XXL calls on none other than Drizzy Drake to cover their 150th issue of the magazine. For the cover story, the Toronto MC speaks on his upcoming Nothing Was The Same LP, his return to acting, his relationships with other rappers in the game and more. Story excerpts after the jump. Read More
XXL releases the third of their Freshmen Cyphers, this time featuring Dizzy Wright, Logic and Angel Haze over Jahlil Beats production. Overall, this is surprisingly probably the strongest of them all.
XXL drops the second of the 2013 Freshmen Cyphers, this time featuring Kirko Bangz, Trinidad James, and Q over production from v12 The Hitman. This would’ve been a lot better (and less painful) had Q just handled the whole thing himself.
Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, and Travis Scott go in over a Jahlil Beats instrumental for the first XXL Freshmen cypher.
Baltimore’s Logic grabs the mic for today’s XXL Freshmen Freestyle.
Ab Soul takes the mic for today’s XXL Freshmen Freestyle.
Travis Scott drops a quick a capella freestyle as a part of XXL‘s Freshmen Freestyle series.
XXL is making quite the statement with their latest cover.
Wow, so much for originality. After the success of Watch The Throne, there’s seriously a lot of talk going around about collaborative LPs. And the center of attention seems to be focused in on Drake. First, Birdman confirms with XXL Mag that Drizzy and Weezy are in the works of a collaborative album. Baby seemed extremely confident calling it a much “younger sound” that ‘Ye and Hov.
And now Trey Songz is deeming Drake is the very first choice when it comes to making a collaborative album.
Trey tells MTV:
Drake is the first person that comes to mind that I am that musically comfortable with in that space… He is a friend of mine as well, and I think we can pull something off … that could sound very authentic.
I mean, you got to look at (Kanye and Jay-Z) and see how long it took them to do it, you know? So it has to be organic in whatever way it happens. It can’t be a business decision and you can’t look at it in a way of making it lucrative. I think it has to be something that you are definitely going into for music’s sake. It has to be something real, because if it’s not authentic you can hear it.
So what exactly is going on? I guess you can say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but I’m starting to think perhaps this is getting excessive. In no way am I trying to sound like a trend-spotter/forecaster, but I think the hip hop world has found a new one! I’m sure soon enough, more and more collaborative albums will dropping.