Stream Westside Gunn's "FLYGOD" Album
Westside Gunn has emerged as one of New York's most promising up-and-coming emcees. His cinematic soundscapes and eye for street-level detail have earned him comparisons to certain Wu-Tang members, but his imagination is all his own. And that's partly because he doesn't hail from one of the five boroughs, but, instead, from Buffalo, which Gunn paints as a fearsome (and freezing) place. Gunn now resides in Atlanta, and living in the industry hub has helped him make astute observations on the state of the rap game.
Curren$y Reveals "The Carrollton Heist" Tracklist
Curren$y and producer Alchemist are readying a Valentine's Day release, The Carrollton Heist. The joint effort was only announced a month ago, quickly followed by artwork and release date.
Curren$y Reveals Release Date, Artwork For Upcoming Project With Alchemist
Only a couple weeks ago Curren$y casually tweeted out that he was working on a second joint project with Alchemist. Now, we have official artwork and a release date for The Carrollton Heist via Spitta Andretti’s Instagram.
Curren$y Announces "The Carrollton Heist" With Alchemist
Curren$y took a piss in the mainstream (as he so eloquently put it during an interview with Damon Campbell) when he dropped his latest album, Canal St. Confidential. Now that he's done pissing in mainstream waters, he's headed back to the underground, and working with producer Alchemist comes with that territory.
Blu Accuses Evidence & Alchemist Of Racism, Evidence Responds
Things are not well between Blu, Evidence and Alchemist. Yesterday, Blu went on a vicious Twitter tirade, accusing both Evidence and Alchemist of racism, going on to suggest that the two supported Darren Wilson (the officer who killed Mike Brown in Ferguson in 2014). The rapper consistently used the homophobic slur, "f*ggot," and made some pretty serious but often confusing accusations, writing, "i had to tell they're twitter fans who don't know that they are getting young black males murdered."
Staff Picks Playlist (October 9)
It's that time of the week again. The weather might be crap, but work's over, school's out, and that should be enough to get your mind in the right place. If not, then we've got your musical medication, which will, no doubt, pair nicely with whatever other treats, medical-grade or otherwise, you've got on deck.
Stream Alchemist's New Album "Retarded Alligator Beats"
It's been a quick roll out for producer Alchemist's new project, Retarded Alligator Beats.
Stream The Alchemist's Instrumental Album "Israeli Salad"
We've already heard The Alchemist do plenty of exciting things this year, from teaming up with Action Bronson on Mr. Wonderful highlights like "Terry" and "Falconry" to releasing his GTA-inspired album with Oh No, but the workhorse producer is far from finished with dropping music in 2015. Here's his new instrumental album, Israeli Salad.
Stream The Alchemist & Oh No's "Welcome To Los Santos" Featuring Ab-Soul, Freddie Gibbs, A$AP Ferg & More
The Alchemist and Oh No are tow of the most skilled samplers in the game, so when they come together as Gangrene, it's truly something special. The two beatmakers were tapped to score Grand Theft Auto V a few years back, and while they created plenty of amazing music to soundtrack the game's chaotic universe, they've decided to revisit the fictional city on their new album, Welcome To Los Santos.
10 Producers That Should Be On Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole's Joint Album
On his interview with Hot 97 that uploaded to YouTube yesterday morning, Kendrick Lamar said there's "definitely, definitely" going to be a collaboration album with J. Cole. (You can find that tidbit around the 11:25 mark on the interview.)
Samples Of The Week: March 26 (Action Bronson Edition)
This Monday, Action Bronson dropped his madcap, adventurous debut album Mr. Wonderful. Although it was a little less sample-driven than his prior mixtapes, its live instrumentation was still often based around skeletons of existing songs taken from far-flung genres, as is Bam Bam's habit. We've already covered "Easy Rider," "Actin Crazy," "Terry" and "Baby Blue" in previous editions of Samples Of The Week, so this time we're putting some of the deeper cuts under the source-material lens. Let us know your favorite tracks in the comments section.
Review: Action Bronson's "Mr. Wonderful"
Action Bronson’s new album is a bid to be considered the funniest man in hip hop. A week after Kendrick Lamar’s album has the entire culture debating race, politics, and society, Mr. Wonderful reminds us that sometimes rap can also be about wicked-funny punch lines and ridiculous one-liners as much as it can attempt to impact culture itself. It’s that joke your friend makes to lighten the mood while your other two buddies are about to come to fisticuffs.
Stream Action Bronson's New Album "Mr. Wonderful"
Today (March 23) marks the release of Action Bronson's latest album Mr. Wonderful. After a slew of highly successful mixtapes, Mr. Wonderful is Bronson's first album on a major label, Vice Records via Atlantic. The release was preceded by three singles, "Easy Rider", "Actin Crazy", and "Terry", and we also heard a leak of "Baby Blue", featuring Chance the Rapper.
Samples Of The Week: February 19
With an unexpectedly sample-heavy release from Drake blowing up your newsfeeds all week, we have a wealth of tracks to pick from for Samples Of The Week. We could've easily devoted this entire thing to If You're Reading This It's Too Late, but we thought we'd spare you another feature article on Drake. Still, one or two songs from the tape are included on here.
Danny Brown Is Writing A Dr. Seuss-Inspired Children's Book
As much as Danny Brown presents himself as a wild party man (which he certainly is to some extent), when it comes to his art, he puts a serious amount of care and effort into every detail. In a new interview with Triple J, Danny spoke of the perfectionism that is going into his upcoming follow-up to 2013's OLD, as well as a children's book he's been working on for the last little while.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (December 12)
Interesting juxtaposition we have in the first two weeks of December. This week saw the release of J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive, an album projected to be highest selling hip-hop project of the year while having more than its fair share of aw shucks moments. We're turning up next week, though. The Pinkprint is coming out, and those thinkpieces will be on their way soon.
The Alchemist Reveals Cover Art, Tracklist & Release Date For "Rapper's Best Friend 3"
The Alchemist always has something cooking. The talented producer announced today that he's got a new instrumental project on the way, Rapper's Best Friend 3: An Instrumental Series. The project is being readied for release on September 30th.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (July 18)
There was no simmering MMG beef to light up the hip-hop conversation this week and unfortunately Meek Mill is still in jail. But life still goes on in this week's 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week.
Stream Blu's New Album "Good To Be Home"
Blu is a rapper who's been knocking around Los Angeles' underground for over ten years, releasing a wealth of EPs, albums and mixtapes during that time. His latest, Good To Be Home, will be officially released on Monday, May 19th, but the double disc project is now streaming in full on SoundCloud. Take a listen below.
ScHoolboy Q Says He Hated "Break The Bank", Has 5 More Records With Alchemist
ScHoolboy Q released his major label debut, Oxymoron today, which features some pretty crazy production credits, including work from Pharrell, Mike WiLL Made It, Tyler, The Creator and DJ Dahi. One of the most interesting collaborations however is with Alchemist on "Break The Bank". In an interview with Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds, Q elaborated on the process of recording the song, revealing that he initially couldn't stand it.