Tracking Kid Cudi's Influence
As he's prone to do these days, Kid Cudi went on a Twitter rant of epic proportions earlier this week, talking about crushing "the entire existence" of "clowns" who "be having 30 people write songs for them," singling out Kanye West and Drake, and proclaiming, "I am the culture." Ye and Drizzy, both currently on nationwide tours, responded onstage the next night, with the former taking a more prideful,
Stream Noname's Long-Awaited Debut Project "Telefone"
Chicago rapper Noname, fka Noname Gypsy, has been at the center of the progressive-minded Chicago hip-hop scene ever since she first appeared on Chance the Rapper's "Lost," off 2013's Acid Rap. Noname also contributed to Chance's latest opus, May's Coloring Book, and she has featured on the new projects from buzzing Chicago artists theMIND and Jamila Woods. All this time, though, she still hadn't released a project...until tonight. Noname's Telefone -- a project that was first announced in 2013 -- is finally here.
Raury's RAURFEST 2016 Will Host Joey Bada$$, Kirk Knight, Lion Babe & More
It's been a while since Raury last dropped off new music, but in case you were wondering how he's been holding up, the eclectic 20-year-old already has his own festival, RAURFEST, which is now in its third year. And this year's festival, taking place on Saturday, July 2, is absolutely free. This year's headliners are Joey Bada$$ and, of course, Raury himself. Also on the lineup is another Pro Era member in Kirk Knight as well as Kilo Kish and the duo known as Lion Babe. More acts will be announced soon.
J. Cole, G-Eazy, Kehlani & More Performing At Life Is Beautiful Festival
The festival announcements keep on coming as we approach the warmer months. Today a Las Vegas-based festival Life Is Beautiful has announced their line-up, which true to form these days, is a wide mix of genres.
Steez Day Line-Up Includes Pro Era, ASAP Mob, Danny Brown & More
The other week, Joey Bada$$ revealed that the annual Steez Day, a music festival honoring his late Pro Era member Capital Steez, would be relocating from Brooklyn to L.A. this year. We didn't have the line-up at that time, but with tickets going on sale tomorrow at Noon, Joey has just unveiled the artists this morning.
Kendrick Lamar To Headline Austin City Limits 2016 Festival
Austin City Limits music festival has announced it's 2016 lineup. Kendrick Lamar has been bestowed one of the coveted headline slots, along with Radiohead, Mumford & Sons. and LCD Soundsystem. Other hip hop/R&B acts of note: Schoolboy Q, LL Cool J, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Tory Lanez, Flying Lotus, Gallant, Raury, and Domo Genesis. Also of potential interest to hip hop fans: Major Lazer, Die Antwoord, Corrine Bailey Rae, AlunaGeorge, and Willie Nelson!!!!
A$AP Rocky, Vince Staples, & Vic Mensa Among Artists Appearing At Sasquatch! Festival
Fresh off the heels of a Governors Ball Music Festival lineup unveiling, today we’re bringing you a new lineup from a premiere festival on the opposite coast. Sasquatch!
The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, Vince Staples To Perform At Hangout Fest 2016
Hangout Musical Festival just announced their 2016 lineup for the epic weekend about to go down on the Gulf Coast in Gulf Shores, Alabama on May 20-22. The Weeknd will headline along with Calvin Harris and Florence + the Machine. The festival lineup is a little thin from the hip hop department, but still enough that there will be a couple hip hop shows each day. Here are the hip hop acts that will be hitting Hangout 2016: Fetty Wap, Big Grams, Run the Jewels, Vince Staples, Raury, Pell, will
Review: Raury's "All We Need"
“Love is all we need.” This lyric off the opening track “All We Need” could summarize the message Raury is trying to convey with his music. Like Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, and John Lennon before him, Raury wants to see the world become a better place.
Stream Raury's Debut Album "All We Need"
A year after dropping his critically acclaimed EP Indigo Child, Raury releases his debut album All We Need. The 14-song album includes guest appearances from Big K.R.I.T., RZA, Tom Morello, and Key! and production by Malay, Danger Mouse, Jacknife Lee, and Daytrip, and Raury himself.
BET Hip Hop Awards 2015 Cypher To Feature Vince Staples, Redman, & More
The best part of the BET Hip Hop Awards is the cypher. It has produced a ton of great moments over they years, including Kendrick Lamar's epic verse in the TDE 2013 cypher. BET just announced the list of rappers who will participate in the 2015 edition...
Raury Announces "The Crystal Express" Tour
Raury just made a memorable television debut with his statement against Donald Trump last night, and now he's ready to hit the road. The Atlanta rapper and singer has announced the Crystal Express tour today, which will find him taking on some major U.S. cities over the fall.
Raury Targeted Fellow Guest Donald Trump In His Colbert Performance Last Night
Raury made his television debut last night on Stephen Colbert's Late Show, and he made sure to make it a memorable introduction. The first guest on Colbert's show was none other than Donald Trump, currently making headlines for the insane antics and extreme right wing views he's put forth in his presidential campaign -- so Raury decided it was a good time to take a stand against Trump.Trump's argument to stop Mexican immigration to the U.S. has been one of his most talked about arguments, and that seemed to be the main target of Raury's performance.
Raury Announces Debut Album "All We Need," Shares Tracklist & Release Date
A year after dropping critically acclaimed EP Indigo Child, Raury is ready to share his debut album with the world. It's name is All We Need and it is slated to drop on October 16. The 14-song album project will include guest appearances from Big K.R.I.T., RZA, Tom Morello, and Key! and production by Raury, Malay, Danger Mouse, Jacknife Lee, and Daytrip.
Photos: Lauryn Hill, SZA, Raury, Lenny Kravitz & More Perform At Afropunk Fest 2015
This year's Afropunk Fest had a pretty stellar lineup, including performances from the likes of Lenny Kravitz, SZA, Kelis, Raury, Thundercat, and more. We sent photographer Elijah Dominique to the fest, and he came back with some truly amazing shots.
XXL Freshman Class 2015 Revealed
The XXL Freshman list is always a huge conversation piece in the rap world, and this year should be no different. While the wait has seemed a little longer than usual, the full list and cover has now been revealed.
Review: Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment's "SURF"
After a long wait, SURF is finally here. The debut LP from The Social Experiment (aka SOX) is billed as Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment despite the fact that the band’s biggest star is obviously Chance The Rapper. The album features, although they aren’t listed on the iTunes version of the free album, the likes of J. Cole, Big Sean, B.o.B, Busta Rhymes, and tons more, making SURF one of the year’s most star-studded affairs.
The Best Prison-Released Gucci Mane Tracks Of 2015
Gucci Mane has released nine projects this year. We don't have to check-- that's more than any other rapper. He also happens to be in prison. Last year, he released 14 projects from the pen, making a cool $1.3 million, and he's on pace to topple those numbers this year. He's feeding his fans, he's feeding the streets-- though who knows if he's actually the mastermind behind any of this. No matter when these tracks were actually recorded, they're still among the hottest out.
Watch Big Sean, Rae Sremmurd & Raury's Sets From The mtvU Woodie Awards
In addition to a ridiculous amount of concerts and showcases, MTV's annual Woodie Awards show went down in Austin, Texas this week during SXSW. Performing at the event were Big Sean, Rae Sremmurd, Ty Dolla $ign, Action Bronson, Raury, and a few others and today, MTV's made a few of the shows streamable. Check out some live recordings of Sean, Sremmurd and Raury below.
The Roots Picnic 2015 Announces Line-Up
The Roots will be putting on their 8th annual Roots Picnic this coming summer in Philadelphia. They've tapped a dope line-up for this year, with a mix of rap and r'n'b, mainstream and indie, albeit, mostly indie. The Roots Picnic headliners will be The Roots and The Weeknd. In addition, you'll be able to catch A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, Erykah Badu (backed by The Roots), Hudson Mohawke, DJ Mustard, Raury, Bishop Nehru, Marc E. Bassy, Rae Sremmurd and more.