Staff Picks Playlist (August 26)
It's been a pretty wild week, kickstarted with the surprise drop of Frank Ocean's Blonde. The boy really came through. But it didn't end there. Last night, another boundary-pushing artist released his own highly anticipated project, as Young Thug attempted an artistic rebirth of sorts with No, My Name Is Jeffery, which arrived with the most memorable album cover of the year.
The 11 Greatest O.J. Simpson References In Rap History
Today marks the 22nd anniversary of O.J. Simpson's white Bronco police chase. O.J. is locked up now at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada for committing armed robbery. Even from behind bars, O.J. is still able to capture America's imagination's like few else. He was recently the subject of the FX show, "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"; he is currently the subject of ESPN's stunning 5-part documentary "O.J. Simpson: Made in America."
Metro Boomin, Vince Staples, Rae Sremmurd Among Adult Swim's 2016 Singles
Adult Swim has announced the 2016 program for its Singles Program, in which artists give out free singles over the course of the summer. This year's lineup is strong: the list of artists includes Metro Boomin, Vince Staples, Rae Sremmurd, Flying Lotus, Run the Jewels (for the fourth consecutive year), Earl Sweatshirt (with KNX), Mike WiLL Made-It, Thelonius Martin [with Joey Purp], and D∆WN.
Afropunk Brooklyn Lineup Includes Tyler, The Creator, Flying Lotus, Ice Cube & More
The Brooklyn Afropunk festival has emerged as one of the preeminent displays of Afro-centric music in all of its far-reaching varieties. This year's festival, which will take place on August 27 and 28 at the Commodore Perry Park in the Fort Greene neighborhood, looks to host the most impressive lineup yet, with a diverse range of exciting acts including Tyler, the Creator, Ice Cube, Flying Lotus, CeeLo Green, The Internet, and more.
5 Artists Who Used Anonymity To Blow Up
The Internet, especially with the proliferation of social media, has changed the music industry in a drastic way. Artists can act as their own A&Rs, and though its common for one's management to seize control of his or her Twitter account, there's much less of a middleman between the brand an artist seeks to project and the one that fans receive.
10 Essential Earl Sweatshirt Tracks
When Earl Sweatshirt's music was ushered into the eyes of the mainstream, he was at a boarding school on a rural island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Following his 18th birthday, Earl came home to California and got busy recording his debut album Doris, which followed the wild success of his debut mixtape Earl. Odd Future's most lyrical spitter was back in action, ready to take the world by storm.
Staff Picks Playlist (January 29)
The week is finally, almost, over. That doesn't mean Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa's beef has subsided yet though, with Kanye attempting to clear his name in the #FingersInTheBootyAssBitch scandal, and Wiz continuing to take aim at Ye during live shows. It's amusing and entertaining, to say the least.
Earl Sweatshirt Mocks "White Iverson," Post Malone Responds
Almost a year after the track started buzzing on soundcloud, Earl Sweatshirt has finally discovered Post Malone's "White Iverson," which reached as high as No. 14 on the Billboard 100 last year. Upon his first listen, Earl was confused about the hype behind Malone's breakout hit -- "who let this slide?" he asked his Twitter followers. Earl then revealed that, seeing as he's a "grown ass man," he won't be playing the song again any time soon.
Kanye West Tweets New Tracklist, Additional Tags Appear
Kanye West is taking a very different approach to the release of Waves (fka SWISH). Whereas Yeezus was full on minimalism, with almost little warning until the album dropped. Waves is the third title to the album, and now Kanye has tweeted his handwritten tracklist for the third time. The page is getting pretty crowded so let us break down all the new tidbits of information that are scribbled on the page. We're all working with the same photo, so alternative theories are welcome in the comments.
Chance The Rapper Wants To Start A Duo With Earl Sweatshirt
Before he shared a troika of new tracks last night, Earl Sweatshirt took to Twitter to express his desire to collaborate with other artists. "[I] need to rap with a group of people!," he wrote. "Never underestimate the power of the collective." A few hours later, Chance responded: "I've been wanting to be in a rap duo with [Earl Sweatshirt] for many years."
Earl Sweatshirt Debuts Five New Songs During Live Show In Santa Ana
It looks like Earl Sweatshirt fans have something to look forward to once again. On Monday night, Earl put on a show at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California where he decided to treat the fans in attendance to five (5) never before heard records. The whereabouts of these records remain unknown, but it looks like Earl may have another new project in the works for 2016. He later stated via twitter after the show, “2016 it's quiet for you niggas I'm bout to get buff like dr dre it's quiet for yall.”
Hottest 50 Songs Of 2015
It's holiday season, and that means it's time to start rolling out the year-end lists. There was almost too much good music to handle, as notable releases week after week meant that only the hottest tracks were able to attain a shelf-life of longer than a couple of months.
Earl Sweatshirt Makes Fun Of Present-Day Eminem Fans
Vince Staples recently caused controversy when he admitted that he doesn't listen to '90s rap, and his frequent collaborator, Earl Sweatshirt, will likely do the same, as he's just uttered somewhat of a diss against anyone who's still listening to Eminem.
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.
Everything You Need To Know About Kodak Black
Kodak Black is the best high-school rapper in the country. The 18-year-old from Pompano Beach, Florida also happens to be one of a few young artists on Drake's radar. As Earl Sweatshirt warned upon hearing of Drake's discovery of Florida's best kept secret, let's not give too much credit to the 6 God's discerning ears, as Kodak has already built a movement solely off his own credentials, with over 50 songs and/or videos with 6-digit hits on YouTube.
Earl Sweatshirt Responds To Drake's Kodak Black Cosign
Yesterday we reported on an Instagram clip of Drake dancing to Kodak Black's "SKRT." Drake had also played the song during episode 6 of OVO Sound Radio, the occasion on which he dropped What a Time to Be Alive. Of course, a cosign from a superstar like Drake can lead to obvious gains in the short-term.
Rap Industry Recap: July 2015
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings to movie deals to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
140 Bars: Top Tweets Of The Week (July 25 - 31)
After completely dominating the conversation last week, Drake and Meek Mill did so again this week, trading diss tracks and sneaky shots, and sparking a ton of response from the rap community. Unfortunately, this drama overshadowed long overdue debut albums from Migos and Gunplay, both of which should satisfy both of their loyal fanbases (stay tuned for those reviews coming in next week). We tried to stay away from the Meek/Drake situation in this week's edition of 140 Bars, but as you can see, that was a little difficult to do.
Is Earl Sweatshirt Changing His Rap Name?
Earl Sweatshirt took to twitter on Wednesday night to announce that he’s changing his rap name soon. Whether he was serious or not remains the only question.
Earl Sweatshirt Comments On Footage Of Him Hitting A Stage Crasher
We see Action Bronson level a stage crasher about once a month, but news that Earl Sweatshirt had hit an intruder to his live set came as a bit of a surprise. However, watching the footage made his motivation a little more clear, as the fan grabbed him unknowingly from behind mid-performance.