140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (March 20)
Last week was a great one to be a hip-hop fan, but a bad one to be a record label executive. To Pimp A Butterfly has some considering it a classic already, and we have a new Earl Sweatshirt album to look forward to next week. Sony and Interscope may have gotten put on blast, but it's OK: Chris Brown's off probation.
Odd Future's Most Disturbing Music Videos
Shock value was everything for Odd Future when they were getting started. Whether donning ski masks and performing alongside possessed-looking girls on Jimmy Fallon, detailing ridiculously violent sexual encounters, or mixing seemingly-lethal drug cocktails in their music videos, the L.A. crew first got attention for their antics, in addition to their considerable talents.
Earl Sweatshirt Announces New Album "I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside"
Back in July, Earl Sweatshirt ended his “Wearld” tour a few shows early so he could finish up his album, but nothing ever came of it until today that is.
Spring 2015's Must-See Tours
Ahh Springtime--when you can finally leave the house and regain some type of social existence. Some of the hottest tunes of the past few months have been on repeat in the headphones, and now it's time to experience the music as it was meant to be heard--live. Some of your favorite artists are crossing the country this Spring, and it's a great time to get your live music fix before you blow all your money on festival season. We've rounded up the most exciting Spring shows coming to a town near you.
Earl Sweatshirt Unveils "Not Redy 2 Leave" Tour With Vince Staples
It seems that Earl Sweatshirt has something up his sleeve. Following a couple of quietly released new tracks, the rapper has hit us with the announcement of a 31-city tour, recruiting DORIS feature MVP Vince Staples, as well as Remy Banks.
Top Tracks of The Week: February 10- February 17
If it weren't for the weird for-pay nature of Drake's new "mixtape" then all five of these tracks would come from the 6 God. That's not to say the rest of the week was terrible. Our Top 100 chart contained a number of notable tracks. Standouts this week included Migos, Big Sean, Chance The Rapper and OT Genasis. Take a look at the list and feel free to suggest your own top tracks in the comments.
Mike Tyson Interviewed Earl Sweatshirt About Odd Future, Adolescence And His Career
Call this story Halley's Comet because shit this weird only comes around once every 76 years or so. As part of their year-end magazine, clothing company Citizens of Humanity invited none other than ex-boxer Mike Tyson to interview Earl Sweatshirt. Their lengthy conversation touches on everything from egos to the relativity of time (yeah, it gets pretty weird), so we've decided to give you some highlight excerpts below. Read the full article here.
Top Tracks of the Week: Dec. 2- Dec. 9
This is our weekly rundown of what's new and notable at the top of our charts. Y'all were feeling real introspective this week and it shows in tracks from Lil' Herb, Nicki Minaj and J. Cole.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (November 28)
How did this week go? Not great. By another miracle of the justice system, Darren Wilson got away with murdering Michael Brown; a grand jury decided to not indict him. To put this in perspective, you need to be beyond reasonable doubt to prove a defendant is guilty. An indictment only requires suspicion. That jury didn't find suspicion with Brown suffering multiple shots. So you can see how the circumstance could cause some outrage within the hip-hop community. See them in 140 Bars Or Less.
Tyler, The Creator Covers The Fader, Talks Relationship With Earl Sweatshirt
Following the unveiling of Migos' new cover of the Fader last week, Tyler, The Creator nabs the second cover of the magazine.
10 Essential Flying Lotus Hip-Hop Tracks
Flying Lotus has been making brain-melting beats for about a decade now. The LA-based producer lives in the underground, but as the electronic music world has exploded, his music has gained the acclaim of critics and casual music listeners everywhere. FlyLo made some huge waves in the blogosphere when news broke that he is in fact Captain Murphy, the enigmatic, cartoony, deep-voiced, laughing hip-hop personality that released the Duality mixtape a couple years back.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (August 22)
Ferguson. The ALS Challenge. Rihanna apparently still banging Drake. "Anaconda" threatening the drown America in thirst. Etc., Etc. There wasn't much new material to come out of the hip-hop community, but the artists still had plenty to talk about and cause controversy over during the past couple of days.
Earl Sweatshirt Says Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" Video Perpetuates Black Stereotypes [Update: Video's Director Responds]
The debut of Earl Sweatshirt came with a video that certainly offended some people, but yesterday it was Earl who was pointing out the problematic aspects of Taylor Swift's new clip. Unlike Sweatshirt's shock-inducing "EARL" visual, Taylor's "Shake It Off" is seemingly unaware of it's potentially harmful message, which the Odd Future rapper pointed out on Twitter yesterday.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (Aug. 15)
This hasn't been a great week in America. Beloved comedian and actor Robin Williams passed away under particularly tragic circumstances at the age of 63. Plus, we saw a blatant violation of the first amendment at the protests in Ferguson, Mo., where unarmed African-American male Mike Brown was slain by cops. Although rappers sometimes don't abide by normal people logic, they're still human beings in America. Some felt and reacted to the circumstances accordingly.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (July 18)
There was no simmering MMG beef to light up the hip-hop conversation this week and unfortunately Meek Mill is still in jail. But life still goes on in this week's 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (July 11)
After a short hiatus, 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week returns to some trouble in paradise. There's friction within the once untouchable MMG empire.
Earl Sweatshirt Cuts "Wearld Tour" Short To Finish Album
We've got some good/bad news for Earl Sweatshirt fans. The good news is that a follow-up to 2013's Doris is dropping soon; the bad news (for those of you with plans to see Earl in the next two months) is that he won't be completing his current tour. With eight dates remaining on his "Wearld Tour" -- most of them at European festivals -- Earl has announced that he's "physically and mentally at the end of [his] rope" and that he wants to "get this album out to y'all while it's still fresh."
Odd Future Will Open For Eminem At Wembley Stadium
Earlier in the month, it was announced that Eminem would be making hip hop history by becoming the very first rapper to headline Wembley stadium. Not only that, when tickets went on sale last week, Em managed to sell out the gigantic venue almost immediately, resulting in a second date being added. The opening act for the momentous occasion has now been announced, and it happens to be none other than Tyler, The Creator and his Odd Future cohorts.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (April 25)
Dissecting the foibles of the hip hop community as expressed in under 140 characters on Twitter. Not just used as a device to flood people's timelines with your new track, album, video, or clothing line, sometimes rappers truly channel the unfiltered interaction with fans. Each week we take a look at some of the most memorable twitter moments from some of the genres biggest personalities.
Tyler, The Creator Doesn't Want To Do "EarlWolf" Anymore
Since Odd Future's first break into the public eye, the anticipation for an Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler, The Creator joint album has existed. The name of the hypothetical album, EarlWolf also dates back to this time, and tracks like "AssMilk", "Lemonade" and more recently, "Whoa" have solidified the chemistry between the two rappers.