Travi$ Scott shows have been particularly lit this year.
Travi$ Scott has become one of the most must-see performers in rap, because of his electric stage presence and because he is always on the verge of a doing something anarchic or belligerent. Scott's inner beast, La Flame, is a force to be reckoned with, and he himself cannot always contain the beast.
There's quite a bit of repetition in the game these days, and specific lyrics tend to get overlooked (with the exception of the already infamous verse Kendrick dropped on Big Sean's "Control" this week). This is an opportunity to take a closer listen and really consider what these artists have to say. We encourage your opinions.
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.
In music we tend to glorify the debut album, always craving the newest and shiniest thing out. The downside of that is usually we're slightly disappointed in the follow up sophomore album, possibly what led to the phenomenon known as the "sophomore slump".
The Nike Air Foamposite One "Metallic Silver/Volt" will officially release tomorrow, March 1st, at all the familiar spots including Sneaker Bistro. The foams features a pewter upper with an ultra bright lime green/volt outsole. Whats more, there is a a subtle striped graphic that is blended into the upper to give the shoe a little extra flavor.
The Nike LeBron 11 "Fairfax" PE comes in both home and away colorways, but it looks as though these will be exclusive to the big-time Los Angeles based High School program. The away version features a yellow and gold build with red accents, while the home version is predominately white.
If you follow us on Instagram and Twitter, you've likely already seen more than a few moments from SXSW which we documented on social media. Incase you aren't all up on our socials, we're recapping the two showcases we sponsored and our other adventures at South By right here.
Last week saw the appraisal of one type of love and the destruction of another. Kendrick Lamar finally dropped the highly anticipated "i," and it raised more questions than hype. The song was a tribute to self-love, but he did so in a joint that sounds a bit more of an Andre 3000 song than a Lamar single. It's that #BaduBox, guys.
Rapping and acting have gone hand-in-hand since the days of Krush Groove. Pioneers like Heavy D, 2-Pac, LL Cool J and Queen Latifah made the move not only acceptable but honorable as well. Since then not only have rappers added to their accolades by hitting the silver screen, others have stepped off the stage and grabbed the mic in turn.
Miss Erykah Badu has nestled her way back into the minds of everybody recently with her new mixtape, which included the infectious "Phone Down" and the creative twist on Drake's "Hotline Bling." She's been DJing around the country as Lo Down Loretta Brown, as well as selling out venues with her live show.
The age-old question under which almost all hip-hop music is scrutinized: does it pass the car test?
Moreso than ever, we're seeing the fashion and hip-hop worlds overlapping, but sneakers have always held a special place in the hearts of the rap world. If you follow both music and sneaker culture closely, you should know just how many rapper-sanctioned shoes have been released over the years, and if so, you should fare pretty well on our latest quiz.From Kanye West to Tyga, Nike to Louis Vu
One of the main things that fueled Future's career reinvention, which began with Monster, and dominated the majority of 2015, was his breakup with Ciara, his onetime fiancée and mother of the most recent of his four children.
The biggest stars in the hip-hop world were out and about this past week. It all began with Super Bowl 50, attended by rappers such as Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z, the latter whose wife would make up for the underwhelming quality of the game with her roaring halftime show, which saw the live debut of her new single, "Formation."After that, it was Kanye who would hog most of the headlines.
This week we're seeing how a little bit (or a lot, rather) of media coverage can go a long way. While we have new entries from Michael Jackson (Xscape) and Iamsu! (Sincerely Yours), we're also seeing a few classic albums re-enter the Billboard 200, plus there's the aftermath of the Solange/Jay Z elevator blow out.
Many of hip-hop's most classic albums have one thing in common: they were all produced (mostly) by one man. Dr. Dre, J Dilla, the RZA, Kanye West, Madlib, and many more have all laced MCs with a collection of beats that create a cohesive aesthetic through which full LPs can thrive.
With all of the Atlanta rappers that have come up in the past few years has come an equally exciting influx of Atlanta producers. Amongst them are FKi, a duo comprised of 1st Down and Sauce Lord Rich who graduated from the prestigious Full Sail University. Since then, they have worked with the likes of Ludacris, Waka Flocka Flame, Ty Dolla $ign, Tyga, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, and many more.
Drake and Future successfully created a moment with What A Time To Be Alive, successfully dodging leaks and getting rap fans everywhere tuned in to a a good old-fashioned radio show. Of course, the main difference with doing this in 2015 is the project could instantly be discussed on a major scale, with fans everywhere tweeting out lyrics as they happened.
This week we're seeing several new hip-hop and r'n'b entries on Charts Don't Lie, or more to the point, the Billboard 200. Nothing too crazy happened though, with r'n'b singer Tank taking our top spot, but that's only with a debut at #13 (selling 17,000 units). We're mainly seeing underground/indie numbers with our new entries.
The snare and synth-filled beats, the arrogance in the rhymes, and the claims to fame are all reasons why Tyga has gained so many followers, and this shines through on the first three tracks of Hotel California. It's this familiar, blanket sound that has garnered him the success he so rightfully brags about.
As yesterday's flash mob in NYC proved, the A$AP name can still send fans into frenzied riots.
O.J. Mayo isn't happy with the footage released of him playing Michael Jordan back when Mayo was still in high school. During a recent interview, MJ told a story of how a young Mayo was talking trash and going at him at Jordan's own camp. This in turn cause Mike to actually try, at which point he shut young O.J. down and scored countless easy buckets on him.
The "Toro" Air Jordan 6 looks like it's actually going to happen. 2014 marks the 23rd anniversary of the Air Jordan 6, so its reasonable to believe these early images will actually come to fruition.
This week there's was some difficulty in deciding what to feature on Underrated Audio, and it wasn't because there was an excess of tracks to choose from, but sadly, the opposite. Nonetheless, we've come through, with five cuts from last week that were not given all their deserved play time.
One of the commenters on one of our recent quizzes encouraged us to give you guys a little history lesson on hip-hop, and we're taking him up on that idea. We know it's about to be the weekend, but yall got time for one more quiz before you clock out of school mode?
Beef is good for Hip Hop its like high school fights niggas dont really get hurt most the time but when they do? AWW MAN #youngveggiesvoice — Vince Staples (@vincestaples) May 5, 2014
As a former gourmet chef of Albanian and Jewish descent who raps over a Tracy Chapman guitar riff at most of his shows, Action Bronson has always been a unique presence in hip-hop. Never has this been more pronounced, though, than at last week’s South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.
Slinging crack rock, popping glocks, and smacking hoes is not the way to keep it gangsta. In the words of Stic.man of the hip-hop duo Dead Prez, "HEALTHY IS THE NEW GANGSTA." True happiness can be achieved through knowledge, proper nutrition, fitness, and meditation; not guns and drugs.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version turns 20 today. Rap music’s most eccentric figure isn’t here to celebrate the occasion, but he did leave behind a phenomenal LP during his time here on earth.
Today marks the culmination of the strangest rap career genesis this country’s ever seen, one that has included an MTV reality show, a hip-hop trio name Three Loco, OG Ron C, a Harmony Korine film, a slew of investigative articles and perhaps most importantly, about as much hate as the internet can muster.