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.
Top Dawg Entertainment’s president Terrence Henderson (aka “Punch”) sits with homegrown radio to talk about newfound success and how they got there. Be inspired, y’all.
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!
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.
Top Dawg Entertainment artist Isaiah Rashad stuns with this boldly spare video for “I Shot You Down.” His lyrics suggest inventive and gritty hood romanticism, and shrewd self-awareness. Nothing less from hip-hop’s creative top dogs of late.
King Kendrick graces a sold-out show in UK with his presence. This live version of “Cartoons and Cereal” has terrific crowd response for a non-album cut. No Gunplay on this version but the MC of the Year holds it down just fine without the assist.
Nicely woven tale of the drug game from two vastly different viewpoints. Pusha’s — well — pushing. And K. Dot is observing the substances erode and rule his family at once.