10 Rappers Who Switched Their Style Up
Superman isn't Superman if he inexplicably switches from superpowered do-gooder, to some sort of motorcycle-riding anti-hero, to maniacal villain, and back and forth between the extremes. Such mythology is a big part of the hip-hop culture, as well as proper marketing. Any marketing novice and comic book savant knows that consistency is key to building one's image/brand. A rapper who constantly switches up can lose a fan base or market, or even worse: he or she gets labeled as a fake for wearing different styles (there's nothing worse than not being real).
Samples Of The Week: May 22
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".
Wale Reveals That Pete Rock And DJ Premier Are Working On "The Album About Nothing"
Though no release date has been announced, anticipation is already building for Wale's upcoming album, The Album About Nothing. Previously, we reported that J. Cole and DJ Premier were working with Wale on the release, and now, we can add legendary producer Pete Rock's name to that list. This morning, Wale took to Twitter to shout-out his new producers, tweeting:
Fat Trel Discusses "GLEESH" Mixtape, Differentiates Himself From Wale
For those unaware, Washington, D.C. emcee and new Maybach Music Group signee Fat Trel just dropped a mixtape titled GLEESH. The 15-track project features Rick Ross, Wale, Rockie Fresh, Stalley and more, with production from DJ Tree Gotti, Sloan, Harry Fraud, Young Chop and others.
Wale Is Working With J. Cole & DJ Premier On "The Album About Nothing"
Wale recently made headlines for an altercation he had with a Twitter troll, who he approached IRL at a WWE match this weekend, leading to a bit of a scuffle. While he's still having a tough time controlling his temper, the DC has still found time to work steadily on his 4th official project, The Album About Nothing.
Wale On WWE Incident: "I Just Kind Of Mushed Him A Little Bit"
Wale can not seem to hold back from responding to his haters. While attending a WWE event in Washington yesterday, the MMG rapper was taunted on Twitter by a user claiming to be in the same building, and it wasn't long before the rapper sought him out. Some grainy footage of the altercation shows a bit of a scuffle, before Wale was pulled away. You can watch the footage, and read their full Twitter exchange here.
Wale Confronts Twitter Troll At WWE Event In Washington D.C [Update: Video Surfaces]
The smackdown was being laid down in Washington D.C on Monday night, and not just by the WWE wrestlers.
25 Professional Wrestling References in Hip Hop
Professional wrestling and hip hop – sounds like an odd combination, but the two cultures that have a lot in common and quite a lot of respect for each others craft. Wrestling federations, whether it has been WWE, WCW, or TNA have all dabbled in hip hop. These companies have frequently collaborated with the genre to make some dope theme tunes for wrestlers. You may also recall that some wrestling superstars, such as John Cena and R-Truth, have even dropped a freestyle or two!
Juicy J Says He Has No Beef With Wale, Talks "The Hustle Continues" Album
Juicy J is edging into mainstream popularity, with strip club anthems that spread like wildfire, and a notable feature on Katy Perry's hit single "Dark Horse." The rise in his stock comes with an increase in his fan base, as those who are unfamiliar with Three 6 Mafia discover the rapper as a solo artist alone.
TV Show "Game Of Thrones" To Release Rap Mixtape "Catch The Throne" [Update: Tracklist & Release Date Revealed]
Two weeks back, while speaking to Revolt TV, Big Boi made mention of his love for the TV show "Game of Thrones", and revealed he had a mixtape on the way inspired by the show. The details were scarce at the time, but now we've received more information on the project, and as it turns out, this project is actually helmed by the TV show itself, as they attempt to reach a larger demographic.
Wale Tattoos Biggie & Tupac On His Legs
Tattoos are a big part of hip-hop culture, we've seen many rappers pay homage to their favorite artists or notable figures by way of their tattoos.
Wale Announces "Album About Nothing" For The Fall
Wale was off the Twitter tip for a period time, stemming from all the drama centered around his angry phone call to the Complex offices when they snubbed him on their year-end lists. In the end, Wale wrote an open letter on his blog explaining his hiatus in full, but in recent times the MMG rapper has returned to the Twittersphere.
Justin Bieber Spotted With Rick Ross, Wale, Stalley, Jermaine Dupri & Diddy
When he's not busy getting into trouble with the cops, whether that be in the U.S. or in Canada, or sucking on stripper nipples, Justin Bieber is in the studio with r
Wale Explains Twitter Hiatus In New Letter
Wale was off Twitter for a minute, but he resurfaced on the social media outlet this week. As someone who could easily be described as a hothead, the MMG rapper had a tendency to get a little too caught up in social media slander (you may remember when a harmless question about anime escalated to Wale threatening Sir Michael Rocks).
Wale Speaks On Making It Without Being A "Media Darling" On The Breakfast Club
Wale put out a hit album last year, but his angry phonecall to Complex in wake of them leaving The Gifted off of their year end list ended his 2013 on a weird note. In a new sit-down with the Breakfast Club, Wale elaborated on why the lack of recognition bothers him so much, revealed plans for his next album, and explained how his fans are the key to taking him to the next level in his career.
Wale Talks About Spazzing On Complex
As tends to happen with Wale, he momentarily lost his cool during a phone call with Complex last week, and the phone call itself (which Complex recorded) ended up circulating the web. The reason for Wale's call was due to the fact that the MMG rapper had been neglected from Complex's year-end 50 Best Albums of 2013. Perhaps this was the final straw, as Wale's The Gifted had already been left off other publications' year-end lists as well.
Wale Spazzes On Complex Over Their 50 Best Albums Of 2013 List [Update: Wale Responds]
We're at that time of year when just about every publication is working on their year-end list (count us among them), and while they're not necessarily meant to ruffle feathers, that can happen, when artists feel like they are unjustly excluded from these lists.
Wale Tells Us How To Reject Women Like Mutombo
Dikembe Mutombo has been a mainstay reference for rappers since the 90s. Usually rappers are talking about how big they are, on the block, or how their money is "long like Mutombo." The NBA legend has seen a post-playing career resurgence of late as his trademark blocking prowess followed by his signature finger waving were used in a viral GEIKO commercial.
Rick Ross Reveals Art For "No Games" Remix, It Features Meek Mill & Wale
Rick Ross has been consistently tweeting about a "No Games" remix for several days now. He finally dropped the single art, revealing that fellow MMG rappers Meek Mill and Wale will be on the remix. He also revealed the remix is dropping tomorrow. Peep the single art above, and check back tomorrow for the remix. Mastermind coming December 17th.
5 Rappers Who Should Have Their Own Sneaker Line
It's official. Kanye has left Nike to team up with Adidas and their Y-3 line. In case you were living under a rock for the past 24 hours, Kanye left Nike because he was not receiving any loyalties. Apparently, because he is not an athlete, Nike could not pay him any royalties; which didn't fly with 'Ye.