2Pac Letter Reveals Potential Supergroup With OutKast, Scarface, E-40 & More
Ah, what could've been. The most recent discovered treasure penned by Tupac Shakur is a letter to his friend Big Lock. Unfortunately, there's no date on the letter, but in it, Pac tells Lock that his record sold five million copies, so it's safe to assume he means All Eyez On Me, which was released February 1996. He would be killed in September of the same year.
5 Times The Grammys Got 'Best Rap Album' Right
The Grammys are coming right up, and we'll have the pleasure of watching Iggy Azealia, Common, Eminem, Childish Gambino, Schoolboy Q or Wiz Khalifa take home an award for the 'Best Rap Album.' In the past, the Grammys have picked some albums that had everyone scratching their head, but they've also got it right a few times. We're going to focus on those instances with this list.
Beyonce's "Lemonade" Credits Include The-Dream, Soulja Boy, Just Blaze, Diplo & More
Beyonce released her sixth album in her usual surprise fashion tonight, as Lemonade appeared on Tidal after the HBO premiere of the "visual album" of the same name. Unsurprisingly, there is a vast array of mega-talented musicians behind Beyonce's latest work. Those who tuned in likely recognized the voices of Kendrick Lamar ("Freedom"), The Weeknd ("6 Inch"), and James Blake ("Forward").
Kid Cudi Tells Crowd To "Suck My Dick" At OutKast's "ATLast" Show
This past weekend OutKast took over Atlanta for three days with their homecoming "ATLast" show. For each show, a different set of openers were called upon, with Kid Cudi, Childish Gambino and Raury opening for the Friday show.
How To Make A Double Disc Rap Album That Doesn't Suck
Yesterday, The Game surprised us all by announcing that his long-awaited sequel to 2005's The Documentary would span two discs and 38 tracks. Unless you're a ride-or-die Game fan, this news may come as a disappointment.
Andre 3000 Hints At New Music, Praises Kid Cudi's New Album
We've been waiting for a solo album from, Andre 3000 for years, and while we may never get exactly that, the Atlanta legend is looking to release some form of project somewhere down the line.
Andre 3000 Says OutKast Reunion Tour Made Him Feel Like A "Sell-Out"
One of the biggest draws at most music festivals this summer was the reunion of OutKast, the game-changing ATL duo who hadn't performed together in a decade. When watching their inaugural performance at Coachella last April though, many fans (myself included) noticed that Andre 3000 didn't appear to be having much fun. While his reluctance seemed to diminish in later performances, the rapper/singer has now been quoted saying that he didn't "wanna do the tour," and that it made him feel like a "sell-out."
Kanye West Hangs With Outkast, 2 Chainz & More At Atlanta Waffle House
It's tough to catch Kanye West with a smile on his face these days, but when you're hanging out in a waffle house with Andre 3000, it's pretty much impossible to mean mug. Following his surprise performance at 107.9's Birthday Bash 20, Kanye joined a few of his favorite ATLiens at their favorite late night spot.
Canadian Government Gives Drake $300,000 For OVO Fest
Another year, another OVO Fest. At least that's how it is if you're the highly successful rapper/singer, Drake who recieved 300 grand in government funding for this year's festival. The grant comes from the Celebrate Ontario program brought to you by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. For a frame of reference, this is the same amount of funding recieved by the Toronto International Film Festival and the Stratford Festival.
Rich Homie Quan Says His Joint Project With Young Thug Is The "Best Collabo Since OutKast"
Young Thug revealed that he and Rich Homie Quan would be releasing a joint mixtape in the near future, and while promises of collaborative projects rarely see any results these days, this one may just come to fruition. In an interview with ATL Night Spots, the Atlanta rappers revealed some minor details on the project. “I ain't gonna tell y'all when” said Quan of the release, insisting that the project would be a "Rich" tape rather than a mixtape. "It might be an EP. Might not even give y'all no more free music... but then again we love the friends”
The age-old question under which almost all hip-hop music is scrutinized: does it pass the car test? There isn't a precise recipe for passing the car test. What goes in the living room, livens up an elevator, or tears the roof off of a nightclub, may not be suitable for the cabin of your automobile. If you asked me, I would say that passing the car test requires a certain bold, yet uninvasive presence, allowing you to balance your attention between the rhymes, the rhythm, and the road.
10 Best Hip-Hop Crews Of All Time
The hip hop crew is an essential part of success. Whether big or small, every rapper has an entourage. Sometimes it's full of rappers, and other times it's just his buddies from back in the day, nonetheless, weak links in a crew can water down the crew as a whole-- something we took into consideration when crafting this list. You have the multimedia approach that Odd Future takes, and also the full-on lyrical assault that Wu-Tang Clan makes. Both are great crews, but who would comprise a list of the best rap crews of all time?
10 Drumless Hip-Hop Tracks
What's that? Hip hop without the drums? Does that exist? Is it even possible? Well, it does exist in some form. While hip hop is almost defined by its drums, there are instances where rapping takes place over an absence of drums. Whether it's Nas kicking off his Untitled album or Outkast getting galactic on ATLiens, some cool tracks have been created without that classic boom-bap rhythm.
The 10 Most Iconic '90s Hip-Hop Album Covers
The '90s is a decade that becomes more legendary with time. The magical aura that surrounds Led Zeppelin IV or Ziggy Stardust begins to surround albums like Illmatic and Reasonable Doubt. In the case of '90s hip hop, cover art was a vital piece of any album's identity, and many artists created images that would be as recognizable as their beats and lyrics, if not more so.
Outkast Turned Down An Opportunity To Perform At The 2004 Super Bowl
The New England Patriots narrowly defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII, but no one remembers that. All that anyone outside New England remembers from that Super Bowl is when Justin Timberlake accidentally-on-purpose ripped of Janet Jackson's shirt and bared her titty for all of Earth to see. The "wardrobe malfunction" could have been prevented, if Outkast had accepted the NFL's invitation to perform at that year's Super Bowl.
The Hip-Hop Lover's Guide To This Year's Music Festivals
Music festivals seem to be more popular than ever these days, causing hundreds of thousands of music enthusiast to splurge on passes, fly out of state or even the country, to camp outdoors and soak in live music alongside strangers in borderline unbearable heat for multiple days in a row.
OutKast Announce Homecoming Show In Atlanta [Update: Full Line-Up Revealed]
OutKast have been travelling across the map for their reunion tour these past few months. They've put on successful shows at Coachella, Governors Ball and many more, with dates still to come. Today they've announced the final date in their reunion tour, which appropriately enough wraps up in their native Atlanta. The ATLiens announced their homecoming show to take place on September 27th in the ATL at Centennial Olympic Park. OutKast will be the headliners of course, and they will also curate the rest of the line-up, so stay tuned for additional performers.
15 Musical Hits From The Bong
Before you get on to reading, I feel a responsibility as this list's writer to inform the reading public that marijuana is bad. If you smoke it, you will get pregnant and/or die. That being said, if you do choose to smoke the devil's lettuce in honor of the Waldos, here are a few ground rules:
In The A: The Changing Faces Of Atlanta Hip-Hop
Atlanta, Georgia. The city bursting with waffle houses and strip clubs also happens to be one of today’s hip-hop capitals. Trap music has skyrocketed over the past couple years, ATL being its home. Twenty years ago, however, there was a much different picture in the A. The Dirty South was simply trying to garner recognition while the East and West Coasts shared a stranglehold on the rap scene. Crazy how times change.
Big Boi's Wife Filing For A Divorce [Update: Big Boi Responds To Wife's Demands, Wants Joint Custody]
It looks like Big Boi's marriage with Sherlita Patton isn't working out. The Outkast rapper's wife filed for a divorce, and she's asking for sole custody of their 12-year child. TMZ reports that Sherlita filed the documents yesterday, stating that their 11-year marriage is "irretrievably broken." The couple got married in February 2002, and they have two children together, an 18-year old and a 12-year old.