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.)
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 $9M in total. 50 Cent has also tumbled way down this list as compared to a few years ago. It looks like the young guns are taking their official place and not just some “Saved-By-The-Bell-The-New-Class” knockoffs either. Read the full list after the jump. Hat tip to TSS.
Album: Nothing Was The Same
Label: Cash Money Records
Release Date: September 24, 2013
It’s lonely at the top.
“No new friends.” “Versace, Versace”. “Y.O.L.O.” Over the past six months, Drake’s music has been nonstop fuel for memes and Instagram hashtags, so it makes sense that he’d rather spend some time by himself than participate in a culture he’s largely contributed to. After all, you don’t sh*t where you eat.
first of all, pause that song title all the way.
now, another moment in hip-hop weekday singles release history happened today. jay z, temporarily descended from his throne of art collecting and international-ing, blessed the people (those wicked ingrates) with a verse from on high. and it’s on drake’s new album. reasons why this is major…
it may be that his “daddy was a poet” as he explains on “Burgundy”, an anxious and self-immolating song from Doris, or that his way with phrasing seems unique for a 19-year-old. (or an any-year-old for that matter.) but lately it seems like the media has taken to using earl sweatshirt quotes as pieces of journalism in themselves.
Lupe Fiasco making sharp commentary on the influence of “paper” on the rap greats. In a way, this is a less explicit “letter” to hip-hop legends than Kanye’s “Big Brother” or J. Cole’s “I Let Nas Down.” Greatest rapper alive or greatest rapper to die? The greatest rapper’s a lie.
Rhymes after the jump.
It’s been over a month since Kendrick Lamar shook the Rap world to its very foundations with his verse on Big Sean’s “Control”. If you have been hiding under a rock and have not heard the song, Kendrick claims the title of King of New York while appearing to take shots at J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electronica, Tyler, The Creator and Mac Miller. Rappers from every section of the globe bolted to their Twitter accounts and their soundproof studio booths to respond to the Compton native’s jabs. Some applauded Kendrick for giving rap a much needed shot in the arm, while others took things a bit more personally and made response records. Read More
Hov releases the official visual for his “Holy Grail” single with JT off Magna Carta Holy Grail. Directed by Anthony Mandler.