Pusha’s keeping awfully busy. On top of juggling presidential duties over at Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint, prepping the release of his highly-anticipated album King Push, he’s also looking to drop Darkest Before Dawn — the album before the album. That’s right, Pusha Ton is reportedly releasing an album before King Push, and it’s coming sooner than you think. According to Noisey, Pusha says that Darkest will be out December 18th and features production from Kanye West, Puff Daddy, Timbaland, Baauer, Q-Tip, and Nashiem Myrick. Read what he has to say about the forthcoming project after the jump.
Vic Mensa and Kanye West’s aggressive new visuals for their collaborative single “U Mad” perfectly match the harsh vibes the music. Deep within some mystery, dimly-lit room, Yeezy slouches out from the darkness brandishing a crowbar, while Mensa starts a riot, writhes in a straightjacket, and stares down a bull. Watch the wild visuals for “U Mad” after the jump.
In a recent interview with French media outlet Clique TV, Kanye West discussed many of his usual talking points; race, class, fashion, corporations, Drake, the state of pop and rap music, the quality of North West’s toys, etc. As usual, it’s worth a listen. It’s over a half hour, so go make yourself a sandwich and sit back comfortably. Check out the full interview after the jump.
Big Sean’s much anticipated third studio album Dark Sky Paradise drops today and to tease at some new music the Detroit player is sharing a freestyle entitled “Me, Myself & I” (it’s over Beyonce’s song of the same name.) Needless to say, Big Sean goes in, dropping bars. Rumor has it Sean also disses Kendrick Lamar. Sneak dissing still hot in 2015? Hopefully not. Listen to Big Sean’s “Me, Myself & I” freestyle after the jump.
Big Sean’s third album Dark Sky Paradise is due out February 24th and with the two singles “IDFWU” and “Blessings” available to the public there’s a lot of hype being generated. Dark Sky Paradise will consist of twelve total tracks (including three iTunes bonus tracks) and below you can hear snippets of all fifteen cuts, which includes a standout song entitled “All Your Fault” featuring a wild verse from Kanye West (also produced by ‘Ye himself) and “Play No Games” featuring Chris Brown and the always reliable Ty Dolla Sign. Listen to the snippets from Sean’s forthcoming Dark Sky Paradise after the jump.
A few days ago we shared a new CyHi the Prynce cut “Forever” in which the GOOD Music emcee samples Jodeci and Keith Sweat. Now, CyHi returns with another song with a nerdy sample. Here he’s sharing “To Be Real” which contains a sample of Cheryl Lynn’s disco classic “Got to Be Real.” Listen to CyHi’s “To Be Real” after the jump.
Get hyped: CyHi the Prynce will be following up his excellent Black Hystori Project from last year and in the meantime he’s sharing the first cut from the forthcoming, currently untitled project. Here, he samples Jodeci. Peep CyHi’s “Forever” after the jump.
Big Sean is sharing “Blessings” a collaborative track with Toronto’s all-star Drake that will appear on his forthcoming album Dark Sky Paradise, which is due out February 24. The track was produced by frequent Drake collaborators Boi-1da & Vinylz. In addition to a Drake feature, Big Sean has uploaded extended audio of the song to his Soundcloud. The full version features an uncredited verse from Kanye West. Check it out after the jump.
New Kanye! Happy New Year! For “Only One,” Kanye’s first new song since Yeezus, he delivers a sweet serenade for his baby daughter, North “Nori” West. The track also features Paul McCartney, which is said to be one of many collaborations between the two music icons. Grab a tissue… or a box of ’em and listen to “Only One” after the jump.
For Noisey’s forthcoming The Rap Monument, which features 30 emcees from Young Thug to Raekwon to Action Bronson spitting bars, Pusha T lays down a verse in this preview with production from wunderkind Hudson Mohawke. Noisey is set to roll out a new “brick” (verse) over the course of the month. Preview Pusha T’s brick for The Rap Monument after the jump!
Legendary comedian Chris Rock is certainly no stranger to hip-hop. The South Carolina born, Brooklyn raised comedian has published a list on his website documenting his 25 favorite rap albums, cowrote and starred in the 1993 film CB4 which parodies gangsta rap, appeared on rap songs by Ludacris, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and Ice Cube, and in the past has even criticized contemporary rap. But perhaps Chris Rock’s hip-hop pinnacle was reached in 2010 when he appeared on Kanye West’s now magnum opus album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Rock was asked by ‘Ye to appear on the song “Blame Game,” in which Rock provided an extended monologue. So maybe Rock is a little bit biased when he recently called Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy as the “greatest hip-hop album of all-time” in a HOT 97 interview. Check out the full interview after the jump to see what else Chris Rock had to say.
Last year footage surfaced of Freddie Gibbs and Mike Dean working “in the lab” and ever since then very little additional information has been given regarding that session. Now Gangsta Gibbs has shared a new track entitled “Sellin’ Dope” which gives artist credit to Mike Dean. Our guess is Mike Dean, who is a hip-hop producer and certainly no rapper (best known for working with Kanye West), produced the cut. The track is absolutely menacing, both in production and in overall concept/theme as Dean’s ominous ghastly beat perfectly suits Gibbs’ aggressive flow and hyper-realistic subject matter (yes, sellin’ dope). The track will appear on the Grand Theft Auto V next-gen iteration. Listen after the jump!