Jay Electronica has been hinting at a big announcement during his performance at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. He’s added all of his music to a long-abandoned SoundCloud page. He’s been on Twitter again, ranting, after a lengthy absence. AND HE BROUGHT OUT JAY Z FOR HIS PERFORMANCE! Might this be the release that defines his elusive career? Watch after the jump.
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This is a gem from the homey Cavalier, the Brooklyn chief whose collaborations with producers Quelle Chris and Iman Omari have gained him solid backing after years in the trenches. “Ink” paints a picture of the young emcee’s journey with a focus on hard lessons and gloomy glimpses. Iman Omari’s production really sings here though, giving voice and texture to this grainy photo album of classic nostalgia.
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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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