to hear snippets from the album, but today DJBooth has let go an entire album stream for Float.
Styles P Reveals "Float" Cover Art & Tracklist [Update: Listen To Album Snippets]
Styles P opened a Juice Bar in The Bronx last year, and has been very vocal in his appreciation for the health beverage game as of late. While we're sure The Lox rapper can make one hell of a smoothie, it's good to see him returning to rap with his upcoming album Float.
Styles P Praises Diddy For AQUAhydrate Health Drink
Diddy just teamed up with Mark Wahlberg for a joint venture into the health beverage market. The two icons will oversee business strategies for performance water AQUAhydrate, and are already receiving praise for their efforts from none other than Styles P of The Lox.