It’s on. The Total Slaughter,” a sponsored pay-per-view battle between Joe Budden and battle rap great Hollow Da Don is set for tomorrow night. The two storied lyricists have obvious strengths and weaknesses. Joey is a strip club addict with a weakness for spilling his life on social media, to good or bad effect. Hollow is a wannabe mainstream guy with all the skills, but also a substance abuse devil on his shoulder. They also happen to be two of the best modern battlers ever to grace the form. Watch their Breakfast Club interview after the jump.
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Lupe Fiasco is on a mission. His next album Mission, drawing on his unique ability to mold concepts into stories and then lyrics, will be a tribute to cancer survivors. Even more pithy: he’ll invoke testimonials from those survivors as a template for the songs. Heavy, deep stuff. The Chicago rapper has never shied from profound subjects. This project, however, represents the peak use of his skills both socially and artistically. Watch his interview with Katie Couric after the jump.
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Future is releasing something new that will likely redefine rap as much as he first did with his alien style two years ago. He refuses to choose between singing and bleating or rapping and groaning and that refusal has brought him to new planes of robot rap existence. Here’s one version of his song “Rock Star.” Listen after the jump.
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He’s not a rapper; he’s a rock star. His career can’t be defined by a genre. These premises dominate Bobby Ray’s mixtape, a follow-up to the first one of the same name. But there are many conventional 16-16-16 songs on this project and thumping hip-hop drum kits. Lucky for you, he’s released it on datpiff for you to listen to it for Free 99. Listen after the jump.
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Son of Greg is a thoughtful story about the origins of Royce and his current concerns. But the video, amusingly, features interludes wherein Jalen Rose (Nickel Nine’s buddy?) talking to Joe Budden about his prep for the soon-to-be legendary battle with Hollow Da Don. Joe seems confident and ready with his Slaughterhouse friends backing him all the way.
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