Review: August Alsina's "Testimony"

2014 has been quite the year for debut albums thus far. Already, we’ve seen debut studio LPs from Cali artists Kid Ink, ScHoolboy Q, and YG. Now, about a year after he first splashed into...

  • Review: August Alsina's "Testimony"
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    2014 has been quite the year for debut albums thus far. Already, we’ve seen debut studio LPs from Cali artists Kid Ink, ScHoolboy Q, and YG. Now, about a year after he first splashed into mainstream Hip-hop/R&B, New Orleans singer August Alsina delivers his Def Jam debut album, Testimony. In 2013, Alsina released the radio-buzzing single “I Luv This Shit” featuring labelmate...
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    Drake was in the Grantland studio recently with Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose to talk about the Toronto Raptors. As you know, Drizzy is the "Global Ambassador" for the Toronto Raptors, so Bill and Jalen asked him to weigh in on some of the Raptors' best franchise moments.  Obviously, Vince Carter destroying the dunk contest was one of the franchises most memorable moments, and as Bill Simmons...
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  • Samples Of The Week: April 17
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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...
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    50 Cent is an opinonated dude. Never one to hold his tongue, maybe now more than ever, 50 Cent had a few things to say about Diddy, or now Puff Daddy's recent musical output. In a new interview with 92.3 jams, 50 commented on Jay Z and Diddy's longevity in the business world, speaking on artists' "expiration dates", after saying Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks were past their prime. “If the guy...
  • Drake Sued Over "Pound Cake" Sample
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    The intro to Drake's "Pound Cake"-- the closing track from Nothing Was The Same --featured a very prominent sample from a 1982 Jazz song, "Jimmy Smith Rap", performed by Jimmy Smith. The clip used in the song is not actually musical, but simply a spoken word interlude about the joys of recording. While the liner notes give credit to the original performers, suggesting that permission...
  • Pusha T Covers Acclaim Magazine, Talks Working With Kanye West & "King Push"
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    While he just dropped his debut album just last year, Pusha T is already preparing the follow up. King Push will reunite Pusha with The Neptunes, who soundtracked Clipse's official debut album Lord Willin'. In a new cover story for Acclaim Mag, Pusha speaks on the title of the project, his working relationship with Kanye West, and the much-discussed possibility of a Clipse reunion. (As...
  • Tony Yayo Responds To 50 Cent's Comments Comparing Him To Spoiled Milk
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    50 Cent has been doing the interview circuit later, and he's taken no prisoners when addressing his former G-Unit collaborators. While he's made a few comments about the rapper's that once occupied his circle, including calling them Troy Ave's hype men, one comment stood out in particular. When speaking about Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo, Fif offered a colorful comparison, saying "Some people,...
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    50 Cent recently sat down to talk with Hot 97, and it was definitely a lengthy interview, broken up into two parts it lasted an hour. The topics they broached were plentiful, including the New York rap scene and whether or not it's been revived, G-Unit and crews in general, as well as Summer Jam, and 50 sitting on a plane beside Ja Rule and his beef with the rapper (and Rick Ross...
  • Jay Z To Bring "Made In America" Festival To Los Angeles This Year [Update: Details Announced]
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    Last night we received word that Jay Z and Beyonce may be planning a huge joint tour this summer, but of course, Jay has more than just that on his plate. The rapper will be kicking off the third "Made In America" festival this summer, and although the last two went down in Philadelphia, this year Hov is branching out to a larger city, and reportedly moving the festival to Los Angeles. Last...
  • The Hip-Hop Kingdom: Can A Queen Take The Throne?
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    As 2013 came to an end, countless voices in music and specifically in the realm of Hip Hop projected that 2014 would be the year of the female MC breakthrough. From a surface point of view, a "breakthrough" for the female rapper sounds as though they have yet to be discovered or haven’t properly developed as artists. However, if at all forgotten, there was a notable eon in Hip Hop when...
  • Nas Answers Fan Questions In Reddit AMA
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    The celebrations for Nas' 20-year anniversary of Illmatic continue each day, as we near April 19th. We saw Nas pay a visit to HuffPost Live for an in-depth interview on the classic LP, and we've also received a stream for highlights off it. We're still anticipating Nas' upcoming documentary "Time Is Illmatic" as well as his forthcoming festival appearances where he will perform Illmatic cuts. In...
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  • "Forbes Five" Lists Hip-Hop's Wealthiest Artists
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    Once again, Forbes comes through with that information we're all dying to know: just how rich are these hip-hop industry moguls? Names you might expect top the five-spot list, including Diddy, Jay Z and 50 Cent. The "Forbes Five" gives us the five wealthiest men in the rap industry with break downs of where they're getting their profit from. Last year's 2013 list saw Diddy holding down the #1...
  • Gucci Mane Negotiating Plea Deal On Federal Gun Charges To Avoid Trial
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    Just the other day we found out that Flava Flav is taking a plea deal in his domestic violence case, and now it looks like another rapper may be following suit (although these cases are completely unrelated). Gucci Mane is reportedly in negotiations for a plea deal, in order to avoid heading to trial. This stems from two incidents dating back to September, when GuWop threatened police officers...
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