Fresh off the release of their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Vodka & Ayahuasca, super-producers The Alchemist and Oh No are back to making mind-altering, dreary, psychedelic hip-hop with their latest EP, The Odditorium. If you’re a fan of Al and Doc No, you won’t be disappointed by this extended play, which features the duo resurrecting Johnny Cash and Jim Morrison and giving them the “Otis” treatment. Gangrene (The Alchemist + Oh No) Odditorium 1. “House Of Mirrors Intro” 2. “The Odditorium” – Stream 3. “Walk Hard” ft Johnny Cash – Stream 4. “The Great Frog Hunt” - Stream 5. “Fly Brothers” ft Jim Morrison – Stream
Queensbridge’s finest gets the VH1 nod with a much deserved episode of “Behind The Music.” The episode covers everything from Nas’ QB upbringing to the beef with Jay. Watch the whole episode above.
At the end of last year, Chris Webby left his mark on the game when his commercial debut, There Goes The Neighborhood, emerged as the number one hip-hop album on iTunes with no promotion whatsoever. Albums like this have been a trend within the passing months, and it seems like this wave of overnight digital sensations isn’t going anywhere. Last week, New York hipster hip-hopper Hoodie Allen released his commercial debut exclusively in digital format, and low and behold the release surpassed Nicki Minaj from a digital standpoint (yes, Nicki did move about 3 times this amount in the past 7 days, but the majority of which was physical). Now I think everyone wants to know what white rapper will come out of left field and dominate the iTunes charts next; and I have a strong feeling that something like this will happen again this year. In other sales related news, Texas-bred MC and Lacrae label-mate Trip Lee did his thing by moving an impressive 19,000 units of his latest album, Good Life. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s studied Lecrae because he and his Reach Records affiliates have been killing the game as of late in the God Rap genre. While it’s not quite hip-hop, maybe sort of trip-hop, it’s worth mentioning the success of super-producer Bassnectar’s latest project, Viva Voom, which made its top 40 debut this week. The only other notable release came from Big K.R.I.T. who either has very supportive fans or at least a couple thousand fans that don’t follow hip-hop websites because he managed to sell more than 1,300 copies of his 5 track EP which contains all but 1 song that was previously released for free on the mixtape, 4EvaNaDay, which I highly recommend checking out. Hoodie Allen “All American” – 27,278 (100% digital) Trip Lee “Good Life” – 19,385 (88% digital) Bassnectar“Viva Voom” – 12,877 (2% digital) Big K.RI.T.“4eva Na Day (Road Less Traveled Edition) – EP” – 1,378 (100% digital)
To celebrate his birthday, Flint, Michigan MC Jon Connor pays homage to arguably one of the greatest MCs of all-time and fellow Michigan rapper, Eminem, with the latest installment of his “Best In The World Series.” On this Don Cannon-hosted tape Connor reworks many of Em’s classic joints. Clearly Jon has big shoes to fill, but based on the intro alone, he fits them snugly. John Connor The People’s Rapper Previews: “Cold Wind Blows (Intro)” – Stream “Cleaning Out My Closet” – Stream “The Way I Am” – Stream
Yesterday, we covered Lil B’s “historic” lecture at NYU, now here’s some video highlights from this rare event. One of the finest moments comes when Lil B knights a fan.
Just in time for G.O.O.D. Friday, Yeezy touches down with a prolific new single from the upcoming G.O.O.D. Music compilation. In my opinion Big Sean stole the show off the bat with lines like “white girls politicin’ – that’s that Sarah Palin” (sidenote: did he just coin the phrase “@ss tray”?). Kanye’s part is sort of out there, to say the least but this is a pretty hot track. If you like the stream below, you can go cop it on iTunes now. Kanye West “Mercy” ft Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
The KushedGod returns with his latest FreeEP, Cuz I Felt Like It. According to DZA, he was inspired by fellow Jet Life member, Young Roddy, who dropped his debut mixtape over the weekend. The tape features DZA going in over familiar instrumentals such as Action Bronson and Riff Raff’s “Bird on a Wire,” Schoolboy Q’s “Hands on the Wheel” and Azealia Banks’ “212.” Apparently the cover art, minus Smoke DZA, was floating around Tumblr for a minute, but props to DZA for using it because it’s really one of the best covers I’ve seen all year. If you haven’t already, you need to cop Smoke’s 2011 album, Rolling Stoned. DZA is currently working on his upcoming album, Rugby Thompson. Here’s what DZA had to say about Cuz I Felt Like It: I was on Nah Right on saturday scrolling thru being a fan, trying to see what’s going on in the music world. Young Roddy dropped a tape on sunday and i got inspired and felt like rappin. So i called my engineer mat cody up and told him to come to the trap. I rapped over some of my friends beats plus a few other tunes i thought was cool, hit 2 of my homies from harlem, and put it out for free cuz i felt like it #Rrrright Smoke DZA “Cuz I Felt Like It” 1. 2 AM Monday Night 2. Hollywood Smoke Hogan - Stream 3. E.T.’s Finger ft. Jae Millz - Stream 4. Spottieottiedopajetshit 5. Less Smoking, More Rapping - Stream 6. Two One Two 7. Imaginary Member 8. Cuz I Felt Like It ft. Den10
E-40 is a hustler; you can’t deny that. The Bay Area legend pulled one over on consumers last March when he released a double album, sold separately on the same day, and he’s back at it again, taking things to a whole new level on his triple album, The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 1, 2 & 3. 40 Water showed his hustler ambitions by selling this as both a package deal and three separate albums. Combined, The Block Brochure has sold over 32,000 units, making E-40 the real winner this week. Miami crew ¡MAYDAY! did more than scratch the surface this week by landing an unexpected Top 200 slot with the release of their Stange Music debut, Take Me To Your Leader. The album features Tech N9ne, Ace Hood, and Murs, among others. In other release news, DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles scanned a respectable 3,000 units of their collabo album, KoleXXXion. You can check out photos from their album release party here. Check back next week to see if Nicki Minaj lands the number 1 spot with her zany sophomore effort Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. E-40 “The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 1, 2 & 3″ – 9,578 (76% digital) E-40 “The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 2″ – 7,940 (3% digital) E-40“The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 1″ – 7,817 (2% digital) E-40“The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 3″ – 6,867 (0% digital) ¡MAYDAY! “Take Me To Your Leader”- 5,439 (33% digital) DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles “KoleXXXion” – 3,099 (26% digital) Actual Proof “Black Boy Radio” – 607 (100% digital) Gift Of Gab “Next Logical Progression” – 495 (54% digital)
All those who have written Odd Future off as a fad should now stand corrected. The 11 person collective nearly matched the success of the more publicized debut from leader Tyler The Creator, by moving more than 40,000 units this past week. The OF Tape, Vol. 2 plays through like a crazy jumbled, eclectic playlist, and it seems like OFWFKTA wouldn’t have it any other way. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the rap stable now that Earl Sweatshirt is back in the mix. Rev. Run’s youngest son, Diggy, surprised many by cracking the top 20 this week with his aptly titled commercial debut, Unexpected Arrival. Diggy managed to outdo Machine Gun Kelly’s EP, which pushed a meager 8.5k, which isn’t terrible considering it is being billed as the soundtrack to a book. I’m personally not sold on Diggy, but it’s undeniable that the kid has a bright future ahead of him. If you have consistently checked this column, you may have realized that Christian rap has become a growing trend. This week, the Christ-praising MC Swoope made an impressive showing by selling over 2,000 copies of his album Wake Up in the digital space alone. I took the time this week to check out a couple of singles that have been smashing the charts on iTunes. I knew B.o.B was killing the game, but I’m still surprised that he did 400k plus in one month for “So Good,” especially considering this track is readily available for free download just about everywhere. Check back next week to see what numbers Bay Area legend E-40 puts up with the release of his triple album, The Block Brochure. Odd Future “The OF Tape, Vol. 2″ – 40,110 (60% digital) Diggy “Unexpected Arrival” – 20,725 (15% digital) MGK “Half Naked & Almost Famous” – 8,517 (100% digital) Swoope “Wake Up”- 2,353 (100% digital) Slaughterhouse “Hammer Dance – Single” – 11,197 (100% digital) *Two week total* [listen to track] B.o.B “So Good – Single” – 433,252 (100% digital) *Four week total* [watch video]
The crowd snapping pictures of the man of the evening On Thursday March 8th, Big K.R.I.T. celebrated the release of his third critically-acclaimed mixtape, 4evaNaDay, at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan. NYC showed love for K.R.I.T. and K.R.I.T. showed it right back by putting on a tremendous performance. All photos by Lucas Alvarado / Far Fetched Future.
iHipHop Blog Team