Every few years, there is a shift within a genre that meets the public’s ire or adoration (usually in equal parts). Drake represents a shift in hip-hop towards a spacious sound-scape and nakedly expressive emoting.
Legendary alive. Reminding everyone who originated the concept behind Drake’s homage on NWTS is Raekwon. Glad someone in that age bracket is still interested in rapping powerfully (ahem, Hov).
it’s safe to say that hip-hop has reached its Emo Era. rappers, for the first time on a major scale, are extremely comfortable expressing their darkest thoughts and lowest emotions. good for them!
Part one of Drizzy’s sit-down with Elliott Wilson at NYU. In this episode, Drake speaks on his new album Nothing Was The Same, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and more.
Lupe is making the most of the rap’s publicity wars by dismantling popular beats and inserting himself into the conversation with symbolic lyrics about how weak the game is. It’s a good strategy: not too confrontational to be overblown but sly and referential enough to thrill those who get it. Be one of those. (Hilarious that he keeps naming these songs sequels to his earlier work when they have nothing to do with that at all.)
Drake keeps the NWTS promo going, stopping by the Hot 97 studios in NYC for a sit-down with Angie Martinez. Aubrey speaks on his “Pound Cake” collabo with Jay Z, Kendrick’s “Control” verse, Rihanna, and more. Check out parts two and three after the jump. Read More
The year’s not even over and Drake is at #11 on this list, with $10.5M banked already. King Kendrick ain’t far off his heels with $9M in total. 50 Cent has also tumbled way down this list as compared to a few years ago. It looks like the young guns are taking their official place and not just some “Saved-By-The-Bell-The-New-Class” knockoffs either. Read the full list after the jump. Hat tip to TSS.
Drake talks to Ryan Seacrest about his ascendant fame, the album for the current generation, and living up to his own expectations. Plus, what separates him from other rappers…like reading the feedback on NWTS on social media and the internet.