#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.
Aaliyah Dana Haughton passed away on August 25, 2001, and her legacy still lives on a decade and a half later. She has influenced countless artists, from Drake to Rihanna, with her fantastic body of work. Championed by the likes of Timbaland and Missy Elliott, she had a couple of R&B chart-topping singles before scoring her first #1 album with Aaliyah, released just a month before her tragic death.
5 Times Kanye West Amazed In The Studio
Kanye West’s career was a long time coming. He spent years in the late ’90s grinding in Chicago music scene before he finally caught on with Roc-A-Fella Records and made a huge impact with work on Jay-Z’s The Blueprint.
Timbaland Announces "King Stays King" Tour
Timbaland dropped his free mixtape, King Stays King, on Christmas day, and now he's ready to take his new set of songs on tour.
Universal Is Being Sued Over Justin Timberlake & Jay Z's "Suit & Tie"
Universal Music Group is being sued over a potentially unauthorized sample used in Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie," which featured Jay Z and was produced by Timbaland. The single peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 100 and appeared on Timberlake'd 2013 album The 20/20 Experience.
Timbaland Reveals "King Stays King" Tracklist
Timbaland is gearing up to release a new mixtape on Christmas day, King Stays King. The producer has been putting in work on Pusha T's new album, Darkest Before Dawn, and of course "Empire," but hasn't forgotten about his personal music. For the Christmas Day release, Timbo taps Young Thug, Tink, Rico Richie, Mila J, Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Migos and many more. Take a look below.
Timbaland Announces "King Stays King" Mixtape
We're stil waiting on Timbaland to drop Textbook Timbo, the project he promised he'd released before the end of the year, as well as his upcoming album Opera Noir Instead of either of these projects, looks were getting King Stays King, a 16-track mixtape that is slated to drop on December 25th. King Stays King will feature appearances from Mila J, Young Thug, Blaze, & Rich Homie Quan. It will also feature on unreleased track from Timbo's old collaborator Aaliyah.
Missy Elliott's Dopest Music Videos
If you’re reading this, it means hip hop plays a big part in your life. You’ve got memories from years ago that helped to cement your fandom of the genre. For me, one of those nostalgic checkpoints is making sure I’d get home from school in time to catch Missy Elliott’s music videos playing on MTV TRL and BET’s 106 & Park. Her songs were catchy as hell, but they were made even more noteworthy once the always imaginative accompanying music video dropped for the public to savor.
Justin Timberlake & Timbaland Might Make A Country Album
Justin Timberlake and Timbaland have been working together since the former's debut album Justified, but by the time FutureSex/LoveSounds dropped, it was clear that they were an inseparable creative force. The two reunited after a considerable hiatus for the one-two punch of The 20/20 Experience parts 1 and 2 in 2013, which found them in slightly more comfortable territory, but according to Timbo, their next project could be their boldest move yet.
Classic Rotation: Jay Z's "The Black Album"
Jay Z’s Black Album is an objective classic. When Jay announced that the follow-up to his Blueprints was going to be his last record ever, the hype reached a rapid boil. He employed all of his best collaborators for beats, and featured no other rappers. This was to be Jay’s farewell address, and despite the fact that he came back a few years later (like all the greats seem to do), that vibe is still present throughout the record.
Pusha T Drops New Single "Untouchable"
Pusha T was teasing the lyrics and Donda-designed cover art for a new single, "Untouchable." This afternoon he's dropped off the full record, via the G.O.O.D. Music website, and it's just as scathing as one might expect from King Push. Not to mention, it's got blistering production from Timbaland who samples the Notorious B.I.G.
Pusha T Shares Lyrics To "Untouchable," Takes Some Subliminal Shots
Pusha T was just announced as the new President of GOOD Music, so he's very much feeling himself at this moment. What better time to share a new track and take some subliminal shots at his competition?While Push has yet to deliver the audio version of his Timbaland-produced track "Untouchable," he has shared an annotated version of the lyrics via Genius, and while you can't bang it in the whip just yet, it should get people talking.
Timbaland Unveils "The Emperor Of Sound" Memoir
Timbaland has had a long and extremely successful career, working with the likes of Jodeci, Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, and producing some of the most influential music of the last twenty years. Later this month, fans can get the inside scoop on Timbo's storied past when he releases his memoir The Emperor Of Sound. Co-written with Veronica Chambers, the hardcover book will provide a look inside the mind of one of our generations great songwriters.
Jay Z & Timbaland Win "Big Pimpin" Copyright Infringement Trial
A judge has dismissed a copyright infringement case against Jay Z and Timbaland pertaining to the sample from 1999 hit "Big Pimpin," according to the Associated Press. The case didn't make it to jury.
Jay Z & Timbaland Testify In Court For “Big Pimpin” Trial
Jay Z & long time collaborator, Timbaland, showed up to an L.A. court room on Tuesday & Wednesday to testify in a trial surrounding copyright infringement over their 1999 hit collab “Big Pimpin’.” The two are being sued by the heirs of Baligh Hamdi, an Egyptian composer who created the 1957 song “Khosara Khosa.”
5 Artists Aaliyah Influenced
Although she passed away fourteen years ago at the all-too-young age of 22, Aaliyah still fervently burns like an R&B sun, atop the solar system of artists that she fuels and influences posthumously. Despite her age, her career lasted nearly a decade. Her sex appeal, style, and squad of collaborators, who are also mega-stars in their own right created the perfect storm to set pop music on a course that is still traveled by some of music’s best and brightest to this day.
Pusha T Reveals Producers On "King Push," Reacts To Praise From N.W.A.
Dr. Dre's co-sign has affected the careers of rappers like Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent, and Kendrick Lamar, so praise from the legendary producer is quite an honor. In a recent interview with Billboard, Dre, along with the surviving members of N.W.A. (Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella) shared his favorite emcees of the moment -- which happened to be Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Pusha T.
Jay Z & Timbaland Expected To Testify In "Big Pimpin" Lawsuit
Jay Z and Timbaland are headed to court over their 1999 hit, "Big Pimpin" off Jay's album Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter. The record is an iconic one, mainly because of the sample Timbaland used-- and it's that same sample that's now coming back to haunt the duo. At the time the track was recorded and released, Timbo paid EMI $100,000 for use of the Middle Eastern song "Khosara, Khosara," composed by Baligh Hamdy. EMI claimed to have the rights to the song via a deal with an Egyptian company and an agreement with Hamdy's family.
Timbaland Is Sitting On Unreleased Aaliyah Music, Promises "Sneak Peek"
Timbaland took to Instagram to confirm that he is sitting on unreleased music by Aaliyah. "Attention!!!!! People ask me all the time do I have any babegirl music we haven't heard!!!!!" he wrote. "Well the answer is YES!!!!!!!! TIMBO x BABEGIRL !!!!! Sneak peak coming !!!!!!!" Timbaland produced much of Aaliyah's second album One In A Million and three songs on her self-titled third album.
Tink's New Mixtape Is Coming This Month
Whether you've only recently discovered Tink, or you've been following her for years,you've probably made your way back through Winter's Diary 2. The R&B-centric project is easily among the rapper and singer's best work, so the announcement of Winter's Diary 3 is an exciting one for Tink fans.