Behind The Beat: Lex Luger
Though he built much of his reputation in Atlanta, Lex Luger hails from Suffolk, Virginia and now resides in the neighboring town of Chesapeake. His career took off shortly after he got serious about music. He dropped out of high school after 10th grade to devote all his time to churning out menacing trap beats. “Nothing but time to practice all day,” he says of learning his craft in a town without a mall or a movie theater. Little did he know that he’d be one of the most recognizable producers in hip-hop by the time he was 19.
10 Joint Projects That May Or May Not Come Out
For every Watch the Throne or What a Time to Be Alive, there are scores of joint hip hop projects borne of one epic late night in the studio that never crystallize into a fully formed release. As fans, we should know better than to let these glimmers of collaborative greatness get our hopes up. But the possibilities are too great to ignore.
Photos: Fabolous, ILoveMakonnen, A$AP Ferg, Post Malone & More At Fool's Gold Day Off NYC
Fool's Gold took over Labor Day in New York yesterday, adopting it as their own Day Off. Although Labor Day weekend is bitter-sweet, since it basically signals the fact that summer is over ):, Fool's Gold made the most of it by rounding up a mix of NYC-based rappers and artists abroad, to perform live at the Inlet.
Fool's Gold Announces 2015 Day Off Lineups
Every year, Fool's Gold makes sure that summer goes out with a bang by putting on multiple "Days Off" around the country, featuring a revolving cast of big names (we had a blast at last year's NYC date). Today, the label has announced the lineups for this year's set of shows, taking place in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, Miami and Austin.
Made In America Line-Up Includes Beyonce, The Weeknd & More
Jay Z and Budweiser are teaming up for another edition of their Made In America festival, and today they've revealed the 2015 line-up.
Cam'ron Clears Up "Federal Reserve" & "Purple Haze 2" Delays
Even before he started last year's "First Of The Month" series, Cam'ron had two projects in the works that we still haven't heard.
Rome Fortune's Debut Album Will Feature A-Trak, Slipknot & Toro Y Moi
Right now, Rome Fortune is known for his excellent mixtapes. Last year, he released Beautiful Pimp, Drive, Thighs & Lies (with Dun Deal), and Small VVorld. This year, he's already got YEP, with OG Maco, and lolU, with CEEJ of Two-9. That's a crazy output, and we're finally ready for his debut album.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (April 4 - April 10)
This time last week, we had no idea that Tyler, The Creator and Young Thug would be giving us new projects by the end of April, but I guess that's how things work now. Tyler announced his by returning to Twitter for the first time this year, and Thug shared his with some instantly-viral artwork.
A-Trak Talks Working With Young Thug & Metro Boomin For Low Pros, Signing Rome Fortune
If you've been following A-Trak over the last couple of years, you'll know that he has a lot on his plate these days. Last year saw him releasing collaborative efforts as Duck Sauce, and Low Pros, as well as plenty of promises for things to come. We caught up with the producer and Fool's Gold founder at SXSW to discuss his collaborations with some of Atlanta's finest, as well as his plans for this year.
SXSW 2015 Photo Diary
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.
A-Trak, Black Milk & More Remember J Dilla On His Birthday
James Dewitt Yancey, AKA Jay Dee, AKA J Dilla would have turned 41 today. One of the most influential producers of modern hip-hop and soul, he was a musical genius, inspiring artists in all genres of music with his ability to make the most perfect beats.
Fool's Gold Co-Founder Dust La Rock Passes Away
Fool's Gold lost one of their co-founders today, as A-Trak confirmed with an Instagram post. Joshua Prince aka Dust La Rock, was a co-founder of the independent label alongside A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs. He also acted as their art director. He was responsible for designing many covers for the label, including ones for Kid Cudi, Danny Brown and more.
Kid Cudi Hits Studio With Emile Haynie, Updates Fans On "Man On The Moon 3"
It appears as though Kid Cudi's Man on the Moon 3 album could finally be getting underway.
Stream Wale & A-Trak's "Festivus" Mixtape
DC native, MMG emcee Wale releases his latest project, Festivus with assistance from A-Trak. The Seinfeld influenced project is a holdover for Wale's upcoming album, The Album About Nothing, which now has a scheduled release date of March 31st. Festivus includes features from Chance the Rapper, Ab-Soul, ASAP Ferg, Pusha T, and Fat Trel, among others. Production includes frequent Wale collaborators Tone P, and Best Kept Secret.
Wale Announces "Festivus" Mixtape With A-Trak
Let the "Seinfeld"-themed Wale content keep coming! The rapper, who rose to fame with his Mixtape About Nothing, has spent this year prepping his Album About Nothing, listing his favorite "Seinfeld" episodes and drinking coffee with Jerry Seinfeld along the way. Now, he's announced another release inspired by the show.
Cover Art Revealed For Cam'ron & A-Trak's "Federal Reserve" EP
Cam'ron is heavy with the content these days, since launching his First of the Month series on July 1st.
A-Trak On Young Thug: "He's The Real Deal"
As of late, the rap world's been buzzing with opinions about the most alien of the ATLiens, Young Thug. Some have been slow to warm to his offbeat, unorthodox approach to rapping, but others, like recent collaborator A-Trak, see him as a luminary in the rap game.
Chance The Rapper, 2 Chainz, Danny Brown And More React To DJ Rashad's Death
Though DJ Rashad was a more well-known figure in the dance music world, he had his fair share of friends and admirers in the hip-hop sphere. Yesterday, the 35-year-old DJ was found dead in his apartment, with narcotics and drug paraphernalia allegedly found near his body. Many rappers and producers, including Rashad's onetime tour-mate Chance The Rapper, took to Twitter to remember the music legend. Read tweets from Chance, 2 Chainz, Danny Brown, Jay Electronica, A-Trak, Lee Bannon, Jeremiah Jae and Sasha Go Hard below.
Cam'ron & A-Trak Working On Joint EP For Fool's Gold Records [Update: New Details On EP]
Electronic producer and Montreal native A-Trak teased fans earlier today with a new collaboration featuring Dipset leader Cam'ron. As it turns out, the two will be teaming up for more than just one record, and apparently even Just Blaze had a role to play in their collaborative efforts.
Danny Brown & A-Trak Announce "Double Trouble" Tour
Danny Brown is in the thick of his co-headlining "2 High To Die" tour with Action Bronson (and was just granted entry to play shows in Canada for the first time), but the Old emcee already has another joint tour up his sleeve. Danny will be joined by A-Trak, who on top of being a DJ (and producer of "Smokin & Drinkin" from the rapper's new album), is also the founder of Fool's Gold Records, the label Brown currently calls home.