Last night (Sept. 21st) Common held his inaugural AAHH! Fest in his hometown Chicago, which featured performances by De La Soul, Lupe Fiasco, and Jennifer Hudson. During Common’s set, however, he brought out a “very special guest”. Kanye West eventually surprised the crowd, performing The College Dropout cut “Get Em High” with Common as well as songs like “Jesus Walks”, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”, “Power”, “All of the Lights”, and more. Videos after the jump!
We are halfway through 2014 and we’ve already been blessed with many great albums so far. But who shall deliver during the second half? Will Kanye drop a Yeezus 2? Is Jay Rock’s album ever coming out? More after the jump!
CyHi the Prynce’s Black Hystori Project mixtape is one of the best, most overlooked projects of the year. And with music videos accompanying many of the project’s tracks, it’s only right that CyHi continues delivering the visual goods to his music. In “Guitar Melody” CyHi positions himself as a lover, declaring all women as Goddesses. Check out the official video after the jump.
After signing with Jay Z’s Roc Nation management company, Detroit rapper Big Sean promised fans that he would drop new music. And looks like he has kept his word. Sean went on to drop four brand new songs, including “I Don’t Fu*k With You” which features E-40 and is produced by Kanye West and DJ Mustard. Another track, “Paradise”, was produced by Mike WiLL Made It. Stream the four tracks below.
You can’t stop Kanye West, you ought’a know it by now. And whether you do know it, in this snippet from Theophilus London’s “Can’t Stop” ‘Ye reminds you anyway. The snippet also features ‘Ye reference his now infamous Sway interview (“It’s aight, but it ain’t Ralph, though/ And unless your money talkin’, keep your mouth closed”) as well as delivering an artillery of hilarious one-liners (“Might have gave me head in the pool, that ain’t your mouth though”). Check out the rest of the snippet below.
What makes a summer song? It’s sweaty but never sad about it. The right summer smash makes you put the double-decker barbecue plate on your lawn chair, pour out something cool and get close to the speakers. It’s naked and unashamed, of course. The song’s gotta be loud. Not volume-wise either. You need to be able to open that sunroof, lower the windows on the highway and still annoy passersby with the bass drop. They’re great songs because they’re disposable songs. A summer jam is the wet wipe of music: refreshing as it is fleeting and oh so useful at the right time.
Load these songs into your playlist and be the DJ you always wanted for the weekend.
How do you tell who is going to be massively and unabashedly successful? Can you see their desire? Or hear it? Kanye West, in comparison to his fully formed self, has never been the Kanye we know. The one we know has always been forming in moments like this, when nobody really cared he was there and he came to understand that as a mistake of their existence by proving em wrong. He catches a little Nasty Nas flow too, it’s fun. Watch his impressive freestyle after the jump.
The Hip-Hop Fellowship is the feature-length doc about 9th Wonder’s tenure at Harvard as a visiting professor. In this interview, producer Young Guru explains his encounters with Yeezy. Key quote: “At that moment, I knew he was ready. And he’s about to change this whole thing.” Watch after the jump.
For what feels like the 300th time, Mason Betha is planning yet another comeback to the Rap game. During a recent interview with Hot 107.9, Ma$e revealed that he is working on a new album set for release in October. The album’s lead single, “Billboard”, features some heavy hitters. Find out who after the jump.
Kanye West, Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, and Kings of Leon are set to headline the third annual Made In America Festival, which will take place in both Los Angeles and Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend, August 30 & 31. Read More
Future and Ye hit the sand in the Hype Williams-directed clip for their celebratory “I Won” duet. Future’s Honest LP hits stores next Tuesday.