Famed 38-year-old video director Hype Williams has worked with everyone from Jay-Z to Snoop to Mary J. and Q-Tip. Now, the director who has made a living of staying specifically in the hip-hop/r&b genres, has finally stepped out of that box and recently signed on to direct Coldplay’s new video for “Viva La Vida.” The song is incredible, and definitely anthemic, and only someone like Hype could bring out all the qualities that make the song unbelievable. Check it out below and let us know what you think about Hype directing rock videos. Coldplay – “Viva La Vida” Video
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It looks like anyone who went to a show this weekend was mos def getting their monies worth. Kanye killed it at the closing of the infamous Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. Playing to a home crowd never did anyone any harm and after delivering track after track from his three offerings, Kanye had the crowd paying homage to the ‘lady who drove him to Chicago when he was only three’…his late Momma. While on the NY leg of the Rock the Bells event out at Jones Beach, crowds were whipped into a frenzy as artist after artist hit the stage delivering classic after classic. Slick Rick, MOP, ATCQ, DJ Premier, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Busta Rhymes were all in attendance plus a whole lot more. But what really got the crowd going was when Jay Z appeared on stage to accompany Nas for Black Republicans. Good times to be had by all, what Summer is all about really.
A couple days ago, I mentioned Freeway had just leaked a new freestyle over an old Ray Cash beat, and Free is right back at it. There are rumors floating around that Free is prepping a new album called Freedom of Speech, so all of these leaks are starting to make sense. Free is definitely consistent with his flow and uses his raspy voice to its fullest value. Check out a new track from Free, “Will I Ever Be,” below. Freeway – “Will I Ever Be”
The entire Dipset crew, including Cam’Ron, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana, have been struggling for a little while now. After Jim’s subpar performance with his last solo and Byrdgang album, and with Cam’Ron getting lyrically assaulted by 50 Cent, the crew that once brought us “Oh Boy” and other Rocafella smashes has hit hard times. Dipset’s golden boy was always Juelz, and after waiting and waiting for the mysterious Juelz/Lil’ Wayne album, and for a solo comeback from Juelz, fans may actually have reason to get excited. According to Miss Info, Cam’Ron has sold Juelz’s contract to Def Jam Records for $2 million and Juelz has signed a 50/50 deal with the label.Juelz also went on to tell Miss Info his mixtape, The Reagan Era, and his album, Born to Lose, Built to Win, should be dropping soon. Stay tuned for more from Juelz.
According to Rolling Stone, Kanye West is the biggest money maker in Hip-Hop this year when it comes to touring. The Chicago MC has amassed over $31.6 million while out on the road this year, ranking him fourth in the top ten Rock and Pop Tours. The only other urban tour to earn a mention is Jay Z and Mary J Blige who came in just behind West with $30.7 million. The list is pretty much dominated by rock acts including Van Halen, Bruce Springsteen, The Police and Bon Jovi who top the lists. The Mid year report also indicated that CD sales have also declined 16.3% so far this year. However Lil Wayne is holding onto the most sales for the year so far with his album The Carter III.
Freeway, arguably the only Rocafella soldier who can actually rap (besides Jay, of course), is back. If you recall, Free’s debut album, Philadelphia Freeway, was absolutely amazing. It had guest spots from Jay, Beanie Sigel, Nate Dogg and was produced almost in its entirety by Kanye West and Just Blaze. Free was definitely the first to set himself apart from the other Roc rhymers, and to this day his voice and flow is unlike most artists we’ve heard. For his second album, Free gained a cosign from 50 Cent and his album Free at Last featured guests like Jay, 50, Busta Rhymes and Scarface. Now, less than a year after Free at Last, free is bumping some new sh*t. His new track, aptly titled “Bumping My New Shit.” To check out Free on his A-game, click here to download the track. Check out a preview for the track here.
Justin Blaze, as Jay-Z so comically calls him, has been producing the hottest rappers in hip-hop for years now. After getting major recognition for producing hits on Jay’s Blueprint, Just Blaze moved on to work with everyone from The Game and DMX and TI to Rhymefest and Talib Kweli. His unique soul samples and fast-tempo, drum-heavy tracks keep any rapper hitting up Just for some beats. Just was also the exclusive producer on Saigon’s debut album, which has been pushed back for about 4 years now. Just has also been rumored to be working with new Interscope artist Wale and Erykah Badu’s protege Jay Electronica. In the meantime, Just decided to go old-school and bring his fans a 90′s hip-hop mixtape entitled 90′s Flava. The 51-track tape features everyone from AZ and Method Man to Das EFX, Brand Nubian and Pete Rock. It’s the first time in a long time I’ve seen Just hosting a mixtape, and listening to his selection of the best 90′s hits should be pretty educational. Download the mixtape here, and let us know what you think.
California-bred emcee Murs is finally starting to gain some mainstream fame before his third major album, Murs for President, drops. Murs is currently on tour with Rock the Bells, and is preparing the afforementioned album for a September release on Warner Bros. Records. To up the hype a little bit more, Murs and longtime collaborator 9th Wonder decided to release a 10-track album for free online. The album is entitled Sweet Lord and is exclusively produced by 9th Wonder. If you don’t know 9th, he’s worked with Jay-Z, Little Brother, Buckshot and plenty of other wordsmiths over the years. Check out Sweet Lord here, and get ready for Murs for President. I’ve heard the album, and it’s absolutely ridiculous. Look for the review right here sometime next week.
New Orleans’ finest Lil’ Wayne has officially gone double-platinum with his new album Tha Carter III. The album features guest appearances from Jay-Z, David Banner, Robin Thicke and T-Pain, among others. After years of hype, the album finally dropped on June 10th and surprisingly lived up to the immense speculation. However, now that the dust has settled on Tha Carter III, Wheezy is being slapped with a lawsuit by Abkco Music, who owns the rights to licensing for the Rolling Stones. Abkco’s claim focuses on a complaint that Lil’ Wayne uses “a clear derivative of the Rolling Stones song with the original lyrics altered in a recognizable way.” The song in question is “Playing With Fire,” on which singer Betty Wright shouts “But you can’t blame me if I set this stage on fire!” on the chorus. The Rolling Stones track from which Wheezy allegedly stole the idea is called “The Last Time,” on which the Stones shout “But don’t play with me, ’cause you’re playing with fire!” Abkco claims Wayne’s hook is far too similar to the original from the Stones, and also displays “explicit, sexist and offensive language” that could potentially provide a bad public image of the company and the Stones. Stay tuned for updates on the suit.
Jay-Z’s been the most consistent hit-maker in hip-hop for over a decade now. Through retirements and comebacks, Jay is still making music and is slated to drop three more albums over the next ten years through Roc Nation. According to Timbaland, he’ll be the sole producer on Jay’s upcoming project, and he believes he can bring Jay an entire album of “Big Pimpin”-esque tracks. Timbo also told MTV, “He wants me to do the whole thing this time around. I’mma make it a classic too. You better believe it.” Though some die-hard fans of Jay’s may be a little hesitant of the collaboration and would rather hear 9th Wonder or Pharrell for an entire album, they can rest assured Jay has always had a great ear for production. The album won’t be released until at least the 4th quarter, according to Timbo, so while you wait check out the throwback video for “Big Pimpin.”
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