we had high hopes for jermaine. his mixtape “the warm up” was a needed shot of vigor in a slumping independent scene, wanting for a sellable, sobering presence. his college kid pluckiness and tupac-nas derivative flows were respectful without mimicking. his collegiality was light-hearted, but not obnoxious. then, he got signed to a record deal, and it all unraveled. (more…)
Durk drops off the visual for the Young Chop-produced “Bang Bros” off his newest tape, Signed To The Streets. Don’t sleep on that project, or the fact that this is the best rap song in recent memory that shares a title with a popular porn site.
Never on schedule but always on time, Guwop delivers Trust God F*ck 12, his newest project with Rich Homie Quan. Consider it a belated 10/17 Day present. Tracklisting and stream after the jump. (more…)
Two of NY’s finest, Kushed God and Harry Fraud, hook up for a new track, titled “Obey Your Thirst.” These two continue to bring the best out of each other. Meanwhile, look at DZA subtly campaigning for that Sprite deal like it’s ’94. (more…)
Instructions for Drake: take him seriously.
If you’re missing that Innanet mixtape by Vic Mensa, you’re playing yourself right now, bro. Just catch up and we’ll forget this ever happened.
The New Camp Clik is back in effect for freestyle demonstrations. CJ Fly, Dessy Hinds, Nyck Caution, T’Nah Apex, A La $ole, Dyemond Lewis, Swank Master Raw, Dirty Sanchez, Jab and Joey Bada$$ stepped out of a time machine to give an honorary session to the Old Heads they clearly respect.
“Why the hell does he need those gatekeepers?” Preach, Brother Marc. “Luxury, says who?!” This is terrific. (To be fair, Marc Ecko has a color privilege that Kanye does not have.)
LeBron James put me on to this. Eight minutes of woooooooooooooooooow. Black out, YC.
Fresh off a critically acclaimed collaboration album with Detroit producer/rapper Quelle Chris, Brooklyn’s Cavalier sneaks us in to his listening experience party for his album Chief. It promises to be a lively, herb-invoking, spiritual bacchanalia. We’ll be tuned in for more.
Eminem releases the official tracklisting for upcoming Marshall Mathers LP 2. Marshall looks to be keeping it relatively light with the guest spots on this one, with King Kendrick being the only rap feature on the project. Unlike most big-budget, stilted sequels, maybe this one won’t suck. Peep the full tracklist after the jump. (more…)
In 1938, Alex Steinweiss, an art director for Columbia Records invented the concept of album cover art, making way for epic images that continuously influence pop culture. It’s different now that most listeners stream and download music, which has ignited a market for unique album artwork to differentiate one project from the next. Also, design software is much more accessible and apps like instagram are extremely popular. That accessibility has given artists a bevy of new media to expand greatly the idea of album covers. Artists can create several album covers with a mouse click, and with a simple QR code make them interactive, or create a vine video that gives the viewer a short film in lieu of a traditional static album cover. So it’s no shock that this year is has delivered dope album covers. Here is my list of 2013’s Five Best Hip Hop Album Covers, based on: visual aesthetic, concept in relation to album name and theme, and creative execution.
Gucci Clause rings in the 10/17 holiday by dropping off a new track entitled “Celebrity,” produced by Metro Boomin. Guwop continues to release some of the most consistent, under-appreciated rap music of 2013. (more…)
iHipHop Blog Team