Archive for the ‘Staff Picks’ Category
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. (more…)
the unofficial tag-team is one of hip-hop’s quiet victories over other forms of music. while rock and jazz and r&b is often replete with dual acts like the singer and the drummer, or the keyboard player and the bassist, hip-hop tends to thrive on the power of the individual voice. (more…)
Cam addresses Jay’s claim that he made millions through Jigga Power. Generally seems as if he’s back to his sh*t-talking antics and enjoying being a rapper (even pushing 40!) This new tape, Ghetto Heaven Vol. 1 might be more than just computers ‘putin. Might be.
Listen to Danny Brown’s Old album stream. For some reason, I think it’s about to be cool to be old. Stream after the jump. (more…)
It’s happening. Pusha T is releasing the videos from the My Name Is My Name project, and as he said in his own “Twitter rant” he doesn’t care about the numbers. He’s right not to, because Clipse/Pusha fans have long supported them without needing the validation of it being the most popular idea: the poetic hustler-turned-repentant-artist.
Check out the remix from the song — and phrase — of the summer. And check the ihiphop Guide To Rappers Catching Feelings after the jump. (more…)
Big Sean met up with the last MVP not named LeBron James for an adidas-sponsored event to perform his song “Beware.” Derrick Rose explained how good he felt to be returning for another NBA season, and Big Sean added how great it was to be paired with legends. Buuuut, that’s pretty much the story of Big Sean’s career, like a rap Scottie Pippen minus the Hall Of Fame part. Hat tip to GWHH.
“Rap the new Rock and Roll!” is the Kanye-inspired hook on this new Mickey Factz joint. He’s making sure the culture is alive by responding to it and moving with it, one of Mickey’s best attributes. The rhymes work too. Stream after the jump. (more…)
The Cult of Earl is in full force, with kids wearing lippy masks in tribute to the young rhyming phenom. Something about this corny video almost diminishes the album it’s meant to advertise but not much could do that, ultimately. The reaction to Frank Ocean here, though, shows just how much icon-making is happening in the mills of Odd Futurism.
“I know how to make ‘perfect’.” Mr. West is in the building. And he’s doing interviews. Zane Lowe sits down with Kanye for an exclusive talk with the now-public artists. After years of avoiding interviews, it seems Yeezy’s found his stride with careful press appointments like this one. It must be the Dad thing.
iHipHop Blog Team