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.
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.
In a time of growing popularity of trap music we got two great examples of trap tales that greatly differ from each other. Freddie Gibbs and A$AP Ferg each dropped their debut studio albums earlier this summer just a month apart.
I think I like Future better when he slows things down. This is off-brand screaming and almost rapping. The good news is that the video has a few key cinematic turns, and keeps you watching along while he chirps. Capers and girl gangs and everything.
Freddie Gibbs is the new Tupac of the stage. He keeps it all the way real, only performs shirtless and basically dares anyone to challenge his sincerity 100 per cent of the time. If that ain’t Pac-esque, y’all listened to too much Ja Rule in the early 2000s. This song goes wild.
The Kids Are All Right. Odd Future is spreading their special brand of love and merchandise all over the globe. The Wolf Gang is full of characters, like a rap Sesame Street, and their loyalists can’t get enough of the beaming, oddball personalities that come with the package. Be sure to check for them in a town near you. Guaranteed positive feedback.
Audio Dope…this is Spitta Andretti over a Harry Fraud production reminding us that Jet Life is the best life. Such a vivid depiction over a simple soundscape makes it the most alluring lifestyle music in rap. Lay back with a cold one…or a lit one, and enjoy.
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.
Yeezy’s soulful live performances are giving his Yeezus project — that of the uneven critical reception — some new life. His time with Charlie Wilson fine-tuning each song for presentation hasn’t hurt either. Check the video of him on Jools Holland performing the two singles from the album.
This kind of song will insure that I never ever move to Detroit. A lot of chains are getting snatched in these verses…and ribs cracked…jaws shattered. Really fun stuff for your city. Happy Murder Capitals, y’all. Off Guilty Simpson & Small Professor’s Highway Robbery.
Special guests include Snoop Lion, Bun B, RiFF RaFF and, the inimitable, Kathy Griffin. I think the homey’s found his lane.