Samples Of The Week: November 20

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...

  • Samples Of The Week: November 20
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    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".  This...
  • Rihanna Says A New Album Is Coming "Very Soon"
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    Rihanna has put out an album almost every year, or at least every other year, since she got her start in the pop business with Music of the Sun. While 2013 went without a new album from Rih Rih, and so far, so has 2014, that might change very soon. While Rihanna was at the premiere of MAC’s AIDS film "It’s Not Over" last night, she spoke briefly on the new music she's been...
  • Air Jordan 'Ultimate Gift of Flight' Pack To Release For $500
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    The Air Jordan 'Gift Of Flight' Pack continues to reveal itself as a December release seems imminent. A concrete release date has not been announced those rumors point to either a December 13th, or 23rd launch date. The pack looks to continue Jordan Brand's trend of releasing a highly sought after retro Air Jordan with another Jordan sneaker, as they did with the 'Brazil Pack.' The Air Jordan...
  • E-40 Announces New Album "Sharp On All 4 Corners" [Update: Tracklist Revealed]
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    E-40 is back at it again. Following the success of his first tri-album release, The Block Brochure, West Coast OG, E-40, is doing it again. Taking to Twitter the other night, 40 revealed that he plans to release two upcoming albums for fans called Sharp On All 4 Corners, with a third album being a deluxe edition. The projects will all be available for purchase on December 9th, which we just...
  • The Cash Money Timeline
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    The story of two brothers who came from nothing, from a city far off the hip-hop radar, and built an empire. But they didn’t do it alone. Brothers Bryan “Baby” Williams (who we now know as Birdman), age 22, and Ronald “Slim” Williams, age 24, wanted to get out of their projects and build a better life for their family and friends in Magnolia and the surrounding...
  • Chris Brown Announces Three-Date Tour With August Alsina
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    Earlier this month, Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Tyga confirmed the huge "Between The Sheets Tour," which kicks off in January 2015. Before that, Breezy will be warming up with a mini-tour with August Alsina. From December 19th to 21st, two crooners will be performing three dates together on the "X Live Tour!" Below, check out Chris Brown's tweet announcing the news, as well as the...
  • G-Eazy Announces Second Leg Of "From The Bay To The Universe" Tour
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    G-Eazy won't even be concluding his current "From The Bay To The Universe" tour for another nine days, but he's already sold over 50,000 tickets. With that in mind, you can't blame him for deciding to extend the tour with a second leg. Replacing openers E-40 & IAMSU! will be Kool John and Kehlani, with Jay Ant staying on for the second round. Check out the...
  • Shady Records Plans To Drop Huge Mixtape In Support Of "Shady XV"
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    Eminem and his team at Shady have really stepped up their efforts in the roll-out of their compilation double-disc album, Shady XV. Rightly so, as the album celebrates 15 years of Shady Records. After giving us a cypher with Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf and Eminem, plus some short black and white cartoons, we'll be getting one more piece of content presumably before the album arrives on Monday: a...
  • 10 Underrated Songs From Classic Albums
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    What qualifies an underrated song? What defines a classic album?  Who makes the rules? These are all important questions as we approach our good-natured discussion. It's an unusual and tricky exercise placing the "underrated" tag on a keystone element of a greater artwork. We can agree that the keystones of a great artwork are inherently valuable single...
  • Lil Boosie Reveals New Cover Art For "Touchdown 2 Cause Hell"
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    Back in September Boosie Badazz revealed what was deemed to be cover artwork for his upcoming double disc LP Touchdown 2 Cause Hell, but it looks like he's decided to give the cover art a re-work. Boosie goes the simple route for the official art, using a black and white image of himself with his neck chain-heavy. Take a look at the old artwork here, and peep the new cover above. The album is...
  • Tyga Skips Appearance After Club Bans Underage Kylie Jenner
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    According to a report from TMZ, Tyga refused to make a scheduled club appearance after a West Hollywood venue, Greystone Manor, refused to let his girlfriend, Kylie Jenner, into the building for his pre-birthday celebration. Kylie, who turned seventeen on August 10th, is not of legal drinking age. According to California law then, her entrance to Greystone would be illegal. Despite this, sources...
  • Jeremih Covers DUB Magazine
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    With Thanksgiving not even upon us, Dub Magazine decided to unveil its 2015 cover on Tuesday, and it just so happened to feature non other than Chicago crooner, Jeremih. Draped in A$AP Rocky’s arch nemisis, Hood By Air, Jeremih is also seen rockin’ a Chicago Blackhawks snapback while standing in front of a clean ass silver Rolls Royce. The issue even shines light on his long over due...
  • Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne To Perform At The 2014 American Music Awards
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    To promote her upcoming album The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj is taking the stage at Sunday night’s American Music Awards and performing her newly released single “Bed Of Lies” featuring Skylar Gray. In addition, Billboard is stating that Nicki will also link up with Jesse J & Ariana Grande to perform their smash hit “Bang Bang” as well. However, Nicki...
  • First Week Sales For Big K.R.I.T.'s "Cadillactica"
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    Late last week, we heard that Big K.R.I.T.'s newly-released album Cadillactica was on pace to sell 35,000 to 40,000 copies in its first week, which isn't bad in 2014. Well, the official numbers are in now, and Krizzle's surpassed those expectations by a hair. He moved 42,302 units, beating his Live From The Underground sales by just over 1,000 copies. HDD reports that...
  • Cops Encouraging Sneakerheads To Do 'Meet-Ups' At Police Stations
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    An Albany, New York teen is facing 25 years in prison after he robbed another teen's sneakers; a story that has become all too familiar.17-year-old Marquis Dixon was found guilty of first degree robbery Thursday after police say he arranged to buy sneakers from another teen through a Facebook post back in March. The pair met up in a McDonald's parking lot where Dixon displayed what appeared to be...
  • Omarion Shares Tracklist & Release Date For "Sex Playlist" [Update: Cover Art Revealed]
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    Omarion had a good reception to his new single off Sex Playlist, the DJ Mustard-produced r'n'b anthem with Jhene Aiko and Chris Brown "Post To Be." Off the momentum of that record, Omarion follows up with the official tracklisting for the project as well as a release date. In addition to the two features found on "Post To Be," Omarion is calling on one other r'n'b singer, Jeremih, for...
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