Call it the female version of what The Black Album was originally intended to be.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Beyoncé releases a brand new, self-titled 14-track LP, complete with features from Drake, Jay Z, and Frank Ocean and music videos for each song.
No promotion, no singles, just music.
Tracklisting after the jump.
Music and fashion walk hand in hand in pop culture, so it’s no surprise that fashion has influenced some of our favorite hip hop tracks. From sportswear lines like adidas to high-end couture like Versace, rappers are naming the brands they love, and sometimes even getting endorsement deals along the way. Here are 15 hip hop videos that celebrate love of fashion.
As the legend goes, on December 4, 1969, Gloria Carter and Adnes Reeves (who made love under the sycamore tree) brought Shawn Corey Carter into the world. Their lives and the lives of millions around the world would never be the same from that point forward. Read More
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praise White Jesus! finally! i’m elated to see that marshall mathers is using affirmative action in the way it was intended: to give white men the voice they had long been denied in American History. it espouses a sense of ultimate relief that things are right with the world, flowers can bloom again, and hip-hop does make sense.
This is good. and not just unnecessarily busy with clicks and beeps and lasers. Timbaland’s rapping is less muscular than Timbaland though.
In this Daily Show segment, titled “Jay Z Penney”, Jon Stewart and Larry Wilmore address the racial profiling incident that stirred publicity hounds. Check out our Jay Z Barneys Freestyle post for more mockery of this loaded issue.
Khaled and Rozay stop by Hot 97′s morning show to chop it up with Ebro, Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds. The discussion centers around Khaled’s Suffering From Success album, Ross’ upcoming Mastermind LP, Reebok, Khaled and Ross’ relationship and more. Towards the end, Ross reveals that his next single is dropping at the beginning of November and will feature Jay Z.
In 1938, Alex Steinweiss, an art director for Columbia Records invented the concept of album cover art, making way for epic images that continuously influence pop culture. It’s different now that most listeners stream and download music, which has ignited a market for unique album artwork to differentiate one project from the next. Also, design software is much more accessible and apps like instagram are extremely popular. That accessibility has given artists a bevy of new media to expand greatly the idea of album covers. Artists can create several album covers with a mouse click, and with a simple QR code make them interactive, or create a vine video that gives the viewer a short film in lieu of a traditional static album cover.
So it’s no shock that this year is has delivered dope album covers.
Here is my list of 2013’s Five Best Hip Hop Album Covers, based on: visual aesthetic, concept in relation to album name and theme, and creative execution.
the curious case of shawn carter took an unexpected turn last week. jay z, probably the best rapper to ever touch a microphone, had a senior moment during a concert at manchester. this is a telling sign of a rapper not long for this stage.
Wouldn’t be so stoked to trot out this verse. The way that beat drop happens though. However, the icing on this cake…is cake.
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.
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!