The artwork and tracklist are here. Now all you have to do is wait for May 1st. (more…)
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Just in time for G.O.O.D. Friday, Yeezy touches down with a prolific new single from the upcoming G.O.O.D. Music compilation. In my opinion Big Sean stole the show off the bat with lines like “white girls politicin’ – that’s that Sarah Palin” (sidenote: did he just coin the phrase “@ss tray”?). Kanye’s part is sort of out there, to say the least but this is a pretty hot track. If you like the stream below, you can go cop it on iTunes now. Kanye West “Mercy” ft Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
To hold us over until the release of his fifth studio album, entitled F.I.V.E.: Fear Is Victory’s Evolution, The Game has linked up with DJ Skee to drop a new mixtape, California Republic. (more…)
With anticipation high for the upcoming G.O.O.D. Friday release of Kanye’s new single, many were surprised last night when Funkmaster Flex debuted Kanye and DJ Khaled’s “Theraflu.” On the Hit-Boy produced track Kanye addresses Wiz, Amber, Kim Kardashian, and Kris Humphries with lines like “And I’ll admit, I fell in love with Kim ‘Round the same time she had fell in love wit’ him Well, that’s cool, baby girl, do ya thing Lucky I ain’t have Jay drop ‘im from the team.” Kanye West – “Theraflu” ft. DJ Khaled & DJ Pharris – Stream
E-40 is a hustler; you can’t deny that. The Bay Area legend pulled one over on consumers last March when he released a double album, sold separately on the same day, and he’s back at it again, taking things to a whole new level on his triple album, The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 1, 2 & 3. 40 Water showed his hustler ambitions by selling this as both a package deal and three separate albums. Combined, The Block Brochure has sold over 32,000 units, making E-40 the real winner this week. Miami crew ¡MAYDAY! did more than scratch the surface this week by landing an unexpected Top 200 slot with the release of their Stange Music debut, Take Me To Your Leader. The album features Tech N9ne, Ace Hood, and Murs, among others. In other release news, DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles scanned a respectable 3,000 units of their collabo album, KoleXXXion. You can check out photos from their album release party here. Check back next week to see if Nicki Minaj lands the number 1 spot with her zany sophomore effort Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. E-40 “The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 1, 2 & 3″ – 9,578 (76% digital) E-40 “The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 2″ – 7,940 (3% digital) E-40“The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 1″ – 7,817 (2% digital) E-40“The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 3″ – 6,867 (0% digital) ¡MAYDAY! “Take Me To Your Leader”- 5,439 (33% digital) DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles “KoleXXXion” – 3,099 (26% digital) Actual Proof “Black Boy Radio” – 607 (100% digital) Gift Of Gab “Next Logical Progression” – 495 (54% digital)
When it comes to musicians giving their listeners food for thought, most of the time, the task itself can be a little overwhelming. (more…)
Artist: Obie Trice Album: Bottoms Up Label: Black Market Entertainment Date: 4/3/12 “O-Trice, Back At It!” Six years after the release of Second Rounds On Me, Obie Trice is back with his third album, Bottoms Up, which keeps in line with his other alcohol-inspired album titles. Ten years ago Eminem memorably sampled the line “Obie Trice, real name, no gimmicks” from Obie Trice’s “Rap Name” on “Without Me.” Now, Obie maintains his “no gimmicks” attitude on this project and even brings the line back on “Ups & Downs.” His past albums, Cheers and Second Rounds On Me, featured many collaborations and with only four features on this sixteen track album Obie Trice seems more comfortable showcasing his lyrics and flow on his own. The subject matter of the album is light and ranges from the type of woman Obie fantasizes about on “I Pretend” to the story of his career and relationships within the rap game. Although Obie Trice split from Shady Records in 2008, Eminem has a strong presence on the album through samples, shout outs, production, and a feature. The project kicks off with a Dr. Dre produced introduction on which Obie spits a verse letting us know that on this album he is “simply spittin whats in O-Trice’s system.” He then thanks all those who have helped and supported his career so far. The intro is followed by the energetic “Going Nowhere.” Obie shows his confidence and lets us know he’s “in this to win this” over Eminem’s production. The first single off the project, “Battle Cry” features Adrian Rezza and was produced by his brother Lucas Rezza. It was released last summer. On the track, Obie reminisces about his critics and past albums. He starts each verse with his catchy battle cry of “O-Trice, Back At It” reminding us of his perseverance in the game. The second single “Spend The Day” features singer, Drey Skoni and was produced by Detroit rap/production trio NoSpeakerz, who produced a third of the album. The track tells the story of what its like for a woman to spend a day with Obie. “Spill My Drink” is a catchy track on which Obie mentions his album delays and who has stuck by him through all this time. On the highly anticipated Statik Selektah produced “Richard,” Obie and Slim take it back to “Shady 1.0” with alternating verses packed full of references about them being “dicks” with Eminem on the chorus. Obie comments on Interscope, as a label, and his issues with the industry on “Ups & Downs” and “Hell Yea.” He also addresses his relationships with Eminem and Dre accompanied by a few Dre and Em samples on “Hell Yea.” Trice and the late MC Breed represent for the Michigan rap scene on “Crazy.” “Lebron On” is the story of Obie’s career told through basketball metaphors and comparisons to Lebron. It discusses overcoming obstacles and being underrated and hated on. Obie ends the last track with a shout out to “the G-Unit he knows” and a request to follow him on twitter @RealObieTrice. A few tracks such as “BME Up” or “Secrets” would have been a good fit for a 50 Cent verse or chorus, but they are solid tracks anyway. There is an early 2000s classic feel to the album which maybe because he started the project so long ago. Obie’s verses are authentic and unaffected and uninfluenced by current music. The overall production of the album is solid and a good fit for Obie’s style. Many tracks have memorable witty lines and metaphors like “The way I hurt em with the ‘Ye, she call me Amber Rose.“ Although some tracks are more memorable than others, the project is comprised of well-written verses, catchy choruses and diverse flow, and definitely worth a listen. Purchase Bottoms Up on iTunes
Looks pretty cool. Wonder if there’s a meaning behind it. Pretty sure we’ll find out soon enough. (more…)
Personally, this writer has never been a fan of Hip-Hop beef. In my opinion, it overshadows the music, leaving everyone in a “he said, she said” frenzy; which ultimately takes away from the art. (more…)
So, four MC’s walk into a studio…. Oh, you heard that one already?! Okay then, lets just get down to the debate. (more…)
All those who have written Odd Future off as a fad should now stand corrected. The 11 person collective nearly matched the success of the more publicized debut from leader Tyler The Creator, by moving more than 40,000 units this past week. The OF Tape, Vol. 2 plays through like a crazy jumbled, eclectic playlist, and it seems like OFWFKTA wouldn’t have it any other way. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the rap stable now that Earl Sweatshirt is back in the mix. Rev. Run’s youngest son, Diggy, surprised many by cracking the top 20 this week with his aptly titled commercial debut, Unexpected Arrival. Diggy managed to outdo Machine Gun Kelly’s EP, which pushed a meager 8.5k, which isn’t terrible considering it is being billed as the soundtrack to a book. I’m personally not sold on Diggy, but it’s undeniable that the kid has a bright future ahead of him. If you have consistently checked this column, you may have realized that Christian rap has become a growing trend. This week, the Christ-praising MC Swoope made an impressive showing by selling over 2,000 copies of his album Wake Up in the digital space alone. I took the time this week to check out a couple of singles that have been smashing the charts on iTunes. I knew B.o.B was killing the game, but I’m still surprised that he did 400k plus in one month for “So Good,” especially considering this track is readily available for free download just about everywhere. Check back next week to see what numbers Bay Area legend E-40 puts up with the release of his triple album, The Block Brochure. Odd Future “The OF Tape, Vol. 2″ – 40,110 (60% digital) Diggy “Unexpected Arrival” – 20,725 (15% digital) MGK “Half Naked & Almost Famous” – 8,517 (100% digital) Swoope “Wake Up”- 2,353 (100% digital) Slaughterhouse “Hammer Dance – Single” – 11,197 (100% digital) *Two week total* [listen to track] B.o.B “So Good – Single” – 433,252 (100% digital) *Four week total* [watch video]
Did the New York Jets REALLY call a press conference for their new backup quarterback the other day, Tim Tebow?! Are you serious?! What’s next? Their equipment manager being thrown around in trade rumors? One thing is true about the Jets, when the toe-sucking head coach, Rex Ryan first got to the Big Apple, the Jets were making strides. They made it to the AFC Championship game two years in a row, and both times they, came up short. Just to make it there twice in a row is an accomplishment within itself, due to the fact that there are plenty of teams in the NFL who haven’t reached the playoffs since the Bill Clinton Administration, “PLAYOFFS?!” “PLAYOFFS?!” *Jim Mora voice* But since coming up short one game of the Super Bowl in back-to-back seasons, the Jets have faltered, and their preverbal bark has become more than their bite. Now with the new season gearing up, and them being forced to see their cross-town rivals, the New York Giants flaunting their new Super Bowl jewelry, Gang Green is fighting back by adding the world’s biggest Christian to their roster, Timothy Richard Tebow. Bringing in the guy who ESPN’s Merril Hodge loves (that’s sarcasm if you didn’t notice) won’t help Jets one bit, and here are five reason why: 1. Having a press conference for someone who has yet to prove himself, and probably never will isn’t a good thing. As a backup quarterback, your only job in life is to carry around a clipboard, and keep the NFL cap that you wear clean, since you and your helmet won’t see any action on the field. 2. If Timmy does get into the game, everyone knows it’s going to be a run package, even people that don’t watch football know that. So if they all know, then so do the defensive coordinators of the opposing teams. 3. Making a spectacle by bringing in another guy at the QB position while your starting QB, Mark Sanchez is stealing $58 Million Dollars from you already isn’t a good thing. Quarterbacks are the prima donnas of the league, always crying and complaining that someone is out to take their job. So no matter how good both quarterbacks’ PR answers are to the press, that atmosphere alone will create tension in the locker room. 4. Tebow Mania might have worked in Denver, but here in New York, if you don’t produce as a professional athlete, (which Timmy won’t) the people of this great city will crucify you faster than you can say Passion Of The Christ 5. The NFL is the ultimate team sport, because it takes players on both sides of the ball to make plays. So when you have a single player hogging all the glory, while doing absolutely nothing to deserve it, it can take away from team chemistry, and without that team chemistry, you can look forward to the Jets having another dismal season.
Right now in this day and age of Hip-Hop, seeing an MC of the Caucasian variety isn’t such a big deal, because it has become more of the norm. One of the artists that helped to really spearhead the movement in the early 2000’s was Memphis native, Patrick Lanshaw; better known to his fans as Lil Wyte. Signed to Hypnotize Minds back 2002, Lil Wyte released his Doubt Me Now debut in 2003, with Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul and Juicy J handling all of the production duties. From there, he went onto release four more albums; in addition to three of them successfully landing respectable spots on the music charts, he also garnered more praise for his artistry. Now with just under 10 years in a game that guarantees no longevity, the head of Wyte Music gears up to release his sixth studio album, Still Doubted in June. iHipHop had a chance to catch up with the longtime Three 6 Mafia affiliate to discuss the love/hate relationship of the Internet, being compared to other white MC’s, having full creative control for the first time ever, and plenty more. iHipHop.com: You’ve been off the grid for a little bit… So what do you have new cooking? Lil Wyte: I’m recording a new album, and it’s dropping in June called Still Doubted… There’s going to be Three 6 Mafia production, of course… I’m also working with a couple of new young producers… I started my own label, Wyte Music a couple of years back, and I released two albums through it. One of them was Sno: Year Round with Jelly Roll… I also signed Shamrock, who won The White Rapper Show on VH1… Besides that, I’ve just been grinding man… iHipHop.com: With the name of your upcoming project being called Still Doubted, is that how you feel about your career up to this point? As if people still doubt you? Lil Wyte: Not really doubting my career, because I know that I’m not doubted… But with Doubt Me Now, my first album being everyone’s favorite— and when I drop this album it would’ve been 10 years since Doubt Me Now… So now it’s kind of like a question: “Am I still doubted?” That’s pretty much how I went about it… iHipHop.com: With this being your sixth studio album, has the creative process gotten easier or harder? Lil Wyte: Well, the cool thing about this album is that I told [DJ] Paul and Juicy [J] that I wanted to put this album out through my label; Wyte Music… They told me to do what I do, and that they were still going to help me promote it and all of that… So they gave me all creative control, and this is actually going to be my first album where I have full creative control… So I’m going to have a lot more fun with this album… There are a few topics that I really wanted to touch on for years… But being with [DJ] Paul and Juicy [J] on the Three 6 Mafia label—there’s a certain formula that you have to stick by… There’s going to be a lot more production from other people rather than just from Three 6 Mafia… I rap about different sh!t on other people’s beats… [DJ] Paul and Juicy’s beats just bring out that gutter stuff… I’m going to have a lot of good features on this album, and there’s going to be some surprises… iHipHop: With this huge influx of white MC’s; people like Yelawolf, Action Bronson, Mac Miller, Asher Roth, MGK (Machine Gun Kelly), and so on; does it bother you when people are quick to group you in with them? Lil Wyte: I just said this on the Twitter the other day; I think it’s amazing that are enough white rappers out there for us actually to be getting compared to each other now [Laughing]… I think it’s funny, I really do… I’m actually a huge fan of Yelawolf, and I’m a huge fan of Rittz… I kicked it with those guys down in Atlanta, and they’re cool people… They both came up to me, and was saying when I album dropped, they were in their Chevys riding around in the ‘hood bumping it… All the ‘hood white rappers give me my props… So being grouped in doesn’t get under my skin; it really don’t… If they’re doing this music the wrong way; then of course… But as long as they’re doing it properly, it’s cool… iHipHop.com: What’s your take on the Internet? Has it helped or hurt the artist? Lil Wyte: It’s one of those love/hate relationships… Doubt Me Now dropped in ’03, so I was able to get that last little group of people that actually went out and bought CD’s… So that’s why Doubt Me Now has over 350,000 copies sold to date… That was with little promo, and no video… That was just word-of-mouth that the CD was dropping… But as the years went on, everyone’s album sales dropped because of the Internet… But with me, I’ve slowly figured out how to use the Internet to my advantage… I keep on Twitter; “Yo, I’m in Atlanta, what’s going on tonight?” Next thing you know, you’re in the studio with God knows who because of the Internet… So it does hurt sales-wise, but when it comes to social networking, and really getting your music to a wider audience; it makes sense… I’ve made so much money off FaceBook and Twitter… They just hit me up: “I need a show, how much do you charge?” You just have to know how to use it for you…
Not sure why famous people think they’re above paying taxes. The 99% do, so the 1% needs to get on board, or continue to be put on blast just like Nasir Jones is right now. According to TMZ: The next time you buy a Nas album, you’re really just handing your money over to the government — because the rapper’s delinquent tax filings have caused Uncle Sam to begin garnishing his wages … TMZ has learned. As TMZ first reported, Nas is in tax debt up to his eyeballs … if his eyeballs were $6,000,000 tall. So the government has finally tired of waiting for Nas to pay up, so they filed documents in the state of Georgia to have his wages garnished — via the music publishing organizations BMI and ASCAP — until the debt is paid off.
iHipHop Blog Team