Behind The Beat: Christian Rich
In 2003, twin brothers Taiwo and Kehinde Hassan, now known as the production duo Christian Rich, got their first placement on a Lil Kim record. That was when they were both Speech Communication majors at the University of Illinois in Champaign, a couple of hours south of their native Chicago. That same year, they gave beats to Clipse and Foxy Brown.
Top Tracks: November 16 - November 22
There weren't too many big releases this past week, unless you're an Adele fan, but we've got heat coming in December from guys like Curren$y and G-Eazy, who both shared new singles off their upcoming albums. This week's Top 10 also includes two tracks off the soundtrack to "Creed," which will hit theaters on November 25, and three new tracks from Thugger, who is currently prepping his fourth project of the year, Hi-Tunes, his debut album.
Childish Gambino & Vince Staples Will Collaborate On Track Off "Creed" Soundtrack
Here's an unexpected collaboration: Childish Gambino, who hasn't released anything this year, will team with Summertime '06 rapper Vince Staples for a single off the soundtrack to the upcoming film "Creed."
Childish Gambino’s Comedy Series “Atlanta” Picked Up By FX
Almost a year after hearing the original concept & idea, Childish Gambino’s long awaited comedy show, “Atlanta,” is finally coming to fruition. On Thursday, news surfaced that the show has been picked up by FX for ten episodes.
Childish Gambino Invites Disappointed Australian Fans To New Show
Childish Gambino had a bit of an awkward misunderstanding with fans in Newcastle, Australia earlier this week, as he was booed off stage when he performed a DJ Set rather than a rap show, as the ticketholders were expecting.
Childish Gambino Booed Off Stage In Australia
Childish Gambino was booed off stage after a forgettable performance this week at The Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle, Australia. According to the Newcastle Herald, Gambino's set was set to last more than an hour but he "barely uttered a word for 40 minutes." He spent the bulk of the set sitting at the rear of the stage manning the turntables while members of his Royalty crew rapped for the crowd, doing "most of the heavy lifting."
Childish Gambino's "Atlanta" TV Show Gets A Cast
In December reports circulated about an "Atlanta" TV show Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, had been working on. The rapper/actor was prepping a pilot for the network FX, reportedly about the ATL hip-hop scene. Today we've finally received an update on the project, with word of the TV show being cast.
10 Collaborations We Need
Advancements of the infinite tool that is the Internet have made collaborating among musicians exponentially easier. Gone are the days where it was nearly impossible to create music without musicians being in the same studio at the same time. Now artists and producers are able to collaborate despite being in different parts of the country, or even across the globe. One can simply email over a verse or an instrumental that can be worked with, and tweaked, into a musical masterpiece. This makes any collaboration possible and has resulted in some incredible creations recently.
5 Things We Want From The New Childish Gambino Album
As we know, Donald Glover AKA Childish Gambino's rap career has been one defined by its unexpected moves. These include, but are certainly not limited to, putting "30 Rock" pal Tina Fey on the same track as Alley Boy, tapping a Swedish composer as his go-to collaborator, and packaging his last album with a 72-page screenplay. Needless to say, it's difficult (if not impossible) to predict his next move.
Childish Gambino Is Working On A New Album
It appears that Childish Gambino was in the studio last night working on a new album. According to the Twitter account of Los Angeles singer Aaron Michael Gutierrez, the rapper brought in a 50-person choir to cut five brand new songs. Sounds promising!!
Childish Gambino Hoping To Collaborate With Migos
Childish Gambino, who doubles as the actor Donald Glover, has a role in the upcoming movie "Magic Mike XXL." With the movie hitting theatres on July 1st, let's hope he puts some focus back on his rap music. The artist hopped on twitter last night for a short Q&A with the fans, and among the social-minded questions and questions about his acting career, we also got one pertaining to rap.
6 Successful Crossover Rappers
It’s often said “the grass is always greener on the other side." Hell, Ludacris has a track named after the phrase. Maybe that’s why it seems as though everyone in Hollywood wants to be in the music industry and everybody in the music industry wants to be in Hollywood (I mean, Luda of all people would understand).
Photo: Childish Gambino Featured In "Magic Mike XXL" Poster
Back in February we got confirmation that Childish Gambino would indeed by playing a male stripper in the upcoming film Magic Mike XXL, and now we have the first photo to prove it.
Top Five Jhene Aiko Features
Not a lot of people can captivate their listeners in the realm of R&B anymore. Do you remember when Mary J. Blige soulfully wowed us on Jay Z’s “Can’t Knock The Hustle”? Do you remember when Jamie Foxx channeled his inner Ray Charles on Kanye West’s “Gold Digger”? Times like that were special.
Summer Jam 2015 Lineup Revealed, Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, Big Sean & More
It's that time of year again! Ahead of the June 7th festival, Summer Jam has announced its 2015 lineup. The stadium stage will feature performances from Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Big Sean, Fabolous & Friends, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign & Friends, Omarion and Childish Gambino. Peforming on the festival stage out in the parking lot will be Travi$ Scott, B.o.B, Joey Bada$$, DeJ Loaf and Teyana Taylor.
Childish Gambino's Most Unexpected Career Moves
Yesterday, we learned that Donald Glover might not be calling himself Childish Gambino for much longer. As that's the only rap name we know him by, this came as a bit of a shock, but it's far from the first surprising move of his career. Ever the unconventional MC, Gambino is always throwing people for a loop, whether due to unexpected collaborations, attention-getting soundbites from interviews or highly opinionated tweets.
Donald Glover May Stop Using Childish Gambino Moniker
Donald Glover, known to the rap world as Childish Gambino, is currently promoting a new film he's in ("The Lazarus Effect") and sat down with The Today Show this morning to discuss it. After talking about the movie, Gambino spoke briefly on his rap career and what the current status of it is.
Logic Gives His Opinion On Online Activism
In an age when rappers seem more focused than ever on the prevailing trends, sounds and news stories of the day, Logic goes against the grain. For starters, his music is intensely personal, focusing almost solely on his daily struggles and come-up, and largely not relying on collaborators to elevate his status. This carries through to his online presence; Logic's Twitter and Facebook pages rarely contain rants or fiercely opinionated posts.
Donald Glover To Create TV Pilot About Atlanta Rap Scene
Earlier this year, Childish Gambino surprised many people by stepping outside of his usual lane to pay tribute to his Atlanta heritage (namely DJ Drama's scene-defining "Gangsa Grillz" tapes) with the mixtape STN MTN. Now, the rapper/actor will be further repping his hometown by executive producing and starring in the pilot of a TV show called "Atlanta," which centers on the city's hip-hop scene. The network FX has just ordered a pilot.
I'm Different: Hip-Hop's Best Concept Albums
It's no secret that hip-hop can stretch itself a bit thin as far as creativity is concerned. If artists were taxed every time they mentioned dollars, they'd all be broke. Fortunately, amongst the clones, several voices stand out from the crowd. The following post is dedicated to the emcees who went above-and-beyond to give the listener a complete album, not just a collection of singles designed for easy radio play. These are hip-hop's greatest concept albums. Did we miss anything noteworthy? Let us know in the comments section.